‘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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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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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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Weekend Wrap-Up: 5/31-6/2

Domonic Brown recorded three homeruns and six hits over the weekend against the Brewers.

Domonic Brown recorded three homeruns and six hits over the weekend against the Brewers.

The Phillies went 1-2 over the weekend as they took on the Brewers. Domonic Brown continued his stellar play and his hot month landed him some more hardware. The Eagles wrapped up OTA’s on Friday and there is still no leader in the quarterback competition. However, the Eagles may have given a bit of a clue on Friday. The Sixers are still without a head coach but a former 76er may be available to speak with. The Flyers added two new prospects to the fold, including a coveted winger.

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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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