The Zimmerman Verdict: What Philly Sports Figures Had to Say

George Zimmerman was found not guilty on charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin.

George Zimmerman was found not guilty on charges of 2nd degree murder and manslaughter in the death of Trayvon Martin.

If you were on Twitter or Facebook last night, you were most likely reading tweets and statuses dealing with the second extra inning game that the Phillies were playing that day.

The subject matter quickly changed as it was announced that a verdict had been reached in the controversial George Zimmerman trial.

After 17 months of scrutiny and speculation, George Zimmerman was acquitted on all charges stemming from the admitted slaying of 17 year old Florida native, Trayvon Martin.

Like many of us, Philadelphia Sports athletes and media members made their opinions of the verdict known on their social media accounts throughout the night. Some issued numerous and very deliberate tweets while others were much more discrete.

Here is a look at what several people had to say:

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Sixers land Andrew Bynum in Howard Blockbuster: What it all means

Dwight Howard will be taking his talents to Hollywood and Andrew Bynum will be heading back to the East Coast to play for the Sixers.

The most drama-filled aspect of this NBA off season was the tumultuous situation brewing in Orlando. Dwight Howard ended the season dead-set on not returning to the team next season and made no secret of his desire to move on. The Brooklyn Nets emerged as the early suitor for his services and according to reports, they made substantial offers to do so. They were also Howard’s top choice and the only team he would commit to signing long term with. Eventually the Nets gave up their pursuit and the Rockets, Hawks, and Lakers all stepped up to the plate for the NBA’s premiere Center. In the end, Los Angeles won out and enter the Sixers.

The Lakers and Magic needed extra teams to facilitate this deal. The Lakers did not have enough pieces and picks to pull off a deal straight up for Howard. The Nuggets and Sixers became those teams and the agreed upon trade will drastically change the outlook of all four teams involved:

Nuggets Receive: Andre Iguodala

Sixers Receive: Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson

Lakers Receive: Dwight Howard, Earl Clark, and Chris Duhon

Magic Receive: Nikola Vucevic, Al Harrington, Aron Afflalo, Maurice Harkless, Protected 1st rounds picks from each team

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What’s Next for the Sixers?

Sixers President Rod Thorn and Head Coach Doug Collins have changed the dynamic of the Sixers’ roster this offseason.

The Sixers have been active in revamping their roster this off-season. They have addressed several weak spots in their armor from a season ago by loading up on a few key weapons. The team lacked a wing player who could create their own shot consistently and fill it up on a consistent basis. They addressed that with the signing of Nick Young (16.6 ppg for WAS last season). They added a versatile 3-point shooter in Dorell Wright ( 36.5% 3pt for career). They also added a big man in Kwame Brown, who despite the knocks against him, has improved in the rebounding and post defense departments. Both of those were Achilles heels for the Sixers last season. And do not forget the drafting of SF Maurice Harkless and PF Arnett Moultrie.

The team will look drastically different with the addition of these pieces and the departures of PF Elton Brand, G Lou Williams (led Sixers in scoring last season), and SG Jodie Meeks. So far the Sixers have gotten bigger and more athletic but there is still work to be done and the amnesty clause used on Brand gives the Sixers an opportunity to perhaps add one more key piece. Here are some options for them to consider:

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Sixers Playoff Run Comes to an End: What Does it All Mean?

Rajon Rondo scored 11 points late in the fourth quarter to propel his team to the Eastern Conference Finals.

I chose to wait a night before writing about the Sixers loss to the Boston Celtics. I wanted to take a few hours to internalize everything that happened and I did not want to rush to my computer without having something to say that was well conceived and fully thought out. I spoke with several friends and family members following last night’s 85-75 loss. I heard several ideas about what the Sixers must do in the offseason, and who they should let go and target, and where they go from here. I promise, that article will come, but I do not want to be the type who gives you my “if I were GM” offseason plan without sitting back, looking at the season as a whole, including the playoffs, and thus coming up with a well thought out and realistic strategy.

In the meantime, I want to discuss what the playoff run meant for this Sixers team. The biggest thing that the organization takes away from this playoff run is pure knowledge.

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Sixers vs. Celtics Game 7: Keys to the Game

Andre Iguodala records this and one slam on Paul Pierce in Game 6.

