Tag:Philadelphia 76ers
Posted on: December 17, 2010 6:12 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:41 pm

Report: 76ers turn down Blazers Iguodala offer

The Philadelphia 76ers have reportedly turned down a Portland Trail Blazers offer for forward Andre Iguodala. Posted by Ben Golliver andre-iguodala

This side of Denver Nuggets forward Carmelo Anthony, no reasonably big man has found himself in more NBA trade talk than Philadelphia 76ers wing Andre Iguodala. Given his large contract, questionable fit with 2010 No. 2 overall pick Evan Turner, and general malaise in Philadelphia, Iguodala doesn't arrive in these rumors by accident. On Thursday, an ESPN.com chat noted that the 76ers reportedly turned down an offer for Iguodala from the Portland Trail Blazers, which included young forward Nicolas Batum and veteran center Joel Przybilla. The Blazers, as noted by CBSSports.com's Ken Berger, are actively engaged in trade talks in advance of the deadline. This activity is motivated by both a disappointing start to the season and owner Paul Allen's rumored preference for seeing immediate results rather undergoing another full rebuilding cycle.
Batum, a fan favorite French forward, is a long and gifted, and has shown the ability defend multiple positions and knock down the corner three. Under former general manager Kevin Pritchard, Batum was considered untouchable, and big things were expected from him entering this season. Unfortunately, his play has been inconsistent, and coach Nate McMillan moved him to the bench to make room for 2010 summer free agent signing Wesley Matthews.  Still on his rookie deal, Batum represents an extraordinary value and still has significant untapped potential, given that he just turned 22 this week. He has shown the ability to play alongside a ball-dominating guard like Brandon Roy, and theoretically would be a solid pairing next to Turner, should Turner develop into the player everyone expects him to be.  Przybilla carries an expiring contract, so this move would make sense financially for Philadelphia, allowing them to escape the money owed to Iguodala and improve their flexibility going forward. For Portland, Iguodala would represent an all-around, tested, veteran forward that the team has lacked for years. He would be able to provide some much-needed scoring, as Portland's offense has been anemic this year thanks to the injuries to guard Brandon Roy. What's more, he has played with Blazers point guard Andre Miller in Philadelphia, so there's a familiarity there. The Blazers lack a number one option, and while Iguodala isn't necessarily established on that elite level, he might be as close as Portland can reasonably hope to get. Blazers owner Paul Allen isn't afraid to spend money, but taking on Iguodala's long-term deal is not without risk, as he has yet to prove he can contribute meaningfully to a winner in the NBA and because Portland is already tied up long-term thanks to extensions for Roy and forward LaMarcus Aldridge. That Philadelphia reportedly turned down this deal, even though it represents good value, shouldn't be overly surprising. We're still very early in the trade season, and Portland is only likely to get more desperate, the longer they deal with Roy's absence and their team-wide struggles. Plus, Philadelphia will likely find themselves listening to a number of offers for Iguodala. Berger, for example, sees the New York Knicks potentially having interest.  
Posted on: December 15, 2010 3:58 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2010 5:09 pm

Mega-Dunks abound

Posted by Matt Moore
You don't need me to intro these. I tried choosing between the two, but really, they're both sick. 

Personally, I lean towards Iguodala's. DeRozan is getting a lot of credit for dunking on Tyrus Thomas, but Thomas was moving right to left, not straight forward at DeRozan, making it lacking in true posterization. Iguodala's however, covered more ground and had a higher degree of difficulty. 
In closing, YAMS.
Posted on: December 15, 2010 12:22 pm

The Game Changer: Denver runs away late

Posted by Royce Young

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer.


There are nights, where the Denver Nuggets look like one of the two or three best teams in the West. Unfortunately for the Magic, this was one of those nights.

The Nuggets can explode on you with offense in bunches, but what won them this game was quality defense down the stretch. Orlando couldn't score and on the flip side, couldn't stop Denver.

With six minutes left, it was a one-point edge for the Nuggets and it looked like we were going to have a tight finish. Instead, Denver closed the game on a 19-3 run and completely bullied the Magic.

Playing without Chauncey Billups, George Karl got creative with his lineups, using a combination Anthony Carter, J.R. Smith, Arron Afflalo, Carmelo Anthony and Nene down the stretch. He mixed a number of small-ball lineups in against the Magic, playing Carmelo at power forward for a lot of the night. Which meant Carmelo had Rashard Lewis on him, which then meant Carmelo abused the Magic's four-man. Melo finished with 35 points and pretty much took over in the second half.

