Emotional Allen Iverson Reflects on Hall of Fame Career

Allen Iverson laughs while talking to the media about his election into the Basketball Hall of Fame | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson laughs while talking to the media about his election into the Basketball Hall of Fame | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson strolled to the podium last night wearing a red Reebok t-shirt, blue ‘phila’ jacket, Philadelphia 76ers hat, an ear-to-ear grin that could only be worn by a man just voted into the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the  highest honor in his profession.

“Do you want to make an opening remark?” Michael Preston,  Sixers’ public relations coordinator, asked Iverson.

“No.”

“Do you want to go straight to questions?”

“Yeah.”

It was the only real way that press conference could have unfolded. Iverson has never been one to be confined to a script. Not on the basketball court, where putting the ball in his hands was an indescribable combination of poetry and chaos, and certainly not in the press room. Iverson’s always been at his best, and sometimes his worst, when raw emotion and passion were brought to the forefront. That doesn’t happen with canned opening remarks.

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Sam Hinkie Used a Fake Abe Lincoln Quote in His Resignation Letter

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Hinkie photo by Bill Streicher — USA TODAY Sports

Sam Hinkie resigned as Sixers general manager yesterday, and he did it in spectacular fashion: A 13-page resignation letter that apparently left management unaware he had actually resigned.

The manifesto does not just deal with basketball. It includes the passage, “New Zealand’s flightless bird the moa (measuring in at 10 ft, 400 lbs.) had the life tramping around the South Island for a great long run; then the first Māori explorers washed ashore in canoes, and that was that.”

It also quotes many famous people, such as Atul Gawande, Warren Buffett, Elon Musk, Bill James, Bill Belichick, Tim Urban, Max Planck and more.

He also quotes Abraham Lincoln. Here’s an excerpt: Read more »

Sam Hinkie, The Sixers’ Rebuild, and Trusting The Process

Sixers owner Joshua Harris introduces Jerry Colangelo as the new chairman of basketball operations for the Philadelphia 76ers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sam Hinkie has resigned as president and general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

There were few more divisive figures in professional sports than Samuel Blake Hinkie.

Were. Hinkie stepped down as president and general manager of the Sixers last night.

That’s especially true when you consider the list of sins Hinkie has committed. This isn’t Greg Hardy or Michael Vick. This isn’t even Allen Iverson. There’s no real victim here, at least nobody damaged in a meaningful, real-life kind of way. At worst, Sam Hinkie has wasted 2.5 years of your time.

And, let’s be honest, given how few people cared about the local basketball team in the decade before Hinkie arrived, many weren’t invested enough to have their time really wasted to begin with.

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Sam Hinkie Has Stepped Down From Sixers

Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie says that it's his job to maintain a long-term focus when rebuilding the Sixers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie has resigned from his positions with the Sixers, according to multiple reports| Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

According to Marc Stein of ESPN, Sam Hinkie has stepped down as the Sixers’ president and general manager.

Stein later wrote that changes in the organization that emerged this week prompted Hinkie to resign.

Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo Sports followed that up by saying Bryan Colangelo, Jerry Colangelo‘s son, is the Sixers’ primary target to replace Hinkie.

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Sixers Avoid Historic Futility Mark

Philadelphia 76ers' Nerlens Noel, middle, drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans' Kendrick Perkins, right, and Luke Babbitt during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. The 76ers beat the Pelicans 107-93. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

Philadelphia 76ers’ Nerlens Noel, middle, drives to the basket past New Orleans Pelicans’ Kendrick Perkins, right, and Luke Babbitt during the second half of an NBA basketball game, Tuesday, April 5, 2016, in Philadelphia. The 76ers beat the Pelicans 107-93. (AP Photo/Michael Perez)

It’s not quite the NBA equivalent of Villanova’s national championship — even if Sixers.com tried to lump the two events together — but it’ll have to do.

The Sixers on Tuesday night beat the New Orleans Pelicans, 107-93, in a game that gave the franchise its tenth victory of the season. Why is that meager number good news? It means the Sixers won’t tie the NBA record for fewest victories in an 82-game season. (That record is held, of course, by the 1972-73 76ers.)

