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Report: Sixers Considering Jamal Murray at No.1

June 6th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Report: Sixers Considering Jamal Murray at No.1 | Filed in Basketball, General, NBA, Sixers, Sports
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Source: Andy Lyons/Getty Images North America

Ben Simmons or Brandon Ingram?

That’s been the question for the better part of the last three weeks, more so since it became public knowledge that the Philadelphia 76ers became the owners of the first-overall pick in the NBA Draft. However, recent reports have suggested that things are not as cut-and-dry as they seem.

Keith Pompey of Philly.com is reporting that the Sixers vice president of player personnel Marc Eversley gave the impression that the team is considering one other player along with the duo of Simmons and Ingram, and his name is Jamal Murray. Eversley was quoted on Thursday saying, “Jamal Murray, we certainly got a chance to see him a couple of weeks ago. He’s certainly going to be one of those kids who’s going to be in contention for the No. 1 pick. We like him a lot. He’s going to bring a lot to wherever he goes in the NBA, certainly a talent.” I don’t know about you, but it certainly sounds to me like they’re big fans of this kid. 

The 19-year old combo guard from Kentucky has been widely regarded as one of the top-five prospects in this draft class, according to league insiders. Although, he hasn’t been looked at in the same light as Simmons or Ingram, this most recent report could change that.

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Should the Sixers Deal Okafor To Boston?

May 30th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Should the Sixers Deal Okafor To Boston? | Filed in General, NBA, Sixers, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly
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Source: Mitchell Leff/Getty Images North America

The NBA Draft is approaching quickly, and it’s now time for the lowly Sixers to take center-stage in the city of Philadelphia. Eleven days ago, it was revealed that the #1 overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft would belong to the Sixers, which elated the fans of Philadelphia. However, fans were quick to forget that the Los Angeles Lakers were awarded the pick behind us, meaning that Philadelphia would not be receiving the Lakers’ pick this year. So, instead of having four first-round draft picks, the Sixers now have three. In addition to the top selection, the Sixers will also pick at #24 overall (courtesy of the Miami Heat), and #26 overall (courtesy of the Oklahoma City Thunder via the Denver Nuggets).

Missing out on the Lakers draft selection has brought up an interesting possibility, that could be revisited. As many of you know, the Boston Celtics were close to pulling the trigger on a “mystery deal” at the trade deadline, prior to it falling apart. Coincidentally enough, the Sixers were also receiving interest in the 2015 #3 overall pick Jahlil Okafor. This led to a report claiming that Boston’s “mystery man” was Okafor. The proposed deal would’ve seen Boston’s first-round pick (via Brooklyn) head to Philadelphia, as well as either Marcus Smart or Avery Bradley. For whatever reason, that deal didn’t come to fruition back in February. Although, there are reports claiming that talks could re-open, now that the Sixers know what pick the Celtics hold. That brings me to my ultimate question. Should the Sixers trade Okafor to Boston?

Ultimately, I say no. As much as I would love having two of the top three selections in the draft, the risk of providing Boston with a superstar is one that cannot be taken. Okafor is a player that has the capability of putting up 20/10 on most nights, and that’s something that can’t be taken for granted in the NBA. While the NBA is primarily a 3-point league now, the luxury of having a talented big man can’t be ignored. Almost every successful team has at least one strong big in the front-court. San Antonio has LaMarcus Aldridge, Cleveland has Kevin Love, and Oklahoma City has Serge Ibaka. My point, is that despite popular opinion, the front-court does actually have an effect on the game.

Short-term, fans would likely say that it’d be smart for them to move Okafor to Boston. They’d likely land Marcus Smart, and #3 overall. That move would give them a legitimate point guard, in addition to a pair of top-three selections, with which they’d likely select Ben Simmons and Kris Dunn. Would it fill out their team?  Certainly it would, but at what cost?  Marcus Smart has character issues, those of which he displayed fully during his time at Oklahoma State. Couple that with the uncertainty that whoever they select at #3 doesn’t pan out, and this deal could be a recipe for disaster.

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Philly Sports Week in Review

April 11th, 2016 by Ryan Waterman | Comments Off on Philly Sports Week in Review | Filed in Basketball, College Sports, Eagles, Flyers, Football, General, Hockey, NBA, NFL, Sixers, TalkSportsPhilly
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Source: Pinterest

For the most part, it’s been a dull year in Philadelphia sports. The Sixers have…well, sucked for a third straight year, the Eagles played very poorly and wound up missing the playoffs for the second-straight season, and the Phillies are just getting started. In the matter of a week though, sports has become the talk of Philadelphia. Dull no more, the city is buzzing with talk of all major sports teams. To get a better idea of just how much has changed in a week, let’s take a look at the week in review for Philly sports.

Source: CNN.com

Source: CNN.com

Monday

#2 Villanova Wildcats def. #1 North Carolina Tar Heels 77-74 to win the NCAA Championship

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Leo talks with Haddad of 94 WIP

January 26th, 2016 by Leo | Comments Off on Leo talks with Haddad of 94 WIP | Filed in Interviews, Sports, TalkSportsPhilly, TSP Radio

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Last night as I was listening to 94 on TuneIn on my Playstation, they were talking about one of my favorite subjects over the last few years, the Sixers.  I’ve been listening to 94 since I’ve been a kid, of course it was a rock station before its reincarnation to a sports station a few years back and I was listening to Sludge last night whom I listen to a few times a week on a regular basis.  I enjoy his show and generally like the topics and his banter and background in music.

