Archive for the ‘Philadelphia 76ers’ Category

Evidence for:

Evidence against:

  • That’s just what his hair looks like now.
  • He was at a professional game.
  • A Tim Meadows character hasn’t been a good costume since the early 2000s.

Verdict: Not a costume.

For the first time in a few years, 76ers fans can be excited. No, not because they traded away a guy who could never live up to their lofty expectations. And no, not because they finally acquired a true franchise player who might not sign with the team long term and who might not be healthy anyways. And no, not even because Doug Collins has finally gone back to his fabulous bleached blond hair because he hasn’t. Yet.

No, the reason for Sixers fans to finally get pumped about going to basketball games is because the Sixers plan to be a record-setting team this season. Here’s your evidence, from a press release:

On opening night, the Sixers will unveil Big Bella, the world’s largest T-shirt launcher that fires 100 tees in just 60 seconds. Big Bella weighs 600 pounds and, when firing T-shirts into the upper reaches of the Wells Fargo Center, can be up to 10 feet high. The team commissioned the creation of Big Bella from FX in Motion, an entertainment elements company out of New Berlin, Wisc. The team will also drop T-shirts, free game tickets and other promotional items from the rafters of the Wells Fargo Center down to fans below in a new themed “Sixers Parachute Drop.”

If there is one sure-fire way to get your fans juiced, it’s by giving them free stuff during a game. That literally always gets people on their feet, as there is nothing quite so thrilling as getting a gigantic, cheap t-shirt that you’ll never wear. Knowing that, making the t-shirt launcher enormous and more powerful is pretty much the next logical step, not to mention the most American.

The next step, I guess, is some sort of t-shirt tank that rolls to half-court and just unloads t-shirt round after t-shirt round in to the crowd at speeds that are a just a bit too dangerous. Or maybe some sort of t-shirt smart bomb that explodes and covers the entire arena in t-shirts. I’m no t-shirt ballistics expert, so I’m just spitballing here. If you have any other t-shirt weapons ideas, I’d be happy to hear them.

For now though, let’s just let the Philadelphia fans enjoy their moment in the sun with “Big Bella.” Between the Phillies, Eagles and Bynum’s knee, this might be the best thing they’ve got going.

(via 700 Level)

Evidence For:

  • He looks like he is in costume.
  • He is wearing a chain on the outside of his shirt.
  • Said shirt is very shiny, like too shiny for everyday wear.
  • There is a person behind him wearing white pants covered in sparkles.
  • He is basically just Business LeBron.
  • It was Halloween weekend this past weekend.

Evidence Against:

  • Unless he is going as a a terrible Pharrell Williams, Dorell Wright is not in costume.
  • Despite the unlikelihood of it, that is Andrew Bynum’s real hair.
  • Seems like he’d wear all that jewelry anyways, though he’d probably tuck in the chain if he wasn’t in costume.
  • That is kind of just what Andrew Bynum looks like now.
  • Maybe he is more of a dress up on actual Halloween kind of guy?

Verdict: Lazy costume.

Join me as I count down my predictions of the regular season finishes for the 2012-13 NBA season, at a rate of three teams per day. Tell me why I’m wrong in the comments.

15. New Orleans Hornets
No, I didn’t forget about the Hornets. Yes, I’m predicting that they’ll go from last place in the Western Conference last season to the eighth seed this season. No, I don’t think Anthony Davis is going to carry them to the playoffs single-handedly. Yes, I’m aware that Al-Farouq Aminu might be the worst starting small forward in the league. Any more questions?

The reason I’m so bullish on the 2012-13 Hornets is that the three best players on this roster (Davis, Eric Gordon and Ryan Anderson) played a combined nine games for last year’s squad — and I believe that two of them merit consideration among the top 25 players in the league. Obviously, I’m predicting that Davis will be a dominant defensive force right out of the gate for the Hornets, and his frontcourt pairing with Robin Lopez — who is a much better defender than his brother — should help elevate the Hornets’ team defense into the top 10 this season. But where the Hornets really needed help last season was on offense, as indicated by their 28th-ranked Offensive Rating.

