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Rights To Ricky Sanchez Podcast: Kendall Marshall And Jigsaw


It finally happened, Kendall Marshall is part of the Sixers organization. Because a) he signed with the Sevens and b) he nearly had a triple double in his first game, Mike spent a lot of time talking about this.

Spike and Mike also talk about the Sixers’ recent play, discuss potential concern about the terrible defense, potential trade partners and situations, an MCW progress report, take some questions from Twitter, and introduce a new segment, THE JIGSAW.

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Photoshop With Matt Mac: Doug Collins Is Disappointed In Andrew Bynum, Who Is Gollum From The Hobbit

Man I don’t even know. What’s wrong with Matt (follow him @_mattmac to find out)?

So Bynum practiced, but for some reason he’s this creepy thing from the Hobbit:


















And then Doug Collins was disappointed and for some reason he looks like this:


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Conroy: A Sixers Question And Answer Session

Michael Conroy is a freelance sportswriter and Flyers fan, and a guest writer for Spike Eskin Dot Com. You can find him on Twitter @MichaelConroyPM.

They get money. Don’t be mad, now. Stop, hatin’ is bad. The Philadelphia 76ers did exactly what we wanted them to last year. They won a playoff round and played a tough second series against the Celtics. That was the goal that had been established earlier in the season by the most optimistic Sixers fans. Yet somehow, through the ups and downs of the season, we still found a way to be a bit disappointed in them.

That’s the beauty of sports; the ability of the many twists and turns of a season to pull us all out of our analytical, logical way of thinking. It injects some emotion into our dull lives, and that’s a good thing; in most cases. Still, I feel like we owe it to the team and ourselves, this time around, to pay a little more attention to those realistic expectations as this season moves forward.

Last week, in New Orleans, I could already feel the rage boiling up inside as the Sixers bricked seventeen 3’s against the Hornets. Then I found myself all excited again following a damn fun win in Boston. After Monday night’s fourth quarter collapse against Milwaukee, I felt enough was enough. It may be necessary to step back for a moment and evaluate my own expectations before I go insane.

Is this team a contender for a championship? Do we really need them to make the playoffs? Where does Swaggy-P’s irrational confidence end? Did Jrue Holiday just do another point-guardy thing? All of this and more comin’ atcha!

Are the Philadelphia 76ers championship contenders this season?

(Having a healthy chortle to myself) Absolutely not, but that doesn’t mean they are the most horrible thing in the world either.

This week, the 76ers gave all Philly sports fans something new to freak out about when they announced that Andrew Bynum will most likely not be playing basketball until January (at the earliest). As devastating as that may feel, it actually isn’t that big a deal for two reasons.

First, it’s unclear whether or not Andrew Bynum actually exists. Think about it, have you ever seen him play?

Second, this isn’t a championship roster with the big man in the lineup anyway.This season is about development and as ugly as the Philadelphia 76ers have looked in their first three losses of the 2012-2013 season, there are some very positive things developing in Andrew Bynum’s absence.

Jrue Holiday looks very promising at point-guard. He’s not Chris Paul, but he certainly looks like he plays the same position on the court – which was absolutely not the case in the eyes of basketball dummies like myself last season.

Another positive, for me is that Spencer Hawes doesn’t look awful. If you sort of squint and catch him in your peripherals, he actually looks pretty darn good at basketball. Also, that whole Doug Collins “power forward” idea looks like it might be nothing more than a pipe dream, which is good news for most reasonable Sixers fans. I, however, still hold out hope for this. I mean, is Spencer Hawes really that different from Pau Gasol? They’re both white. They’re both tall and can shoot sometimes.

The next positive is that Nick Young’s contract is a one-year deal. I don’t think there’s ever been a player more consistently likely to make it onto Sportscenter without playing well. When he retires, the Not-Top-10 Hall of Fame is going to be calling about that jersey.

To circle back, it is not realistic to expect this team to contend for a championship this season.

What are some “realistic” goals for this team, then?

That’s a great question. You have a lot of great questions.

Well, as I’ve mentioned before, seeing Jrue Holiday develop as a true point guard is seminal to the long-term success of the team. Next, it is important that Doug Collins proves emphatically, that Evan Turner can’t play. Mere embers remain of the once vibrant flame that was “Team Evan.” If we’re going to move forward as a fan base, he needs as much playing time as possible in order to stamp that out.