But for the Magic it was really more of the same. Late in the game, each offensive possession was almost hard to watch. The Magic ran three things: 1) Jameer Nelson dribble up and after zero passes, 3-point shot. 2) Dump down to Howard, Nuggets double, Howard forces shot. And 3) 15 passes around the perimeter with no one making any progress at the basket, eventually ending the possession with a contested jumper.

When pushed, Orlando just doesn't know what to do offensively late. The first three quarters was all about the sharp ball movement, quick shots and most importantly, making shots. In the fourth, the Nuggets were the ones doing that.

I imagine Stan Van Gundy is going to yell loudly at his team more about their porous defense down the stretch more than their offense. Both were an issue for them, but it didn't help things playing a loaded offensive team like the Nuggets. Denver got it rolling late and the Magic just didn't have the guns to keep up.


Monta Ellis went all 48 minutes for the Warriors in their 108-99 win over the Timberwolves. Ellis dropped 34 points on 13-24 shooting, dished out six assists and grabbed four rebounds.

Carmelo Anthony dropped 35 on the Magic, hitting 14-21 from the field while also grabbing 11 rebounds. A gold star for him indeed. Plus, he almost got traded!

J.J. Redick was a bright spot for the Magic, scoring 29 points on 9-12 shooting.

Charlie Villanueva had 23 points, 11 rebounds and a +29 for the Pistons.

Kris Humphries in a loss: 1-10 from the field, two points, 13 rebounds in 21 minutes. I can't decide if that's good or bad.


Andrew Bynum is back and his return was... normal. About what you might expect from a guy playing in his first game after knee surgery. Seventeen minutes, seven points (1-5 from the field), four rebounds and two blocks for the Laker big man. Nothing special, but certainly reason to be encouraged. Especially because Pau Gasol only played 31 minutes, something Bynum is really going to help get under control.

Bynum didn't have to factor in that much for the Lakers though as they cruised past the John Wall-less Wizards 103-89. And that was with only scoring 11 points the fourth quarter. One semi-crazy stat from the game though: The Wizards pulled in 19 offensive boards and had 16 more attempts than the Lakers. Obviously they didn't take advantage of those extra possessions, but something to note regardless.


Led by a bench that had plus/minuses of +29, +25, +23 and +20, the Detroit Pistons absolutely walloped the Atlanta Hawks. How in the heck did that happen?

Villanueva led things with 23 points and Tracy McGrady finally did something, throwing up 16 points in 26 minutes. The Piston bench outscored the Hawks second unit 46-14.

After the Hawks outscored Detroit by nine in the third, the game was close heading to the fourth with the Pistons only up three. But the Hawks imploded in the fourth. The Pistons took the quarter 39-19 and punctuated the victory with a buzzer-beating 3 from Villanueva to win by 23.


Three things I love about this dunk: 1) The way DeRozan cocks his arm back just a little farther than usual to add a little extra umph to it; 2) Solomon Alabi's completely weird reaction to it as he stands there making  face while smacking his gum and 3) the gratuitous shot of Michael Jordan after it.


The 76ers beat the Nets 82-77, snapping an eight-game road losing streak. But here's something interesting about the 9-15 Sixers: They have a positive point differential of 0.5. The Rockets are the only other losing team that has a positive point differential.
Posted on: December 5, 2010 1:15 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:16 pm

Rumor: Andre Iguodala to the Cleveland Cavs?

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala has been linked to the Cleveland Cavaliers in a trade rumor. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala

For the better part of the first five weeks of the season, Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala has been linked to trade rumors, and for good reason. Iguodala's situation in Philly is past-cliche at this point: semi-star makes more than $10 million a year, his team still loses, it makes more sense for both parties to part ways rather than continue in expensive mediocrity.  While Iguodala has been publicly mum, word started to slip out back in October that he was open to a change of venue. On Sunday, comes word that the Cleveland Cavaliers may be a player in the Iguodala trade market, according to MorningJournal.com.
League sources indicate the Philadelphia 76ers are attempting to trade guard/forward Andre Iguodala.
There is no active dialogue between the Sixers and Cavs right now, but a source said it was one to keep your eye on ... He would fit nicely into the Cavs’ $14.5 million trade exception.
That trade exception, of course, was created by the departure of LeBron James to the Miami Heat this summer. That departure left the Cavs without a credible shot-creator and point-scorer on the wing, and without much reason for fans to continue to purchase tickets. Iguodala would fix those problems, and his price tag would like be worth it to Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who is desperate for relevancy after getting humiliated (and humiliating himself) this past summer. The trade exception would be a nice flexibility play for the Sixers, but the price for Iguodala would likely be much higher. A draft pick and a young prospect, at the very least.  One hold up to any Iguodala trade, however, is the uncertain development of Evan Turner. If Turner, the 2010 NBA Draft's No. 2 overall selection, can show he is a legit NBA player by the trade deadline, then moving Iguodala becomes significantly easier. If he's still the nerdtastic and inconsistent player he's shown himself to be so far, parting with Iguodala would set Philadelphia on an even more serious downward spiral.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:04 pm

