10, 9, 8, 76ers

Can someone clue me into the reason behind the HHH entrance?

I’m not jumping on the Process bandwagon but last night was the first 3 game winning streak the Sixers have had in 3 years. It’s true that the combined record of the team’s they beat were 45-70, but I have to acknowledge that they won 3 games in a row. I get the feeling that this team is genuinely having fun and buying into what Brett Brown is teaching. The players are starting to have more defined roles and don’t seem to mind being role players to the one genuine star, Joel Embiid. Let’s also give full nod to Embiid for showing hustle and speed of a 7-2 player that hasn’t been seen since young Shaq. He is a bonafide stud as long as he stays healthy.

There are still major concerns and this team is very, very far off from being a contender. You can look at Nerlens stat line last night and see a -14 next to his name and 2 rebounds in 19 minutes (he was -8 against the Knicks, and -1 against the Nets). Jahlil sitting the last 3 games, and them winning them all, should also be a major concern along with this comment, “Obviously, it’s a funky situation. Funky for all of us. Right now, I’m the person who’s sitting out.”. You still have Nik Stauskas, Robert Covington, and TJ McConnell in your starting line up which won’t fly against playoff teams.

No longer.

Winning brings out fans and the Sixers are finally, finally, finally, doing some winning. This is what the process trusters like to see. I don’t think you can say the flip is switched but if they start beating the worse teams in the league, they will start moving towards being a .500 team. Once they get there, you can start the next chirping of playoff bound. What I can’t wait to see happen is when the band wagon fans start saying how big of Sixers fans they are, and then the reaction they get from the “process trusters”. Should be a fascinating social experiment.

By |2017-01-14T11:36:11-05:00January 14th, 2017|Sports|1 Comment

(Don’t) Trust the Process

“A competitive league like the NBA necessitates a zig while our competitors comfortably zag.” – Sam Hinkie

There was a lot in common with Chip Kelly and Sam Hinkie. They both didn’t play well with others and genuinely believed they knew what they were doing over everyone else. Note to self, management will give you 3 years to prove a winning formula.

chip-kelly-glareThere was a big difference between Chip and Hinkie and that was seen in the amount of games won. Chip Kelly got the Eagles to the playoffs in his very first season, then narrowly missed in his 2nd and 3rd. His moves to get Demarco Murray and Kiko Alonzo didn’t pan out and the future didn’t look as bright as when he started. He got shit canned once people started to question if he “really” knew what he was doing. Chip was released by the Eagles vs Hinkie leaving because management wasn’t letting him do what he wanted anymore. How much time did Hinkie want?

HINKIEFlat out, Hinkie didn’t win. The Sixers are 47-195 since 2013-14, including a 10-68 mark this season. If they lose their final four games this season, they will have posted the worst three-year span in NBA history, sinking even lower than the .187 winning percentage posted by the Dallas Mavericks from 1991-92 through 1993-94.

I was never directly behind Hinkie even though I had optimism that he knew what he was doing. 3 years of being the worst team in NBA history is not “a process”. After 3 years of Hinkie, the Sixers are only “positioned” into being a playoff team, let alone a championship team. Their roster literally only has 3 NBA players in Okafor, Noel, and Embiid. After 3 losing years, that’s it. They have Saric in the wings and a few draft picks which will bring in raw talent. Whether this raw talent develops is the biggest, most difficult question to answer.

"I love playing for the sixers."

“I love playing for the sixers.”

The idea of getting a lot of high picks to draft players is not a process. The 2012 draft brought us Anthony Davis, Damien Lillard, and Andre Drummond who I’d consider superstars within the top 10 picks. The top 10 picks in the 2013 draft have only Victor Oladipo averaging more than 15 points a game. The point is that out of the top 10 picks only a few guys are actually bonafide superstars after a few years. The idea of tanking to get high picks is a crap shoot and Hinkie crapped out.

NBA: Playoffs-Golden State Warriors at Cleveland CavaliersThe teams that have won the championship over the last 10 years are the Cavs, Spurs, Warriors, Celtics, Mavericks, and Lakers. Aside from the Spurs, who I’d argue are more of a team, the other’s all had 1 or 2 of the best players in the league. Lebron. Steph. Kobe and Shaq. The big 3 (Pierce, Garnett, Allen). Show me how the Sixers are competing with a total of 0 stars (and one potential beast with a bum foot)?

And don’t comment telling me that if I’m so smart, what would I do? If it was easy, everyone would be doing it. I liked Hinkie’s out of the box thinking. I believe there was merit to what he was planning but at some point, you have to win some ball games.

By |2016-11-08T09:32:04-05:00April 7th, 2016|Sports|0 Comments

Do You Bet on a Winning (Spurs) Team?

