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“I don’t think anybody ever takes your confidence. I think you give it away.”
-Doug Collins, sagely, on how the NBA works.

I don’t think anybody ever takes your confidence. I think you give it away.

-Doug Collins, sagely, on how the NBA works.

Dwyane Wade tango classes, now in session.

Dwyane and LeBron took turns picking on the rookie., then they picked on the rest of the starters. LeBron by himself had outscored the Sixer’s starters at halftime and ended up matching their total at the end of the game. 

Hopefully the Sixers got in a good night of partying down in South Beach because they aren’t going back there this season. 

@Suga_Shane

via The Basketball Jones


Series previews: #2 Miami Heat vs. #7 Philadelphia 76ers These are opposite cities and these are opposite franchises: - Philadelphia got the #2 pick in the 2010 draft, and immediately decided to  go with a youth movement. Miami signed Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and  Dwyane Wade, and decided to surround them with the oldest players in the  NBA. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is old enough to be Spencer Hawes’ father. I  think Juwan Howard might actually be Thaddeus Young’s father. - Philadelphia is a city that boos opponents mercilessly - and boos its  own players even more severely. Donovan McNabb, Mike Schmidt, Santa  Claus, doesn’t matter.  Miami is so cordial and welcoming that they  retire uniform numbers of people who never played there, like Michael  Jordan. The second number they retired? Dan Marino’s. - Miami is the place that Will Smith lives as millionaire  superstar. Philadelphia is the city the Fresh Prince had to flee, after  getting into one single fight.
  - Doug Collins is back with the 76ers after announcing games on TNT for  years. At this point, you could argue that coaching an NBA team  represents a hiatus from his broadcasting career, rather than the other  way around. Meanwhile, Erik Spoelstra of the Heat probably *should*  start taking broadcasting classes this summer, so he has something to  fall back on when Pat Riley steals his job next year.
- The Heat often do a “White Out,” where they ask all of their fans to wear white clothing to create a sea of white in the stands. The Sixers informally do their own “White Out,” where local bigots intimidate minorities into not attending the game.
 - Chris Bosh is an All-Star power forward who’s never won anything, yet  got a max contract after some shady free agent machinations. Elton Brand  is an All-Star power forward who’s never won anything, yet got a max  contract as a free agent after some shady free agent machinations. Why  are they opposites? Because Bosh still has two working knees, Brand’s  left ACL was replaced by a cheese steak. - Actual basketball analysis: What the 76ers have in their favor is  youth, length (but not size), and Andre Iguodala, who can shut down one  Miami wing. Unfortunately, the other wing will be guarded by Lou  Williams or Jodie Meeks. Even if you can force LeBron to take the last  shot instead of Wade, that’s not an advantage if he’s checked by Evan  Turner. The Heat are going to lose some games, but unfortunately for Roy Ziegler, they’re not going to lose four of them.
(Sean Keane)

Series previews: #2 Miami Heat vs. #7 Philadelphia 76ers

These are opposite cities and these are opposite franchises:

- Philadelphia got the #2 pick in the 2010 draft, and immediately decided to go with a youth movement. Miami signed Chris Bosh, LeBron James, and Dwyane Wade, and decided to surround them with the oldest players in the NBA. Zydrunas Ilgauskas is old enough to be Spencer Hawes’ father. I think Juwan Howard might actually be Thaddeus Young’s father.

- Philadelphia is a city that boos opponents mercilessly - and boos its own players even more severely. Donovan McNabb, Mike Schmidt, Santa Claus, doesn’t matter.  Miami is so cordial and welcoming that they retire uniform numbers of people who never played there, like Michael Jordan. The second number they retired? Dan Marino’s.

- Miami is the place that Will Smith lives as millionaire superstar. Philadelphia is the city the Fresh Prince had to flee, after getting into one single fight.



 - Doug Collins is back with the 76ers after announcing games on TNT for years. At this point, you could argue that coaching an NBA team represents a hiatus from his broadcasting career, rather than the other way around. Meanwhile, Erik Spoelstra of the Heat probably *should* start taking broadcasting classes this summer, so he has something to fall back on when Pat Riley steals his job next year.

