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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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Around the Cooler 10/11/13: All I do is lose, lose, lose no matter what…

Here’s what we’re talking about:

Foles

  • A brief chat on why the Flyers fired Laviolette (Hint: It wasn’t because they are making a culture change)
  • Nick Foles faces an excellent Tampa defense and the fugly Tampa offense in a battle of college coaches (7:00)
  • We rejoice at how terrible the 76ers will be this season #Winless4Wiggins #Reek4Randle #Junk4Jabari… (28:00)


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Musical theme written by Matthew Schwalm.

Around the Cooler 8/16/13: A Golden Era Dies in Philly; Two Careers Begin

It's the end of an era

It’s the end of an era

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • The Phillies have fired Charlie Manuel. Does Ryne Sandberg’s hiring fix anything?
  • Chip Kelly put on a show Thursday night. We discuss why we’re so geeked out!
  • The Sixers added a new coach of their own with Brett Brown. We get into Brown’s qualities, basketball economics, and what to expect from future additions to the squad.


Play on your Mobile Device or Right Click to Download: Around the Cooler 08-14-13

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Musical theme written by Matthew Schwalm.

Around the Cooler 06/30/13 – Sam Hinkie’s dropping bombs

Here’s what we’re talking about:

The Hi-Top Fade is making a comeback!
Image via Wikipedia Commons

  • The NBA Draft! 76ers traded All-Star PG Jrue Holiday and a 2nd rounder for the New Orleans Pelicans’ #6 overall pick Nerlens Noel and next year’s 1st round pick. Sixers also drafted guard Michael Carter-Williams with their own selection at 11th overall.
  • Ransom breaks down the moves from every angle, including scouting reports for these two players, potential top picks next year (Sixers have two 1st round picks in what is apparently the best draft in a decade), and the wisdom of tanking in pro basketball.


Play on your Mobile Device or Right Click to Download: Around the Cooler 06-30-13 (Updated 11:30p)

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The stat geeks are taking over Philadelphia. Isn’t it great?

76ers GM Sam Hinkie, Ballin’ with Maths
Image via BlackSportsOnline

It’s said that football is a game of inches. And basketball is a game of inches. Hockey? Why not. Game of inches. Screw it, let’s make it a party, baseball is a game of friggin’ inches, too.

Enough.

It’s time to upgrade our thinking – and our platitudes – for the 21st century. Screw inches. Our beloved pastimes are really all games of probability.

And Philadelphia’s teams are finally catching up. It’s about damned time.

The two most recent hires in the big four of Philly sports, Eagles head coach Chip Kelly and now 76ers GM Sam Hinkie, are not traditionalists. The foundations for their respective philosophies, Chip’s playcalling and Hinkie’s talent acquisition, are built on foreign, impenetrable, numerical concepts such as “expected values.”

Many people have a problem with probabilities – and by extension the study thereof, that mathematical voodoo known as analytics. The term ‘analytics’ often conjures a couple of images, and neither are particularly flattering. One is that of the pasty, bespectacled weakling with a pocket protector and a TI-89, jealously crunching numbers as he fantasizes about athletic prowess he’ll never have, cheerleaders he’ll never date, and popularity he’ll never achieve. The other, more sinister depiction is the business executive in a 15th floor office furnished with exotic hardwoods and floor-to-ceiling windows, dispassionately assigning numbers to real people from high on his throne and then buying, selling, or trading them as he might deal in rice futures or credit default swaps. But stereotyping aside, I suspect most fans simply misunderstand the concept.

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Around the Cooler 03/15/13 – Weekly Recap

Here’s what we’re talking about:

What’s up with the Eagles’ newest free agent acquisitions? (0:00)
Are the Flyers done? (17:30)
Ransom eulogizes the 2013 76ers (32:30)

UPDATE: We taped this podcast just before news broke that OLB Connor Barwin signed a 6-year deal with the Eagles.

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Around the Cooler 02/22/13 – Weekly Podcast

Here’s what we’re talking about:
The trade deadline: “What the $%@#, Sixers?!” (0:00)
Trades the Sixers should have made (18:00)
Flyers talk: Who’s performing? (25:00)
The Eagles at the Combine: What’s the best strategy? (39:00)

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Phillies F4

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

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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New Year’s Resolutions: 76ers

Happy New Year

What excitement will the the new year bring for the 76ers?

There’s really not much the Sixers can do, which can be pretty annoying.

This appears to be a fairly pedestrian team and one that is slightly worse than those from years past.

With much respect to Ransom, I don’t think the Sixers are going to contend for a top draft pick with the current group. Really, if the end goal is a core built around Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Thad Young, Lavoy Allen, and two difference-making draft picks, will it ever be possible to draft high enough when four of those six pieces are already in place?

As encouraging as Jrue Holiday has been, he’s still not a guy you can build around, basically putting the Sixers in the same spot they’ve been since the Iverson era.

I agree that a fringe playoff team is the worst place to be in the NBA, but, even in a fairly awful season in which Holiday has missed time, the Sixers are 15-18 and competing for a playoff spot.

The teams that will get those elite draft picks have less than 10 wins. I hate to say it, but the Sixers are too good to go the draft route unless they completely nuke the roster, which is unlikely with Holiday in the fold for the next four years and Turner likely to follow.

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