Busy Draft Night For Sixers

Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams are your newest 76ers.

Nerlens Noel (top) and Michael Carter-Williams are your newest 76ers.

The Sixers entered last night’s NBA Draft following weeks of silence and secrecy. Many wondered what was going on behind the closed doors of the 76ers front office. The Sixers ended their silence in a big way last night as the team has set a brand new, but very distinct, direction for their future.

The Sixers dealt fan favorite, All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Kentucky center Nerlens Noel. The defensive sensation out of Kentucky was the consensus #1 pick for most critics but he fell to #6 to the Pelicans which opened the door for the Sixers to make a move. The Pelicans are also sending a top-5 protected first round pick to the Sixers in 2014, a draft that is projected to be very good.

General Manager Sam Hinkie characterized the Holiday dealings as “one gut-wrenching phone call.”

The Sixers managed to hold on to their #11 selection and picked Syracuse point guard Michael Carter-Williams to replace Holiday. The team also took part in a rash of second round trades.

Hinkie used his secrecy approach to completely flip the Sixers overnight.

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Silence is Never Golden in Philadelphia

Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has kept a tight lip when it comes to the Sixers' plans.

Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has kept a tight lip when it comes to the Sixers’ plans.

If there is one thing that will win you favor with Philadelphia fans, it is transparency. The new Sixers brass must not have gotten the memo.

This offseason the Sixers got off to a quick start making headlines. After the team’s dismal season, which ended with no playoff appearance, Doug Collins announced his resignation after three seasons at the helm in Philadelphia.

Soon after, the team parted ways with GM Tony Dileo who only served in that capacity for one season but who has held various positions with the team for years including a stint as head coach.

The team then made a splash when they hired Sam Hinkie as the new GM and President of the franchise. Hinkie came over from the Rockets touting analytics as the key to turning the Sixers into contenders.

That day was the day the Sixers turned off the lights, closed the curtains and pretended they were not home.

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The NBA’s Best Draft Class of All-Time Is…

Lebron James was selected first overall by the Cavaliers  in 2003.

Lebron James was selected first overall by the Cavaliers in 2003.

With the NBA Draft just over 24 hours away, teams are preparing to make selections that can forever change the fortunes of their franchise. With each selection a team faces the possibilities of landing a potential superstar who may one day bring the ultimate prize to their team, a solid contributor who may fill a role or a complete dud who will never pan out in the NBA.

Each pick carries its own risk and all 30 teams will have to face this reality on Thursday night. Over the years, certain drafts have been easier to navigate because the talent pool was incredibly deep. This fosters that argument of which draft class was the best of all-time.

There are three classes that stand above the rest but which one reigns supreme?

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Flyers Part Ways with Bryzgalov

Ilya Bryzgalov ranked just 48th in the NHL in save percentage last season.

Ilya Bryzgalov ranked just 48th in the NHL in save percentage last season.

The Flyers have decided that Bryzgalov just does not fit. The outspoken net-minder was supposed to be the final piece of a Flyers team with Stanley Cup aspirations. He failed to help the team reach that goal. Although it was not completely his fault, his erratic play coupled with his brash outspokenness, was enough for the Flyers to send Bryzgalov packing.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: 6/21-6/23

Cole Hamels has fallen to 2-11 on the season.

Cole Hamels has fallen to 2-11 on the season.

The Phillies had yet another dismal weekend going 1-2 against the lowly New York Mets. The situation for the Phils is looking more and more dire as the team approaches July. One Eagles star took his talents to the diamond to raise money for a very worthy cause. The future of the Flyers’ top netminder is still in question as the team has yet to make his fate known. A potentially historical trade is up for league approval and could change the outlook of the Atlantic Division or the 76ers.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: 6/14-6/16

Justin Rose won his first US Open at +1 at Merion Golf Club.

Justin Rose won his first US Open at +1 at Merion Golf Club.

The US Open at Merion proved to be quite the test for a number of the world’s premier golfers but one player certainly ‘Rose’ to the occasion. The Phillies squandered an opportunity to pick up some ground against a weak opponent but once again came up short. DeSean Jackson spent Father’s Day unveiling a documentary that highlights his rise to the NFL and his relationship with his father. Several reports are speculating that the Flyers may be close to buying out goalie Ilya Bryzgalov. The Sixers worked out a crop of prospects on Saturday that included local Big Five star, Khalif Wyatt.

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Sixers Mock Draft Review

Sixers Owner Joshua Harris is hoping the Sixers can take a step to turn things around with this draft.

Sixers Owner Joshua Harris is hoping the Sixers can take a step to turn things around with this draft.

The NBA draft is just under two weeks away. On June 27, the Sixers will be selecting number 11 in the first round and at 35 and 42 in the second round. All of these selections will be barring some sort of wheeling and dealing on the Sixers part. With the team picking twice in the first 11 picks of round two, it is not out of the question to see the team moving up in the first round or picking up a late first round selection. Various mock drafts are published throughout the year that try to predict where each prospect will fall. With the draft fast approaching, these mock drafts get tighter and more precise so let’s take a look at some of the prospects being linked to the 76ers.

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2013 US Open at Merion Golf Club

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa is serving as the host of the 2013 US Open.

Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa is serving as the host of the 2013 US Open.

Tomorrow morning at 6:45 the first group will head out onto historic Merion Golf Club East Course to begin the 2013 US Open. The event has been the buzz of the Philadelphia sports world all week and all the anticipation will finally end as the world’s greatest golfers will tee it up in Ardmore, Pa.

The club includes the historic East and West courses designed by Hugh Wilson. Merion has hosted more USGA Championship events than any other course in the nation and was the site of Ben Hogan’s famous one-iron on the final hole of the 1950 US Open (Article via CSNPhilly.com).

Since the completion of the East Course in 1912, and the West Course in 1914, Merion Golf Club has stood as one of the nation’s premiere championship courses and it has brought one of golf’s biggest events to Philadelphia.

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Time to Get Over the Cary Williams’ Remarks

Eagles CB Cary Williams has taken some heat for missing OTA's.

Eagles CB Cary Williams has taken some heat for missing OTA’s.

New Eagles’ cornerback Cary Williams has made some interesting remarks regarding his absences from the Eagles’ OTA sessions. Williams missed at least three OTA’s which did not sit well with some pundits and fans throughout the city. Under the most recent collective bargaining agreement, OTA’s are voluntary team activities. Players are not obligated to attend and teams can not reprimand players for not showing up. Williams took advantage of that fact but his reasons for doing so do not seem to be satisfying critics.

It’s time to just get over it.

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Weekend Wrap-Up: 6/7-6/9

NBA TV will debut "The Doctor" tonight at 9pm.

NBA TV will debut “The Doctor” tonight at 9pm.

The Phillies returned to their losing ways over the weekend as they followed up a solid five game winning streak with a three game skid. The Eagles have wrapped up OTA’s and minicamp and will reconvene in late July for Training Camp. In the meantime, the team has unveiled some new renovation plans for Lincoln Financial Field that carry quite a hefty price tag. All signs are pointing to the 2013-2014 season being the final year for Flyer’s defenseman Kimmo Timonen. Two names have surfaced in connection to the Sixers head coaching search. Also, an all-time Sixers legend will be the subject of a brand new NBA TV documentary to debut this evening.

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