Everyone Says Philly Is a Great Basketball Town

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Philadelphia’s a great basketball town.

You’ll hear this a lot, and it makes sense. The city has a rich basketball tradition. After being invented in Springfield, basketball spread to other east-coast cities, and eventually the Philadelphia SPHAs were one of the top teams. The Sixers may be down now, but they’ve had some of the biggest superstars in NBA history: Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Charles Barkley. More recently, the Sixers had Allen Iverson, the most exciting, interesting player of the post-Michael Jordan NBA.

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Sixers Not Even Pretending to Care About This Season Anymore

If you go to the Sixers homepage, this is what greets you:

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That’s right: Buy tickets next year! The video features the three people with the franchise we know will be around next November: Coach Brown, Michael Carter-Williams, and Nerlens Noel. Everybody else is absent. Which is probably as it should be, given that the team’s losing streak is now at 22 games.
Blech. The team had better have a great draft.

Sixers Lose Team-Record 21st Straight, Now Favored for Longest NBA Losing Streak Ever

Jan 6, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown during the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Sixers 126-95. Mandatory Credit: Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Jan 6, 2014; Philadelphia, PA, USA; Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown during the first quarter against the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center. The Timberwolves defeated the Sixers 126-95. Photo | Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Well! The Sixers’ losing streak is now such an inevitability that the team’s 21st straight loss registered barely a blip. The Sixers were actually in the game against the Pacers — trailing by just three, 88-85, with two minutes left in the fourth — but Indiana pulled away for a 99-90 win.

The Sixers are now 15-52 (which is still better than Milwaukee’s 13-54). According to ESPN stats whiz Kevin Pelton, the Sixers are now more-than-likely to tie Cleveland’s NBA record 26-game losing streak.

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Andrew Bynum Finds New Ways Not to Play in Philly

Remember when the Sixers traded for All-Star center Andrew Bynum, who proceeded never to play a game for the team—though he had some great moments with his hair, and also a less-glorious moment of bowling—ruining the careers of pretty much everybody involved with that decision, leading to this year’s “let’s just blow it up, win just enough to avoid our own NBA record for losses, and try to grab a top draft pick” disaster-slash-process?

Bynum’s with the Indiana Pacers now. And he still won’t play in Philly:

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How Bad Are the Sixers? They Can’t Even Win Their Fans Free Big Macs.

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The Sixers have essentially become the Washington Generals. Last night, they lost for the 18th straight time — and 14th straight time at home. The 115-98 loss to the Sacramento Kings puts them at 15-49, 2 games ahead of Milwaukee for the worst record in the NBA and an astounding 32 games back in the conference.

But they’re trying. They’re trying to appease the fans. They’re trying to get them Big Macs.

The end of last night’s Sixers game was probably my favorite ending to a Sixers game this season. Fans get free Big Macs the next day if the team hits 100 points; the Sixers had 98 with just a few seconds left.

Here’s what happened.

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The Ultimate Philadelphia Klout Ranking

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Klout, Inc. was founded in San Francisco in 2009. It measures online influence by using data from Twitter, Facebook, Google+, Instagram, WordPress and a bunch of other social media platforms. Each user is assigned a Klout score on a scale from one to 100. The higher your score, the more influence you are said to have online.

Many Internet aficionados are skeptical or downright dismissive of Kloutjoin them at your own risk. Marketers and major companies take the very basic web analytic very seriously.

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Will the Sixers Go 0-36 to End the Season?

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Aw, weren’t things so nice in early November? There was no snow on the ground — and the Sixers were 3-0!

Of course, since starting 3-0 the Sixers have lost 46 games with only 12 wins. They’re 15-46, second-worst in the league, and haven’t won a game in February. Since trading three players on deadline day they’ve been even worse. At the Iverson jersey retirement game the Washington Wizards — a top 10 team in defensive efficiency — were very clearly not even bothering to try on defense, and they won by 19.

The Sixers haven’t won since the now-departed Evan Turner beat the buzzer against the Celtics on January 29. There is a real chance they will lose out the rest of the season.

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Sixers: Buy Season Tickets and Get Iverson’s Autograph

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Rejoice, Sixers fans! Although opposing players may compare trailing your favorite at halftime to being pooped on by a bird, there is some good news to come out of the Wells Fargo Center this week: Allen Iverson is back!

Okay, Allen Iverson returns to the Wells Fargo Center quite often. He was even there opening night. But this Saturday they’re retiring his number! It’s literally the last time the Sixers can trot him out until, what, the 15th anniversary of the 2000-2001 Finals team? That’s not until the 2015-2016 season! This is the last time you’re going to get to see Iverson in a while.

The Sixers are celebrating his return to town with a deal: Buy season tickets for the next, presumably Iverson-less, season and have your photograph taken with the No. 3 jersey banner after Saturday’s game. And Iverson will autograph the photo for you at a later date. (Presumably Iverson will be chained to a desk while signing these, à la Michael Jordan in Space Jam.) In a town full of ridiculous sports memorabilia, this is one of the weirdest.

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