I rarely call in to 94 and decided on a whim, since it was his birthday, and he hit a hot button topic of mine to pick up the phone and join in and throw in my 2 cents.  The last time I called in to the Josh Innes show to talk about Bradford of the Eagles I identified myself and got my butt reamed on the air and never got to talk sports so this time I decided just to be an innocent fan.

Let me preface this that I don’t look at 94 as competition to TSP, I look at us as an add on to the fray in the Philly sports media market, TSP started in 2009 and WIP switched to a sports format from a rock station in 2011 and is currently the leader in  sports radio in the Philly market.  If you look up Philly sports radio or 94 WIP radio on Google you will notice TalkSportsPhilly on page 1 or 2 in the search results I’m proud to say.

I began my rant by saying how embarrassing I thought the Sixers were to the city of Philadelphia and what the fans could do to light a fire under this team to get them to perform or to run them out of the city.  Brian handled the question well and came up with some good responses and basically said that the only thing the fan base could do is withhold support and not show up for the games.  But as for seeing a contending team anytime in the near future, I wouldn’t hold your breath.

As I mentioned that I ran a sports media site here in Philly and what all us media guys would have to do with ourselves with all the basement dwelling teams we are housing here in Philly as of late, I was quickly cut off and our conversation ended.  I probably should have had the courtesy of identifying myself since I was a first time caller to his show, but I will call back again and let him know the next time when I do.  Til then, all of us fans will just have to suck it up and hope for the best as the Phillies season comes upon us and pray the Flyers make the playoffs this year.

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Sixers head to Utah for Summer League play

July 6th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Sixers head to Utah for Summer League play | Filed in General, NBA, Sixers

The NBA Draft is over and the NBA Free Agency period has begun, which means one thing: Summer League Basketball is here!

For most fans of the NBA Summer League basketball is really nothing to get excited about. However, for Sixers fans Summer League basketball has become, and once again is, one of the more exciting parts of the NBA offseason period. With the state of rebuilding the Sixers are in, any glimpse of the future we can get, no matter how small the glimpse may be, is exciting.

This year the Sixers and their fans have a whole lot to be excited about. Jahlil Okafor, the Sixers top selection in this years NBA Draft, will be on the floor for both Summer Leagues. Okafor is set to be one of the Sixers cornerstones for the future, and getting to see him on the floor tonight wearing his number 8 jersey for the Sixers is very exciting.

Along with Okafor, it will be very intriguing to see the continued development of Jerami Grant, the Sixers second round pick from a year ago. Grant showed promise in his rookie season averaging 6.3 PPG, 3 RPG, and 1.2 APG, playing just over 21 minutes per game. After the All-Star game those numbers rose to 7.1 PPG, 3.1 RPG, and 1.7 APG, playing just under 25 minutes per game.

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Covington to replace Carter-Williams in Rising Stars Game

February 13th, 2015 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on Covington to replace Carter-Williams in Rising Stars Game | Filed in Basketball, General, Sixers

Robert Covington (right) will replace Michael Carter-Williams in the Rising Stars Game.

According to multiple reports, the toe injury that has kept Michael Carter-Williams out of the last three games prior to the All-Star break, will also keep him out of the Rising Stars game tomorrow night. Robert Covington will replace his teammate in the game.

Carter-Williams has missed 12 games already this season, after missing 12 all of last year. His status for the Skills Competition on Saturday night has not been determined yet.

Covington has been a bright spot for the Sixers this season, averaging 13.2 points, 4.7 rebounds, while shooting 39% from three. In February, Covington has really stepped up his game upping those totals to 18.8 points, 6.6 rebounds, 2 assists, while shooting remarkably just under 42% from three.

He has also hit at least four three-pointers in 12 games this season, the most by a Sixer since Jodie Meeks did so back in 2011-12.

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K.J. McDaniels signs one-year deal with the Sixers

October 1st, 2014 by Sam Shipley | Comments Off on K.J. McDaniels signs one-year deal with the Sixers | Filed in General, Sixers

 

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K.J. McDaniels signed a one-year, non-guaranteed  contract this morning that will make him a restricted free agent in 2015. The very risky move was first reported by Yahoo’s Adrian Wojnarowski Wednesday morning.

The 32nd overall pick of the 2014 draft will not be paid like a 32nd overall pick after this season. McDaniels has bet on himself in a huge way, as if he plays well he will be rewarded with a better pay scale than the Sixers structure of a four-year deal with years three and four of the contract being non-guaranteed. However, if McDaniels fails to play well, or even gets injured this move could very well backfire on the rookie. McDaniels was present for the Sixers media day on Monday, but was not at the opening of training camp yesterday, as his contract wasn’t finalized yet.

Regardless, both McDaniels and his agent feel this is the best move going forward, and at the end of the year the Sixers still have the rights to keep him in Philadelphia.

 

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