Monthly Archives: August, 2013

Royce White might not be wanted in Philadelphia

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The Philadelphia 76ers traded for Royce White in early July, sending just “future considerations” to the Houston Rockets in order to acquire the 2012 first-round pick and Turkish prospect Furkan Aldemir. It turns out that the little-known Aldemir, not the embattled White, was apparently the object of the Sixers’ affection.

It made sense for new 76ers GM Sam Hinkie to pick up White considering he came from Houston and likely knew about the internal issues that kept White from ever actually playing a regular season game for the Rockets. Hinkie spoke pretty openly — at least by his standards — to Tom Moore at the Bucks County Courier Times on Friday, however, and it seems that the Sixers might not be all that high on the enigmatic White.

As for the embattled White, Hinkie answered a question about White’s possible role on the team generically and never mentioned White by…

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Who’s This Guy: Lavoy Allen

Welcome back to “Who’s This Guy?” a look at the 2013-14 Sixers Roster. Yesterday we introduced you to deep bench player Tim Ohlbrecht. Today we get re-acquainted with hometown hero and Stacy Dash stalker Lavoy Allen.

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Name: Lavoy Allen

Position: PF/C

Number: 50

Age: 24

Height: 6’9

College: Temple

2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com): $3.06 Million

2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com): 21.1 MPG, 5.8 PPG. 5.0 RPG, 0.7 BPG, 0.9 APG

How Acquired: Drafted by the Sixers in the 2nd Round (50th Overall) in 2011

Pros: Allen showed some flashes of toughness and skill during the 2011-12 season. He has a good jumpshot, and can rebound well. When he wants to be he is very aggressive, and makes his man work. When he comes off the bench he has the ability to be an energy guy and pick his team up, however….

Cons: He really, really would rather take outside jumpers than bang down low and usually drifts too far away from the post on the offensive end. It seems that he is always getting out-muscled in the paint defensively. He is very passive on both ends of the court and was exposed as a bench player during this past season, disappointing his coach and his local fans. He even admitted that he wasn’t aggressive enough this past season.

In keeping with the theme of this year’s squad, Allen looks like a bench player. Even in games where he started strong, he faded quickly and was often benched for much of the second half. If you can’t play tougher than Spencer Hawes what good are you really?

Tomorrow: Arsalan Kazemi

Don’t be surprised if Jason Richardson misses entire season

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Not that the Sixers were really counting on him this season — they have their plan to get good through being bad in place — but just be sure you don’t pick up Jason Richardson on your fantasy team to start the season.

Richardson was out last February for the season after his knee injury was diagnosed. He’s had his operation — but he told MLive.com about it and it’s much more serious than first thought.

Players tend to be optimistic about their return dates, and Richardson made it sound like he hopes to play again around the All-Star break.

“I was diagnosed with having a hole in my meniscus about the size of a quarter. Going to several doctors to see what was the best procedure to have, I decided to go with a fairly new procedure called Denovo surgery. It’s a surgery where they take juvenile cartilage…

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Sixers GM Hinkie talks about search for coach, reaching out to fans

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It’s not just Charles Barkley who is confused.

There are fans in Philadelphia who heard little out of the organization while 12 other NBA coaches were hired and wondered what was going on. They watched the team’s popular All-Star point guard get traded away to usher in another rebuilding effort. They know they’re in for a rough season.

To some there seemed to be a distance with new GM Sam Hinkie —particularly media members used to Doug Collins and who now had a tougher job. Certainly some fans and some media members didn’t like the choices and the secrecy. Hinkie talked about liking to keep his cards close to his vest in a Q&A with the Philadelphia Daily News.

I think our fans will find me to be plenty open when we get to know each other. Our coaching search took quite a while and that may have…

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Barkley Unhappy With Sixers

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Charles Barkley doesn’t like the way the Sixers handled their coaching situation. He’s right.

Who’s This Guy?: Tim Ohlbrecht

Yesterday, we looked at Royce White. Today we turn our attention to another Houston Rockets castoff, Germany’s Tim Ohlbrecht.

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Name: Tim Ohlbrecht

Position: PF/C

Number: Not Assigned, yet….

Age: 24

Height: 6’11

College: None, played professionally in Germany from 2005-2012

2013-14 Salary (per Basketball-Reference.com):$788,872

2012-13 Stats (per Basketball-Reference.com): 4 MPG, 1.0 PPG, 0.3 RPG, 0.3 STL, 0.3 APG

How Acquired: Signed as a free agent by the Sixers on 7/15/13

Pros: The guy is tall, he’s 6’11. According to Nbadraft.net Ohlbrecht is athletic, runs the floor well and is a good scorer. He makes good decisions and defends the pick and roll well, which is a plus in the NBA these days.

Cons: Again, this from NBADraft.net. Ohlbrecht is consdiered “too unselfish” and is hesitant to take over a game despite all of his physical gifts. He can be a little bit careless with the basketball. He is also not a great help defender, which works for this team because winning isn’t the name of the game this season. For as tall as he is, he doesn’t have much of a post game and some scouts have questioned his love of basketball in the past. I’m sure the influence of Kwame Brown will help to fix that.

A bench guy I guess. Who knows? For everything that is said about how impressive he can be, he didn’t get drafted when he was eligible and the Rockets rarely used him last season off the bench. His contract lasts until next season and I’m sure no one is expecting much from him.

Tomorrow: Lavoy Allen

The Ball So Hard 50: Andrew Bynum, no. 48

This from BALL SO HARD. Also, I hate him.

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Sick of arguing with your friends about who is the best player in the NBA? Leading into the ’13-14 NBA Season, Ball So Hard will be putting an end to the debate. Here is the decisive list of the 50 best NBA players.

Note: predictions are for the up coming season and rank players on how they will perform in the ’13-14 season.

No. 48, Andrew Bynum

On paper, Andrew Bynum is the second best centre in the NBA.

However, as the Philadelphia 76ers found out, looking great on paper does not guarantee a player will look great on the court. Or in the case of Andrew Bynum, it does not guarantee a player will even make it to the court.

In 2011-12, Bynum averaged 18.7 points, 11.8 rebounds (third best in the league), and 1.9 blocks per game on his way to his first All-Star and All-NBA Second Team selections.

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The Rumor Mill: Earl Barron

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Philly.com picked up on a report that SB Nation picked up from ESPNNewYork saying thay the Sixers are amoung several teams interested in veteran journeyman center Earl Barron.  The Sixers have four potential centers on the roster, but what the hell, the more the merrier!

Sixers’ D-League Team Adds Ramone Moore, 15 others

Allen Iverson, Tracy Mcgrady announce retirement. Gives fans time to look back.

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NBA career’s come and go, players get drafted or signed to a certain team and play their years. When key or historic players decided to announce their departure from the game. Fans, writers and players of the NBA get a chance to reflect on those players careers and get a chance to critique them. In this case, the players that have hung up the sneakers although given these two players some might say it was long overdue and decided to call it quits. Allen Iverson  announced his retirement on August 22,While former All Star Tracy Mcgrady announced his just a week after Iverson announced his.  Mcgrady announced his retirement on ESPN’s First Take  He spoke about his decision,

“It’s been 16 years playing the game I love,” McGrady said on ESPN’s First Take. “I’ve had a great run, but it’s time for it to come to an end.”

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