ESPN: Kobe Bryant Has Destroyed the Lakers

The Sixers were awful last year, and they’re going to be awful again this season. But not all is lost for the Philadelphia basketball fan. Take last season: The hated Celtics won only six more games than the Sixers did and missed the playoffs.

And Sixers fans’ second most-hated enemy, the Los Angeles Lakers? They went 27-55 and finished last in their division. The Lakers! In last! If the Sixers are going to be bad, at least the teams Philly fans love to hate are doing poorly too.

And now, some even better news: The Lakers aren’t going to get much better anytime soon. ESPN reports Kobe Bryant — Lower Merion High School basketball legend, five-time NBA Champion, surefire future member of the Baskebtall Hall of Fame, et cetera — is sabotaging the Lakers from within.

He’s such a ball hog and bad teammate that literally no one wants to play with him. Allen Iverson hogged the ball, but at least he said nice things about his teammates in the press.

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Unveiled: The New Wilt Chamberlain Stamp

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Wilt Chamberlain’s life is the stuff of legend, from his time at Overbrook High School to his towering frame to his incredible feats both on and off the court. And so, it is only fitting that the United States Postal Service’s new Wilt Chamberlain stamp is a third taller than most postage stamps. Read more »

Sixers Mocked in Taiwanese Animation

Next Media Animation, a jokey Taiwanese animated news service that first came to prominence for its Tiger Woods reenactment in 2009, has weighed in on the Kevin Love-Andrew Wiggins deal. The trade, which will send the star Kevin Love to Cleveland to play with LeBron James, is expected to be completed later this month. Last year’s first overall pick, Anthony Bennett, and a future first-round pick will also be headed to Minnesota.

A second deal, reported by the Daily News, has the Sixers trading Thaddeus Young to the Timberwolves for Bennett. Bennett, who looked out of shape last season, had one of the worst rookie seasons of any No. 1 pick ever.

As such, he and the Sixers were mocked in this Taiwanese animation video.

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Will Joel Embiid’s Basketball Game Be as Good as His Twitter Game?

Plenty of Sixers fans were disappointed when the team drafted Joel Embiid with the No. 3 pick in the NBA Draft earlier this year. Embiid, who appeared to leap Andrew Wiggins to become the consensus No. 1 pick, had foot surgery before the draft. While he’s a promising prospect, he is unlikely to play for a long while.

This is a man who, after the Sixers drafted him, looked like this:

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(It turns out it was just a delay in the video feed — we were seeing Embiid as he was waiting to be drafted.)

While they’ll have to wait to see him play, Sixers fans haven’t had to wait to start enjoying his presence. It started when he began courting then-free agent LeBron James on Twitter.

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The Sixers Are Mad That the NBA Wants Them to Stop Losing So Damned Much

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You know what was fun about this most recent Sixers season?

Not a damn thing. The team was built to lose, accomplished its mission, and ended up with the third pick in the draft. As a reward for fans, the Sixers now appear constructed to … lose a lot more in 2014-15, in hopes of securing just one more high draft pick.

The NBA has had enough. The league is pushing a new draft system that would give aggressively crappy teams like the Sixers a reduced chance of being rewarded with a high pick. Basically, every team that misses the playoffs would have the same chance, in the lottery, of getting the No. 1 pick.

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Ex-Sixers GM: ‘Girls in Philly Wanted to Kill Me’ When I Traded Kyle Korver

Photo | USA Today Sports, Mike DiNovo

Photo | USA Today Sports, Mike DiNovo

ESPN’s Grantland has an engaging profile of ex-Sixers guard Kyle Korver today, which speaks of the NBA sharpshooter as one of the NBA’s more underrated players. Korver played with Philadelphia from his rookie year in the 2003-04 season to Dec. 27, 2007, when he was traded to the Utah Jazz.

Here’s what’s fun: The article goes into how Korver ended up with the 76ers. The New Jersey Nets, fresh off an NBA Finals appearance, selected Korver with the 51st pick in the NBA Draft. Korver had spent four years as a sharpshooter at mid-major Creighton University. In order to pay for their summer league team, the Nets traded Korver to the Sixers for $125,000 of Comcast money. The Nets bought a new copy machine with the leftover money from the Korver trade.

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Would the “Hometown Sixers,” an NBA Team of Philly Natives, Be Any Good?

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LeBron is back home in Cleveland as its homecoming King, and that got Elite Daily thinking — what would happen if every NBA team was composed of its hometown players?

Back on Monday, the website posted hypothetical starting fives for 27 NBA teams — and the Sonics — which got us thinking as well: How would the hometown Sixers actually play?

We’ve dealt with hypothetical sports scenarios before, but an NBA starting five is a completely different animal. Let’s take a look at the starting lineup:

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Joel Embiid’s Foot Surgeon: It’s Possible He Could Play for Sixers This Season

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The Inquirer‘s Mike Sielski has an interview with surgeon Richard Ferkel, aka the guy who operated on Sixers’ No. 3 pick Joel Embiid’s balky foot, in which Ferkel is quite optimistic not only about the talented big man’s career prospects, but about the possibility that he could play next season. Not, y’know, that the Sixers appear to be in any hurry to get their first round picks onto the court.

Why the optimism, other than the fact that Ferkel’s like the go-to man for ballers with foot ouchies? It’s that Embiid is so darned responsible:

Embiid sustained what Ferkel called a “clean break” of the navicular — a weight-bearing bone in the middle of the foot — “without any major separation, which is important.”

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Nerlens Noel Finally Plays a Game for the Sixers (Kind Of)

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I enjoy NBA summer league basketball immensely. I like basketball, of course, and will watch it when I get the chance to. But there’s more: Where else can you see young NBA talent and young, not-quite-NBA talent play in a gym that would be too small to hold Holy Family’s basketball camp? At the end of the Orlando Summer League, the top two teams even play in what might as well be a camp championship!

With the Sixers drafting two top players this year who won’t get on the court for a year or two, the summer league becomes a little more fun. How much different will the summer league team be than the regular season squad? You might be seeing swaths of the actual team already! Plus, this year, Sixers fans get to see Nerlens Noel — a player the team took in 2013 who didn’t suit up all last season.

Noel finally saw some game action on Saturday, and acquitted himself quite well in the opener: Though he only grabbed two rebounds, Noel had 19 points, 4 steals, 4 assists and a block in 26 minutes in the first game, a loss to Orlando.

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