76ers Get Scoring Help But Jimmy Brings Drama

On Monday, the Philadelphia 76ers and the Minnesota Timberwolves hope to finalize the Jimmy Butler trade as they present it to the NBA for approval. The trade involves Butler leaving Minnesota for Philly and Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayliss (who may be waived) and Dario Saric going to Minnesota, plus a 2022 second round pick. The…

Joel Embiid and the MVP Chase

The celebrated African proverb if you want to go fast go alone, if you want to go far go together should be sandblasted into the Sixers practice facility drywall. It is their truth after years of mediocrity, helplessness and cover your eyes atrocity. But they hung in there, grabbed two elite players in Joel Embiid…

Will “The Process” Reap A Playoff Reward?

Trust the Process. This phrase has rung in the ears of NBA fans throughout the offseason. While superteams formed elsewhere, a core of young, talented players stayed put in Philadelphia. This offseason signaled the end of the tanking years for the Philadelphia 76ers. They possess one of the most exciting young cores in the league,…

The Sixers No-Show Xmas Streak Is Finally Over

Sixteen years ago, the Sixers were on television on X-mas Day. That was the year Allen Iverson took his gutsy little team to the Finals and pulled off an upset in L.A., dropping 48 in Staples Center in an overtime win to steal the opener from the NBA champs. Unfortunately for MVP Iverson, the Sixers…

NBA Players Force a 76ers Mea Culpa

The 76ers apologized. They didn’t apologize for the product they have trotted out on the floor the past three years. It wasn’t an apology for the Process, the Sam Hinkie experiment to land the 76ers top NBA draft talent. It wasn’t their tanking scheme that made a mockery of the NBA as a whole- that…

76ers Strategy: Silence Black Lives Matter

The last thing the NBA wants is racial controversy. Take your pick as to why. Too many black players. Too many white customers. Many years ago, David Stern tried to wrestle control from the rap/hip-hop culture by installing a dress code. That made his white customers comfortable, seeing tall black men in suits rather than…

Of Course Ben Simmons Breaks His Foot

The 76ers worked long and hard to acquire Ben Simmons; it was a 24-7 job. They tanked the past three years, even as they played hard, but their talent level hovered around the D+ level. They signed marginal players who were incapable of scoring and defending on a nightly basis and often were embarrassed. They…

Shaq and A.I. Together Again

When Shaquille O’Neal and Allen Iverson are shoulder to shoulder tonight, when they are inducted into the NBA Hall of Fame as the most extraordinary and iconic players of their generation, and after their numbers are reduced to a sum, there they will stand, two brilliant NBA scorers who, once upon a time, were the…

Ben Simmons: Yes or No?

The Philadelphia 76ers are on the clock.Within a couple of weeks they have to answer the question: is the upside of Ben Simmons worth it? Or, should they select the more polished scorer Brandon Ingram, who just completed a workout for the Sixers? For the 76ers, after three years of abject misery, they are finally…

Lakers vs. 76ers: The Iverson Game

Every now and then extraordinary things happen in ordinary time. Such was the case on June 6th 2001 when Allen Iverson arrived in L.A. to play the defending champion Lakers who were 11-0 in the playoffs. It was supposed to be a NBA Finals rout. The Lakers incentivized dominance. Teams feared the Shaq-Kobe duo, the…