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Around The Cooler 7/27/14: Happy Birthday To Us!

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Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO THE WOODER COOLER!!! WE’RE 2 YEAR’S OLD!
  • We break down the NFL’s controversial two-game suspension of Ray Rice.
  • Rihanna takes on Philadelphia Freedoms Tennis Star Taylor Townsend in Feminine Persuasion
  • We answer a fan question regarding the Eagles defense
  • Is this the end for Ryan Howard, it appears so
  • and more…

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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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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.

 

 

 

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.

Sixers’ Options Following Joel Embiid Injury

(credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

(credit: Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

News broke earlier today that NBA prospect Joel Embiid has suffered a stress fracture in his foot that will require surgery. Obviously this changes the course of the top three picks in the draft as Embiid was beginning to run away as the consensus number one overall pick to Cleveland. In light of this news, it appears he will now drop quite a bit.

With Embiid going one, things appeared to be setting up rather well for the Sixers. Reports had the Milwaukee Bucks favoring Jabari Parker over Andrew Wiggins so chances were the Sixers would land Wiggins, they player they covet the most, at three.

That all too convenient scenario now appears to be going out the window. The question now becomes what do the Sixers do in light of this development.

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Around the Cooler 5/25/14: (Lottery) Ballin’

The oddest things have been the most exciting under Sam Hinkie

The oddest things have been the most exciting under Sam Hinkie

Here’s what we’re talking about:

  • We finally know the Sixers draft order! Who do they take with the third overall pick?
  • Feminine Persuasion gets catty
  • Should the NHL be concerned with the KHL’s growth?
  • TWCNN gives us a newsbreak
  • Ruben Amaro is in the running to be the MLB commissioner. Seriously.

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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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Sixers’ Future Hangs In The Balance Tonight

Could Jabari Parker be wearing a Sixers uniform next season?

Could Jabari Parker be wearing a Sixers uniform next season?

This is what we’ve been waiting for since the announcement of the Sixers, “Together We Build,” campaign. The NBA Draft Lottery takes place tonight and the team will find out where in the deep 2014 NBA Draft they will select the next leaders of the franchise.

Today is an exciting day for the franchise. It is the first part of the rebuilding process that actually involves growth. Last season when the franchise traded away their lone All-Star in Jrue Holiday and gutted the roster, that was a regression. So to was trading away Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes while bringing in D-leaguer after D-leaguer for a tryout.

All of that was sanding away the rough edges. Letting Michael Carter-Williams grow and developing Nerlens Noel was applying the primer. Now, it’s time to apply the first strokes of fresh new paint to the new 76ers.

I hope Vince Quinn enjoys that analogy I just made.

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