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Sixers Balls: Who gets the last spot…

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When you talk about the Sixers roster, you really don’t think of players having a hard time making it. Seriously, some may think that the Sixers are in no place for cutting anyone.  I can see some people’s point with that. At the end of day, someone is going to have to get cut, even on a roster like this. Obliviously, the first casualties were Royce White, Khalif Wyatt, Vander Blue and Mac Koshwal. 

To be honest, I thought that the Sixers were in a perfect spot to take a chance on White (might still end up in the D-League for the Sixers), I guess not. He isn’t in Hinkie’s calculations.  I didn’t think both Wyatt and Blue would make this team, but I thought at least one would. Well, that didn’t workout either.  I have stopped thinking things.  To go back to White real quick, all I really saw from him was his passing skills this preseason. At times, he looked scared to shoot the ball.  Some think that it was his attitude that got him cut. Maybe…

Now the times comes to see who makes the final roster or not. I will take a crack at it. The roster stands at 16, so obviously someone’s gotta go.

On the outside looking in…

Rodney Williams, Hollis Thompson, and Gani Lawal

If I’m picking any of those three, my guess would be Williams. Strictly based off his athletic abilities.

Who the hell knows….

Kwame Brown

I mean, I said it before and I will say it again. The Sixers are “Tanking”. It only makes sense to keep him here. Though it’s still possible that the Sixers could buy him out and give his spot to some else.

On the Cusp…

Daniel Orton and Darius Morris

I once thought Wyatt could maybe beat out Morris for a roster, BUT I have stop thinking. Orton hasn’t done much out there and neither has Morris. So they should fit nicely into Hinkie’s plans this year.

Guaranteed 

Lavoy Allen, Evan Turner, MCW, Hawes, Moultrie (injured), Noel (injured), Richardson (injured), Thad Young, Tony Wroten, and James Anderson.

A couple of bright spots for the Sixers this year could be Anderson and Wroten. Yes, there actually could be some bright spots. Anderson had a solid preseason and proved that he might be the only player on this team that can knock down an open jumper. As for Wroten, I wrote about him before, I love this dude’s energy and his attacking style.

Well, the final roster will have all of those guys except for one.  Don’t worry that roster will likely change a thousand times before years end. My final thoughts on the Sixers roster, I defer to Coach Brett Brown. Brown:

  Who knows?” “You have six NBA players and then you have a bunch of guys who are fighting for spots and want to be seen and need opportunity.” via Philly.com

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Sixers Balls: The Challenge For Brett Brown

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There is much to be said about first year NBA head coaches. The first thing people look at is where they came from. Are they coming from the college land? If they are, can they handle the NBA? If they’re from the NBA assistant world, who have they worked under? Are they good player development guys? Do they bring a good offensive/defensive scheme with them? Most first year head coaches are judged right away, even before they patrol the sidelines. That’s just the way it is in today’s society. I mean, let’s just say that the Sixers hired someone from the staff of Bernie Bickerstaff.  I sure as hell would go running into on coming traffic. That really is a scary thought.

For example, Brad Stevens the new head coach of the Boston Celtics falls right into that “college-land” obviously. Personally, I think Stevens has a very good chance of succeeding.  But there are questions surrounding him.  Not questions about x’s and o’s, but about how he is going to motivate his players? In college its more like a father and son relationship. When it comes to the NBA it’s about gaining the respect from your peers. That is the challenge for Stevens.

It’s hard to keep people motivated when they know they’re in a losing situation.  Stevens will have to deal with that. Brett Brown has a few different challenges, but at the end of the day, he and Stevens are basically taking on the same challenges.

