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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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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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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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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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What Will Sixers Do After 1st Pick?

Gary Harris (credit: Sports Illustrated.com)

Gary Harris (credit: Sports Illustrated.com)

All the talk about the upcoming NBA Draft for the Sixers focuses on what the team will do with their first selection and rightfully so. The Sixers will have a legitimate opportunity to acquire Andrew Wiggins, Jabari Parker or Joel Embiid, each of which could be a franchise changing piece. However, the draft doesn’t end there.

The Sixers will potentially have another six selections after their first. Five of those will come in a second round that by comparison is quite rich in talent much like the first round.

So, what will the Sixers do after their first pick?

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Nerlens Noel: “This Year’s Been Great”

Nerlens Noel working with Sixers head coach Brett Brown.

Nerlens Noel working with Sixers head coach Brett Brown.

There has not been a lot for Sixers fans to be thrilled about this season. However, there appears to be quite a bit of promise and optimism for the future. The weight of that optimism sits on the shoulders of the Sixers’ two rookies, Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel.

Carter Williams is giving the faithful reason to look forward to the future. The young point guard has been well worth the 11th overall pick used on him and has been the wire to wire frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.

Noel cost the Sixers a bit more in the form of the 6th overall pick and the team’s All-Star point guard, Jrue Holiday. The big man out of Kentucky has been sidelined for the entire season. Despite the setback, he is not looking at this as a lost one.

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Around the Cooler 3/11/14: Can you Smell?!?!?!

the rockHere’s what we’re talking about:

  • FREE AGENCY! Woo!!!!!! (0:00)
  • In a word, the Flyers are _______ (20:00)
  • Nerlens Noel, Tanking, and Inventing the NBA Wheel (28:35)
  • WWE is changing the game in media as we know it! You gotta check this out! (49:20)

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Did Nerlens Noel Tweet His Sixers Debut?

Sixers center Nerlens Noel. (credit: Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Sixers center Nerlens Noel. (credit: Jerry Lai/USA Today Sports)

Nerlens Noel has cracked the Philadelphia Twittersphere this afternoon as he has tweeted out to the world what some are speculating to be the date of his Sixers debut.

It is just as likely that Noel was tweeting out the date of an anniversary or the birthday of a pet, but those things wouldn’t be as fun to go nuts over.

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A Belated Noel is the Perfect Gift

Courtesy of ASMSports.com

Courtesy of ASMSports.com

Nerlens Noel has been cleared by sports operating God (and amazingly Redskins team doctor) James Andrews to return to more physical basketball activities! Noel, who tore his ACL nearly a year ago while playing at Kentucky, is considered the best prospect of last year’s draft and could help the Sixers in possibly four to six weeks.

Despite Noel’s clearance by Andrews, there’s a very real possibility that he won’t play this season anyway. The idea of course being that there’s no reason to risk further injury in a lost year.

Screw that. I want to see him play if he’s healthy enough. If he’s cleared by Dr. James Andrews, a guy who clears EVERYBODY to play their respective sports then let Noel play if he trusts his knee. I don’t care if we have to wait til late March or even the few final weeks of the season in April as long as we get a glimpse of what he can do.

It’s selfish, sure. This team is a dud and adding a potential defensive dynamo to the court is an exciting prospect to make meaningless games more interesting. Of course I want to see that. Hell, everyone wants to see that.

But if he’s ready and mentally comfortable with his knee then getting him a glimpse of NBA action will also make Noel more prepared for what will be his true rookie year.

Say he were to come back mid-March, Noel would get some time against DeMarcus Cousins, Joakim Noah, Tyson Chandler, Andre Drummond, Dwight Howard, and Marc Gasol. That’s a run of most of the top centers in the game, which would be a great way to evaluate Noel’s ability on both sides of the ball.

For example, Noel’s offensive game is his biggest weakness and he’s been working hard on a adding jump hook. I’d love to get a peek of that in action considering the progress they’ve made with developing Michael Carter-Williams.

What do you think? Do you want to keep Noel stashed for the year?

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