‘The Answer’ Finally Ready to Call it a Career

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“We sittin’ in here, I suppose to be the franchise player, we in here talkin’ about practice. I mean listen, we talkin’ about practice. Not a game, not a game, not a game…WE TALKIN’ ABOUT PRACTICE.” -Allen Iverson, 2002

Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com.

Photo Courtesy of ESPN.com.

That particular line has lived on in Philadelphia sports lore for the last 11 years and at the time no one expected a typical end of the year press conference to produce a line that still to this day is used by a number of people.

That was the power that Allen Iverson had. He took the ordinary and made it unforgettable. On that day he showed it at the podium, but he displayed that same skill on the basketball court every night.

On October 30th, the Sixers will take on the Miami Heat in their season opener. ESPN’s Chris Broussard reported that on that night, Allen Iverson will officially announce his retirement from the NBA. Iverson, 38, has not played in the NBA in 3 years and the former MVP seems ready to come to grips with the fact that he never will again.

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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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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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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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Sixers’ Drafts: What If?

The Sixers lineup could include some potential all-stars if the team had drafted differently over the years.

The Sixers lineup could include some potential all-stars if the team had drafted differently over the years.

Hindsight is of course 20-20 and it is impossible to go back an re-do the past. For Sixers fans, it would certainly be nice to be able to do so when you consider what possible decisions could have been made with the franchise.

With the 2013 NBA Draft coming next month, it is only natural to look back on some past drafts of the Sixers. When doing so, it is interesting to see some of the players the Sixers took a pass on.

Here is a look at one potential starting line-up that the Sixers could have out on the floor if they selected a little differently.

  • PG Jrue Holiday Drafted 17th overall 2009 by Sixers
  • SG Paul George Drafted 2nd overall 2010 by Sixers (Sixers actually picked Evan Turner)
  • SF Wilson Chandler 21st overall in 2007 by Sixers (Sixers actually selected Daequan Cook and traded for Jason Smith)
  • PF Serge Ibaka Drafted 16th overall 2008 by Sixers (Sixers actually picked Marreese Speights)
  • C Marc Gasol Drafted 38th overall 2007 by Sixers (Sixers actually picked Kyrylo Fesenko)
  • Bench: SF/PF Thaddeus Young 12th in 2007, PF/C Carl Landry 30th in 2007 (Sixers actually selected Petteri Koponen and traded for Derrick Byars)

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Analyzing Analytics: Will Hinkie’s Numbers Save the Sixers

Sam Hinkie wants to bring a number based philosophy to the Sixers.

Sam Hinkie wants to bring a number based philosophy to the Sixers.

Some people may poke fun at the name of the new Sixers President and General Manager, Sam Hinkie, but do they really know much about the man?

The answer is probably no. Hinkie is a fresh face in the NBA and comes over from the Houston Rockets, an organization most Sixers fans do not encounter often. So who is Sam Hinkie?

  • Hinkie graduated from the University of Oklahoma with a 4.0 GPA and was named one of the country’s top 60 undergrads by USA Today.
  • Earned his MBA at Stanford
  • Served as a consultant for leading global strategy consulting firm, Bain & Company
  • Has experience in private equity and venture capital
  • Consulted NFL teams on draft strategy
  • Was named Special Assistant to the GM of the Rockets in 2005
  • Promoted to VP of Basketball Operations in 2007 and then Executive VP of Basketball Operations in 2010

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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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