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The Sixers finally snapped their historic losing streak. (credit: ESPN.com)

This team is young and on the rise. (credit: ESPN.com)

Seriously.

The Sixers’ owner has gotten some flack for claiming that this season was “a huge success.” However, despite the 19-63 record, the NBA record tying 26 straight losses, and the abysmal amount of NBA talent he’s absolutely right. The 2013-2014 season was a monumental success.

To begin, fans wanted that record. If the Sixers went 35-47, which would have given them the 11th best odds for the first overall pick, the year would have truly been a failure. This team was intended to tank and tank they did. That ugly, miserable 19-63 record is the turd in the soil that leads to a quality harvest. The worst is over in the best way possible. Don’t forget that the Sixers will almost certainly take the Pelicans’ pick from the Jrue Holiday trade too.

Secondly, you have to look at last year’s draft. It may be hard to remember at this point, but Michael Carter-Williams was considered a risky project with a bad jumper. A year later, the 11th pick in the draft is going to be the Rookie of the Year. You can argue that MCW’s season alone made this year a huge success for the organization. The Sixers couldn’t have stumbled across a better fit for their slogan “Building from the Ground Up”

Speaking of which, receiving Henry Sims in exchange for Spencer Hawes fits the mantra quite well too. You see the important thing is perception. The Sixers weren’t digging for gold in the mountains this year, rather they were searching for nickels on the beach. Sims is one such nickel. He’s a young hard-working player that will provide help from the bench next season—a low-risk success story. Tony Wroten fits the bill here as well.

Lastly, if you follow this team you have to love Brett Brown’s first season. His brief tenure here has been a refreshing antithesis to the Doug Collins era. The style of play, the day to day focus on teaching—he has developed a culture focused on a greater future rather than a mediocre present (and we know the importance of culture). Assuming more talent is added to the roster it’s hard to imagine his trajectory going anywhere but up.

Given all of this, it’s quite clear that the Sixers achieved all of their goals. They stunk, found a core player, some role players, and added a quality coach for the job. Sounds like a huge success to me.

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The Last Sixers Regime: Who’s To Blame?

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Jrue Holiday (top left), Andre Iguodala (top right), Evan Turner (middle), Thaddeus Young (bottom left) and Louis Williams.

Over the last few seasons the Sixers have seen a number of building block players leave the organization. All of them were players drafted by the team and all were players that played a role on the roster in playoff appearances and during dismal times.

Those particular individuals were Andre Iguodala, Louis Williams, Jrue Holiday and Evan Turner. The next individual to join this group may very well be Thaddeus Young.

These were the bright spot players. This was the group of names that were supposed to lead the Sixers past the Allen Iverson era and into a bright future.

Each player represents a failed attempt at that task. But, was it the players who failed. or, was it the Sixers organization that failed this group of players?

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Sixers Remain Uncommitted to Turner’s Future

Photo Courtesy of Philly.com

Photo Courtesy of Philly.com

Coming into the season, it was clear that an aura of change had permeated the Sixers’ locker room. That aura appears set to stay for awhile as Evan Turner could be the next familiar Sixer to leave Philadelphia.

Thursday at midnight was the NBA’s deadline to extend player contracts. Turner, who is now playing in the fourth year of his rookie contract was not extended by the Sixers which means that he will enter Free Agency for the first time in his career.

The Sixers have until June 30th to make Turner a qualifying offer that will make him a restricted free agent, giving the team the right to match any offer. That qualifying offer will total $8.7 million if made. That total, or anything more, may prove too costly for a team that is poised to develop young talent and not to compete for at least a few seasons.

Turner expressed that there were no discussions with the Sixers about extending the contract.

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Hinkie Gets Tanky Panky: Sixers Will Suck for Success

Image via LibertyBallers.com

Image via LibertyBallers.com

Sam Hinkie has been more of an idea than an actual human being over the last few weeks. His intentions hardly whispered in the rumor mill.  All of this, combined with a lack of head coach and a middling draft led to what would be a pretty blasé night.

Then Hinkie released the Kraken.

Just a few minutes before the Sixers were to pick at 11,  news broke of Jrue Holiday and second rounder being sent to New Orleans for Nerlens Noel and a first round pick in 2014.

The talking heads of Philly now know that Hinkie is burning down the house, which is tough to stomach but really is the right move for this team.

It’s all about tanking in the NBA and tanking properly.

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Some Good News and Bad News

jrue and thadThe Sixers had a bit of minor, but pleasant news yesterday.

All Star point guard Jrue Holiday being named one of the participants in the Team USA basketball mini-camp. Selected amongst names like Paul George, Kyrie Irving, Demarcus Cousins, and Damian Lillard it seems like Jrue has earned the respect of his peers after four NBA seasons.

The camp is very much a preliminary adventure—World Championships aren’t until next summer—but having Jrue get some time in with other up-and-coming players can only be beneficial despite the fact that he probably won’t make the roster. With a team that needs this much work, you take all of the positive you can.

If you’d like to look at the entire group of invited players, check it out here.

Jason Peters made the news for all of the wrong reasons.

As you’ve likely heard at this point, Jason Peters was arrested after being caught drag racing by police in Monroe, LA. Instead of pulling over like someone with any sense, Peters elected to try outrunning the police in his Camaro. You know, “allegedly.”

It’s reported that Peters drove his car over 100 mph while trying to evade police before eventually giving up and stopping in a mall parking lot. The other driver had pulled over almost immediately.

While this is an incredibly dumb move by Peters, everything should be fine from a football standpoint. The chances that he faces any serious legal penalties outside of a big fine are slim. The only real concern is whether or not the league decides to suspend him, which again is unlikely.  Players pull of worse shit all of the time and manage to get away without losing paychecks.

For example, there’s likely nothing that will happen to Maurice Jones-Drew despite the fact that lots of evidence allegedly proves him guilty of battery against a bouncer.

So if you expect good behavior from your athletes feel free to wag a finger, but otherwise it’s news without virtually any impact. Peters will be the starter this year regardless.

Around the Cooler 02/10/13 – Discussion: Will the NFL exist in 30 years?

Here’s what we’re talking about: 

Bernard Pollard inadvertently creating the “Tom Brady rule” in 2008.

Ravens safety Bernard Pollard: “Thirty years from now, I don’t think it will be in existence. I could be wrong. It’s just my opinion, but I think with the direction things are going — where [NFL rules makers] want to lighten up, and they’re throwing flags and everything else — there’s going to come a point where fans are going to get fed up with it… Guys are getting fined, and they’re talking about, ‘Let’s take away the strike zone’ and ‘Take the pads off’ or ‘Take the helmets off.’ It’s going to be a thing where fans aren’t going to want to watch it anymore.” (ESPN)

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 02/02/13

Here’s what we’re talking about:
The Har-bowl! The Superbaugh! (0:00)
What’s wrong with the Flyers? (18:00)
Jrue Holiday is an All Star! (33:00)

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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 01/23/13

The Wooder CoolerHere’s what we’re talking about:
Flyers 0-2 start (0:00)
Sixers: Jrue and Thad make ESPN’s “25 under 25″ list, Bynum notes (18:00)
News and tidbits from the Eagles and Phillies (40:00)

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Climbing the Charts: Two Sixers top 25 under 25

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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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The Wooder Cooler Weekly Podcast – 01/18/13

Here’s what we’re talking about:
Chip Kelly and the future of the Eagles (0:00)
“4th and 26″ (30:00)
Flyers talk about the upcoming season and the defense (33:00)
Sixers and Bynum update (41:00)

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