Posts Tagged ‘Doug Collins’

The Future of the Sixers

February 26th, 2013 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on The Future of the Sixers | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers, TalkSportsPhilly, Twitter


With 28 games to go the Sixers are currently 22-32 and 4 games back of the 8th spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. However, it seems like it is a lot more then just 4 games. As a fan I have come to terms with the fact that if this teams does decide to make a miracle push and get into the playoffs, even with a healthy Andrew Bynum, they will be eliminated in the first round. So with that being said, what should the future bring for the Sixers? Lets start off with the biggest question of them all:

Andrew Bynum

Some people are going to agree with me and others will not, but I would not resign Andrew Bynum. I understand that he is a great player, but in order for him to be that great player he needs to be on the floor and not on the bench because he is injured. This team has been irrelevant since the year we went to the Finals which is unacceptable. I don’t want to hear that they are rebuilding because I am sorry if it takes a team 12 years to rebuild and they still can’t be a winning team something is wrong there. Bynum will only hold this team back from being a true contender because of his inability to stay healthy. Lets just say he re-signs and we make the playoffs next year as a top 3 team in the East, and in that very first game of the playoffs his knees act up and he has to sit out for the rest of the playoffs, then what? Other then Jrue there is not another player on this team who can carry us to a finals appearance or even a Eastern Conerence Finals appearance, and we all see how Jrue carrying the team has worked out this season. Instead of re-signing Bynum to a ridiculous contract, I say we go after a Al Jefferson and then with the money left over that was going to go to Bynum we fill out the roster with better players then Royal Ivey, Damien Wilkins, Kwame Brown, should I go on?

I love Bynum and loved what he brought to the Lakers, but I am sorry that is something I do not want to wait to find out if he can bring us with the risk of going down at any given time. I am tired of waiting to win, I want to win now.

Evan Turner


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Andre Iguodala Leads Sixers To First Series Win Since 2003

May 12th, 2012 by Sam Shipley | 2 Comments | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Sixers Win! Sixers Win!

Andre Iguodala stepped up to the free throw line with 2.2 seconds left and knocked down the 2 biggest free throw’s of his career. A C.J. Watson desperation 3 pointer went off the back rim, and that was it. The Sixers won their first playoff series since 2003, and won their first series at home since 2001.

Iguodala and Evan Turner jumped on the scorers table and began to celebrate with the crowd, as the curse of being “one and done” was no more. After 8 seasons of agony, pain, struggle, the Sixers finally were able to have a celebration of their own and were able to do it in front of their home crowd.

Iguodala’s two free throws gave the Sixers a 79-78 win and a 4-2 win in the series, as the Sixers became just the fifth 8th seed  in NBA history to upset a #1 seed. Ever since signing his $80 million dollar contract, Andre Iguodala hasn’t been exactly what you would call a “fan favorite”. He has never averaged 20 ppg in his career, he made the all-star game just 1 time in his career, but on this night during his 2 free throw attempts all of the hatred toward Iguodala was put on hold. This was his night, his moment, and now Andre himself has finally delivered this city a first round playoff win for the first time in his career.

Iguodala finished Game 6 with 20 points, 7 assists, and 4 rebounds on 7-12 shooting, by far his best game of the series. Andre battled through that Achillies injury, and delivered the type of game that Sixers fans want to see every night from him.


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Heat Vs ?

April 13th, 2011 by DJChris | Comments Off on Heat Vs ? | Filed in General

Alter Egos and Hidden Faces

Since the departure of Allen Iverson from the NBA, I am a casual NBA fan but definitely a homer for the Sixers. Personally, I did not like the way the NBA owners colluded to get Iverson out of the NBA (yes, i said Colluded: collude [kəˈluːd] vb (intr) to conspire together, esp in planning a fraud; connive. Oxford Dictionary. You don’t like it, take it up with Oxford. Not me). My conspiracy theory is that AI was the final piece in Stern’s puzzle for cleaning up the NBA and ridding the Association of its urban hip-hop swag. Now you see less cornrows, less bitching about practice, less player/coach disputes, less crying, and of greater importance, less Ann Iverson. I digress. But even as AI came off the bench in Memphis as a Grizzly and before his grizzly departure, his jersey was still the number 3 selling jersey in the NBA behind Kobe and Lebron (I bought one). This was the final straw. Stern thought he had finally buried this cockroach as Tony Montana would say. And still, his following was Jay-Z-like. Had to go. If we were a fly on the wall at the owners conference call, it probably went something like this.

