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Friday, November 21, 2014

Jason Richardson expects to play this season

Check out the original article, from Philly.com, here.
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Although he hasn’t played in an NBA game in almost two years, Jason Richardson remains signed to the Sixers, and despite the widely-held belief that he may stay sidelined for the entire season, the former Slam Dunk Champion has other intentions.

When asked prior to the Sixers’ loss to the Celtics Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center if he expected to play this season, Richardson replied:

“No doubt in my mind.”

At 33, the once high-flying Richardson is not ready to call it a career just yet.

“I’ll definitely be back before the All-Star break,” he continued, before sliding the timeline up a bit.

“Or January, or maybe even before this year is over with. I’ll see how my body takes all the training and getting ready for it.”

Richardson will be an unrestricted free agent after this season, so he would use any time he received with the Sixers this season to show the rest of the teams across the league’s landscape that he still has some left in the tank. If he actually does have anything left or not is yet to be seen, but it is always nice to see a once-great player like Richardson get another opportunity. If he is able to play, it certainly couldn’t hurt the Sixers to give him some burn. 

Eric Bledsoe thinks that the Kentucky Wildcats would beat the Sixers in a seven-game series

Ha-ha. The age old argument of if a college team could beat a professional team. Funny that this debate rages on every time a college team is really good, or a professional team is exceptionally bad. The answer is, of course, that the professional team would prevail, but hey, people like silly arguments.

Check out the original article, from Philly.com, here.
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Despite the Sixers’ struggles to start the season, the common train of thought is that even the worst NBA team could beat the best collegiate team, as what is an NBA team made up of if not a collection of the best collegiate players?

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At least one prominent NBA player disagrees with this logic when it comes to the Sixers’ current crop however, as Phoenix Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe said he would take Kentucky, college basketball’s top team, against the Sixers in a seven-game series. 

"I’m definitely taking Kentucky," Bledsoe told SiriusXM Radio when asked who would win in a seven-game series between the two teams. "I think Philly would get probably, maybe one game.”

Bledsoe acknowledged that the Philadelphia faithful likely wouldn’t be happy with his opinion.

“I know [the Sixers fans] are going be mad, but I love my Wildcats.”

It is of course worth nothing that Bledsoe attended Kentucky, spending a single season there before declaring for the Draft, so his opinion may be a bit biased.

While in all likelihood the professional team would prevail in such a series, Bledsoe’s comments demonstrate a low level of respect for the Sixers amongst the league’s players. 

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Evan Turner has a cool E.T.-themed chain

Evan Turner, by nature of his name and not because he looks sort of like an alien, is often referred to as E.T. Sharing in the nickname E.T. is popular film alien, E.T. Thus, it is only logical that E.T. (Turner) would get an E.T. (alien) chain. Because of the whole E.T. thing.

The chain is pretty cool though:

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When will the Sixers get their first win?

Check out the original article, from Philly.com, here.
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After a lopsided loss to the Spurs on Monday evening, the Sixers sunk to 0-10 to start the season. While the record may not be completely representative of their talent as a team, as they dropped several close contests and were without reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams for the first seven games, they remain the only team across the league’s landscape without a win.

While the first eighth of the season hasn’t been comely, the Sixers still sit several games away from the all-time futility record to start a season, which was set by the 2009-10 iteration of the New Jersey Nets, who dropped their first 18 at the season’s start.

The ’09 Nets went on to tally 12 wins on the season, and avoided the worst record ever, which, for a full season of course belongs to the ’73 Sixers. In order for the Sixers to avoid being on the wrong side of history again they must win one of their next nine contests, a task that, with their current crop, may be easier said than done.  Nonetheless, a look ahead on their schedule shows a couple opportunities where the ’14-15 Sixers could potentially pull out a win and avoid the history books.

Saturday, November 15, 2014

K.J. McDaniels proving to be the steal of the 2014 NBA Draft

Check out the original article, from Philly.com, here.
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K.J. McDaniels waited for over two hours to hear his name called from the stage at Brooklyn’s Barclays Center on June 26.

With the former Clemson Tiger, who had declared for the 2014 NBA Draft after three stellar seasons in Orange, was close to forty friends and family members who had made the trip from their home of Mobile, Alabama to Brooklyn to see McDaniels called up on that stage.

McDaniels, who was projected as a late first-round picks in some mock drafts, hoped to hear his name called by Commissioner Adam Silver, who announces the first round picks. However, as the later picks of the first round came and went, MCDaniels and his dozens of supporters were left in anticipation.

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Michael Carter-Williams expected to return Thursday

Check out the original article on Philly.com, here.
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Looks as though Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel will finally be reunited on the court in Sixers uniforms.

The Sixers season is off to a shaky start, but help may be on the way.

After missing the team’s first seven games, all of which resulted in Sixer losses, the team’s reigning Rookie of the Year, Michael Carter-Williams is set to make his season debut on Thursday, November 13 in Dallas.

Carter-Williams had shoulder surgery in May, and has been methodically recovering since. He returned to full practice last week. November 13 was targeted as a return date by the team several weeks back, and barring any setbacks this week, Coach Brett Brown expects that Carter-Williams will make the mark.

Joining him in return may be Nerlens Noel, who has missed the team’s past two contests with a left ankle sprain. With no games on the calendar between Sunday’s blowout loss to the Raptors and Thursday’s showdown with the Mavericks in Dallas, Brown is optimistic that Noel will be fully healed and ready to return. Prior to the injury, Noel was averaging 7.2 points, 5.6 rebounds, 2.6 assists, and 1.8 blocks per game.


Despite both being drafted by Philadelphia in the 2013 Draft, Carter-Williams and Noel, former AAU teammates in Massachusetts, have yet to suit up for the Sixers simultaneously.  Thursday could represent their debut as a duo in Philadelphia. 

Monday, November 10, 2014

Nerlens Noel showing some signs

Check out the original article from Philly.com here.
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Nerlens Noel sat slumped in front of his locker, his head in his hands, talking on his cell phone in a low, inaudible tone.

Noel had just played his first home NBA game of his young career, and it hadn’t gone as well as he had hoped. Days earlier Noel had talked about aiming each game for a double-double and then building out the box score from there. With a final stat sheet that showed only two points and five rebounds, he had fallen well short of those marks in his first game in front the Philadelphia faithful.

Though he had just downplayed it to the mass of media members huddled around him in the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, he was clearly upset with his performance. 

Noel yearns to be great. He truly cares about basketball. You could see it on his face in Brooklyn at the 2013 Draft when injury issues forced him to slip to sixth after being hyped as the probable top pick for much of the college season, and you could read it in his body language after his first game in Philadelphia.