Posted on: June 18, 2009 5:49 pm

what direction should the sixers head?

it has been a while since i posted any serious discussions about the 76ers. to be honest it was a difficult season for me to get very enthusiastic.

i saw some improvements here and there. there were some things i really liked. i saw more development out of thaddeus young. i liked the game maurice speights brought. andre iguodala (really don't like that he is often called the other ai) showed some progress. there were games where he displayed a lot of leadership and made some big shots.

unfortunetly there were too many negatives. i was very disappointed that elton brand got hurt and could not blend with his team. i saw no development in samuel dalembert. he just can't seem to find his way here after many years. willie green is not an nba starter. i question if he is an nba player. although andre miller had a nice season there are holes in his game that would prevent me from making a long term cog of this team. lou williiams also didn't make the progress i had hoped for.

although i am a big fan of maurice cheeks the players weren't performing under him. not sure he got a fair shake but not totally upset he was let go. tony dileo was a stopgap so the team didn't rush to a decision in december. i am not in love with the eddie jordan hire. i have a lot of questions about his effectiveness but am intrigued by what he brings. i think that his system will really benefit brand and young. there are still some holes to fill.

where do they go from here? there isn't much the sixers can do in free agency. they are capped out. but they still can make some changes. i am not quite sure how jason kapono fits in to this current roster. with a log jam of players at the three spot i am not sure there are enough minutes for him to make an impact. but i have a realistic suggestion.

the talk has the psitons pursueing ben gordon. if the Pistons sign gordon they will have a problem at the two spot. i would trade andre iguodala for rip hamilton. andre iguodala would be able to fill a wing with gordon and stuckey on the floor. their salaries are similiar and i think that joe dumars is trying to change the team in detroit. rip would fit in great with the offense that eddie jordan is trying to run in philadelphia and it would give the sixers there first true two man since hersey hawkins.

another possibility if that is not a deal that can be made i would like to see the sixers try and pry jamal crawford from the Warriors. although this might be a more difficult task being the only real possible trade options would be the untradeable samuel dalembert. maybe a fresh start and his athletic ability will peek the interest of nellie, but this is more of a dream deal.

a trade i would think about but not sure if it would be doable is sending iguodala to the Bucks in return for michael redd. it is something that could benefit both teams.

if possible i think the sixers should try a sign and trade with miller. he is not going to be here to get the sixers over the top but might fill that role with a cleveland or other team in need of help at the point.

a potential free agent that i think the sixers could pursue is flip murray. he could provide some instant offense off the bench and might relish the idea of returning home.

finally in the draft i would pursue teague or maynor. both of these guys have the ability to lead a team and can knock down shots as well. although both have questions in their game the draft is never an exact science.i would not try to trade up for either. i am intrigued by ty lawson but he has too many question marks for me. i think that the upside with the others is something i would not want to pass on. i also think that wayne ellington could be a player that could help this team. he made a great deal of progress over his junior season and see him as a solid pro.

i am not sure what ed stefanski will do but these are some of my suggestions. let me know what you think

Category: NBA
Posted on: December 16, 2008 9:53 pm

a childhood memory...moses in the desert!

i remember growing up as a young sixers fan. in the early '80s the 76ers were a highly competitive team. but unfortunately they were never able to get to the "promised land". they were always close. a loss to the Celtics in the eastern conference finals or a loss to the Lakers in the nba finals kept the title out of reach. it was a troubling time because we didn't win but the sixers were successful.  the sixers were then sent a "savior". the savior wore the number 2. he led the 76ers to the nba championship. he was the missing piece for doctor j, maurice cheeks, andrew toney, and bobby jones. he was moses malone.

moses malone came to the 76ers in 1982. he originally signed with the sixers as a free agent but because of free agent rules eventually a trade was worked out between the 76ers and houston Rockets that sent malone to the 76ers. he had been very successful in his previous stops. he had come from high school straight to the aba. he eventually landed on the rockets as the aba dispersed.  a powerful inside force who could dominate offensively. a powerful scorer and rebounder. he won several mvp awards and rebounding titles. but the most memorable thing he did was when he uttered his most famous quote. during the '83 playoffs moses told the press that the team wanted to go, "fo,fo,fo!" sweeping each series. but unfortunately we could only go, "fo,five, fo"! it will never be forgotten.