Stern: Gentlemen. This latest episode with Allen Iverson is it. I’m done with him. None of you will sign him…

Stephanski: But…

Stern: Shut up Ed. I’m done. D-o-n-e. Done.

Unknown voice on the call, sounds like the Timberwolves owner: With all due respect sir, how can we pretend that even at his age, there are 30 guards better than him?


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Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs: 76ers vs. Heat

April 12th, 2011 by Mike H. | Comments Off on Round 1 of the NBA Playoffs: 76ers vs. Heat | Filed in General

On paper, this looks to be about as evenly matched as Wilt Chamberlain going up against the New York Knicks in March of 1962. Many will say that the Sixers have no shot. That the Heat have too much star power to even allow the Sixers to even be competitive. Based on hype, the Sixers will never be within striking distance of the Heat, but that is all on paper.

Coming soon to the CBS lineup: Another Two and a Half Men.

I have a feeling that the Sixers will be a thorn in the Heat’s side in the first round. While I doubt that the Sixers will make it out of the first round, I do think however, they may make a series out of it. The Sixers lost all 3 games against the Heat this season, but were never more than a dozen points behind in the losses. The Sixers actually had a 16 point lead against the Heat before blowing it late in the game. The key to this series will be the Sixers’ ability to defend LeBron James and Dwayne Wade. Both have the ability to take over a game, but James gets a small case of Andre Iguodala at the end of games. So, the Sixers should smother Wade and manage James and Bosh.

Doug Collins: 2010-2011 NBA Coach of the Year?

Ironically, most of the nation will actually be rooting for the Sixers in the first round. Acutally rooting for a team from Philadelphia. It just shows how much people think of “King” James and his antics. Look for the Sixers to steal a game, possibly two, before being bounced from the playoffs. The most important part is that they actually made the playoffs. If they can continue to progress under Coach Doug Collins, they may even get further next season.

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Barkley Doesn’t Have A Clue

January 27th, 2011 by Johnny G | 2 Comments | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Charles Barkley has been making sure his opinion has been heard loud and clear across the world of sports over the past week. His comments have ranged from the criticism of Bears’ QB Jay Cutler all the way to our very own 76ers.

Barkley was quoted as saying “Why is Doug Collins trying to win games? That’s stupid. They should develop the young guys and try to get a better draft pick.”

Barkley then went out on a ledge even further with his next set of comments; “Doug’s a great coach. Don’t get me wrong. But sometimes coaches get carried away with their own egos. But in a situation like this, it’s not about them.”

Maybe I’m just being naive here but I really don’t see any basis for these comments whatsoever. I’m left shaking my head for a couple of reasons.

1. Which “young guys” are not being developed at this time because of the rotation or in-game strategy of Doug Collins? Craig Brackins? Let’s get real here. Jrue Holiday is an integral part of this team, Meeks is now starting, Thaddeus Young now plays a critical role off the bench, and Marreese Speights has seen his minutes increase with improved play. Who is being left out here?


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A Long Way Out – 2010-2011 76’ers Preview

September 7th, 2010 by OD20 | 5 Comments | Filed in Baseball, Sixers

Could Jrue Be Part of a Sixers Resurgence?

I have a couple quick observations before we get into a look at the 76’ers upcoming season.

1- There is a very clear and distinct separation between where football and baseball (and maybe even hockey) stand in terms of popularity, and where the NBA has fallen to.  With both football and baseball you can find offseason dates with little effort.  The date pitchers and catchers report, the start of NFL training camp, heck even the dates the position players report and mini camps are readily available.

With the NBA, not so much.  I double dare you to take 3 minutes of your life and try to find me the official date for the start of training camp for the 76’ers.  Even tried and trusted Google let me down.  It’s almost like a bad secret no one wants to talk about.  If no one really cares about the regular season (including the players) for first 6 months of the year, then there may not be a single person alive, outside of those of us who are trying to write about it, who cares about the NBA training camp and preseason.  It’s sad really.



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