Dont Call it a Comeback? (via deesixersfan)

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Iverson definitely wants to finish his career in the NBA but will he have that chance. Last summer Iverson did not get a single offer from an NBA team. So he decided to take his talents to Turkey, he showed a glimpse of "The Answer" of old scoring a season high 26 points. Unfortunately an injured leg only allowed him to play in ten games the entire season. Maybe the upcoming season can be better for Allen Iverson (assuming that there is not a loc … Read More

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Poor Backboards

Posted in 76ers, throw back play of the week with tags , , , , , on June 27, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Darryl Dawkins was one of the most physically imposing players in NBA history. He was one of the first players to make the jump from high school straight to the pros a decision he made due to financial hardships. Dawkins was drafted fifth by the 76ers in the 1975 NBA Draft. He never met expectations that were set for him, but he still had plenty of great highlights.

In a game against the Kansas City Kings in November 1979, Dawkins threw down such a massive dunk that the backboard shattered into shards, sending the Kings’ Bill Robinzine ducking for cover (Darryl Dawkins called the dunk “The Chocolate-Thunder-Flying, Robinzine-Crying, Teeth-Shaking, Glass-Breaking, Rump-Roasting, Bun-Toasting, Wham-Bam, Glass-Breaker-I-Am-Jam”). Three weeks later he did it again, a few days after that the NBA ruled that breaking a backboard was an offense that would result in a fine and suspension.

The very talented Darryl Dawkins only averaged 12 points and 6 rebounds in his career because of skipping college and injuries.

Newest Addition: Nikola Vucevic

Posted in 76ers with tags on June 27, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Everybody who followed the Sixers last season knew that they needed to fill a void at the center position. Many players that the Sixers were allegedly interested in was unfortunately drafted before the Sixers number 16 pick; the list of players included Tristan Thompson, the Morris twins, Bismack Biyombo , and Jonas Valanciunas. Maybe it was a blessing in disguise, with all of those big men gone it took a little pressure off of the 76ers to reach for Nikola Vucevic.  The former USC center  was the tallest player in the undersized draft measuring in at just under 7 feet with a 7-foot-5 wingspan. He was projected to be drafted in the early second round. However he stock risen tremendously after his Chicago pre-draft combine due to his size, work ethic, and basketball IQ.

The Montenegro center has soft hands, he can also finish with either hand around the rim, he will be able to stretch defenses out with his adapt jump shooting skills, and he also has solid post skills. athleticism is the biggest concern for him. He is a liability in pick and roll defense, doesn’t run the floor well, not a good shot blocker, and struggles against faster big men.

Overall this is a good pick, Nikola Vucevic will help the center position immediately, he is a scoring threat, and a good rebounder. Doug Collins really likes this guy and hopefully Vucevic can show us why.

Dont Call it a Comeback?

Posted in 76ers, Allen Iverson update with tags , , , , , , , on June 10, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Iverson definitely wants to finish his career in the NBA but will he have that chance. Last summer Iverson did not get a single offer from an NBA team. So he decided to take his talents to Turkey, he showed a glimpse of “The Answer” of old scoring a season high 26 points. Unfortunately an injured leg only allowed him to play in ten games the entire season. Maybe the upcoming season can be better for Allen Iverson (assuming that there is not a lockout). The new owner of the 76ers is supposedly a diehard Sixers fan so it will be hard for him to resist signing A.I. Also Iverson can help out the Sixers attendance record tremendously (Sixers ranked 25th out of 30 NBA teams). However the franchise seems to be content with all of their young guards so they do not need Iverson for help.

Ok maybe the Sixers do not sign him again; there is a rumor that Iverson will go to the Chicago Bulls. This seems to make sense in Chicago he may be able to teach Derrick Rose, help him develop a go to move and teach him how to score over taller defenders more effectively. Furthermore he will be able to take some of the ball handling pressures off of Rose and provide instant scoring off the bench (which Chicago desperately needs). 

Conversely many people (mostly the media and possibly David Stern) do not want Allen Iverson to make a comeback. He is pictured as a problem child of the NBA; he is guy who has a “criminal” background; additionally, Stephen A. Smith reporting that Iverson has gambling and alcohol problems.  Also in the past, coaches and A.I do not get along very well, and you cannot forget the infamous practice press conference in 2002.

