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Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Kobe Bryant reportedly wanted to leave Lakers to join Jordan with the Wizards

Check out the original article, from Philly.com, here.
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Since being traded to the team on draft day in 1996, Kobe Bryant has been a loyal life-long Laker.

Bryant even recently compared his loyalty to the Lakers to the Titanic, stating:

If this was the Titanic, I’m going down with the ship. I’m not jumping off.”

Bryant’s devotion to the only team he has played for professionally is evident. He could have left L.A. to chase championships elsewhere in the twilight of his career, instead of toiling around on lottery-bound Laker teams, and blowing out his body in the process. After five championships, and countless individual accolades, no one would have blamed him.

Bryant didn’t bolt however. His Los Angeles Loyalty – and a fat contract – kept him in purple and gold, and at this point, it seems quite clear that Kobe Bryant will retire, whenever he decides to, as a Los Angeles Laker.

Tuesday, January 27, 2015

NBA tank watch 2015

The race for last place - and the top pick in the 2015 NBA Draft - is on.

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Chart via SB Nation NBA

Tuesday, January 20, 2015

Kobe Bryant considering retirement

Check out the full story, from Philly.com, here.
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Kobe Bryant has enjoyed an illustrious NBA career that has included five championships, 16 All-Star appearances, scoring titles, and an MVP award, among numerous other accolades. He has been at the peak of his profession for almost two decades, and he will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the game’s greats.

No matter how great however, all careers must come to a close, and the lifetime Laker is reportedly considering calling it quits after the season.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Sixers front office not sold on Michael Carter-Williams?

The Sixers have seemingly never been quite sold on the reigning Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams. There were rumors that the team tried to trade him on draft day, and although no trade ever occurred, the rumors have never totally died down. 

Most recently, the rumors received a resurgence in ESPN NBA Insider Chad Ford's weekly NBA chat

In response to a question asking if GM Sam Hinkie would again try to trade Carter-Williams, Ford replied: 

"I've heard a lot of rumblings from GMs that Carter-Williams is available. There are some in ownership and in the front office, though not all, that don't see him as a long-term piece of the puzzle. There was a lot of chatter that direction before the draft and in the past few weeks I know several teams have had exploratory discussions with the Sixers. I think the challenge right now is that the Sixers will want a lot in return and MCW's play, to date this season, hasn't warranted multiple first round picks for him. That makes him tough to deal." 

Yes, Carter-Williams is 'available' for the right price, as are most players, but that doesn't mean he is going to be moved. The fact that Ford says that some in the front office are not sold on MC-W long-term is more telling. It seems that they would want a player that are completely confident in, and Carter-Williams may not be that guy. 

Siri is a Knicks fan

Like any good NBA fan with an iPhone, I asked Siri who its* favorite NBA team was. Its answer was pretty comical:



*I refuse to give Siri a gender. That thing is a robot, not a him/her.

Monday, January 12, 2015

Robert Covington proving to be a keeper for the Sixers

Check out the original article, from Philly.com, here
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A large part of this season for the Sixers is about testing out talent and seeing which players may fit in the franchise’s future. In Robert Covington, the Sixers may have found such a player.

Covington, an undrafted forward who the Sixers called up the Grand Rapids Drive of the D-League in early November, began contributing on the court, and making his mark on the team, almost immediately.

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Covington’s long-range shooting was the early attraction, and remains his calling card, as he provides the Sixers with a deep-threat they have long needed. ‘Ro-Co’, as he is referred to by the Philadelphia faithful, is currently 11th overall in the entire NBA in three-point field goal percentage (42%). He is also 13th in the NBA in threes made per game with 2.2, and is currently on a 20-game streak with at least one three pointer made. 

He’s deadly as a trailer on a fast break, and his ability to consistently knock down threes has opened up the floor for some of the team’s penetrating players like Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten. But, it’s not just his shooting stroke that has made his play so promising, as other areas of his game are expanding over the course of the season as well.

His versatility is valuable, as he has slid up and down the lineup all season. He is a multi-faceted forward that can play multiple positions – he has played shooting guard, small forward, and power forward at different times throughout the season – and also defend multiple positions. He is quickly becoming comfortable with the team’s defensive rotations, as evidenced by his six steals in the Sixers win over the Nets on Friday.

Lately, Covington has also shown an improving ability to put the ball on the floor and take it to the basket, a great compliment to his deadly long-range game. He is also a serviceable rebounder, averaging 4.5 per game.

His shot is already a weapon, and at 24, ‘RC3’ still has ample opportunity to grow and expand upon his already-impressive game. In Covington, it seems the Sixers have found a player that can be part of the franchise’s future.  

Saturday, January 10, 2015

Sam Hinkie picked an inopportune time to yawn

Sam Hinkie has taken a lot of heat for his selected rebuilding route for the Sixers. Some of the criticism may be legitimate, some overblown, but there has been no hiding the Sixers' struggles over the past two seasons.

Hinkie is a man that doesn't make public appearances often, opting instead to do his work from the shadows. Some around Philadelphia have even taken to calling Hinkie 'Waldo' because he is often difficult to locate, and because he may have a resemblance to the striped sweater-wearer. 

All of that is to say: Sam Hinkie picked an inopportune time to yawn, while watching his Sixers play the Nets in Brooklyn; a game that they would eventually pull out. 


Of course he was going to be caught on camera, and his yawn was followed by the expected refrain of 'Even Sam Hinkie gets bored watching his own team' comments. 

Sometimes a dude's gotta yawn. 

In reality, Hinkie needs a little more time at the helm before his stint with the Sixers can be characterized as successful or non-successful.