The Philadelphia 76ers were able to successfully hold off elimination on Wednesday night. They were able to defeat the Celtics 82-75 to force a Game 7 in a series that has gone back and forth constantly. No team has been able to put together consecutive wins and that is what the 76ers will have to do to move on and face the Miami Heat. The Eastern Conference Finals awaits the winner of tomorrow night’s game.

Tomorrow night could be the final game for the Celtics’ Big 3 of Garnett, Pierce and Allen.

For the Celtics, moving on would symbolize a ray of hope for a team to have one more chance to win it all, knowing they will inevitably be split up in the off season. For the Sixers, moving on symbolizes growth and will be another opportunity for Doug Collins to teach his team valuable lessons. It would also be a chance for the Sixers to get a shot at the Heat, who knocked them out of the playoffs in the first round last season.

Both teams have displayed their strengths in victories and their weaknesses in defeat. Tomorrow night will come down to which team brings their A game. If they both do, there will be certain keys to victory for both sides.

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Sixers on Brink of Elimination Following Game 5 Loss

Doug Collins and the Sixers will have to win two games in a row to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Philadelphia 76ers’ playoff run is now just one loss away from being over. The Boston Celtics took a 3-2 series lead with a 101-85 win last night in Boston. The game followed the trend of the majority of the contests in this series. One team led for the majority of the game (Sixers), while the other found a way to piece it together in the second half en route to the win (Celtics). The Sixers will now have to win two consecutive games to advance to the Eastern Conference Finals.

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Sixers Stage Big Comeback to Win Game 4, Series Tied 2-2

Andre Iguodala and the Sixers came back from 18 down to steal Game 3 from Doc Rivers and the Celtics.

Just when it looked like it was time to make plans for the Sixers’ offseason, the scrappy bunch once again shocked the world. The Sixers overcame an 18 point deficit to defeat the Boston Celtics 92-83. The combination of an embarrassing Game 3 loss, and a horrible first half in Game 4, made it look like the Sixers were clearly in over their heads. The response by the Sixers put that notion to rest and now the Sixers have new life in this series.

The Sixers kept an important streak going with last night’s win. They have still not lost consecutive games in the playoffs and they only have one lose at the Wells Fargo Center.

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Sixers lose BIG in Game 3, Boston leads 2-1

Elton Brand, Andre Iguodala and Spencer Hawes look on as the Celtics defeated the Sixers in Game 3.

The Philadelphia 76ers undefeated streak at home in the playoffs is over. The Sixers failed to keep the streak alive as they fell in Game 3, 107-91. The Boston Celtics played their most complete game of the series to this point. They continued to play impressive defense and finally woke up on the offensive end of the floor. The Celtics had 81 points in Game 2. They eclipsed that mark midway through the third quarter in Game 3.

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Sixers Edge Out Celtics to tie Series

Andre Iguodala recorded 13 points, seven assists, and six rebounds to lead the Sixers to a Game 2 win.

The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Boston Celtics last night, 82-81 to tie the series at a game a piece. The Celtics managed to edge out the Sixers by the same margin in the series opener. The Sixers got their revenge last night and head back to Philly for Game 3 with home-court advantage on their side. The Sixers went to Boston, took a game, and now return to the Wells Fargo Center where they have yet to lose in these playoffs.

BLS SERIES KEYS

Last night’s game wasn’t pretty, but ugly games have become a trend for the Sixers throughout this postseason. They have relied on staunch defense and timely buckets to keep them in games and both of those things were on full display last night. The Celtics averaged 91 ppg during the regular season and the Sixers did a good job of keeping them off that number in Game 2.

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Tale of the Tape: Sixers vs. Celtics Game 1


As Philadelphia fans continue to ride high following the 76ers defeat of the Chicago Bulls in round one, the team is getting set for game one of their second round tilt with the Boston Celtics. The Sixers defeated the Bulls in six games to advance, while the Celtics polished off the Atlanta Hawks in six games as well. Both teams will experience quick turn arounds as they will square off tonight at 8pm in Boston.

ESPN EXPERT PICKS

A betting individual would certainly pick the more experienced Celtics in this series over the Sixers but, let us not forget that many pundits still had the Sixers losing to the Bulls despite the injury to Derrick Rose in game one. No series is over til its over. So let’s take a closer look at the series as we dig a little deeper into the stats between these two teams during the regular season.

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