Sixers Join New NBA-Sponsored eSports League

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Photo courtesy of the Philadelphia 76ers.

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 »

Doug Overton on Exposure Arrest: “It Appears I Wasn’t as Discreet as I Thought”

Photo courtesy of Lincoln University.

Photo courtesy of Lincoln University.

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 »

Former 76er, La Salle Basketball Star Arrested for Indecent Exposure

Photo by Dr. Darryl Pope/Lincoln University

Photo by Dr. Darryl Pope/Lincoln University

Philadelphia basketball lifer Doug Overton was arrested over the weekend in Montgomery County after allegedly exposing himself on the Cynwyd Heritage Trail in Bala Cynwyd, said Lower Merion Township police.

Overton, a Big 5 Hall of Famer and La Salle University’s all-time leader in both assists and steals, was charged with indecent exposure and disorderly conduct on Sunday. He was released from custody after posting bail. Read more »

20 Years Ago Today: Iverson Named NBA Rookie of the Year

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

File this anecdote under things that will make you feel old: Allen Iverson was named the Sixers’s first-ever NBA Rookie of the Year award winner 20 years ago today. Twenty years!

The Answer averaged 23.5 points per game during the 1996–1997 season, a mark that was best for all rookies and good for sixth in the league overall. Iverson edged out Minnesota’s Stephon Marbury for the award that year, receiving 44 votes to Starbury’s 35. Read more »

Allen Iverson Set to Make Philly Basketball Return

Photo: AP

Photo: AP

Hey, Sixers fans — wouldn’t you kill for just one more opportunity to cheer on Allen Iverson as he breaks ankles at the Wells Fargo Center? Now you’ve got your chance.

The Answer will be playing basketball in Philadelphia again on July 16th as part of rapper/actor/triple-double machine Ice Cube’s new venture, the BIG3, a traveling three-on-three basketball league featuring ex-NBA stars and other former pros looking for a paycheck. Read more »

New Sixers Mural Unveiled at Broad and Federal

Photo: Christian Sarkis Graham

Photo: Christian Sarkis Graham

Mural Arts Philadelphia unveiled its latest piece at the corner of Broad and Federal streets – a 37-foot tall collage dedicated to the 76ers and the team’s commitment to service in the local community. Read more »

WATCH: Iverson Talks His Most Memorable NBA Moment

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 »

WATCH: Jahlil Okafor’s Excellent Defensive Effort

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 »

Bad News for Sixers on Injury Front

Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports

Bill Streicher/USA TODAY Sports

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 »

The Sixers’ Ben Simmons Won’t Play This Season

Ben Simmons

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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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