Nevertheless Allen Iverson seems to be a changed man, when he played for the 76ers in 2010 he was a model citizen. He did not complain about playing fewer minutes than normal. His teammates seemed to like him (which has never been a problem). Iverson was still productive in a limited role and even though he was out of shape after coming back from retirement he managed to average just under 14 PPG.  Finally throughout all of the problems with a divorce and his daughter becoming seriously ill he kept his composure until he had to leave Philly to show support to his daughter.

Allen Iverson is not the same 2001 MVP player that he once was, but he still has something left to give to the NBA and he still wants to compete for a NBA Title. However even if he does not have anything left to give, he has given so much already. He kept the NBA relevant after Jordan retired, also Iverson added new fans to the sport because of his amazing speed, unbelievable moves and his ability to integrate hip-hop culture to the NBA. Iverson deserves another chance because without A.I there are no scoring point guards (Rose, Westbrook, Wall, and Jennings). Iverson has given everything he has to the NBA, now it is time for the NBA to give back.

Lou Will

Posted in Player News with tags , , on June 10, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Back in January a video on worldstarhiphop showed Lou Will rapping off of the Rick Ross song “Imma Boss.” He raps primarliy about the treatment he has received since becoming a vial part of the Philadelphia 76ers. The Georgia native received rave reviews and has released 3 more tracks, which supposedly will be on his upcoming mixtape (release date is set for July). Two months after releasing his song, he dropped his second track “I Want it All”  featuring Maybach Music Group star Meek Mill. This track Lou Will explains why he chose the NBA over college.

After showing that he can rap along side Meek Mill, another track was released this time Lou Will featured on Meek Mill’s track “Give it to em.” This song showed a more emotional side of Lou Will as he rapped about the struggles that he had to overcome during his childhood. Also he rapped about the difficulties and success that the comes with the NBA life style. His last track Lou Will “Wake Up” comes from the famous song “Wake Up Everybody” by Teddy Pendergrass with Harold Melvin and The Blue Notes . Louis Williams speaks on the struggles that his family has endured in Georgia, also urging kids in Philly to stop with all of the violence.

Lou Will may not be the best rapper, but he is obviously the best rapper in the NBA even though Shaq went platinum. Hopefully David Stern will not shut down his rap career, like he did Allen Iverson’s.

Team Dating Game:Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , on June 9, 2011 by derrickmslayton

 Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala faced LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden on the Jimmy Kimmel show.  This show had a different segment with a Team Dating Game. This is a basic dating game format with a Jimmy Kimmel twist of comedy. The first round started with some simple questions that ended with some funny and embarrassing answers.

In the second round the two Chicago natives showed their chemistry, as they answered both of their questions correctly. Putting pressure on Greg Oden and LaMarcus Aldridge.

The two shooting guards had the game won, but like all season long, they struggled in closing the game out, youth and lack of experience ultimately was their downfall. 

Sixth man of the year: Are they really sixth men?

Posted in 76ers, Player News on May 12, 2011 by derrickmslayton

Unfortunately neither Louis Williams nor Thaddeus Young won the Sixth man of the year award. That means no Sixer has won the award since Aaron Mckie in 2001. Thaddeus Young who averaged 12.7 PPG (0.541 FG%) 5.3 RPG and 1.1 SPG finished third in the Sixth man of the year race. Louis Williams averaged 13.7 PPG (.402 FG%) , 3.4 APG and shot 82% from the free throw line  finished sixth in the Sixth man of the year race.  Lamar Odom won the Sixth man of the year award, however he played starters minute all season averaging about 35 minutes a game and he started in 35 games this season. Every person in the top six in voting (besides Thad Young and Lou Will) played starters minutes (25 or more minutes or playing more minutes than the actual starter).

 So that raises the question, are they really sixth men? Or are they starters who just do not get announced as such, I think this award is meaningless if a person plays as many minutes as an average starter in the NBA. The award should only go to true sixth men players, the players that average 25 minutes a game and plays mostly with the 2nd team; the player who brings a spark to the team and gives the starters more motivation to finish out the game.