Tag:Philadelphia 76ers
Posted on: October 29, 2010 3:41 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:16 pm
 

Report: Andre Iguodala hasn't made trade request

Philadelphia 76ers forward Andre Iguodala reportedly hasn't requested a trade. Posted by Ben Golliverandre-iguodala Kate Fagan of Philly.com reports that Philadelphia 76ers star forward Andre Iguodala, a member of the 2010 Team USA World Championship team, has not requested a trade.  Fagan writes that an ESPN broadcaster alluded to a trade request -- either now or later in the season if the Sixers struggled -- during a television broadcast on Wednesday, when the Sixers hosted the Miami Heat.
That statement, along with some circulating second and third-hand rumors, created a small amount of buzz that Iguodala wants out of Philly.
That is untrue. Iguodala has not requested a trade, nor has he told management he'd like to be traded if the Sixers aren't winning by midseason. Iguodala has not approached management with any trade request. According to a source, the "news" came from a statement Iguodala made -- saying he'd like to play for a winning team -- that was then taken out of context and morphed into the logical next step: well, if Philly isn't winning, then Iguodala wants out.
Iguodala's case in Philadelphia is an interesting one right now because presumably rookie Evan Turner is the franchise's face of the future. Turner and Iguodala aren't incompatible by any means, but, fast forwarding a few years, could the Sixers make better use of his salary slot to complement Turner? It seems likely. But if you're Philadelphia and you're not in love with the Iguodala/Turner pairing, you're still in no rush to move Iguodala, even if he's unhappy. At age 26, Iguodala is just entering his prime and his trade value will therefore remain as-is into the foreseeable future. For that reason, and the fact that Iguodala's contract runs into 2013-2014 (player option on the final year), any trade talk seems extremely premature. As for Iguodala's statement that he wants to play for a winner? That's all good. With the young pieces Philly has assembled around Iguodala, contending for a playoff spot in the Eastern Conference isn't out of the question. So, Iggy, don't talk about playing for a winner, be about it. 
Posted on: October 27, 2010 9:29 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:11 pm
 

At The Buzzer: Heat 97, Sixers 87

The Miami Heat notched their first win of the 2010-2011 NBA season, defeating the 76ers in Philadelphia. Posted by Ben Golliverlebron-james One night after getting taken apart by the Boston Celtics, the Miami Heat restored order on Wednesday, knocking off the Philadelphia 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center, 97-87. The Sixers mounted a mini-comeback in the game's closing minutes, so the final score was a little deceptive. The Heat led by 26 points at one point, and won with relative ease. Miami came out of the gate a bit out-of-sync offensively, no one more so than LeBron James, who finished with nine (!) turnovers. Miami's depth proved to be too much for a young, hard-working Philadelphia team. The Heat bench made a strong offensive push during the second quarter and locked things up by winning the third quarter 31-13, preventing the 76ers from generating many quality looks.  Philadelphia 76er rookie Evan Turner, the No. 2 overall pick in the 2010 NBA Draft, came off the bench to play 31 minutes, and he acquitted himself nicely in his professional debut. Turner intercepted a James pass in his first game action and went toe-to-toe with the Heat superstars throughout the night, finishing with 16 points, seven rebounds and four assists. Turner's 16 points led all Sixers scorers. Dwyane Wade carried most of the offensive load for Miami, with 30 points, and bench shooter James Jones chipped in 20 points, including six 3-pointers. Jones's outside shooting was a major catalyst for Miami's run in the second quarter.  The statistic of the night goes to Heat forward Chris Bosh, who finished +25 on the evening despite doing almost nothing besides kicking out passes from the post. All jokes aside, Bosh finished with 15 points and seven rebounds, but he wasn't a game-changer. James finished with 16 points, six rebounds, seven assists, two steals and a block to go along with the nine turnovers. But a win is a win for these Heat, and the so-called "Big Three" were all smiles during the fourth quarter. Check out the full CBSSports.com recap.
Posted on: October 25, 2010 9:27 am
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:03 pm
 

Allen Iverson to Turkey confirmed by Besiktas

Allen Iverson has reportedly agreed to join Besiktas, a basketball team in Turkey. A top official has confirmed that the move is likely. Posted by Ben Golliverallen-iverson
Last night, we noted a Yahoo! report that states all star guard Allen Iverson is set to agree to terms with Besiktas, a prominent basketball club in Turkey.  Today, the Associated Press reports that a top official for the club believes a deal will be reached.
Besiktas executive board member Seref Yalcin told the Anatolia news agency Monday that he will travel to the United States to discuss terms of a possible deal with the 11-time NBA All-Star and former scoring champion.
Yalcin said he would discuss "a variety of details" with Iverson later this week. He said issues included schools in Istanbul for Iverson's children.
Yalcin said "I think this transfer will take place."
AFP news agency provides greater detail and more quotes from Yalcin.
"Unless there is a massive difference of opinion, we think he will come to Istanbul in 10 days. "Our agreement is for a year with the option of extending it by another year. We have agreed wages of 1.5 million dollars for the first year, to which will be added a bonus of 300,000 dollars on his passing a medical after arriving in Istanbul," he added.
Iverson crashed and burned out of the NBA twice last season, first in Memphis and then later in a return trip Philadelphia, so it's not a huge surprise he wasn't able to drum up NBA interest. But Turkey? It seems a random and far-fetched home for Iverson. The question for The Answer: how long will he last?
Posted on: October 24, 2010 11:17 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 8:01 pm
 

