Sixers Marketing Head Leaves for Philadelphia Union

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Tim McDermott

From the frying pan into the fire?

The Philadelphia Union on Wednesday named Tim McDermott as their chief business officer. He comes from the 76ers, where he was chief marketing and innovation officer, and has previous experience working for the Eagles and the NHL’s Washington Capitals.

“Tim’s experience in the NFL, the NBA, and the NHL coupled with his knowledge of the Philadelphia market will enable him to serve as a tremendous business leader for the Union,” Philadelphia Union Chairman Jay Sugarman said in a statement. Read more »

Sixers Bounce Back With 113-103 Victory Over Phoenix Suns

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith (1) smiles back at his bench as time winds down against the Phoenix Suns at Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia 76ers won 113-103 | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Philadelphia 76ers guard Ish Smith (1) smiles back at his bench as time winds down against the Phoenix Suns at Wells Fargo Center. The Philadelphia 76ers won 113-103 | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

The Philadelphia 76ers swept the season series over the Phoenix Suns, defeating Jerry Colangelo and Mike D’Antoni‘s former team by a score of 113-103 Tuesday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

They also remain undefeated (2-0) on the season when entering a game favored to win, with the only other such occasion a 103-91 victory over the Lakers to snap their 0-18 start to the season.

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Sixers Release Rendering, Photos of Camden Practice Facility

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A newly released rendering of the Sixers’ $82 million headquarters and practice facility in Camden, N.J. Photo courtesy of the Sixers.

The Sixers have released a new rendering and a few construction photos for its new practice facility and corporate headquarters in Camden. The team also announced that it secured a $44 million loan for the project from Firstrust Bank. That came just a few weeks after the Sixers signed Firstrust as their banking sponsor — despite playing in an arena, the Wells Fargo Center, named for a rival bank. Read more »

Sixers Mailbag #12: Can Dario Saric Make an Immediate Impact?

Dario Saric, selected 12th overall in the 2014 NBA draft, insists that he will join the Sixers next summer | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

What kind of impact can Dario Saric make for the Sixers next season? | Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

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

In the 12th edition of our Sixers mailbag we talk some more about how much of an impact Dario Saric can make next season, about Jahlil Okafor’s pick and roll defense, Oklahoma guard Buddy Hield’s standing as a draft prospect, and whether the team would be willing to draft, and stash, another Croatian big man.

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Did Public Opinion Scare 76ers Owners Away From Kristaps Porzingis?

Philadelphia 76ers co-managing owner Josh Harris speaks at a news conference before an NBA basketball game against the Miami Heat, Wednesday, April 15, 2015, in Philadelphia.

Did Joshua Harris’ growing impatience influence the Sixers’ 2015 draft?

Lost in the shuffle of the Sixers playing well — they’ve won two of their last three, including victories over the Portland Trailblazers and the Orlando Magic, with a double-overtime loss to the New York Knicks mixed in as well — was a report from Marc Berman of the New York Post that implied Sixers’ ownership may have taken the possibility of drafting Kristaps Porzingis off the table because of fears that the fan base wouldn’t accept it.

“Sources have indicated Philly ownership was gung-ho to take one of the Big 3 — Karl-Anthony Towns, Jahlil Okafor or D’Angelo Russell — because taking another unknown European project may not have sat well with a disenchanted fan base.”

— Marc Berman, NY Post

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Sixers Roundup: Brett Brown Podcast Appearances

Sixers head coach Brett Brown instructs his team | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

A pair of interviews with Sixers head coach Brett Brown highlight this week’s 76ers roundup | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Sixers head coach Brett Brown made a couple of appearances on national podcasts over the past week, highlighting this week’s Sixers Roundup. You can check out previous roundups here.

With the Delaware Valley practically shut down because of winter storm Jonas, now is a perfect time to catch up on some Sixers related podcasts.

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Takeaways From the Sixers’ 96-87 Victory over Orlando

Led by 20 points from rookie center Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers picked up their 6th win of the season in Orlando | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

Led by 20 points from rookie center Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers picked up their 6th win of the season in Orlando | Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers defeated the Orlando Magic 96-87 Wednesday night, their fifth victory in thirteen games since the trade to re-acquire point guard Ish Smith.

The Sixers were led by 20 points from center Jahlil Okafor, who, with Nerlens Noel‘s absence in the second half of the game because of a headache and blurred vision, played nearly 38 minutes in the win, just one game after sitting the final 22 minutes of the fourth quarter and overtime periods in the loss to the New York Knicks.

Okafor’s 20 points led the Sixers, but it was a team victory. Five players scored in double figures for the Sixers, including 17 points off the bench from Hollis Thompson, 15 from Isaiah Canaan, 13 points and 11 assists from Ish Smith, and 12 from Jerami Grant.

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Sixers Mailbag #11: Who Gets Credit if Sixers’ Rebuild Succeeds?

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

In the 11th edition of our Sixers mailbag we take a look at who deserves credit if the Sixers turn the team around, what the chances of the Lakers pick conveying are, playing time decisions between Carl Landry and Richaun Holmes, and Jahlil Okafor‘s surprising perimeter shot.

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Okafor Dominates in Sixers’ 114-89 Rout of Blazers

Jahlil Okafor (25 points) and Ish Smith (16) were instrumental in the Sixers 114-89 win over the Portland Trailblazers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Jahlil Okafor (25 points) and Ish Smith (16) were instrumental in the Sixers 114-89 win over the Portland Trailblazers | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Rarely have the Sixers fired on all cylinders during the first half of their 2015-16 season, especially during their record-setting 1-30 start.

Things started to turn around when the Sixers received an early Christmas present, nabbing veteran point guard Ish Smith for a pair of second round draft picks.

The Sixers won three of their first six games after the Smith acquisition, receiving an immediate payoff from the trade. While they followed that up with a brief four game losing streak against the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and the Chicago Bulls, the team was clearly headed in the right direction.

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Sixers vs Blazers: Slowing Down Damian Lillard Key For Sixers

Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is averaging 31.3 points per game over the Blazers' last four games | Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

Blazers point guard Damian Lillard is averaging 31.3 points per game over the Blazers’ last four games | Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports

The Sixers finish off their six game homestand tonight at the Wells Fargo Center, where they’ll take on the surprising Portland Trailblazers.

After losing LaMarcus Aldridge, Nicolas Batum, Arron Afflalo, Robin Lopez, and Wesley Matthews from last year’s 51-win team, most predicted the Blazers would finish with one of the worst records in the league.

While the Blazers are clearly in a rebuilding mode, they’ve been one of the NBA’s surprising teams this year. The Blazers are 18-24 on the season and only a half-game out of the Western Conference Playoffs. They’ve also been playing better of late, going 6-4 in their last 10 games and riding a three game winning streak.

The Sixers are currently on a four game losing streak, but have done so against some of the best teams in the Eastern Conference, having lost to the Atlanta Hawks, Toronto Raptors, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Chicago Bulls over that span. They are, without question, playing better basketball of late, and they’ll need to carry that over to tonight’s game to have a chance to end the homestand on a positive note.

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