Finally, and most importantly, Andrew Bynum needs to get healthy and feel good about playing for Sixers; good enough to re-sign in the off-season. Bynum is the reason a total rebuild wasn’t necessary for this team and without that component, it’s back to the drawing board. In order to keep him here, the organization needs to show him that they care about his health and success. In being so careful with the big fella, they have been attempting to do just that. The next step in that process is making him feel comfortable with the long-term players on this team. It’s on Doug Collins to make sure that, once Andrew Bynum is able to play, he finds success.

You may have noticed that I did not include a specific number of “wins” required for this season to be considered a success. That’s because, in this case, the win total for this year’s 76ers is almost completely irrelevant. I know that’s not what most people want to hear, but if you’ve been paying attention, you know that there is plenty to root for regarding this team aside from victory on the scoreboard. The 76ers are building something here. The walls aren’t painted, there’s no electricity and the carpet guy hasn’t been out yet, but there’s a definite plan here; which is more than we could say for the past twelve years.

If all goes well, what will it take to finally make this team a title contender?

The way things work in the NBA, even if everything the 76ers need to happen does this year, the team is going to need to find a second “star” player; an effective scoring option to pair with Andrew Bynum. This is much easier said than done, but if Bynum proves to be what we all hope he will for the Sixers, Philly will certainly be a more attractive destination for free agents than it has been. Still, regarding the second “star” player, it’s better to take the long view and plan for that at least two years from now. I conferred with an expert analyst on the matter and this year’s options don’t seem viable to him.

Me: Hey Spike, do you think Chris Paul would be somebody the 76ers are interested in this off-season?

Me: (heartbroken but still defiantly hopeful) Hmm…well then how about a more realistic option? Maybe somebody like Josh Smith? He’s looked pretty good lately right?

Me: Oh…well okay… =(

The underlying point to all of this micro-managing of expectations is to avoid a trap that Philadelphia fans seem to fall into more often, and with greater ease than anyone else. That trap is thinking that a team that loses; that has no shot to win a championship isn’t worth your time. As I’ve said, there will be a TON to root for regarding the 2012-2013 Philadelphia 76ers. At times, they will even be fun to watch (maybe). They will have their ups and downs, but through it all, we can keep our eyes fixed on the light at the end of the tunnel — just like a college student. It’s like we’re in 76ers college and when we graduate, instead of a degree, we get a good basketball team…or something.

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Is Doug Collins Doing This Wrong? (From CBS Philly)

This was going to be your run of the mill “here’s the grade I give the Sixers at the midway point of the season” post. I’d run through each player, grade their performance with a letter between A-F, and inspire some discussion about whether I’m being too easy or too hard on them.

Jodie Meeks gets a B?! He’s killing us!

Iguodala an A-?! He can’t even shoot free throws!

It’d be so much fun for all of us.

But I can’t do it. I can’t do it because I don’t know what scale I’m grading them on, and that’s part of the problem with this year’s Sixers.


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LEGIT: January 10th, 2012, The Day The Nation Recognized The Sixers

Well, it happened. After five straight wins, topped by a convincing defeat of the then 6-2 Pacers last night, everyone at once seemed to notice the Sixers are, well, pretty good.

I’m sure this will be a jinx and we’ll blow it against the Kings tonight (just preparing myself in case), but consider this a banner day.

The team who “can’t compete without a superstar” have become “this team just might surprise everyone.”

Are they a top five NBA team? Probably not. Is it fun to see them there? ABSOLUTELY. It’s this kind of press that makes other players want to come here, and the players feel good about being here.

Now beat the lowly Kings and then knock some sense into that bunch of overrated clowns in New York tomorrow night.

Now go to a game. The players deserve it.

Here’s a recap of the rankings that came out today.

CBSSports.com’s Matt Moore has the Sixers ranked #5.

John Hollinger of ESPN.COM has them ranked #1!!!

ESPN’s 5 On 5 debated the Sixers ranking.

Marc Stein of ESPN.COM has them ranked #7.

John Schuhmann has the Sixers at #7 as well. 

Sports Illustrated’s Britt Robson has them at #4.

Pro Basketball Talk debated whether the Sixers could win the division, after predicting they wouldn’t even make the playoffs.