- The Heat often do a “White Out,” where they ask all of their fans to wear white clothing to create a sea of white in the stands. The Sixers informally do their own “White Out,” where local bigots intimidate minorities into not attending the game.



- Chris Bosh is an All-Star power forward who’s never won anything, yet got a max contract after some shady free agent machinations. Elton Brand is an All-Star power forward who’s never won anything, yet got a max contract as a free agent after some shady free agent machinations. Why are they opposites? Because Bosh still has two working knees, Brand’s left ACL was replaced by a cheese steak.

- Actual basketball analysis: What the 76ers have in their favor is youth, length (but not size), and Andre Iguodala, who can shut down one Miami wing. Unfortunately, the other wing will be guarded by Lou Williams or Jodie Meeks. Even if you can force LeBron to take the last shot instead of Wade, that’s not an advantage if he’s checked by Evan Turner. The Heat are going to lose some games, but unfortunately for Roy Ziegler, they’re not going to lose four of them.

(Sean Keane)

In which John Kuester transforms from coach to comedian, all to the unambiguous delight of his team.

The 76ers beat the Pistons, 110-94 — and because analyzing Detroit is, at this point, probably redundant, here’s your explanation.

-KC

NBA Stats To Watch For: Atlantic Division

This has been a fascinating year thus far. It’s not just the off-season transactions, the Lakers going for another three-peat, or the hype in South Beach. From rookies to veterans, we are in the middle of one of the most exciting statistical seasons, ever. Most of that can be attributed to some of the all-time great players reaching the end of their careers or young guys trying to make a name for themselves. We are a quarter of the way through the year and here are the statistical standouts thus far:

Boston Celtics (1st, 17-4)


Jesus Walk, Jesus Shoots: Ray Allen has nailed 2487 career 3-pointers. 73 shy of Reggie Miller’s all time mark. Ray is hitting threes at a rate of about 2 per game and at that rate, the All-Time 3-Pointers Made record should be his by March. There is a chance he could break the record against the Pacers.

Pass-A-Holic: Rondo says that he wants to average 20 assists per game this year. I doubt he ever comes close to 20apg but his 14.06apg ain’t to shabby. It’s just shy of John Stockton’s single season record of 14.54. Rondo is definitely going to make a run at that record, but even if the season ended today, his 14.06 would be good for 3rd all-time.

New York Knicks (2nd, 14-9)


Resurrection: Amar’e has been on fire in the last month of play. Averaging 29 points and 9.7 rebounds a game. On the season he is averaging 25 points and 9.7 rebounds a game. If he can keep this up, it would be the first time a player averaged 25/9 since Dirk did it in 2004-05.

Toronto Raptors (3rd, 8-14)


The New Rodman: Okay, that’s more than a stretch but Reggie Evans body of work has been very Rodman-esque, averaging 4 points and 12.1 rebounds a game. His TRB% of 26.1 is the 4th best on record and would be the all-time mark if it weren’t for Dennis Rodman himself occupying spots 1,2 and 3.

Philadelphia 76ers (4th, 7-14)


Anybody Home?: The 76ers have an NBA low in attendance this year at about 13,000 fans per game. I understand that the 76ers are a terrible, terrible team but they can’t even give away tickets? At this rate, we should probably just start calling them the Seattle 89ers.

New Jersey Nets (5th, 6-16)


Doesn’t Do Windows: Brook Lopez isn’t taking care of the glass and that’s a problem. This year he is averaging 6.1 rebounds per game down from 8.6 last year. According to Basketball-Reference.com, Brook’s 10.2% Rebound Rate % ranks 3rd to last in the last 10 years on the list of centers at least 6’10” to play at least 25 minutes per game. Only two players have a worse rebounding rate; Eddy Curry (10.2%) and Mark Blount (9.8). That’s terrible company to keep.

Keep your pencils sharp and your calculators handy, NBA geeks! We’ll be back soon with the next installment of ‘NBA Stats To Watch For’.

@Suga_Shane

NBA OFF SEASON PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS
Fitting isn’t it that 76ers head coach Doug Collins already has a head injury? That’s what happens when you don’t pay attention while Andre Iguodola is shooting threes.
If you want something pretty go watch the Grand Canyon or Selita Ebanks in that Kanye movie.  Philadelphia - or “Illadelphia” if you’re Will Smith probably - is not a  pretty situation heading into the season. A lot of faith in positive  thinking. Like if Iguodola and Elton Brand both have career years, and second overall pick Evan Turner outperforms his subpar summer league and preseason, then maybe Philly can compete for the ninth seed in the playoffs.
What do you mean there’s no ninth seed?

