Two Sixers Named NBA Rookie of the Year Finalists

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In truth, the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award is rather meaningless. It does not guarantee that its winner will enjoy a long and fruitful professional basketball career, nor does it signal that the team employing its winner is instantly regarded among the league’s playoff contenders.

But it’s still nice to have nice things, and we here in Philadelphia take competition seriously. With center Joel Embiid and forward Dario Saric named as finalists for this season’s Rookie of the Year, we should fully expect that one of the young Sixers will walk away with the honor. Read more »

Sixers Get Third Pick in NBA Draft, Embiid Reignites Rivalry With Lakers

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Sadly, the NBA Draft Lottery has devolved into somewhat of an annual holiday for Sixers fans – more specifically the rabid devotees of banished former general manager Sam Hinkie. It’s a night when we can put aside how much of an embarrassment the team was on the court the year prior and focus on the expiration date of Hinkie’s so-called “process” and a return to playoff contention.

With fans being a little nutty here — in the good way, of course — a party held at XFINITY Live! by the guys who bring you the fantastic Rights to Ricky Sanchez podcast (WIP’s Spike Eskin and Michael Levin) produced a packed house, all to watch the NBA’s deputy commissioner pull cards bearing team logos out of oversized envelopes on Tuesday night: Read more »

Sixers Guard Ben Simmons Was a MASSIVE Baby

Ben Simmons. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke)

This past Sunday was Mother’s Day – a day when youngsters take to social media to applaud their moms by sharing an old photo or two and a touching message about how tough their job is.

Sixers guard Ben Simmons couldn’t resist getting in on the action himself, setting the Internet ablaze with an Instagram post dedicated to his “mum” that has everybody freaking out over his size as an infant: Read more »

Charles Barkley’s Secret Obsession: Perfectly Vacuumed Carpets

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Washington Wizards head coach Scott Brooks played two full seasons for the 76ers from 1988 to 1990, but in the fall of ’88 he was just a diminutive guard from UC Irvine who went undrafted and stood squarely on the roster bubble during preseason camp.

With starter Mo Cheeks hampered by a groin injury, Brooks was confident that he’d make the Sixers. But he remained unsure how long he’d stick in Philadelphia. He considered signing a six-month lease in the area at the time — that is until our pal Charles Barkley stepped in.

Brooks told the Washington Post that Sir Charles overheard his conversation with another teammate about signing the lease and invited him to be his houseguest instead.

Already an established star by that point, Barkley lived in a luxurious mansion that blew away the 23-year-old Brooks, who was surviving largely on his per-diem money. Chuck was a great roommate by all accounts — throwing Brooks $100 bills for food and allowing him drive his sports cars. The only problem was his cleaning habits were a bit … obsessive. Read more »

Sixers Join New NBA-Sponsored eSports League

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Man, the 76ers really do love video games.

Last year the team became the first North American professional sports franchise to acquire an eSports team, and now they’re parlaying that successful business venture into its logical next step: a video game competition that actually has something to do with basketball and not fighting mystical ghouls or goblins. Read more »

Doug Overton on Exposure Arrest: “It Appears I Wasn’t as Discreet as I Thought”

Photo courtesy of Lincoln University.

Photo courtesy of Lincoln University.

Former 76er and La Salle basketball star Doug Overton has broken his silence over his arrest last weekend for indecent exposure to claim that he was simply relieving himself in the woods and this is all just one big misunderstanding.

Overton, a Big 5 Hall of Famer and the current men’s basketball coach at nearby Lincoln University, said in a statement that he was walking the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Montgomery County on Sunday — which he typically does three or four times per week – when nature called. Read more »

Former 76er, La Salle Basketball Star Arrested for Indecent Exposure

Photo by Dr. Darryl Pope/Lincoln University

Photo by Dr. Darryl Pope/Lincoln University

Philadelphia basketball lifer Doug Overton was arrested over the weekend in Montgomery County after allegedly exposing himself on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Bala Cynwyd, said Lower Merion Township police.

Overton, a Big 5 Hall of Famer and La Salle University’s all-time leader in both assists and steals, was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct on Sunday. He was released from custody after posting bail. Read more »

20 Years Ago Today: Iverson Named NBA Rookie of the Year

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

File this anecdote under things that will make you feel old: Allen Iverson was named the Sixers’s first-ever NBA Rookie of the Year award winner 20 years ago today. Twenty years!

The Answer averaged 23.5 points per game during the 1996–1997 season, a mark that was best for all rookies and good for sixth in the league overall. Iverson edged out Minnesota’s Stephon Marbury for the award that year, receiving 44 votes to Starbury’s 35. Read more »

Allen Iverson Set to Make Philly Basketball Return

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Hey, Sixers fans — wouldn’t you kill for just one more opportunity to cheer on Allen Iverson as he breaks ankles at the Wells Fargo Center? Now you’ve got your chance.

The Answer will be playing basketball in Philadelphia again on July 16th as part of rapper/actor/triple-double machine Ice Cube’s new venture, the BIG3, a traveling three-on-three basketball league featuring ex-NBA stars and other former pros looking for a paycheck. Read more »

New Sixers Mural Unveiled at Broad and Federal

Photo: Christian Sarkis Graham

Photo: Christian Sarkis Graham

Mural Arts Philadelphia unveiled its latest piece at the corner of Broad and Federal streets – a 37-foot tall collage dedicated to the 76ers and the team’s commitment to service in the local community. Read more »

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