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OMG! BASKETBALL! Sixers Season Is Finally Here, This Is How It’ll Play Out (Maybe)

I’ll admit it, I was worried for a little bit there. I always held firm that I thought we’d have NBA basketball this season, but around mid-November the outlook was pretty grim. If you made me bet my worldly posessions, I still would have bet that basketball would happen, but I’d have been pretty nervous about it. Especially to lose my Jrue Holiday bank.

Lockout, smockout, none of that matters, because on Sunday, the 2011-12 NBA (mostly 2012) season begins, and I’ll officially have something to do this winter. If “watching lots of basketball” counts as “something to do.”

I love watching pretty much any NBA basketball game (even a random Golden State vs. Utah game on League Pass), but I watch every Sixers game. Last season, that was a pretty enjoyable experience. A lot of times it was a very enjoyable experience, and a welcome change. It wasn’t a championship year, but there was growth, and I was proud to be a Sixers fan. They weren’t perfect, but they’re ours.

But with improvement and growth comes expectation, and that’s where we are, expecting something. The question is, “what can we expect?”

The bar is set higher, for the coach, for the fans, and for the rest of the league. The Sixers will not be sneaking up on anyone this year. Michael Wilbon even predicted that they’d win the Atlantic Division, and many people think they’ll fall in the 4-5 seed range come playoff time.

So what’s going to happen this season? Well your guess is as good as mine (maybe better). That said, here’s mine:

The Path

There are many people who have suggested the best thing for the Sixers to do this season would be to a) trade Andre Iguodala and b) either trade or amnesty Elton Brand. By doing this you would a) clear cap space (if not now then at the end of the season and b) give the younger players room to grow. You would also a) probably make the team significantly worse and then b) get a better draft pick in a deep draft.

I don’t discount that this is an option and a legitimate one, however, it’s not one I agree with. Not now anyway. I am behind what the Sixers want to try to accomplish this season.

The Sixers want to create a good team, with young, promising players who show growth. They want to create an atomosphere that a big time free-agent would want to be a part of, or a big time player would be willing to sign an extention in after a trade. This is the plan, and I’m behind it.

I think it’s worth trying to see if Evan Turner and Iguodala can play together productively. I want to see if Turner can play shooting guard while Iguodala plays small forward and Jrue plays the point. It’s worth a shot. This whole path thing comes down to whether you believe that this is worth a shot. I do, because Andre Iguodala is very good, even if he’s not the kind of player they sold you.

Free Boosie

Andre Iguodala is a very good basketball player. He’s probably the best wing defender in the NBA, and offensively is well rounded. He isn’t a dominant scorer, but he’s never going to be, and it’s not worth discussing why you want him to be. No matter how many times you talk about his contract or why he doesn’t score 20+ a game, it doesn’t change who he is. Who he is, is a very good basketball player. I don’t think you’re going to get value in a trade, and I don’t want to trade him for cap space. Not without giving this a try first.

If you’re following this plan, it makes sense for Elton Brand to be on the team this year. You don’t have a power forward behind him who you’re dying to give minutes to, and the Sixers are without question a worse team without Brand in the lineup (he led the team in scoring and rebounding last year). In addition to his steady play on the court, he’s clearly taken on the “veteran leader” role on the team. If next year, Brand becomes the guy you amnesty to sign a big free-agent, or the expiring contract you trade for a big time player, then that’s what you do. But moving him this year doesn’t help you at all. Plus, I love watching that mid-range jumper. Dude, it never even touches the rim.

The final reason for continuing down this path is that Doug Collins is your coach. If he’s going to be your guy, then I just don’t think taking that “step back” is a path that’s going to be condusive to his style. The year to do that would have been last year. Collins has historically improved teams for the first two seasons he coached (we won’t talk about what generally happens the third year). If you make the team worse this year for the sake of youth and trade away two of his favorites in the process, I think Collins’ head explodes.

Not to mention, I’m pretty sure the new Sixers owners don’t want to suck the first year. Just a guess. After seeing what rebuilding looks like in Washington DC, I can’t imagine that’s a product they’re going to want to market. With or without Hip Hop. Basketball that sucks looks like it sucks even under awesome lights, for cheap tickets.

So that said; what happens this year? Well, I guess I’m in a similar boat as everyone else.