Brett Brown, obviously falls under the “NBA assistant world” and was highly thought of.  Working under Gregg Popovich as an assistant for the past seven seasons and being one of San Antonio’s top player development guys helps too. He was so highly thought of, that people were trying to talk him out of coming to the Sixers. That if he waited it out, a better situation would come along. Brown was even hesitant himself, and I can’t say I blame him either. Usually when a team is in the situation the Sixers are in, most of the time they have a stop-gap coach.  Then the team goes out and gets the coach they want, after collecting enough talent. Well, Brown wasn’t having any of that. Brown:

“I was not going to take the job without the four years (guaranteed),” Brown said about his contract. “And I am extremely grateful to the owners where they took a step back, and I think it’s a tremendous reflection of what they truly think too. It’s going to take time. They really do have a tolerance. There is a patience. And as much as it was security for myself, I felt like they made a statement to the marketplace that they’re for real. They really do see this being a long-haul type of position.  via USATodaySports

The Sixers obviously realized they had a guy they believed in and they wanted for the long haul. They believe in Brown’s philosophies, and his abilities to communicate, and motivate. Communicate and motivate are the KEY words in that sentence. There is going to be a lot of long nights coming. Players will be down on themselves. Some might think that they might not belong. That is where Brown will have to be at his best. Letting them know that there is light at the end of the tunnel. That it’s not about wins or loses right now. That its all about getting better as an individual and as a teammate. It’s about getting better every single day. That is where Brown’s player development comes in.

Brown has talked about his coaching philosophies, how he doesn’t have an analytical bug. He will listen to it, but he doesn’t swear buy it. That is a good thing. Leave the analytics to the GM and let the coach be the motivator. When you are a head coach in the NBA you know plenty of x’s and o’s. You understand the game. What separates the average coaches from the good coaches is the way they relate to players. Here’s hoping Brown is that motivator.

Sixers Balls: Tony Wroten…

Tony Wroten- Philadelphia Sixers

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Everybody knows this season is not about the “W’s”. I have heard some people actually say that the Sixers may make another run at the worst winning percentage in NBA history. Yes, that thing they were relinquished of just a few years back (Thanks Bobcats).  When it comes down to it, it’s all about the individuals for the Sixers. It’s about hoping and wishing for that “Diamond in the Rough”.

This roster is full of undrafted, castoffs, and underachievers.  It’s full of players that are just trying to get one more shot to prove that they belong.  It’s early…OK, fine. It’s real early, but the one guy that is standing out and catching some people’s attention is guard Tony Wroten. Who? If you don’t know who he is, you might want to find out.

The former first round pick (25th overall of last years draft) of the Memphis Grizzlies, played his college ball for the Washington Huskies.  He averaged 16.7 points, 5.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game for the Huskies and was named to the All-Pac-12 first team in his only season of college ball (2011-12).  The former Huskie has easily been one of the best players thus far in the preseason.

Wroten, 20, is a 6″ 6′ point guard,  but he plays more like a combo guard in my eyes. Once he takes off his warm-up, he is in attack mode.  The kid can flat-out get up and down the court. He looks like he eats about 30 packets of sugar, before he enters a game. The kid just has a ton of energy. There are few things that jump-out about him besides his energy level.  That would be his transition game and the way he attacks the rim.  Brett Brown has said that he wants the Sixers to play fast; well Tony Wroten fits that model perfectly. He easily looks to be the fastest player with ball.

The one thing that Tony looks like he needs to work on is his jumper, even though he just went 4-8 from 3-point land the other day. He has plenty of time to work on that.

Why would the Grizzlies give up on raw-talent like Wroten for just a second-round pick? That is a easy question to answer. They don’t have time to take on a project; they’re too busy trying to win a NBA title. On the flip side, the Sixers, obviously have time for that.

So the kid, who played just 272 minutes all last season and averaged 2.6 points per game on 38.4 percent shooting, will get plenty of opportunities. It’s early as hell, but he looks to be ready to take full advantage of his opportunity. Remember its all about individuals this season. We talkin individuals.

Sixers Balls: Meet Your Coaching Staff

The Sixers and Brett Brown are finally rounding out their coaching staff.  Get excited people…  This new staff is loaded with player development pedigree. Maybe, all this development stuff can help out Evan Tur….Sorry, it was worth a try. Let’s take a look at the new coaching staff

Greg Foster

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Foster played 13 years in the NBA (ended in 2003). He played for the Washington Bullets, Hawks, Bucks, Jazz, Supersonics, Lakers and the Raptors.  Foster was coaching at UTEP  the past few years. He started as an graduate assistant under Tim Floyd (he was a lovely NBA coach) in the 2010-2011 season. He then became an assistant coach the following year. He was known for he solid recruiting skills. He got skillzzz… This was first reported by Anthony Salom of SBNation.