Elton Brand suspended 1 game for flagrant foul 2

The NBA has announced that Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brandon has been suspended for one game for a flagrant foul. Posted by Ben Golliver The NBA sent out a memo this afternoon suspending Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand for one game for a hard foul he put on Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee during a game Tuesday night. During the game, the foul was ruled a Flagrant Foul Two for being "unnecessary and excessive" and resulted in Brand's ejection. Brand will serve the suspension tonight as the 76ers face the Raptors in Toronto. Here's the release.
Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76er’s has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against JaValle McGee of the Washington Wizards, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
The incident, in which Brand made contact by shoving McGee during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with 3:32 remaining in the 4th period of the 76er’s 116-114 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Here's a video of the play, courtesy of YouTuber user thehoopscene. As you can see, McGee is wide open in the paint when he receives a pass from point guard John Wall. He goes to dunk the ball with his right hand, and Brand rotates over late, using both arms to shove McGee in the chest. McGee finishes the dunk and crashes to the floor, and Brand was immediately ejected by official Tony Brothers. While laying on the floor, McGee smiled and briefly waved goodbye to Brand.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 9:39 am
Edited on: November 24, 2010 8:38 pm

Shootaround 11.24.10: Winners and losers

People trying to keep LeBron out of the All-Star Game, Jarrett Jack doubts the Heat, Durant and Beasley as young guns, and T-Will is out of sight, out of mind, all in today's Shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore

  • There's a movement afoot specifically to keep LeBron James out of the All-Star Game. It's things like this that trot the fine line at the nexus of funny, pathetic, and mean. Props for the idea, but just because you don't like a guy's ego, is that really reason to sully a system to honor play that's been in place for decades? And this is all beyond the fact that it would take coaches about forty five seconds to select him as a reserve and then all of a sudden the person atually voted in would have a hamstring injury.
  • Terrence Williams looked like a star in the making last year. Now he's been suspended for two games for "violations of team policy" whle Avery Johnson is talking about him "not getting" it. A perfect example of how a coaching change can dramtically alter a player's forecast. Meanwhile, if Williams is on the block, the Grizzlies and Bulls should both be on the horn to see if they can grab him at a bargain bin price.
  • Jarrett Jack, a winner his whole career except for when he wasn't winning, which was most of his career, is already ready to pack it in on the Heat, saying their failure could curtail others from going the superstar route. In other news, Jack put the cart before the horse and said "Done!" before walking off. The Hornets are 0-1 since Jack arrived, clearly indicating he's not a winner. See what I did there? You see? Because he said ...
  • Spurs fans were joking about Ime Udoka being signed last week, and now it has happened . Still bizarre they thought Udoka was more valuable than Gee.
  • Flip Saunders, getting digs in on Doug Collins. Better hurry to get them in, he may not be around long.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:04 am

Elton Brand may be gone for a bit

Sixers big loses his cool against JaVale freaking McGee, likely faces fine and/or suspension.Posted by Matt Moore

Elton Brand's been having a pretty decent year so far. Sure, the Sixers are a miserable collection of uninspired players with limited talent trying to find their way with a coach who isn't connecting with them. But he's playing allright. Not worth his contract, but pretty well. So it's high time he did something phenomenally stupid, right? That's how this works?

What's on the menu?

Let's see. "Develop addiction to Cheetos." No, that's Baron Davis' thing. Hmm, "Try and use steroids to help comeback." Nope, Rashard already did that. Ah, here we go. "Let JaVale freaking McGee get into your head and mess with you." Honestly. Brilliant.

During a tense back and forth game between the Sixers and Wizards tonight, Brand lost his cool in the midst of McGee's best night of the season (24 points, 18 rebounds) and committed a flagrant two which led to an automatic ejection. Brand faces a likely fine and possible suspension for the two-handed shove on McGee. Check it out.

Hope Elton didn't invite anyone to come see his next game. He may not be there. Whoops.