Record And Playoff Position

I’m going to go ahead and say the Sixers finish with a 37-29 record (I originally had 36-30 until @danrosz called me names on Twitter), and put themselves in a position to finish the year solidly around the 5th seed, with an opportunity to grab the 4th and home court for the first round.

This season is pretty hard to predict, because of the cramped schedule. Conventional wisdom has the Sixers young legs and consistency being of value. I see the logic in it. I don’t know if that’s how it’ll work out, but I definitely buy into the logic. The Sixers have an opportunity for a quick start, and they need to take it to have that shot at the #4 or #5 seed.

As I mentioned, there have been a few people who have predicted the Sixers could win the Atlantic Division. Again, that pesky logic tells us that the Celtics will just try to coast through the regular season (because they’re old), and the Knicks will take a while to gel (because of the new players). Both fair conclusions to jump to, but be aware, it is jumping. It’s as possible that the Sixers finish third in the Atlantic as it is first.

Individual Players

Before last season, my guess was that Jrue Holiday had a chance to be very good, but probably shouldn’t be the best player on a very good team if you want to contend. That ceiling was echoed by many. I’ve changed my mind though, and I think the ceiling is higher. Jrue Holiday can be one of the very best point guards in the NBA. I truly believe we’ve underestimated his ceiling.

One of the reasons Jrue Holiday can be so great, is the same reason that people discount him; he plays in the pocket. Holiday doesn’t run as fast as he can to get from point A to point B. Remember in that first pre-season game when Wall went coast to coast, outrunning everyone and dunking the ball? Well the Sixers were up by 40 at that point, a lot of it was because of Holiday. He doesn’t shoot too much (maybe not enough) and he’s not really flashy. But he is really, really good at basketball. He’s got fantastic basketball sense. He’s able to go really, really fast, but he waits until he’s lulled the opposing defender to sleep to do it. By the time he’s kicked it into that extra gear, he’s already by you or the three is already in the air. He’s shown the ability to take and make big shots at big spots.

Jrue Holiday was much better in year two than he was in year one, and he’s going to be much better in year three than he was in year two. And here’s the scary part; he will probably get better again in year four. Jrue Holiday is going to be really, really good and Philadelphia is going to love watching him play.

That step that Holiday took in year two, I think Evan Turner will take in his year two as well. With a quicker, smoother (although still imperfect) jump shot, more confidence and a better sense of who he needs to be, Turner’s got chance to surprise a lot of people this season. You can already see it. Everything about his game that we’ve seen so far this year is more deliberate.

And Evan Turner’s just got it. He wants to win and he wants to kill the other team and he wants to be the guy to hold the sword. It’s great to have talent, but there are plenty of guys with all the talent in the world who don’t have it. Turner showed it in college, and we saw flashes of it during the series against Miami. I even remember a the season opener, when he did this to Dwyane Wade, tweeting that “Evan Turner is going to be just fine.”

Whether he starts or not, we’re going to see a lot of good things from Turner this year.

Andre Iguodala just seems different now. Maybe it’s a judgment based on not enough information, but he seems more at ease. I mean, he came to the End Of Lockout party and took pictures with #FreeBoosie shirts. He just seems more confident. Maybe the new owners and the march to change mascots and lower ticket prices has taken some of the weight off of his sholders. Maybe having the same coach two years in a row, and a coach who knows what Iguodala does best has added confidence. Maybe even the thought that “hey, maybe Jrue or Evan are really ok to take that last shot” is something he wants, because he’s sick of getting blamed for not hitting those shots. It’s fun to be the guy they put on the posters and the commercials, but it’s a lot of pressure too. Maybe he’s more relaxed because this role suits him better. You have to imagine a more relaxed, healthier, more confident Iguodala gives us a better Iguodala. I’m hoping the “keep Iguodala” experiment works.

Elton Brand at some point I imagine is no longer going to be a Sixer. I guess somehow it could work out that he plays out his contract here and signs for significantly less, but I doubt that. I’m sad about that, because he’s really turned it around and  become a player I love watching. Brand works hard, plays well, and brings it every night. A player who was once a symbol in this town of a “bad contract” has become a leader and a stand-up guy, he’s really turned it around. I think we’ll see more out of Brand that we saw last year, which is very good. H

Lou Williams has finally found the role that suits him best. Lou Williams is a sixth man. He’s good at being a sixth man. He’ll still take some shots that will make you go “ugh,” but let’s hope he makes enough of them to make us forget the ones he misses. Playing with Turner will help, because you’ve got to assume Turner will be the one getting us into the offense, and assuming more of the point guard type duties. Although his true shooting percentage told a better story than his 40% from the field last season, I’d still love to see that around 44%-45%.

