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Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Sights from 76ers 2014 Media Day

The 76ers held their 2014 Media Day at the Wells Fargo Center on Monday afternoon in preparationfor the start of the ever-approaching season. The team's roster was there in full effect, and was GM Sam Hinkie who hosted questions from media members for the better part of an hour. 

Despite the certain struggle that awaits them, the players are ready, and excited for the season to start. 

Check out some behind-the-scenes photographs, taken by yours truly, after the jump. More in-depth analysis to follow. 

Sunday, September 28, 2014

LeBron James reveals that he likely would have stayed with the Heat had they three-peated

As if losing the NBA Finals in five games to the obviously superior Spurs wasn't bad enough for the Miami Heat, it turns out that losing that series also cost the organization its' most prized possession.

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In a recent interview with CNN, James admitted that had the Heat pulled off the ever-elusive three-peat, he likely would have stayed in South Beach.

"It's a greater chance for sure," he replied when asked if a third-straight Title would have kept him in Miami.

"I mean, it would be hard to leave back-to-back-to-back championships and try to go for four."

James wouldn't go as far as to guarantee that a third title would have kept him in situated south however.

"You can't really live and think of what may have happened. For me, I've always been a person to kind of live in the moment."

James' was a responsible response, as it probably would have been much difficult to leave a team still defending the title.

LeBron's recent revelation just goes to show how a single series can really alter the league's landscape.

Who starts for the Sixers in 2014-15?

Check out the original article on Philly.com here.
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Although he insists that it is too early to tell exactly who will start for the Sixers on opening night, coach Brett Brown has given some good insight as to how he sees his lineup looking come the season’s start.

Brown informed media members on Thursday that reigning Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams, would not be a full participant at the team’s training camp, and his exact return date is not yet known. In his absence, Brown plans to put the ball in Tony Wroten’s hands. Wroten will serve as the Sixers’ starting point guard in the preseason, and the duties will likely carry over to the regular season if Carter-Williams is still not good to go.

“I’m going to try to cultivate him,” Brown said about Wroten, sharing that he sees him as the backup point guard. Primarily playing point should improve Wroten’s on-ball abilities.

Okay, so the point guard position seems somewhat set, but what will the rest of the lineup look like on opening night?

Friday, September 26, 2014

Nerlens Noel to have no playing time restrictions in his rookie season

Check out the original article from Philly.com, here.
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After a season on the sidelines, Nerlens Noel will finally make his NBA debut on opening night for the Sixers this season. The return is a long-time coming for Noel, who hasn’t been able to play in an actual game since February 12, 2013, when he tore his ACL as a member of the Kentucky Wildcats.
The injury, and the work of the resulting recovery, caused the once-projected top pick to slide down the draft board in 2013, slipping to sixth where the Sixers were able to make moves to acquire him.

Noel has spent the past 15 months rehabbing, adding some strength, and working on various aspects of his game in preparation for his return. Although he admittedly could have played toward the end of last season, the Sixers kept him shelved, seeing no real reason to bring him back. Noel played solidly in summer league, which represented his first taste of NBA action, but also sparingly, as he sat several games, not wanting to push his recently repaired knee.

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

LeBron James attends Dwayne Wade's wedding

Even though they are no longer teammates, LeBron James and Dwayne Wade didn't become off-court enemies overnight, either. At Wade's wedding recently, the duo simply squashed any speculation, or hope, that LeBron's departure from Miami would rub Wade the wrong way and ignite a new-found rivalry between the two.

James was in attendance at the wedding, and his presence (in a hat) was captured in a photograph posted to Wade's Instagram account.
The accompanying caption reads as follows: 

     This picture was taken on our wedding day an hour b4 I took that walkout to become as one with my beautiful bride @gabunion. A real brotherhood goes deeper then money,rumors,sports,fame and so on. So thanks to my brothers @kevinhart4real@kingjames @cp3 and @ud40 @chrisbosh (who is not pictured here in this photo) for coming to share this moment with me. #yalllknowkevhaduslaughing #theconvoswehadwasntforeveryone #brothers #weliveindifferentcitiesbutitsalwayslovewhenwegettogether

While they won't be winning more rings together on the court, it seems safe to say that the pair will remain tight off of it. Too bad, one less scintillating story-line for the league this season. 

Journalistic enabling of Sam Hinkie's Sixers

I have been called a lot of things as a writer (Philly.com comments are notoriously tough, and apparently have something against hyphenated names), but today represented the first time I was labeled as an enabler (I think). 

In my inbox waiting for me this morning was a message entitled: 'Journalistic enabling', which went on to detail how myself and my fellow Philadelphia media members need to stop painting what the author of the e-mail described as 'Sam Hinkie's wet dream' positively. 

"The journalistic enabling of Hinkie's wet dream must stop. Tanking games is losing on purpose," the message began. 

After reading just those first two sentences it became exceedingly clear that the particular reader is not so supportive of the Sixers' presently-employed delayed-gratification approach. While many in the Philadelphia fan-base have been accepting of, and even patient with, the team's roster rebuild, some still feel that they are being short-changed by the team.