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Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Reebok's new release to honor The Pump, Philadelphia, Iverson

Check out the original article, from Philly.com, here.
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Images from Reebok
Both the iconic Reebok ‘Pump’ model and Philadelphia-based sneaker store Villa are celebrating 25th anniversaries this year, and in recognition the two have teamed up for a collaboration. The two sneaker-industry giants decided to honor Philadelphia with their creation, and the result is The Reebok x Villa ‘A Day in Philly’ Pump Question Mid. 

The shoe combines elements from the original Pump shoe, mainly the tongue-pump technology, with one of Reebok’s most popular all-time models, Allen Iverson’s Question.

Iverson wore The Questions during his rookie season in Philadelphia in 1997, and they remain extremely popular to this day, selling out every time they are re-released. The newest iteration of the historic sneaker features a ‘Love Park’-style hang tang and a stitched Liberty Bell.

From Reebok:

For this exclusive collaboration, every detail of the shoe pays tribute to Allen Iverson and his relationship with the city of Philadelphia – something no one knows better than Philly based retailer, Villa. The grey and burgundy color way is inspired directly from Villa’s logo and Iverson’s memorable Bentley. Between the LOVE park hangtag and the Liberty Bell logo, these kicks are Iverson and Philly through and through.”

The Philadelphia-inspired shoe becomes available on the Pump’s official birthday, November 24, at Villa. They will retail for $185.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014

2014-15 Sixers season simulation on NBA 2K15

Check out the original article from Philly.com. here.
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The NBA 2K franchise is known for its extreme realism and authenticity, and is thus the ultimate basketball simulation.

With the Sixers’ season start sitting just mere days away at this point, I decided to take it to the virtual world and simulate the Sixers’ entire 2014-15 season on NBA 2K15 to see how the game sees the Sixers’ season shaking out.

The game uses the team’s actual calendar, so the game’s schedule is identical to the one that the Sixers will experience this season. Trades were turned off heading into the season, as I am unable to predict what multitude of moves Sam Hinkie may make throughout the course of the season. Similiarily, Sixers 2014 lottery selection Joel Embiid was placed on IR to sit for the season, as we don’t know when, and if, he is going to hit the hardwood.

76ers opening night roster announced: No more Moultrie

Check out the original article from Philly.com, here.
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With the preseason over and the regular season set to start, the Sixers have officially announced their opening day roster. The roster stood at 20 Monday morning, but was trimmed down to the final 15 by Monday’s 5:00 pm deadline.

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Noticeably absent from the roster is Arnett Moultrie who was traded to, and then waived by the Knicks on Monday. Moultrie was the longest-tenured Sixer. 

Although these 15 players make up the team’s official opening night roster, a multitude of moves is expected throughout the season that will likely cause the roster to look quite different at the end of the season than it did at the beginning.

Here is the roster, broken down by position (Number in parenthesis represents years of NBA experience):

Guards: Michael Carter-Williams (1), K.J. McDaniels (R), Jason Richardson (13), Alexey Shved (2), Hollis Thompson (1), Tony Wroten (2)

Forwards: Brandon Davies (1), Jerami Grant (R), Chris Johnson (2), Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (6), Jakarr Sampson (R), Malcolm Thomas (3)

Centers: Joel Embiid (R), Nerlens Noel (R), Henry Sims (2)

A couple notes: Jason Richardson is now the team’s oldest, longest-tenured, and most experienced player.  Also, the team boasts eight players that are either rookies this year or were last year. That is an exorbitant amount of inexperience.

The Sixers start their second season of the Sam Hinkie era Wednesday evening in Indiana.


Thanks, Sixers

Thanks, guys.

Michael Kaskey-Blomain (c) 

Sunday, October 26, 2014

From the archives: Allen Iverson beats Nelly at HORSE

From the archives:

Image from ballislife.com
There was a time in the (not too distant) past when Allen Iverson was the king of the court, and Nelly was the hottest in hip-hop. Like a lot of athletes, Iverson tried his hand at rap, and Nelly, who is actually extremely athletic and a former baseball player, fancies himself as an all-sport athlete.

The ego's of the two superstars leads to a game of basketball's best decider, HORSE, in front of a scattered crowd in an indoor gym in Atlanta.

Nelly, who claimed he had won previously in an unrecorded contest, provided little competition for 'The Answer' this time, as he could only force Iverson into an 'H" before he himself had compiled a 'HORSE'.

The whole contest was captured on camera, and makes for an enjoyable watch. Check it out below:


Friday, October 24, 2014

Sixers acquire the player with the worst player efficiency rating of all time

Poor Marquis Teague. (Well, he's probably not so poor).

Check out the original article, from Philly.com, here.
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The Sixers’ selected rebuilding route faced an obstacle earlier in the week, when the NBA Board of Governors voted on instituting a new system for the league’s lottery. In the end, the new lottery proposal, which was brought to light largely because of the Sixers’ approach, was shot down, and the current lottery system will continue to stand.
Image from fansided.com

This is good news for the Sixers, who are expected to struggle for at least another season, and are relying on the lottery to acquire true talent. 

To celebrate the fact that the Sixers could continue to ‘tank’ unimpeded, GM Sam Hinkie went out and acquired the player with the lowest career player efficiency rating in the history of the NBA. You read that right; Marquis Teague, who the Sixers acquired Friday, along with a future second round pick, for Casper Ware, has the lowest career PER of any player that has played in more than a season’s worth of games (82).

For those unaware, player efficiency rating, or PER, is an all-in-one rating that looks to boil down all of a player’s contributions into a single stat, or in other words, the overall rating of a player’s per-minute statistical production. It is derived through a detailed formula. PER, while far from perfect, is a solid stat that has gained traction across the league’s landscape, especially in the wake of the increased emphasis on analytics. Every year the league average is set at 15.00.  Last season, Kevin Durant led the league with a 29.90 per, followed by LeBron James with a 29.40.

For his career, which has spanned two seasons, Teague’s PER is a measly 4.8. Ouch. He has averaged 2.3 points, 1.4 assists, and 1 rebound per game during that span.

Teague is still only 21 years old and still has the opportunity to develop as a player, but it is safe to say that his career has been underwhelming thus far. With the Sixers this season, he will likely be given the opportunity to play, and maybe even improve upon that all-time worst PER.  

A list of NBA players with the worst player efficiency ratings can be seen here.

Michael Carter-Williams eyes a target return date of November 13

Check out the original article from Philly.com, here.
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The Sixers, who are again expected to struggle this year, will have to begin the regular season without their reigning Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams.

Carter-Williams, who finished his statistically spectacular rookie season with per game averages of 16.7 points, 6.3 assists, and 6.2 rebounds, underwent right shoulder surgery back in May, almost immediately after receiving his Rookie of the Year hardware. He has been on the mend ever since, and his return timetable has remained a bit murky, with no exact dates given as to when he would to the hardwood.

Now though, according to ESPN, it seems as though a target date has been selected for the reigning Rookie of the Year’s return.