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Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Sam Hinkie justifies Thaddeus Young trade, calls it 'challenging' but 'necessary'

Check out the original article from Philly.com here.
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“This is a move we think moves our program forward,” Sam Hinkie stated to a mass of media members on a conference call on Tuesday afternoon, before going on to wholeheartedly praise the player who he had just traded a few days earlier.

“Thad Young has been here seven years for the Sixers, and he has laid it on the line for us, night after night,” Hinkie continued in a calm, deliberate manner.

“He continually brought it every day. I’m aware of the kind of ups and downs he’s been through during his Sixers career, and I’m also aware of the positive attitude he brought every day.”

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Weekly reminder: Detox isn't dropping

15 years and counting.

It has been 15 (fifteen, 1-5)!! years since Dr. Dre last dropped an album; the insanely classic Chronic 2001. 

Rumors of his follow-up, and final, album, Detox began to surface shortly thereafter. 

After years of delays, scrapped songs, shared beats, and sample singles, Detox still hasn't dropped, and at this point it seems safe to assume that it won't. Dre has remained relevant in music through his iconic production of classic albums and artists (Eminem, 50 Cent, The Game), and his line of high-class headphones, Beats by Dre, which he recently sold to Apple for a billion dollar profit. 

With over a bill to sit on, and plenty of other ways to keep himself busy (like working out), Dr. Dre doesn't need to drop Detox to solidify his standing in the world of music. At this point, the hype of the album would be almost too much to live up to, even for the good Doctor. 

Detox: Hip-hop's great white whale. 

From hiphopdx.com 

Thaddeus Young featured in Minnesota newspaper ad

Well that didn't take long.

After a seven-season stint with the Sixers, seeing multi-faceted forward Thaddeus Young donning another team's uni seems strange, but such is reality in the NBA.

All the best to Thad, who did everything the organization asked of him throughout his seven seasons. He started, then came off the bench, then started again. He played the 3, he played the 4. He shot three's, then he didn't shoot three's, then he shot threes again. Thad was always great to me as a media member also. He was honest, open, and easy to talk to.

Minnesota got a good one.

Image from The Pioneer Press

At least Young is still sporting his Sixers' gear in the advertisement.

(Side note: Minnesota's combination of 2014-additions Andrew Wiggins & Zach LaVine is jealousy-inducing).

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Thaddeus Young trade to the Timberwolves becomes official

Check out the original post from Philly.com, here.
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Thaddeus Young is the longest-tenured Sixer no more. After seven seasons with the team, Young was officially traded to the Minnesota Timberwolves early Saturday afternoon.

While some aspects of the deal had been agreed upon in principle weeks ago, with the details crystalizing over the past twenty-four hours, it did not become official until the three teams involved; the Cavaliers, Timberwolves, and Sixers, participated in a conference call with the NBA office on Saturday.

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Shaq says Julius Erving, not Michael Jordan, is the best player ever

Shaq famously didn't always get along with Kobe Bryant. However, when he was asked recently who was better between Kobe and another former teammate of Shaq's, LeBron James, Shaq said a couple surprising things.

First of all, he didn't use the opportunity to bash his former foe/Lakers teammate, as he has done in the past.
(Anyone remember 'Kobe, tell me how my ass taste.")

Instead, he expressed that he felt that they were different players, each great in their own way. 

Allen Iverson: The most influential player of his era

This post popped up on Instagram the other day, and it was surprisingly well-said. 

The impact that Allen Iverson had goes way beyond basketball. 

Click on image to enlarge 

Amar'e Stoudemire being traded to the 76ers remains a possibility

Check out the original article from Philly.com, here.
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The potential Amare Stoudemire to-the-Sixers trade that was mentioned as a rumor earlier this summer isn’t necessarily dead. It may just be stalled; for another six months.

A recent report from BasketballInsiders.com suggests that, given the Sixers’ copious cap space, and the Knicks potential desire to unload Stoudemire mid-season due to poor performance and his crazy contract, the two teams may engage in a deadline day swap.