it was after that season that moses malone led the 76ers to the "promised land" that a poster was made of moses malone in uniform with a giant staff in one hand standing in the desert basketballs were scattered around him. there were other good posters at the time- george gervin sitting in an ice chair is one that comes to mind. but moses malone in the desert was by far the best!
Posted on: November 24, 2008 11:52 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2008 11:54 pm

Bright Future

To be honest the start of the season has not gone as planned for the Philadelphia Sixers in my opinion. With the strong close to last season, the performance the team had in the playoffs against the Pistons and the off season signings, I anticipated a very competitive team that would be poised to make noise in the Eastern Conference.  Those hopes have not come to fruition. The team has struggled to protect the ball and have had disappointing losses against the Hawks and Timberwolves.  Their have been some bright spots. The team had a huge comeback win against the Pacers.  Fortunately they have also been able to avoid any early injuries. But the brightest spot in all has been the play of second year player, Thaddeous Young.  Having been a Sixers fan for over twenty years I have witnessed some low spots in the draft- Sharon Wright, Shawn Bradley, and Speedy Claxton come to mind. So its really refreshing when the team got one right. I know its really early, but it seems that Young could become a very good player. Hopefully he will be one that we look at and say, "Can you believe 11 teams passed on him?" or "Can't understand how they could have drafted (insert name) ahead of Thaddeous Young". I am not sure that Thaddeous Young will continue to develop into the All Star franchise player that the Sixers need, but he seems headed in the right direction. He is a bright spot in a young season. Hopefully he will turn into a spotlight player that he has shown glimpses of.
Posted on: November 11, 2008 12:15 am

The season contiues....week 2

The Sixers contiued through their season last week. The Sixers came up big in a game against the Sacramento Princes. They executed well and dominated throughout. They shot the ball well. The team even protected the ball. But apparently that was a small blip on their radar. Most people attribute the sixers recent failures to implementing Elton Brand into the offense. The highs of the game against the Kings came crashing down on them. I think that their is a more specific problem. The dose of reality came because of a trip through Florida. The team struggled against the Miami Heat. While the Sixers were able to push the ball and score transition baskets last year, that has not been the case this year. The struggles stem from the Sixers inability to protect the basketball. The high turnovers means their oppostion is off running and scoring quick high percentage baskets. This also prevents the sixers from being able to set up a solid defense. The same pattern continued against the Orlando Magic. The team threw the ball all over the gym. They rreally seem to find new ways to turn it over. This lack of offense is also forcing the Sixers Andre Iguodala to take bad shots. He is trying to be more of a threat but is not playing to his strengths. Iguodals is not a jumpshooter. He is taking bad shots as the game stretches on. Elton Brand is a successful post presence. He can fit into any role. The difference is how the Sixers try to get into the offense. Hopefully the sixers will not continue to struggle if they are not able to get defensive stops. I know that it is really early on in the season to begin to worry, I think that it is vitally important to turn this trend around............

Posted on: November 3, 2008 9:16 pm

Early season observations

The Philadelphia 76ers started off a little shakey. The team lacked the rhythem necessary for opening night. Turnovers seemed to be the most obvious factor in their loss against the Toronto Raptos. I have finally come to the conclusion that Samuel Dalembert is what he is. I have to stop thinking that he is going to develop into the potential player the 76ers are paying for. He will always show glimpses and undoubtedly will regress back to the weak player who takes bad shots and can't seem to finish one put back. It seems that maybe this team will take longer to gel than anticipated. But one cure for that is to play the Knicks. All the things that caused the struggles against the Raptors were not visible last Friday. The 76ers shot the ball well. They protected the ball and they seemed to flow seemlessly. It was a small dose of the potential that we all hoped for. I would love to play the Knicks a lot more often. The struggles resumed against the Haweks. It is difficult for teams to back to back nights. Its tough to play on the road after a night at home. The 76ers came out great. They shot the ball well, they shared the ball. They built a strong first half lead. Then it fell apart. The team could remember what brought the success of the first half. They took bad shots and didn't seem to defend as well. The Sixers fell apart in the second half and lost. Andre Iguodala struggled to make shots and forced some shots at the wrong times. This led to the Hawks strong comeback. Hopefully the Sixers will be able to find their "Knicks " form on Monday against the Kings.

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