‘The Answer’ Finally Ready to Call it a Career

*This post also appears on TheWooderCooler.com

“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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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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NBA Finals Preview: Heat vs Thunder

Here it is. We are roughly 35 hours away from the opening tip of the NBA Finals in Oklahoma City. This series is deuces wild as the number two seeds, from each conference, have ascended to the top. The Eastern Conference’s top seed, the Chicago Bulls, fell to the 76ers in the first round, while the West’s top seed, the San Antonio Spurs, gave up a 2-0 series lead to the Thunder in the conference finals.

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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 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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What do Philly Fans Want for Christmas?

Philadelphia fans have a lot to wish for this holiday season.

Tis the season to be jolly…

It’s the time of year when we all grab a pen and paper (or maybe an iPad) and make out our list to Santa Claus as we all hope for that special gift to be under the tree come Christmas morning. I came home this afternoon and noticed my parents making their annual inconspicuous trek out the door, failing to mention to anyone exactly where they were headed. They’ve dropped their share of hints to the point where my brother ended up making up a list for “Santa” and needless to say, that list is gone. I’m not trying to let the cat out of the bag for any of my readers who haven’t heard the news so lets move on.

The list itself made me wonder something. What are Philadelphia sports fans hoping that Santa brings them on Christmas morning?

There have been a few early gifts for Philly sports enthusiasts. The Sixers are back in action and thumped the Washington Wizards in their first preseason game last Friday. The Eagles defeated the New York Jets Sunday to keep their playoff hopes alive. The Flyers will be the hosts of this year’s Winter Classic at Citizen’s Bank Park and their star Claude Giroux has returned to practice following a concussion (Story via CSNPhilly). And of course, the Phillies re-signed Jimmy Rollins to a deal that will keep him in red pinstripes for three to four more seasons. But let’s be realistic. Philadelphia fans are hard to please so there’s a good chance there’s more on the list.

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