Chad Iske

Chad Iske Philadelphia Sixers

Iske comes to the Sixers with a great reputation for player development. That goes right with Brett Brown. As we all know, its all about the development in the Sixers world. Iske was a part of the Denver Nuggets’ organization for the past 13 seasons. Though the last five years he has been an assistant coach under George Karl. Funny thing about Iske. He never played basketball in the NBA or college. He once was a volunteer for an high-school team. Now, this dude is in the NBA. Nice story there. Of course, Wojo broke the news of this hiring a few weeks back.

Lloyd Pierce

Lloyd Pierce Philadelphia Sixers

Lloyd was Brown’s first hire. He actually was rumored to be a candidate for the Sixers head coach spot early in the off-season. Lloyd has been with the Grizzles the past few years as a player development guy. This is Lloyd’s fourth NBA assistant-coaching job. He was with the Warriors and he also was with the Cavaliers as a player-development coordinator for three seasons. Marc Spears  of Yahoo! was the first one to report about this hire a few weeks ago.

So when does the 2014-15 season start again?

 

Sixers Balls: Brett Brown hired for the second time or is it the third?

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 What a journey it has been. So many twist and turns, I never knew which way to look.  It all started when Doug Collins handed in his resignation as the Sixers coach back on April 18. It’s all about the journey people. That is what life is all about. My apologies….I will stop with the dramatics, its just doesn’t work, especially when it comes to the Sixers.

The Sixers have finally got the man that they wanted all along.  Brett Brown is set to become the 8th coach in 10 years (since Larry Brown left in 2003) for your team, your town, and your 76ers. Brown agreed to a four-year deal with the Sixers, according to the SI.com report. Yes, I believe it’s actually official now. We all remember that report that came out on Draft Night that the Sixers were ready to name Brown the head coach.  Hinkie squashed that rather quickly. He said that he wanted to go through the interview process first with other candidates. I can’t believe there were a lot of them, but hey, its still NBA head coaching job at the end of the day.

Of course there was another curve ball mixed in.  Reports came out at the end of  last week that some of Browns peers urged him not to take the job. Of course they did. I can’t really say I blame them either. Brown is highly respected around the NBA; he could have easily gotten another job next year, when something else opened up.  If the Sixers weren’t  going to give Brown enough money and job security to prove that they really wanted him, Brown would’ve likely said, “Nah, i’m good”.  I am guessing (of course I am), that Brown wanted nothing to do with being a transitional coach. All seriousness, who in the world would? The Sixers must have really wanted Brown and must have GUARANTEED those 4 years.

Brown, 52, was a Spurs’ assistant for the past seven seasons and worked in player development with San Antonio before that.  Brown also coached for 14 years in the Australian National Basketball League. He coached Australia in the 2012 Olympics. One of the best things about Brown, other than sitting next to “Pop” all these years, he has spent almost a decade as the leader of player development for Spurs.  Oh yeah, they have won three championships in that time period.

Some have crowned Brown the savior already. I find that quite amusing, but hey, he did work for Pop so that’s always a good thing.  To be honest I would have been happy with anyone on that Spurs staff. Why? Two words- Gregg Popovich. Me happy.

Sixers Balls: And Then There Was Two

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Could it be? Nah…Well, maybe. The Sixers may have finally found their man.  The report out there is that the Sixers have narrowed their choices down (Because they have so many) to 2 candidates. That would be Michael Curry and Brett Brown. So that rumor of Brown maybe was true.

Curry (Doug Collins clone) coached the Sixers summer league team in the Orlando Pro Summer League.  Curry does have at last one year of heading coaching under his belt. He was the head coach of the Detroit Pistons, in 2008-09. Curry is still under contract with the Sixers for one more season as assistant.