The Wizards won in overtime .
Posted on: November 11, 2010 10:25 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:41 pm

Game Changer 11.11.10: Wall 3D's Rockets

Michael Beasley Nets a career high, John Wall gets his first career triple-double and finishes a sick alley oop, a giant Sonny Weems head makes an appearance in Toronto, Elton Brandon re-emerges, plus plenty of audio and video from Oklahoma City vs. Philly. Posted by Ben Golliver

Each game is made up of elements which help formulate the outcome. Monday through Friday, we'll bring you the elements from the night before's games in our own specialized version of the game recaps. It's not everything that happened, but it's an insight into what lead to the results you'll see in the box scores. This is the Game Changer. 


Wednesday was an historic, high-flying night for Washington Wizards rookie point guard John Wall, and he was all over the court on the way to his first career triple-double in a 98-91 Wizards win over the Houston Rockets in D.C.  Wall's top end speed is among the best in the league, and against the Rockets, who are dealing with absences and injuries in their backcourt, he was often a blur, racing out in transition and leaping into passing lanes. It was a hyperactive but still controlled performance for Wall, who finished with just one turnover on the evening and looked more comfortable shooting from range than he has all season.  For Houston, it was a tough night all around, as the Rockets lost Yao Ming during the first half due to a leg injury .  Yao or no Yao, the Rockets and they had no answer for Wall, who joined some elite NBA company by registering his 19 point, 10 rebound, 13 assist triple-double in just his sixth NBA game. Take a look at the chart to see how he stacks up to some of the league's all-time greats. john-wall-graphic And we'd be lacking in our Wizards/Rockets coverage if we didn't link up this video of Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas tossing a soft alley oop to Wall, who finished acrobatically with one hand. Too sick.


Michael Beasley:  42 points, nine rebounds, two assists, 1 steal on 17-31 shooting in 41 minutes in a road win for Minnesota over the Sacramento Kings. The 42 points were a career-high for Beasley.

Honorable mention to...

John Wall:
  19 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists, six steals, one block on 8-16 shooting in 42 minutes in a home win for Washington over the Houston Rockets. Deron Williams: 30 points, five rebounds, 14 assists on 8-19 shooting in 42 minutes in a road win for the Utah Jazz at the Orlando Magic. 

Kris Humphries: 13 points, 18 rebounds, three assists, one steal, two blocks on 6-12 shooting in 40 minutes in a road win for the New Jersey Nets at the Cleveland Cavaliers.


By Royce Young

OKLAHOMA CITY -- At one point, I had to look at my watch. I could've sworn it was 2005. There was Elton Brand, slender, fit, healthy and playing excellent basketball. It was like seeing an old dog get up and remember some of the tricks you taught it as a puppy.

Brand had his mid-range jumper working, was aggressive on the glass, posted up and defended the paint. Most people have sort of forgotten what an absolute force Brand was in the past, but with his start to 2010, folks are getting a refresher.

Against Oklahoma City, Brand put up a smooth 17 points and nine rebounds. On the season, he's averaging 18.4 points and 8.3 rebounds per game. And for a rebuilding team where he's a big focus for opponents.

In the offseason, it's crazy to think Brand was going to be given away for next to nothing. The Sixers wanted to dump his massive contract, get some picks and young players back and go from there. At no point did it seem realistic that Brand could be part of that building. He seems happy being on this young squad.

"I can see us getting better," Brand said after the close loss to the Thunder. "We need to grow and have this translate into victories which it will. That's a sign of us getting better; us closing these games."

This is the first time really since Brand has been in Philly that he's completely healthy and in shape. And when he has those two things working, his basketballing abilities really come out. He's not one of the premier power forwards any longer, but probably 20 other teams would enjoy having his services. (But not his huge contract.)

The question is if Brand can sustain this for a full 82. It's not that he's over-the-hill (he's 31) or that he has a ton of mileage on him. It's that his recent history has held him back and makes one wonder if he's got it in him to keep going. Character has never been an issue for Brand so even if the Sixers stink - which they will - he's going to go hard.

Brand almost looks like he's from another era. It just doesn't seem like he fits on the floor, especially in a game featuring the young Thunder against the pups of the Sixers. But Brand is throwing back to an earlier time, playing like that former self that fits right alongside these up-and-comers. And the old man showed the kids a thing or two Wednesday in Oklahoma City.




Toronto Raptors fans hold up a giant version of guard Sonny Weems' head. 




Here's some video of Oklahoma City Thunder guard Russell Westbrook, who had a huge night with 31 points, five rebounds, and 12 assists, talking about his team's 109-103 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

And here's audio of Philadelphia 76ers coach Doug Collins breaking down the game from the losing side.


During his career-high scoring night on Wednesday, Minnesota Timberwolves forward Michael Beasley was wearing his NBA head band upside down , violating the league's new mandate. Will he be fined by the league office?

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