Selita Ebanks in that Kanye movie.
Key Departures
They lose center Samuel Dalembert to Sacramento and replace him with backup center Spencer Hawes.

Aaaand  it just got cold in here. What happened? I mean REALLY cold. Like my  soul is being judged. Is Spencer Hawes one of those ‘eternal names thou  shalt not speak under peril of eternal damnation’ dealies? Because if it  is you guys have GOT to warn me about that stuff. 
Key Additions

Obviously, the big addition is Turner and so far early returns have  not been all together positive. Turner showed up out of shape in summer  league and has played catch up ever since, not cracking the starting  lineup on opening night. The good news is that, as I said, these returns  are super early. Quite a way to go before we know about Evan Turner.
Honestly, the 76er’s best move may have been in the front office. In August Rod Thorn was introduced as new team president, with a proven track record of  rebuilding both with the Nets and when he drafted Michael something for  the Chicago Bulls. Jorban? Michael Jorban.
Conclusion

No  playoffs. This is a team waiting for a new CBA before it makes any  waves, but Elton Brand has a nice bounce back year and the Iguodola  situation gets less cloudy as he switches from “franchise player” to “a  piece.”
Predictions & Fun Facts
Doug Collins will go nowhere even near a TNT game this year.
Jrue Holiday will change his name to Jrueish Holiday.
The Nocioni eyes respect and stares it down each and every time.
Try to keep Jason Kapono out of a 3-point competition. It’s why he plays!
Turner went to St. Joseph’s Academy in Chicago. The same high school as Isiah Thomas and William Gates from the movie Hoop Dreams.
Twitter: @AI9, @thekidet, @SoyElChapu
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NBA OFF SEASON PREVIEW: PHILADELPHIA 76ERS

Fitting isn’t it that 76ers head coach Doug Collins already has a head injury? That’s what happens when you don’t pay attention while Andre Iguodola is shooting threes.

If you want something pretty go watch the Grand Canyon or Selita Ebanks in that Kanye movie. Philadelphia - or “Illadelphia” if you’re Will Smith probably - is not a pretty situation heading into the season. A lot of faith in positive thinking. Like if Iguodola and Elton Brand both have career years, and second overall pick Evan Turner outperforms his subpar summer league and preseason, then maybe Philly can compete for the ninth seed in the playoffs.

What do you mean there’s no ninth seed?

Selita Ebanks in that Kanye movie.

Key Departures

They lose center Samuel Dalembert to Sacramento and replace him with backup center Spencer Hawes.

Aaaand it just got cold in here. What happened? I mean REALLY cold. Like my soul is being judged. Is Spencer Hawes one of those ‘eternal names thou shalt not speak under peril of eternal damnation’ dealies? Because if it is you guys have GOT to warn me about that stuff. 

Key Additions

Obviously, the big addition is Turner and so far early returns have not been all together positive. Turner showed up out of shape in summer league and has played catch up ever since, not cracking the starting lineup on opening night. The good news is that, as I said, these returns are super early. Quite a way to go before we know about Evan Turner.

Honestly, the 76er’s best move may have been in the front office. In August Rod Thorn was introduced as new team president, with a proven track record of rebuilding both with the Nets and when he drafted Michael something for the Chicago Bulls. Jorban? Michael Jorban.

Conclusion

No playoffs. This is a team waiting for a new CBA before it makes any waves, but Elton Brand has a nice bounce back year and the Iguodola situation gets less cloudy as he switches from “franchise player” to “a piece.”

Predictions & Fun Facts

  • Doug Collins will go nowhere even near a TNT game this year.
  • Jrue Holiday will change his name to Jrueish Holiday.
  • The Nocioni eyes respect and stares it down each and every time.
  • Try to keep Jason Kapono out of a 3-point competition. It’s why he plays!
  • Turner went to St. Joseph’s Academy in Chicago. The same high school as Isiah Thomas and William Gates from the movie Hoop Dreams.

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