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Around The Cooler 8/10/14: Backup Players; Superstar Guests

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • We break down the Tony Stewart situation
  • Hear our thoughts on the Eagles preseason openers and hear the opinions of 94WIP’s Marc Farzetta and Hall of Fame writer Ray Didinger
  • We also give the latest on Sixers and Phillies trade rumors
  • And of course we give you Feminine Persuasion and a TWCNN News Update

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Dion May Be Exactly What The Sixers Are Waiting For

(credit: NBA.com)

(credit: NBA.com)

Throughout the NBA off-season, the Sixers have been the trendy name to bring up in connection to trades. The latest rumor that the Sixers have been linked to is an apparent interest on the part of the Timberwolves to acquire Thaddeus Young to replace Kevin Love if and when they deal the star forward.

The Sixers have also been linked to Dion Waiters of the Cleveland Cavaliers. Because Cleveland is the reported front-runner to land Love, it is only reasonable to think that a potential three team deal could be in the works that could send Waiters home to Philadelphia and Love to Cleveland to partner up with LeBron James and Kyrie Irving.

Fans have seemed to voice a bit of hesitancy when it comes to acquiring the third year guard out of Syracuse by way of Life Center Academy in Burlington, NJ.

The apprehension is somewhat surprising and if the Sixers can acquire Waiters and accompanying assets in a deal that would allow them to ship out Young, they will have made a great move.

READ the rest of Ray’s article at CBSPhilly.com

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Around the Cooler 7/13/14: Back on the Grid

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • LeBron James heads to Cleveland. Good move?
  • Another big game hunter hits feminine persuasion
  • Shaking up baseball’s conventions and home run derby team selections
  • We have a special Philly-related spelling bee!
  • Vince makes a weight loss guarantee

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Around The Cooler 7/6/14: The Boss Is Out

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • We open with breaking down our bucket list sporting events…Masters, World Cup, Olympics
  • We also continue Feminine Persuasion with Kendall Jones vs. Lindsay Lohan
  • Phillies Retooling vs. Sixers Rebuilding…which strategy is better
  • Did you catch Joel Embiid’s Twitter game?
  • LeSean McCoy says Nick Foles is going to exceed expectations this year…will he?

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Welcome to the Free Agency Midnight Bonanza!

Hextall will be overseeing his first free agency as a GM

Hextall will be overseeing his first free agency as a GM

Yes, folks, the NBA and NHL free agency periods begin tonight at midnight and noon respectively and Twitter may very well implode as a result.

In general, the start of free agency is so much fun because it’s the closest you get to fan fiction. Among tonight’s story lines you’ll most likely see things like “Carmelo has great talks with Bulls—looking like frontrunner”, “Nashville aggressively pursuing Paul Stastny” and “LeBron James kidnapped by Cleveland, brainwashing inevitable.” There’s so much hope and chaos that it’s nearly impossible to not get sucked in as fans bases live and die by the second, breathless as their teams negotiate with the next franchise savior.

However, as much as LeBron coming to Philly makes sense in my untidy bubble, it’s not going to happen. Nor are the Flyers making any big signings until they can unload Vinny LeCavalier. Instead, the Sixers and Flyers will follow the stars a different way—as scavengers rather than suitors. It’s not glamorous, but it’s for the best.

Let’s start with the Flyers. First off, they’re the only team in the league that is currently over the salary cap. Now, while that’s not illegal at this point of the year it matters in a few months. They’re going to need to reduce salary eventually and throwing lots of money at star players is not going to do that. Plus, Ron Hextall has made it abundantly clear with the Scott Harntell move that the Flyers will be more cap conscious moving forward. There’s young talent on this roster that needs to be cultivated and signed-long term.

So, what moves will they make? Back-up goaltender is the most likely position for the team to make noise with, which in itself suggests that they’ll be dull. In addition to Ray Emery, who backed up for the Flyers last year, Jonas Hiller, Thomas Greiss and a whole slew of others will be available to back up Steve Mason. As we discovered during Mason’s playoff absence, back-up netminders matter.

Outside of that, the Flyers could throw some shit at the wall for 4th line forwards and camp fodder defensemen. Offensively they have too many forwards as is which is in part why LeCavalier has been such a disaster. They’ve also got six defensemen under contract for this upcoming season including Andrew MacDonald, who the team signed through 2020, and Kimmo Timonen’s 39 year-old bag of bones. If they resign restricted free agent Erik Gustafsson then they’re really reaching for talent.

