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I’ve paid my dues as a 76ers fan these past few years, and I know I wasn’t alone. We might not have met personally, but I know you were there in the nosebleeds too. I saw you sitting among the sea of empty red seats, wearing an Andrew Bynum t-shirt both out of spite for that hack and for the humor in how he came to usher in a new era of Sixers basketball without ever stepping on the floor.
I was just a section over in my Jerry Stackhouse jersey, hopelessly cheering on the likes of K.J. McDaniels, JaKarr Sampson and Royal Ivey. (If you haven’t heard of them, it’s because you probably shouldn’t). The atmosphere at Wells Fargo Center during those tanking seasons that followed Bynum’s medical redshirt year was still full of passion, even at times bordering on electric. This is still Philadelphia, after all. Read more »
The Sixers’ official NBA Draft party will be held at the Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons in Northern Liberties on June 22.
“The Piazza at Schmidt’s Commons is thrilled and proud to host the 2017 Official Draft Party of the Philadelphia 76ers,” Schmidt’s Commons Property Manager Sean Gavin said in a release. “We’re ready to roll out the red carpet for one of our favorite hometown teams and all the fans in Northern Liberties and beyond.” Read more »
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After Magic Johnson confidently bragged that his “Showtime” Lakers of the 1980s would sweep today’s Golden State Warriors (who hold a commanding 3-0 lead over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers in the NBA Finals), Doctor J couldn’t help but think that his old rival may be right.
Of course to Julius Erving, his Sixers were just as mighty as their frequent Western Conference foes despite losing two out of three Finals matchups against them. But that one decisive series win, a sweep in 1982-83, is all Doc needs for validation. Read more »
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On the court, Joel Embiid is the Sixers’ prized big man of the future. Off it, he’s just their big kid – complete with his own sugary beverage addiction like most adolescents. (Sorry Howard Eskin). And what is it that kids like to do most? Play with other kids, of course.
That’s exactly what the 23-year-old Cameroon native did on Tuesday, stopping by the courts at 9th and Passyunk to teach a group of youngsters “how to trust the process” by ferociously swatting their shots and not letting them drive into his paint – all while flashing his trademark smile. Read more »
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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 »
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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 »
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 »
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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 »
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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 »
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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 »