That’s where Gordon and Anderson come in. Anderson’s three-point shooting prowess is well-known by fantasy hoopsters like myself who scooped him up with a mid-round pick last year — he led the NBA in three-pointers made while sinking over 39 percent of those shots. As for Gordon, it remains to be seen whether his recovery from knee surgery and his conditioning will enable him to be ready to play when the regular season commences, but his value to the team was shown last season by the fact that the Hornets had a 6-3 record in his nine games.

14. Philadelphia 76ers
If there’s a city that could embrace a gifted athlete who happens to be an unmitigated asshole, it’s The City of Brotherly Love. When he’s not nursing an injury, cheap-shotting an opponent half his size or parking his Bimmer in a handicapped spot, Andrew Bynum is a top-two center who could potentially average 24 and 12 as the main option on an NBA team.

As with Eric Gordon, the health of Bynum’s knees and his conditioning are question marks going into this season. What shouldn’t be in question is his status as a legitimate franchise player. The loss of Andre Iguodala will hurt the Sixers on the defensive end, where they’re unlikely to match their third-ranked Defensive Rating from last season. Offensively, they should receive a huge boost from Bynum’s offensive rebounding and his ability to score a lot of points at a high level of efficiency. If he can be on the court for most of Philly’s games this season, handle the spotlight of being the team’s main star, and stop being such a flake all the time, Bynum could be a dominant force in the Eastern Conference.

Elsewhere on the roster, Jrue Holiday appears poised for a breakout year, Evan Turner’s solid all-around game is gradually improving, Thaddeus Young is a dark horse for sixth man of the year candidate, Jason Richardson is still a valuable long range weapon and Nick Young is, well… he’s Nick Young. (I’m not a fan.) Ultimately, this team will go as far as Bynum carries it.

13. Memphis Grizzlies
As I write this Grizzlies preview, I’m trying not to feel like a gigantic failure due to the fact that the team’s new majority owner, Robert Pera, is younger than I am. Pera reached an agreement with local investors in August that should keep the team in Memphis for at least another 15 years, which is nice. On the court, the Grizzlies boast both talent and depth in their frontcourt, especially if Darrell Arthur makes a successful return from a stress fracture in his leg by November. Zach Randolph isn’t a guaranteed 20 and 10 anymore, but he and Marc Gasol still make up one of the most potent frontcourt duos in the league.

The Grizzlies succeed primarily on their aggressive, swarming style of defense that frustrates ballhandlers and leads to a bunch of turnovers. Mike Conley, Tony Allen and Rudy Gay each averaged at least 1.5 steals per game last season as the Grizzlies joined the Heat as the only teams with three such players. Their weakness could be their outside shooting, since they finished 26th in three-point percentage last season and they lost their second-best three-point shooter when O.J. Mayo signed with the Mavericks. Still, they remain a competitive team that seems to be able to kick it up a notch in the playoffs.

Previously in the countdown: 30-28 | 27-25 | 24-22 | 21-19 | 18-16

It’s not every day that we premiere a rap single on TBJ, but it happens every now and again. And today is one of those days, as Zilla Rocca, a Philadelphia rapper, is giving us the first shot at “The Q and the A,” a tribute to a certain 76ers guard and what it was like being a Sixers fan during the Iverson era. Yes, even the bad times.

It’s the third single from Zilla’s “Party with Villains EP” (releasing October 30) and it features a beat from Small Professor, cuts from Nex Millen and artwork by Dr. Quandary for Memetic Supply Co. Not to mention, a Victor Page shoutout and a grown man admitting he owned a reversible basketball jersey, which were somehow popular in the 1990s. Have a listen.

Well, at least his knees aren’t the only concerning thing about him. Though I guess you could worry that the increased drag this has on his upper body could create unnecessary torque on his lower body, which would be double bad. Either way, cornrows seem to be the answer. Hopefully Kwame Brown can recommend somebody.

He’s no Chunky Grizzlies Fan or Good Job, Good Effort Kid but this youngster wilding out about a Thaddeus Young tip dunk will do for the preseason. The kids will get in shape, they’ll hone their yelling skills and things will really pick up once the games really mean something but this is a good start. You can really see what the Children Yelling franchise tried to do this offseason. Pretty admirable.