I woke up at 7:30 am to watch Spurs play Arsenal.  Since I like to gamble and football is finished, soccer fits the bill.  Yes, I just used the word since.  To make life interesting I put $75 on Spurs to win $125.  The pick em’ and moneyline for soccer still confuse me if anyone wants to explain.

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Harry Kane

Harry Kane is a player to watch.  The only goal (2) scorer on Spurs from the one game I’ve ever watched.  Spurs dominated the game and pulled off a 2-1 victory to move to 4 in the standings.   Harry Kane is in the right place at the right time.  Tremendous game today to win me $125 dollars.  He earned pride more valuable than money.

The key to take away from this game is that the underdog won.

If you can FIND the underdog, you can win a lot money.

So you must ask yourself, who do I root for?

I look to the Sixers as guidance.  Why would I root for them?  Because they can’t get any worse and it’s the floor of celebration?  Rooting for talented teams that win when they are not supposed to is the answer for sports.  Sixers are still years away from serious competition but Spurs could be the real deal.

Nerlens and MCW

Nerlens and MCW

 

By |2015-02-07T11:43:19-05:00February 7th, 2015|Sports|1 Comment

Rebel Against the Sixers!

Last night marked the 4th straight loss for the 76ers.  There is no reason to care about the Sixers this year and that’s why the fans should stop going to the games and supporting the team.

nerlens-NoelWhat management is doing is egregious.  Yes I used egregious and I barely know what it means but I know it’s pretty bad.  Management has taken a great basketball city and pooped on it saying that, “we’re preparing for the future”.  This sounds good but as I far as I know, it’s going to be the distant future and management saying, “hey we did it and it’s only 2033” doesn’t cut it.

It’s a cockamamey plan to think that high draft picks result in good players.  Nerlens Noel is 7ft tall and didn’t get a rebound until 2:40 left in the 4th quarter last night (he had 6 steals and 5 asst’s which is the bright side)!  He may turn out to be a star but he could also be a Michael Olowokandi.  This isn’t a fool proof strategy that the Sixers are implementing and there is a fundamental reason why I have doubts, they aren’t building a team, they are getting talent.

Sam HinkieTeams win.  5 players lose.  Spurs are the perfect example and I understand not many teams are the Spurs.  They haven’t had a lottery pick since 1997 winning at least 50 games a season.  Using the Spurs is only a model of what works and there are other ways to do so.  Getting Lebron James on your team helps as well.  Currently the Sixers have no superstar, questionable raw talent, no team chemistry, and a period of too many losses to feel good about.

Joshua HarrisIf the fans don’t go to a single game, what would the Sixers do?  The Sixers averaged around 14,000 fans last year to home games, way more than I thought.    Total people multiplied by the average ticket price of $30, times 42 games is 17.6 million dollars not including revenue from food and apparel.  Joshua Harris, the Sixers owner, should have to foot a bill for 20 million dollars during this little experiment and see how happy he is at the end of the day.  The fans have had enough with this losing on the weak promise of wins in the future.  I don’t support losing and neither should you.

By |2014-11-04T08:29:33-05:00November 4th, 2014|Sports|2 Comments

Sixers Trading Thaddeus Young and #3 for the #1?

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Tank For Wiggins!

I’m not a diehard Sixers fan but if I had to pick a favorite team, it’d be them.  The Sixers took a team that had no chance of winning a title with Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner as their best players, and traded them away to get Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter Williams and the 3rd and 10th picks in this year’s draft.  They flushed an entire season down the toilet to get set up in this manner.  I do agree something needed to be done differently, however, I don’t see the spot they are in now as an amazing place to play from.

wigginsThe Sixers have 2 NBA players (MCW – solid PG, Thad – upper end 6th man), 1 inexperienced center (Noel), and the 3 and 10 picks who are big question marks. The rest of the team sucks.  Tony Wroten and James Anderson are the next best players.  I have to raise the question, how is this position leaps and bounds better?

Gregg PopovichAs a fan, I get extremely disappointed when teams tank.  It’s pathetic and a slap in the face to the game.  It’s trying to work the system in a way that might not even work.  Has Gregg Popivich had winning seasons for 17 straight years because they tanked?  WELLLLLLL, in his first season the team was 17-47 which enabled them to get Duncan.  17 years though can’t be questioned and goes far beyond tanking for a season.

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Sixers Draft

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASo here we sit in June anticipating the draft and wondering what the Sixers are going to do.  Rumors are swirling that they want Wiggins and Thad’s name has gone along with trading up to the #1 spot to make sure it happens.  I think this is a horrible idea considering you don’t even know if the Cavs want Wiggins.  This makes negotiating imperative because why give up Thad if the Cavs are going to take Embiid.  Information and talks in June are mind blowing because the top 3 teams have to be careful in what information to reveal.  Here is how I see conversation going:

Sixers:  So Cleveland, are you going to draft Embiid?