Not exactly a Gatorade-splashing moment — they’re still 59 games in the win column behind the league-leading Golden State Warriors — but satisfying nonetheless. Read more »

Allen Iverson Named to Basketball Hall of Fame

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Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

Allen Iverson is headed to the Basketball Hall of Fame.

A six-foot guard who led the Sixers to their greatest season since the early 1980s, Iverson played 12 seasons with the Sixers. He averaged 27.6 points per game in a Sixers uniform, second only to Wilt Chamberlain on the team’s career list. He is in the top-5 in a number of other categories, too: Points, three-pointers made, steals, assists and more. And, yes, he was just six-feet tall.

But it was the Sixers’ run to the 2001 NBA Finals that made Iverson a Philadelphia legend. Iverson was battered throughout the playoffs by bigger players, and the Sixers trailed in their first three series. But they came back to win all of them and advance to the NBA Finals. The Sixers’ Game 1 upset was one of the greatest games in Philadelphia sports history — with Allen Iverson scoring 48 points, including seven in a row in overtime, to upset the Lakers. The Sixers lost the next four and the run ended, but Iverson’s place in Philly sports history was secure. Read more »

Sixers Mailbag #18: Buddy Hield and the 2016 Draft

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield could be a possibility for the Sixers in the 2016 NBA draft | Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield could be a possibility for the Sixers in the 2016 NBA draft | Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

This week we continue our 76ers mailbag series, where we discuss some of the pressing topics around the team.

In the 18th edition of our Sixers mailbag we discuss Dario Saric, the 2016 draft, whether Nik Stauskas is a legitimate piece going forward, and the draft stock of Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield.

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Missanelli: The Flyers — Yes, the Flyers — Are Philly’s Best Franchise Right Now

The Flyers celebrate after winning against the Washington Capitals Wednesday, 2-1.

The Flyers celebrate after winning 2-1 against the Washington Capitals Wednesday. | AP Photo/Matt Slocum

It was a bleak sports decade, the 1970s in Philadelphia, until the Philadelphia Flyers won two Stanley Cups.

The Flyers’ Cups were a kickstart to what would turn out to be a golden winning era in Philly. From there, the Phillies, with a maturing lot from their farm system, became contenders, culminating in a 1980 World Championship. The Eagles, under Dick Vermeil, went to a Super Bowl. The Sixers were in a hunt every year until finally pushing through in 1983.

What does that have to do with today? Perhaps, as Yogi would have said, it’s déjà vu all over again.

I’m on the record saying that in the year 2020, all four of Philadelphia’s major sports teams will be contenders. But the Flyers may be way ahead of schedule. Read more »

Will the Sixers Tie the Worst Record Ever?

Sixers head coach Brett Brown saw his Philadelphia 76ers set the high water mark for most turnovers in a game during the 2015-16 season for the second consecutive game | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Brown’s Sixers team needs to win one more game to avoid tying the record for the fewest wins in an 82 game NBA season | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Brett Brown’s 9-66 Philadelphia 76ers team has just seven games left to get a win, and prevent tying the mark for fewest games won during an 82-game season in NBA history.

It was a position few expected the Sixers to be in just a few months ago.

After beating the Brooklyn Nets 103-98 on February 6th, the Sixers stood at 8-43, a relatively lofty record by this team’s standards. The team has won just one of their twenty four games since.

In order to tie the record, the the 9-73 mark set by the 1972-73 76ers, the Sixers would have to lose their remaining seven games, a limp to the finish which would, fittingly, match their dreadful 1-30 start to the season.

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Jerry Colangelo and his Impact on Free Agency

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One of the primary reasons for optimism surrounding the Sixers’ decision to hire Jerry Colangelo as the chairman of basketball operations is that the signing seems to indicate the Sixers will be more active in free agency.

It’s something Sixers head coach Brett Brown has said rather directly.

That’s all well and good. After going 46-191 over the last three seasons, most would welcome an influx of NBA-level talent.

It’s also important to keep expectations in check, especially when discussing the impact Jerry Colangelo can have in attracting top talent.

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