Grantland’s NBA writer Zach Lowe has an interview with Sixers coach Brett Brown about his basketball heritage, offensive philosophy, and Philadelphia. Some excerpts:
SportsWorldReport: “The Latino Post reports the Lakers are beginning to aggressively seek a trade for Pau Gasol that would include Philadelphia 76ers’ Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes. Getting rid of the four-time All-Star would certainly be a big hit to the Lakers lineup considering he is thriving in the absence of Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash, but there is little belief that Gasol intends to remain with the Lakers so the team could make a trade instead of letting him walk away for nothing.”
So this happened over the weekend.
Oh yippee! Cavs “Center” Andrew Bynum has been traded to the rebuilding Chicago Bulls for wingman Luol Deng and a couple of draft picks. The Bulls did this not because they actually want Bynum, who will be released immediately, but to save cash in a convoluted way. Anyways, if the goal really is to tank this year, Mr. Sam Hinkie, Bynum’s on the block!
Now let’s all remember the time he was spotted at the King of Prussia Mall with a stuffed tiger.
— David Luning (@DavidLuningJr) December 20, 2012
Good news for people who love bad news alert. Michael Carter-Williams will return tonight from his possibly real skin infection, which worked to perfection. In MCW’s absence, the team went 0-7 and slipped from contention to a comfortable last place in the Atlantic Division.
“Nobody is making a 100 percent commitment that he is playing. We think he is, he has practiced well,” [Coach Brett] Brown said after Thursday’s workout. “We assume he will be in the lineup.”
Somebody steal his Neosporin!
Michael Carter-Williams, savior of the 76ers, leads the NBA in rookie jersey sales. Also leads the NBA in hyphenated-name jersey sales. Also in jerseys of players whose teams are inventing fake “skin” injuries to enable their teams to tank. Anyways, add one of these puppies to my Christmas list. Not since Kareem has such a promising basketball player had a hyphenated name, and as I am partial to hyphenated names, I think the time is now to invest in a pretty blue MC-W jersey to wear around the office.
It’s no secret that the Cleveland Cavaliers have been shopping second-year shooting guard Dion Waiters, and the latest update, according to two sources who spoke with Bleacher Report, is that the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers have emerged as the top two suitors. And both are realistic destinations based on trade assets and financial complements.
According to a source close to Waiters, he “wants out” of Cleveland and “prefers to go to Philly because he thinks he’d be the best player on the team. That’s his mindset.”
As Michael Bradley noted on Monday, the Sixers are finally as tank-tastic as we expected them to be at the beginning of the season. Monday night, they lost to the Brooklyn Nets 130-94. ESPN comments: “The facts: the Sixers’ last two opponents have scored 269 points and hit 42 3-pointers — the latter an NBA record. In consecutive games, Philadelphia has allowed its opponent to set a franchise record for 3s. Yeesh.”
Things were pretty scary in Sixerland there for a while. The home team was sitting at 6-8 and in first place (gasp!) in the NBA Atlantic. The Eastern Conference looked like a bad CYO league (Indiana and Miami excepted), and the idea of a prime spot in the 2014 draft was disappearing faster than the Bucks’ dignity.
When the Sixers dropped a 106-98 decision to Indiana on November 23rd, nobody could have figured that it would be the beginning of a glorious stretch that would see the team lose 10 of 11 and collapse into the lower depths of the NBA. As of Monday morning, the Sixers owned the third worst record in the league and seemed to be heading for even more misery and despair — kind of like the Cowboys.
Grantland has a long profile of former Sixer Andre Iguodala, suggesting he’s a Scottie Pippen-like do-it-all player who has never found his Michael Jordan to quite mesh with. And it didn’t help, apparently, that Iguodala played in front of notoriously tough Philadelphia fans who could only see what he wasn’t—Allen Iverson—instead of appreciating the gifts he had.