Cavs:  We might, but we also like Wiggins.

Sixers:  We might really want Wiggins….or maybe Parker.  Would you be interested in the trading the pick?

Cavs:  Hmmmm,  Who are you going to take?

Sixers:  Hmmmm.  I guess that depends on what the Bucks do.  Hey Bucks, who are you drafting?

Bucks:  Hmmmm.  I’ll tell you if you tell me.

michael-jordan-first-trophyInformation at this point is powerful because teams don’t know what to do.  If you watched the 1984 draft on NBAtv you’d understand how important one draft pick can be.  Is Andrew Wiggins the next Jordan?  Who knows but is he worth giving up Thad Young to make sure?  The answer is yes if he’s the next Jordan.  I get the feeling that the Sixers feel like he is the next Jordan and that Wiggins it the piece to this puzzle that Hinkie has to make sure he gets.  After watching his NCAA performance, there are many question marks.  Remember, Jordan hit the winning shot for UNC to give their team the NCAA championship in his third year of college ball.

I am in full support of the move the Sixers made even though I think tanking is a rat way to play the game and a disgrace to the fans.  Their chances of winning with Jrue, Evan, Spence, and the rest of the crew were 0.  At least this is a different way of looking at the game even if it falls flat on its face.  One thing for certain is that the team will have young talent, but that doesn’t translate to championships.

 

By |2014-06-11T08:10:05-04:00June 11th, 2014|Sports|0 Comments

Basketball Stars Needed In Philly

He's a pussy

No other sport needs a star player as much as in basketball. With 5 players on the court at one time, a single player has a huge effect on the game. This isn’t as noticeable in football, baseball, or soccer where a strategic team game can overcome a superstar. In basketball though, a star is necessary and I hope to cement this point with this post.

I watched the Jordan 1v1 with Ahmad Rashad, taped earlier this year, and it’s what led to this post. In the hour long interview, MJ went through each point of his career and the different competition he faced and the challenges along the way. His take on various players and what he was like in practice was fascinating. His intensity was unrivaled and what lead to his enormous success. His 6 championships put him right near the top and it could have been even more if he didn’t quit for baseball somewhere in between. ALSO, he retired after winning his 6th championship! Talk about leaving on top. MJ will always be considered a legend.

To go hand in hand with this post is the Philadelphia 76ers and their 2013 season. This season was one of the worst I can remember because it was majorly hyped up prior to the season. The 76ers were hoping to work Bynum into the rotation after a month or two and basically conned the fans into buying tickets to see their new superstar. I’d bet my life ownership knew the whole time he wasn’t going to play a single game. So this season the Sixers put a mediocre squad on the court with absolutely no key player to take control of the games. They proved to me that basketball can’t be won without a player to turn to who can make a key bucket. Jrue isn’t that player yet. The rest of the team are only role players. This type of team finished exactly how good they were with a record well below 500. This team was an injustice to our basketball fans. Evan Turner will never be a superstar! Now, let’s take a look at the current elite teams who actually try to win championships:

Heat – Lebron
Knicks – Melo
Thunder – Durant
Spurs – Parker

I’d bet my bottom dollar that one of those teams wins the championship this year. Spurs are the only team without a legit superstar but they do the most with the less. Lebron vs Durant rematch is most likely going to take place which will hopefully be a better challenge than last year.

In the past 22 years there have only been 9 teams to win championships.
Bulls – Jordan – 91′-93′, 96′-98′
Rockets – Olajuwon – 94′-95′
Spurs – Duncan – 99′, 03′, 05′, 07′
Lakers – Bryant – 00′-02′, 09′-10′

The Heat (LeBron), Mavericks (Nowitzki), Pistons (6 teammates), and Celtics (Garnett, Piece, and Allen) round out the list. You can keep going back but history continues to repeat itself and my point with Bird, Magic, Kareem, Russell… Basketball isn’t as much a team game as needing that one guy to take over the game when your team needs it the most. AI took a bunch of role players to the finals in 01′ which should prove the point even further. This is why I’m unbelievably upset at the Sixers and all the other shitty teams in the league who put out piss poor products. Do they know they have a poop product? Do they think the public is so stupid that we just buy into their marketing of bullshit? No star = No championship = No fans. You can sell the Eagles as a collective group and it’s harder to see but I’m not buying into shitty basketball products anymore unless ownership tries a bit harder.

By |2013-04-15T23:03:16-04:00April 15th, 2013|Sports|1 Comment

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