I Wish Thad Hit HIm

Thaddeus Young looks like he’s found the role that suits him best too, also a sixth (seventh?) man. With the contract situation behind him, let’s hope he can now start to improve certain individual skills like his jump shot. Thaddeus Young with a mid-range jump shot is going to be a nightmare to guard. He’ll be worth every penny of that new contract, and depending on the future situation at center, I could see him starting at the power forward spot if Brand isn’t here next year.

Spencer Hawes … let’s just hope he stays in shape, gets to the line a little more (a lot more), and doesn’t take any three point shots. If he does those things, I’ll deal with his complaining about the refs and right-wing Twitter nonsense. I’m not his biggest advocate, but at his best, he’ll do for now.

Jodie Meeks, just continue being Jodie Meeks. I don’t think he’s ever going to be very good at the things he isn’t good at now. To me, Meeks becomes better by becoming even better at the things he’s good at … well the thing he’s good at. Shooting three point shots. He was streaky and good last year, but I’d love to see him become a killer.

The other guys, Vucevic, Brackins, et al … I’ve got no idea. That Brackins three-point shot looked pretty killer during that first Washington game. If there’s a chance, I’d love to see more of it.

The Conference

I see it shaking out something like this:

1. Miami

2. Chicago

3. New York

4. Philadelphia

5. Boston

6. Indiana

7. Atlanta

8. Orlando (falls apart post-Dwight, but has enough wins to keep them in the playoffs)

And I’ll say the young, upstart, Sixers beat Boston in the first round, and lose in the second round. It’s kind of hard to say the Sixers can definitely win, or definitely not win the first round without knowing who they play. So few games separated 1-2-3 and then so few separated 5-6-7-8 last year, that’s a real toss up.

I think the Holiday/Turner/Iguodala thing works at and the Sixers try to figure out a way to make a move for a bigger name in the offseason. I’m not sure who, or if it’ll work, but I believe they’ll try.

I also don’t think anyone is getting past Miami. Heard that before right? Well, I mean, no one in the conference got past them last year, and I think they’ll be better this year than last.

And Finally

For the first time in a long time, we’ve got hope, and there’s a little bit of a buzz in town about Sixers basketball. It’s good to see.

I hope to see you at the games this year. Last year was fun, but this year can be even more fun. And you don’t have to worry about everyone being bombed by the time the game starts like Phillies or Eagles games.

Kate Fagan writes a good (though a little less rosy) prediction and explanation HERE. She is still on Twitter and writing about the Sixers, though now has the handle @katefagan3. 

If you want tickets, my season ticket guy is Kevin, and you can find him on Twitter @76ersTixRep. He’s a good dude.

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Jodie Meeks Is Starting Over Evan Turner? DON’T FREAK OUT!

By most accounts, when the season starts on December 26th for the Sixers, Jodie Meeks will be the starting shooting guard.

Here we go again. The season hasn’t even started and we’re starting the “Evan Turner is a bust story,” again. Without even a pre-season game.

Take a deep breath. I know you’re wound up because the Phillies didn’t win the World Series and the Eagles are going to have to go on an unheard of winning streak just to finish at .500. I know you’ve heard a lot from the Sixers owners about changes, and so far you’ve only seen a moose, some broadway lights, and lower ticket prices while the Clippers of all people are trading for Chris Paul and Dwight Howard will be available. And through all of this, the least you’d like is for the #2 pick in last year’s draft to start.

I still think it’ll happen. Just not now. And I think the reasoning is sound.

If you’ll remember correctly, the Sixers started playing well when Jodie Meeks became the starting shooting guard. His ability to hit three-point shots, intuitiveness to get to those spots, and his energy (though probably not a ton of skill) on defense kept him in games. It spaced the floor for the team, and gave the offense, who doesn’t really have an a natural scorer besides Lou Williams, some room to breathe and operate.