Given the team’s mission to unload LeCavalier and his salary, the Flyers will be waiting for the market on centers to thin out so that a team like Nashville returns to the bargaining table. That is far and away the Flyers top priority heading into this free agency period. Get it done, Hexy.

Sam Hinkie

He’s reading your mind right now…and laughing

For the Sixers, they’re in a tough boat as well with signing players. Specifically, they’re so appallingly bad that even Brett Brown has admitted that no one wants to come here. If the Sixers were to bring any players aboard, they’d have to grossly overpay for their services. Given Sam Hinkie’s track record, there’s better odds that you’re bitten by Luis Suarez.

What the Sixers will do is continue to buy low on players with potential (a la James Anderson last year) and try to work their way into three team deals. The free agent frenzy that GMs are in has hit an all time high as LeBron, Carmelo, Kevin Love, and more could be had. The Sixers conveniently pay bottom dollar and would be able to absorb any and all bad contracts in exchange for picks, projects, and a misfits like Tony Wroten. So while the Sixers won’t be involved in any major rumors, you can guarantee they’ll be sniffing around them.

At this point, the best fit and most commonly tossed around name will be Chandler Parsons of the Rockets. Parsons is a young, talented swingman that has connections with Hinkie from Houston and is likely to be shipped out of town if the Rockets can land a star to compliment Dwight Howard and James Harden. At 26, Parsons length, shooting ability, and likely reasonable contract from a sign-and-trade makes too much sense to ignore. His name will pop up frequently.

But like I said earlier, the Sixers have more cash than Scrooge McDuck so I’m going to dream for now too….#LeBronToBrotherlyLove

 

Around the Cooler 6/29/14: Tip Not Included

Payton MCWHere’s what we’re talking about:

  • NBA insider Derek Bodner stops in to talk Sixers draft with us.
  • The Flyers hosted a draft too! How much do we like Hextall so far?
  • Cab fares, tipping, and the Wooder Cooler wooder cooler

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Joel Embiid’s Past Makes the Future Truly Bright

EmbiidNotSure_crop_exactDespite my unabashed enthusiasm, not everyone is on the Joel Embiid train. Spending a year of fantasizing about a cheerleader only to find out that your cheerleader was arrested and will not be out of jail for another year isn’t easy for some people to get over–even though a hottie is waiting for them.

However, Jordan Conn of Grantland is much better with words than I am and if you have the ability to 1. read and 2. feel things you’ll be as inspired about Embiid’s potential as I was by this story on Conn’s trip to Cameroon. Conn provides an excellent look into the basketball culture of Embiid’s homeland, the rawest stages of his development, and why he’s now such a thrilling prospect for the Sixers.

Check it out here! It’s an aboslute must read for Sixers fans.

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.

 

 

 

LeBron James has 3 Paths. Sixers May Be the Best One

LeBronLeBron James to Cleveland is a fantasy. It’s the bedtime story that you read to your kids so that they can believe in heroes and unicorns and endless dollar dog nights. However, the reality of the situation is ‘The Decision’ happened, Cleveland still sucks, and their owner is a clueless buffoon. The Cavaliers are a hilariously bad choice for the King at this point in his career.

So where should LeBron go? There are three realistic possibilities.

1. LeBron leaves Miami to build a new Super Power

Given the aging of Dwyane Wade (Yes, that’s how you spell it) and lack of depth, LeBron sees his legacy fading in Miami and hits the road to form a new perennial contender. While he’ll be heavily courted by all 29 other teams, two teams truly stand above the rest: Houston and Chicago. Both towns offer a large market, depth on the bench, and the star power to form another Big Three.

 

You can read the rest of the article over at CBSPhilly!

Quick Thoughts on Joel Embiid

EmbiidNotSure_crop_exactRay gave his thoughts on the Sixers options following Emiid’s injury here, but here are a few thoughts of my own:

  • Everyone has dropped Embiid’s value because of the foot. If the back injury kept him at #1, why would the foot injury lower him value?
  • Embiid is the best prospect in the draft, if the Sixers can get him at 3. Fantastic. Unlike deflowering your significant other, this is actually worth waiting for.
  • There were rumors that Cleveland was considering trading down to 3 prior to the injury. If they’re still interested, the Sixers would have to pay less to get that deal done.
  • There’s also the possibility that Embiid actually slips to the middle of the top ten (like Nerlens Noel). I wouldn’t be shocked to see the Sixers trade back a pick or two and grab Embiid then.
  • If the Sixers stay put, count on Cleveland to screw things up anyway. They’ll take Parker because they need to keep Kyrie Irving. Parker helps now. So will Milwaukee take Wiggins? That’s the big question.
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