Allen Iverson was on SportsCenter on Monday before the Sixers game and interviewed about his most memorable moment in the NBA. Was it winning the Eastern Conference in 2001? Or was it stepping over Tyronn Lue in Game 1 of the Finals? How about that time he stole the ball and laid it in with .2 seconds left for the win?
ESPN actually limited it to two options, including the Lue stepover. But Iverson chose a different one.
Iverson said his rookie-season crossover of Michael Jordan, when he crossed-over MJ and then hit a jumper, was his most memorable. “You gotta say the Mike joint,” Iverson told ESPN, “because it was Mike! I mean, the greatest player to ever play the game.” Read more »
There’s an art to playing defense in basketball, but there’s also an art to playing no defense. Last night, the Sixers’ Jahlil Okafor put on one of the most incredible performances of not-playing-defense of all time.
The Sixers were throttled by the Heat in Miami last night, 125-98. Jahlil Okafor scored just six points in 22 minutes. His 28-point, 10-rebound performance last weekend seems so far in the rear view mirror after two straight clunkers.
But enough about his offense. It’s a clip of his defense that’s making the rounds today on pretty much every sports site. It’s even leading CSN Philly, a site that used to share a parent company with the team! The clip, which you can see above, does not reflect well on Okafor. Read more »
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Star Sixers center Joel Embiid is out indefinitely, the team announced today.
Embiid, who suffered a knee injury in January and has a torn meniscus in his left knee, has played just one game since January 20th. Last week, the Sixers said he would miss the next four games. Now he’s listed as out indefinitely with swelling in his knee. Read more »
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Another big man will miss the entire season for the Sixers.
Ben Simmons, the overall number-one pick last summer who broke his foot in the preseason, will not play this season. Sixers president Bryan Colangelo announced the news at a press conference this morning. Read more »
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Nerlens Noel, the first player drafted in the Sixers’ rebuild nearly four years ago, is leaving Philadelphia.
According to a report from NBA trade-master Adrian Wojnarowski, the Sixers are sending Noel to the Dallas Mavericks for a first-round pick, center Andrew Bogut, and guard Justin Anderson.
The Mavericks are currently tied for the sixth-worst record in the NBA. The pick, per ESPN’s Marc Stein, is protected 1-though-18. That means the pick will not convey this year; it’s not yet known if the pick could convey in later years or what protections are on it in 2018 and beyond.
Per TNT’s David Aldridge, the Sixers are likely to trade Andrew Bogut — possibly to Boston. ESPN’s Marc Spears reported the Sixers were still unsure what to do with him; they may buy him out if they can’t find a trade partner. Bogut, the first overall pick in the 2005 draft, was traded from Golden State to Dallas this offseason after the Warriors signed Kevin Durant. Read more »
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It would be hard to say which is more chaotic at the moment: the Trump administration or the Sixers’ front office. Between Joel Embiid’s striptease, Jahlil Okafor’s in-and-out, Ben Simmons’s healed/not-healed foot and Bryan Colangelo’s — hell, who knows what Colangelo is doing? — these guys are managing to make Team Trump look organized. Which is why it warmed our hearts to hear T.J. McConnell stand tall after the Sixers spanked Charlotte on Monday — in a game in which Hornets guard Nicolas Batum had guaranteed victory — and announce to the world: “We don’t mean any disrespect, but you’re not gonna overlook us. We’re not a guaranteed victory for the other team, and you know, if you guarantee something, you better back it up. So we’re a damn good team, and we just gotta keep fighting.” And then he got a haircut. Mic-drop. Done.
Joel Embiid led the Sixers with 25 points in their 93-91 victory over the Minnesota Timberwolves | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
So just how much are the Sixers worth? Forbes’ yearly ranking of NBA teams puts the Philadelphia 76ers near the bottom—they’re ranked 25th out of 30 teams.
Forbes placed an $800 million value on the Sixers franchise, with annual revenue of $140 million and a profit of about $18 million.
The NBA’s most valuable franchises according to the list are the New York Knicks ($3.3 billion) and the Los Angeles Lakers ($3 billion). Following behind are the Golden State Warriors and Chicago Bulls both valued at $2.6 million. The average NBA franchise is now worth $1.36 billion.
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Over the last two years here at Philadelphia magazine I’ve had the freelance opportunity of a liftetime, given the leeway and the freedom to craft a somewhat different method of covering your favorite NBA team. I knew I was at the right spot when, in my first week, I asked Brian Howard, my editor at the time, whether I could run an article talking about the Sixers’ Expected Effective Field Goal Percentage. Likely not knowing what the stat was, but without blinking an eye, Brian gave me the green light and let me run with it.
That kind of flexibility allowed me to experiment in ways that, quite honestly, were the reason I reached out to Philadelphia magazine in the first place. Admiring the unique gem Sheil Kapadia and Tim McManus had built with Birds 24/7, I viewed Philadelphia as the place that I could build something similar. From the moment I came aboard my editors, from Brian to Tim Haas to Tom McGrath, put their faith in me, and gave me all the freedom and flexibility I could ever hope in looking to craft something unique. For that, I cannot thank them enough.
You can continue to follow me on twitter, @DerekBodnerNBA, to keep up with my thoughts on the Sixers and the NBA.
Joel Embiid (Cal Sport Media/Associated Press) and Ben Simmons (Steven Freeman/NBAE/Getty Images) were acquired as a result of the Sixers’ rebuild. Was it worth it?
The Philadelphia 76ers — winners of 11 of their last 16 games, sitting just 4.5 games of the playoffs, and, most importantly, led by the kind of generational superstar that promises to make them relevant for the foreseeable future — have started to capture the imagination of the Philadelphia sports fan in a way almost nobody could have predicted just a few short months ago.
Much of that excitement is predictably centered around Joel Embiid, the third-year rookie taking the NBA by storm. Embiid is averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.1 assists, and 2.5 blocked shots per game, despite having his playing time limited to just 25.4 per contest as he works his way back from two missed seasons because of an injury to the navicular bone in his right foot. Despite the limited playing time Embiid has showcased the diversity of skills that could, perhaps should, make him one of the best two-way players of his generation.
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Joel Embiid was not selected as an All-Star reserve | Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports
Last night the NBA announced the 7 reserves for the Eastern Conference All-Star team. Joel Embiid was not one of them.
Fellow Eastern Conference coaches selected John Wall, Kemba Walker, Isaiah Thomas, Kyle Lowry, Paul George, Kevin Love, and Paul Millsap to round out the All-Star roster.
Embiid came in 3rd among all Eastern Conference frontcourt players in the fan vote, with his 922,714 votes narrowly edging out Kevin Love‘s 909,488. In previous years, this would have earned Embiid a starting spot on the All-Star team.
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