Time to copy and paste what I wrote about a month ago for Brown… Brown has been with the Spurs since July 2002 and moved to the bench as an assistant coach before the start of the 2006-07 season.  Before Brown was with the Spurs he coached 14 seasons (9 as HC) in the Australasia National Basketball League. Brown led the Aussies to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 London Olympic Games. He has been under “Pop” the past 7 years, so I like this idea.

 

Sixers Balls: One Crazy Summer Night. Recap

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First off, I would like to apologies to Sam Hinkie for calling him a “Buddhist Monk” on a silent vowel. Going into this draft I was excited and frustrated.  I know that is a helluva combination. Well, those feelings changed quickly once the draft started.  I have to hand it to Hinkie, the dude came out swinging. Trading your best player and so called future of your franchise?  Hinkie acting like a boss.

When the trade went down for Nerlens Noel I was confused as hell. I couldn’t believe that Jrue was part of the deal. My heading was spinning. The Sixers also received a first round pick in 2014 (Top 3 protected). As soon as that traded started to sink in the Sixers were drafting PG Michael Carter-Williams. I needed a drink by then. I didn’t realize there was a lot more to come. While the Sixers were making another trade to acquire South Dakota SG Nate Wolters at No. 38, Hinkie named Brett Brown the Sixers new head coach, according to CSNPhilly.

As I was righting this Hinkie makes another trade. Yes, try to keep up because I can’t. The Sixers traded Wolters to the Bucks for 6″6′ SG Ricky Ledo out of Providence.  Ledo was selected by the Bucks with 43rd pick.  Then Hinkies decides to trade Ledo for PF Arsalan Kazemi (Oregon). Kazemi was picked by the Wizards (for the Sixers) at 54.

I am not even sure if I got all that right. What a wild night. Before I get to the players, let me touch on Brown real quick. Brown has been with the Spurs since July 2002 and moved to the bench as an assistant coach before the start of the 2006-07 season.  Before Brown was with the Spurs he coached 14 seasons (9 as HC) in the Australasia National Basketball League. Brown led the Aussies to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 London Olympic Games.  He has been under “Pop” the past 7 years, so I like this idea. Though now Hinkie denies naming a coach yet. Seriously, I can’t keep up.  I am just leaving what I wrote about Brown in here. Whatever…

Moving on to the players now. Noels is a force defensively, though he is very raw offensively. He might be out until Christmas time with his torn ACL. Carter-Willams has great vision even better than Jrue, though Carter-Williams struggles with his jumper. Arsalan is decent at attacking the rim. The 6’7″ PF is the first Iranian drafted in the NBA.

Lastly, I will miss Jrue. He was the one guy you could enjoy watching this year on a team that was unwatchable. Jrue should have some fun with Anthony Davis. Wishing, Jrue the best of luck.

Some might not like this move. The bottom line is that the Sixers were not going to win with Jrue anytime soon and he had the most value. Sometimes you need to take a step back before you move forward.

To recap, the Sixers acquire Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Arsalan Kazemi, a 2014 1st round pick from New Orleans, and two 2014 2nd round picks from Milwaukee and Dallas. I need sleep.

Sixers Balls: Brett Brown the New Head Coach. Unless he was traded too..

Memphis Grizzlies v San Antonio Spurs - Game One

I really can’t take anymore of this. Hinkie you’re a sneaky son of a bitch. While you were making another trade to acquire South Dakota St. Guard Nate Wolters at No. 38 you hired a coach? The Sixers have named Brent Brown, according to CSNPhilly.  Wait, as I am right this Hinkie made another trade. Yes, try to keep up because I can’t. The Sixers traded Wolters to the Bucks for 6″6′ SG Ricky Ledo out of Providence.  Ledo was selected by the Bucks with 43rd pick.  For the Love God, Ledo was just traded. I give up.

Back to Brown now before anything else happens or before he gets traded. Brown has been with the Spurs since July 2002 and moved to the bench as an assistant coach before the start of the 2006-07 season.  Before Brown was with the Spurs he coached 14 seasons (9 as HC) in the Australasia National Basketball League. Brown led the Aussies to a seventh-place finish in the 2012 London Olympic Games. He has been under “Pop” the past 7 years, so I like this idea.