If it’s starting to feel like Allen Iverson’s post-playing NBA career has lasted nearly as long as his career, you’re not alone. The Sixers have announced they’ll retire Iverson’s number March 1, during a game against the Washington Wizards.
Update: Thanks to a helpful email from the Globetrotters themselves, I now know that the mystery baller is named Handles Franklin. Handles hails from Harrisburg, is an Eagles fan, and is a proud alumnus of Lock Haven U in PA.
The Harlem Globetrotters, still a thing thank God, will be coming to Philly in March. But this video is here now.
The Sixers lost Monday night. They shot an embarrassing 55 percent from the foul line; Tony Wroten missed six straight free throws. “As hard as I try not to, it is in my head, I work so hard and they trust me to make free throws,” the career 62 percent free throw shooter said. Evan Turner got a technical foul for arguing with an official with 2:54 left and the Sixers down six. “I saw two of my teammates get their lips split,” the team’s leading scorer said. The Sixers’ loss to the Mavericks was so expected the Dallas Morning News headlined its game recap “Dallas Mavericks avoid embarrassing loss to Philadelphia 76ers,” though perhaps that was for for SEO purposes.
All good, right? The Sixers could have won Monday night. They led by four at halftime and were down three with just under four minutes left. But, as you probably know, the loss has a silver lining. The team traded away its All-Star at the end of last season and signed young players in the hopes of competing in the future. The Sixers are supposed to be bad this year.
Here’s the problem: The Sixers are 5-7. After Monday night’s loss, they were still in first place in the Atlantic Division. First place! For a team that was supposed to be losing.
Evan Turner posted this on his Instagram this afternoon, writing: ”Bank account look like im ready for early retirement…”
His next Instagram, with the caption “Lame bloggers should get a life. #writeaboutthat” is even better. If that’s possible.
Sixers legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving will be giving a free talk tonight as a part of the Free Library of Philadelphia’s Author Event series.
The Doctor, who mesmerized Sixer fans from 1976 to 1987, will discuss his life on and off of the court, as well as to promote his recently released book Dr. J: The Autobiography (in which we learn some things we wish we could unlearn). Of course, the good doctor is no stranger to shilling products. In the spirit of shameless self-promotion, let’s look back at the top five Dr. J commercials.
So this happened last night. During the Sixers’ overtime win over the Houston Rockets.
Who do you think the greatest Philadelphian of all time is? I asked a bunch of people this question over the last week, and nobody really had a good answer.
William Penn? Even though he’s from England, he certainly counts as a Philadelphian.
A few founding fathers were common answers: Thomas Paine (is he really a Philadelphian?) and Benjamin Franklin (who certainly has enough damn statues to count).
I got a few suggestions from academia (from academics, of course): Margaret Mead, Noam Chomsky, even Andrew Weil (the last one from a pothead, of course).
A few people suggested politicians: Joseph S. Clark, Richardson Dilworth and, of course, ex-mayor of Las Vegas Oscar Goodman.
Somebody suggested Pete Conrad, the third man to walk on the moon. He certainly traveled the farthest.
Another friend said “whoever invented the soft pretzel.” I think Octavius Catto would be a good choice, too.
Good suggestions, all. (Well, some.) But I believe I have the answer:
Sixers rookie Michael Carter-Williams has made history, winning “player of the week” honors in the Eastern Conference his first week in the league. NBA.com reports: “Carter-Williams is only the second player (Shaquille O’Neal, 1992) to earn the honor to begin his rookie season. The 11th overall selection in the 2013 NBA Draft, Carter-Williams helped guide the Sixers to a 3-0 start, which included wins over the defending champion Miami Heat and the Chicago Bulls. In his first three NBA games, Carter-Williams averaged 20.7 points and team highs of 9.0 assists and 4.3 steals. In his NBA debut on Oct. 30, a 114-110 home win over the Heat, Carter-Williams recorded 22 points, 12 assists, nine steals and seven rebounds. The nine steals were the most by a rookie in his NBA debut, while the 12 assists represented the second most for a player in his first NBA game.”
So this was the best sports weekend of 2013 in Philadelphia, right? That declaration is kind of easy to make because it’s been such a crappy, crappy sports year—we’ve seen turnover in the head-coaching position for every major pro team, and nobody went to the playoffs this year. Aside from Chip Kelley’s opening-weekend win with the Eagles, it’s difficult to think of any other weekend that has produced this much fun for the city’s sports fans in awhile.
We kind of wish we didn’t know this about how Dr. J’s daughter, Alexandra Stevenson, was conceived with mother Samantha Stevenson back in the 1970s. “I can only remember one time that we actually had intercourse, and that was because she had just gotten this new orthodontia to straighten her teeth,” he writes in his new book. “With wire and gleaming metal bristling in her mouth, oral sex was not an option.” Awwww. That’s information that was probably best withheld.