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Sterling sells, Clippers fetch record $2B price

 

 

ballmerThe Los Angeles Clipper have been sold for a record-breaking $2 billion to former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer. Shelley Sterling, Donald Sterling’s wife, approved the league-demanded sale late Thursday night as sole trustee of the Sterling Family Trust after Donald Sterling was ruled mentally incapacitated by medical experts.

Per ESPN:

Shelly Sterling became the sole trustee of the Sterling family trust very recently, sources told Shelburne and ESPN’s Darren Rovell, when husband Donald Sterling, the Clippers’ controlling owner, was found by experts to be mentally incapacitated. The rules of the trust did not require a court hearing first to declare Donald Sterling, 80, incapacitated. That allowed Shelly Sterling to negotiate directly with Ballmer and the NBA to sell the team.

The finalization of the sale is now pending league approval and rests upon a 3/4ths confirming vote by the 29 other team owners. A passing vote is expected in the coming weeks, or sooner. Don’t be surprised, however, if the actual ownership transfer takes considerably longer, as many close to the situation still fear it could.

Though this sale is certainly being hailed as a windfall victory for the league; both monetarily and in further divesting itself of Sterling’s shadow, the ordeal is likely far from over. Prior to the mental health decision and sale, Sterling vowed publicly to fight the NBA “to the bloody end” over control of the Clippers, no matter how long it took. It seems dangerously optimistic to assume that mindset has changed in light of the sale.

Our thoughts on Mr. Sterling here at The Cooler have been well documented; both in audio and text (and we encourage you strongly to check those out if you haven’t already).

Keep your browsers tuned to The Wooder Cooler for news and takes as this story develops.

Nerlens no more

Courtesy of gamedayr.com

Photo courtesy of gamedayr.com

Just in case anyone was worried that a healthy, mid-season return by 6th overall pick Nerlens Noel would galvanize a Sixers roster full of chaff into a team capable of winning actual basketball games and thus sabotaging our A-1 Abrams of a season, don’t. (after all, that run-on sentence was far more concerning)

Head coach Brett Brown revealed that our prized rookie will likely be held out the entire season to ensure optimum losses in both games and attendance fully recover from a torn ACL suffered last February.

Here’s Brown’s quote courtesy of ESPN NBA Rumor Central:

nerlens news

 Here’s the full story outside of ESPN’s Insider status 

So there ya have it, something else to look forward to in the oh-so-distant 2014-2015 campaign. And, yet another reason to avoid CSN every other night between October 30th and April 16th.

Read on for some quick takes on Nerlens and his new timetable…

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March Madness: Scouting for the Sixers

The madness is upon us! No, I’m not talking about the coma-inducingly stupid idea of resigning Andrew Bynum’s dismembered kneecaps. I’m talking about the 19 day, 64 team sprint of delirium that is the NCAA tournament.

Buzzer-beaters, upsets and poor basketball will abound[1] but that’s not the important thing. No, the important thing about the tournament is the opportunity it affords us to scout for future pro talent.

And boy if you’re a Sixers fan you know how badly we need talent. There are few positions we don’t need to upgrade. Unfortunately, this is a thought to be a relatively weak draft by recent standards. There are no “sure-fire” stars. Hell, there’s not even a sure-fire first pick yet.[2]

Double-unfortunately, the Sixers, soon to be mathematically eliminated from a playoff race they’ve been out of for a month, don’t know how to lose strategically. Their scant but nonetheless painful Pyrrhic victories have them set to draft somewhere in 8-11 range this June.

Stuck in that veritable lottery no-man’s land[3], it’s unlikely the 7-6 will be able to land a truly transformative player to build upon, but that won’t stop me from hoping.

Here are some players to keep an eye on, to kindle the imagination for a brighter 2013 Sixers season[4]. I’ve taken the liberty of breaking them down by tournament region.

Midwest Region

Mason Plumlee, Duke Blue Devils – 6’11, 245lbs, 23 years old

NBA Comparison: Older, more loathsome, Meyers Leonard

First tournament game: 3/22 vs. Albany

God I hate the Plumlees. They would be a small step up from the Winklevoss’ but there are three of them, which more than makes up the difference. Plumlee, like his older brothers is a hyper-athletic big man that is someone light on the actual skills and heavy on overwhelming college level players. He’s put up arguably better college numbers than the other Plumlae[5], but I don’t think that much changes his rather modest pro outlook.  There’s not a good track record of drafting big, raw, white dudes. Nor is there a good track record of drafting old (relatively) college players. I don’t think Mason Plumlee will buck either trend. Also he went to Duke…so there’s that.

 Scouting Video

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Bynum’s return delayed, may miss February goal, world reeling from shock

bynum 5

Well the headline kinda says it all, even I couldn’t bury this lead. It looks like flareups of pain in his left knee are back and limiting his practice and weight-loss (yeah…) goals.

But don’t take it from me, here’s the official word from ESPN.com Rumor Central:

bynum update 2

More thoughts and some video of Andrew actually moving after the break…

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Spencer Hawes gets Mozgov’d, Sixers host dunk contest early [Video]

NBA: Los Angeles Clippers at Philadelphia 76ers

*Note: this post contains graphic content, unintentional comedy and morbid comedy* 

If you didn’t catch the Sixers vs. Clippers game last night…GOOD. The following clips (no pun intended) are all you missed. And you’ll notice they are not Sixers-centric.

MOZGOV’D!

Oh god Spencer…I’m so sorry. A quick chemical wash and, god willing, you could may make a full recovery…

As if that wasn’t bad enough, there’s more, so much more. After the break:

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More good news for the 76ers…

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Looks like we should all start getting used to a little bit more Nick Young this season as Jason Richardson will be sidelined for the rest of the reason with a cartilage tear in his left knee that will require surgery.

As bad as the injury bug has hurt the Sixers this season (See: Bynum, Andrew and Young, Thaddeus), it can always get worse. And, it appears it has. Just days after losing Thaddeus Young for extended time due to  a strained hamstring, we lose out intended starting SG for the year.

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Climbing the Charts: Two Sixers top 25 under 25

jrue and thad

Think the Sixers’ season and future is completely derailed by Andrew Bynum? Think again! ESPN released their list of top 25 NBA players under the age of 25 and wouldn’t you know it, there are two 76ers on that list.

Despite how hard I tend to be on the hometown hoops team (I do it out of love, I swear) this is actually a pretty big achievement, especially for a team as down in the dumps as ours currently is.

The rankings are based on current stats, natural potential, projected wins above replacement player (WARP) over the next 3 seasons and, well, age (duh).

In case you hadn’t been able to guess the two yet, the big unveil:

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Video: Thaddeus Young…’Nuff Said

The Sixers may have lost last night to the Golden State Warriors, but THIS HAPPENED!

 

That might have been the dunk of the year. Think so? Leave a comment. Got a better dunk from this year, let us know in the comments.

Video: A Former Sixer Did What!?

THIS!

 

That’s Moe Harkless. Short-time Sixer draftee from this past summer. He was shipped out as part of the Bynum trade and, well, now he’s doing this…allll over Sideshow Lopez’s hair. Now, Harkless may only be averaging 4 pts and 4 rebounds per. But, he’s only 19, he’s already earned a starting spot on the 12-17 Magic with his defense, and, well you saw the video.

More former-Sixer Mayhem, after the break. 
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Who Will Play First? Depressing Philly Version

Thank you to The Boss for this idea, even if I hate what it means for our fair sports city. So tell me, who plays first?

 

 

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