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Sixers 2014 Draft Recap: THE CHOSEN PEOPLE

embiidFollowing a putrid, soul-crushing season for the Sixers they’ve delivered a another punch to the gut. They will most certainly tank again in 2014-15. I love it. Why?

Sam Hinkie is Moses a day after the Exodus. It’s hot as hell, his people don’t have a place to call their own, and they’ve were beaten to a pulp in what was considered to be the best of recent times. The trip to a title as a fan and general manager will not be easy. However, while I know as a fan that the journey will be long and painful the important thing is that I’m following someone who is committed to getting me to my destination.

Hinkie is on a mission and if he’s willing to wait a year or two for more young talent to join the Sixers then I’m willing to wait too. They took Joel Embiid and Dario Saric because in the distant future of 2019 when the President is a female Russian cyborg and popcorn comes from a squeeze tube the pair will hopefully be part of the best players that the NBA has to offer.

In other words, Hinkie did not settle in this draft for the sake of the now. Would having a Gary Harris play alongside Michael Cater-Williams and Nerlens Noel for his rookie season make me feel warm and fuzzy like I ate a teddy bear with a fever? Sure. I’d love to see a young core of four or five players gutting it out every night. But when it comes down it, you have to pick the guys who will become the best players.

So while patience may be wearing thin and your channel may flip to HGTV (don’t worry, I won’t tell anyone) there should be comfort found in the uncompromising commitment to fulfilling a goal according to the plan. This road has been laid out from the start. There have been no true surprises and so I’m going to relax. We’ll get to the promised land eventually.

After all, we’re the chosen people.

 

 

 

Sixers Are Set To Compete In Both Summer Leagues

Courtesy of ASMSports.com

Courtesy of ASMSports.com

The Sixers are indeed in building block mode and one of the team’s top priorities is to add young talent to the roster. The team has an NBA leading seven draft picks (2 in the first round, 5 in the second round), in the upcoming NBA Draft.

With all that young talent, the Sixers will need outlets to evaluate where the players are and what steps need to follow to further develop their game.

With that in mind, the Sixers will be competing in both of the NBA’s Summer Leagues this year. The only other teams that will be taking place in both are the Miami Heat and the Houston Rockets.

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Ray Boyd’s 2014 NBA Mock Draft 1.0

Andrew Wiggins is beginning to separate himself as the consensus #1.

Despite the beliefs, Andrew Wiggins may not be the #1 overall pick.

We now know who is picking where in the first round of the NBA Draft. The big three at the top of the draft, Andrew Wiggins, Joel Embiid and Jabari Parker, will more than likely wind up on the Cavaliers, Bucks and Sixers in some sort of combination.

Here is the first edition of my 2014 NBA First Round Mock Draft.

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On Donald Sterling: Now I’m Angry

(Credit: CNN)

(Credit: CNN)

DISCLAIMER: I don’t tend to do this often. Rarely do I want to bring my own personal life or philosophies outside of sports into my writing but certain instances warrant such a response.

I have always held the belief that sports are a canvas for what we would ideally want life to be like. Everyone can be included based off their merit, despite any other traits or beliefs that they might hold. Everyone is respected and appreciated to the extent that they earn. Everyone is allowed to partake and have fun.

Following the Donald Sterling one-on-one interview that aired on Monday night on CNN, my feelings toward the entire debacle elevated to a new level.

I’M ANGRY.

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Michael Carter-Williams Shows Maturity In Acceptance Of Rookie Of The Year

Michael Carter-Williams poses with Brett Brown after being named the NBA KIA Rookie of the Year. (credit: Sixers Twitter)

Michael Carter-Williams poses with Brett Brown after being named the NBA KIA Rookie of the Year. (credit: Sixers Twitter)

Being humble isn’t too difficult when your team is coming off a 19-win season. It should not be too hard to show humility when your team tied the NBA record for longest losing streak. You shouldn’t have too big of a head when you are the 11th pick in the NBA draft.

With all that said, Michael Carter-Williams not only showed an impressive level of humility when the league awarded him the 2013-14 Rookie of the Year Award. He also showed a great deal of level headed thinking and made it clear that his sights are set in the right direction.

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Around the Cooler 5/4/14: Lint Rollers

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High expectations, young kids.

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • What character concerns mean during the draft, and how that impacts the Eagles
  • Paul Holmgren and Ron Hextall’s relationship
  • We try some new segments–you’ll have to see for yourself!
  • The NBA playoffs

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Around the Cooler 4/30/14: Sterling Not So Sharp

You could say Magic might have a...trick up his sleeve

You could say Magic might have a…trick up his sleeve

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • Adam Silver’s ruling sets a dangerous new precedent
  • The strange racial inconsistencies of Sterling’s tenure
  • The warts of other NBA owners
  • A Magic Johnson conspiracy theory! (Not as crazy as you’d think!)

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Around the Cooler 4/27/14: Movin’ On Up!

Donald Sterling, V. Stiviano

Donald Sterling and his arm candy

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • The Flyers’ playoff hopes are growing dim. Can they pull it off?
  • What’s truly the best time of the year in sports?
  • Just how bad is this Donald Sterling situation?

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Naismith Basketball HOF Adding Some Local Flavor

Carla Gugino starred as Cathy Rush in 'The Mighty Macs.' (credit: IMDB.com)

Carla Gugino starred as Cathy Rush in ‘The Mighty Macs.’ (credit: IMDB.com)

The class for the 2014 Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame was released yesterday. The group is headlined by NBA greats Alonzo Mourning and Mitch Richmond, former outspoken Alabama Head Coach and National Champion Nolan Richardson and recently retired NBA commissioner David Stern.

The list of 2014 honorees also has its own sense of local flavor.

Going into the hall this year will be former Temple basketball great, Guy Rodgers and the 1972-74 Immaculata Women’s Basketball team.

Rodgers was elected into the hall via the Veterans Committee. Rodgers led Temple University to two Final Four appearances in 1956 and 1958. Rodgers was a unanimous First Team All American in 1958 and made the All-Tournament team that year.

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Quick Peek At Evan Turner

Evan Turner will join Paul George in Indiana. (credit: USAToday.com)

Evan Turner will join Paul George in Indiana. (credit: USAToday.com)

So I’m looking through some basketball news today and saw this gem from ProBasketballTalk:

AsTom Haberstroh of ESPN pointed out on twitter, in the 149 minutes Turner and Hibbert had played together since the trade deadline move to bring Turner to Indiana, he has gotten one assist passing to Hibbert. One.

It makes me smile. Even though the Sixers only managed what amounted to a second round pick in the deal, it’s fairly cathartic to see him screwing up a legitimate title contender in the Pacers who have been 8-10 since March 1st.

Turner has earned a steady decrease in minutes the last few games and continues to put up some god awful stat lines. For example, Turner played all of seven minutes against the Spurs shooting 0-2 from the floor with no assists. Three nights prior to that against the Wizards Turner dominated in 14 minutes, going 0-4 with no assists.

 

It seems like the Villain is more of a sleeper cell.

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