The advantage the Sixers have at this point is that their team is the same as last year’s. With short training camps, and free-agents and trades coming so close to the season, many teams will just be figuring out how to play with each other. While the Sixers have a chance to hit the ground running and steal some games. That 3-13 start from last year can become a distant memory with a 10-6 start this season. That’s got a better shot of happening with everyone in the same roles as last season.

Does that slow Turner’s growth in particular for the time-being? Maybe. But winning games and getting these guys feeling good about themselves is a worthy reason for it. The Sixers made a clear choice to win games while growing their young players by keeping Andre Iguodala and Elton Brand for this season. You may disagree with that strategy, but that’s a different discussion all together. If you’re trying to win, this gives you the best chance to win.

Turner has worked on his jump shot, and by all accounts it is improved. I think that ability along with general improvements in his game will eventually make him the starter. Probably sooner rather than later. Just not now.

By the way, a Sixers side note. You may have heard that Kate Fagan has left the Inquirer to write for ESPN. Though she’ll write about many different things for them, she’s decided to keep up Sixers coverage “for fun.” That’s what I like to hear. You can check out Kate’s Sixers blog at bykatefagan.com. She explains the Meeks & Turner issue in very X’s and O’x, basketball language HERE. 

I also talked about this very issue on Lunch Break with Rhea Hughes. Watch below:



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The List Of Things I’m Excited To See This Sixers Season

As you may well know, I’m a pretty big NBA fan, and a bigger Sixers fan. Last year was a dream, particularly after the season that came before it (I still dislike you Eddie Jordan).

December 9th (and then whenever the Sixers opener is) can’t get here soon enough.

And though last season ended with a loss, I’ll remember it for this shot:

* I’m excited to see Evan Turner’s jump shot.

* I’m excited to see Thad Young’s monster dunk on a fast break.

* I’m excited to see Lou Williams take a big shot that makes me say “oh no, what the FU … YES! YES! IT WENT IN!” (see video above)

* I’m excited to yell “Free Boosie” every time Mo Speights gets on the floor.

* I’m excited to see Andre Iguodala grab a rebound in the last minute of a game to complete a signature 11-10-10 triple double.

* I’m excited to see Doug Collins soaked in sweat during a post-game press conference as if he actually called a game.

* I’m excited to hear Tom McGinnis go absolutely apeshit over something that’s not really that big a deal.

* I’m excited to watch Elton Brand get three straight offensive rebounds and finally hit the shot with the foul. As well as seeing a hundred sweet Brand jumpers from 16 feet.

* I’m excited to hear Marc Zumoff bite his tongue when Eric Snow says something that doesn’t make sense or falls asleep.

* I’m going to catch a hot dog.

* Bothering Marshall Harris about who the evening’s stand-out star is going to be.

* I’m excited to watch Jrue Holiday do the “raise the roof” thing after a big shot, because he’s too young to know when it was popular the first time. Maybe like the shot he hit at the 2:51 mark of this:


* I’m excited to watch Jodie Meeks go off for 19 points in a random quarter, while I tweet “M33KS!” every time he hits a three.

* I’m excited to watch Spencer Hawes take an ill-advised three point shot in playoffs against the Heat that raises my rage level to Incredible Hulk levels. Wait, no, sorry, I’m not excited for that. Bad memory. What was he doing? Dude, you’re seven feet tall, go get a rebound and let Meeks shoot the threes.

* I’m excited to see that bald guy in the ridiculous sweaters who sits courtside.

* I’m excited for endless emails to Bob Cooney and Kate Fagan. As they put up with me, just because they know I mean well.

* I’m excited for the Sixers to beat a team they shouldn’t, followed by me screaming at the visiting team’s fans to get the f*ck out of the Wells Fargo Center.

* I’m pretty excited to boo Kobe Bryant.

* I’m excited to watch a team I know will work hard every game, get better, and make me proud to be a Philadelphia fan.

* The 5 seed (let me dream)

* Yelling “overrated” at Carmelo Anthony.

* Seeing the new mascot, so everyone can stop acting like it matters.

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Of All Days, Why Am I Aching For The Sixers Today?

The Phillies are hours from a deciding Game 5 against the Cardinals. The Eagles are playing the first of many “must-win” games on Sunday. The new-look Flyers debuted last night and beat the Stanley Cup champs on their home ice. And I’m sitting here bummed about the NBA lockout. What a sucker.

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