Allen Iverson agrees with Turkish club Besiktas

Allen Iverson has reportedly agreed to sign with Turkish club Besiktas. Posted by Ben Golliverallen-iverson Marc Spears and Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo! Sports are reporting that former Philadelphia 76ers all star guard Allen Iverson has agreed to sign with the Turkish club Besiktas.
Allen Iverson has agreed in principle to sign an incentive-laden, two-year, $4 million contract with Besiktas of the Turkish professional league, sources told Yahoo! Sports on Sunday night.
Iverson plans to sign the contract this week, the sources said, and is expected to report to Besiktas the week of Oct. 31.
Iverson’s contract will give him an opt-out clause after this season. 
Given how Iverson crashed and burned out of the NBA twice last season, this move is not without risk for Besiktas. However, there's potential reward too, in the form of the international interest and profile that comes with adding a future NBA Hall of Famer. If there's a question about The Answer these days, it's one of reliability. Istanbul, although a modern, international city, is a long way from home in Newport News, Virginia. And, unfortunately, Iverson hit Barry Bonds territory last year, after refusing to come off the bench with the Memphis Grizzlies and attempting a hero's return to Philadelphia but then disappearing quickly amidst all sorts of accusations of gambling and drinking. While this signing isn't creating the same stir as "God Chose Memphis", Iverson's once-in-a-generation personality and skills will be a draw no matter where he takes his act.  My guess is Besiktas won't be the final stop on A.I.'s journey.
Posted on: October 22, 2010 2:53 pm
 

An explanation on Doug Collins situation

Posted by Royce Young

One of the more curious situations thus far in the NBA preseason and now, almost season, is Philadelphia 76ers new head coach Doug Collins' situation. Basically, he's missed multiple games on the bench because of concussion-like symptons and vertigo.

This week, Collins filled everyone in as to why he's been suffering from headaches and dizziness. So you can put away those, "Coaching the 76ers will make you lose your mind I guess" jokes. Basically, Collins fell in a coffee shop in Phoenix over Memorial Day and hit his head on a table, some chairs and eventually, the concrete. Besides banging up his skull pretty good, he also broke three ribs.

Son Chris (who is an assistant coach at Duke) said this to the Philly Inquirer: "He had a spill this summer out in Arizona ... And since then, he's had some dizzy spells."

So it appears Collins should be fine and will be able to return to the bench soon. No word on whether or not the NBA plans on fining the table, chairs and concrete $75,000 for the hit they put on Collins though.
Category: NBA
Posted on: October 20, 2010 9:44 am
Edited on: October 20, 2010 11:48 am
 

Shootaround 10.20.10: Knocked and slapped

Knicks knocking at the Melo door again, Childress knocked out with a bad digit, and Evan Turner slapped in the face, all in today's shootaround.
Posted by Matt Moore


We'll have more this morning on a report from ESPN NY's Chris Sheridan that the Knicks are back in the Melo chase . One thought off the bat. They can trade for a player the Nuggets want more, but unless they land a draft pick they're still toast. The McGrady trade keeps stubbing Donnie Walsh's toe.

Knickerblogger is concerned that Raymond Felton may not be much of an improvement over Chris Duhon. Last night was a particularly strong showing from Felton, and he looked very much like the kind of point guard the Knicks have needed for years.

A breakdown of the postions in Rick Adelman's system. The focus on the big in the pinch post is going to be why Brad Miller will be so comfy there.

Lots of coaches with health concerns this week. Doc Rivers had a test come back negative for cancer , which is great news. Doug Collins missed last night's Sixers game while dealing with lingering effects of a concussion .

Josh Childress fractured a finger last night and out at least a week but it won't be too long. It's ridiculous that these guys play at this level with broken fingers.

Ted Leonsis thinks Josh Howard is a respected leader . There's lots of mockery this morning about that, but people forget that despite his off-court issues, he's thought of well by teammates, and that guys like Stephen Jackson are perennial captains for their teams.

Jerry West thinks maybe he should have drafted Amar'e Stoudemire instead of Drew Gooden. In other news, I should have had oatmeal this morning instead of eating rusty nuts and bolts from a '75 Chevy.

Al Harrington says he'll be ready for opening night . No word on whether his defense is making a similar commitment.

Marcus Thornton's in a slump, which shouldn't surprise people . Shootres in their second year take a step back sometimes, and the fact that he's got a new coach and a new offensive system probably complicates things as well.

And here's Evan Turner getting slapped with baby powder. So that happened.


Posted on: October 5, 2010 2:49 pm
Edited on: October 5, 2010 2:56 pm
 

Evan Turner will come off the bench as PG

Sixers rookie moving to backup PG, will come off the bench.
Posted by Matt Moore


Not quite ready for intro. That's the decision of Sixers head coach Doug Collins regarding second overall pick Evan Turner. It's not a bad thing, though, especially considering that Collins told the Philadelphia Inquierer Monday that Evans would be playing backup point guard to Jrue Holiday, expected to be a standout this season. Turner has been considered a wing for as long as he's been a prospect, despite averaging six assists last season as a Buckeye.

The move means takes a headache away from Collins as the difficulty in finding time for both Turner and Iguodala on the wing is now shifted, with Thaddeus Young maintaining his starting position. Evans as a point guard is an intriguing idea at 6-7, putting him in the same size and versatility index of Tyreke Evans, though with more polish and less athleticism. How he works on the second unit will be interesting. It's also something to keep an eye on due to the fact that if Turner were to reach his potential, the Sixers could be setting themselves up for a point guard controversy. As it stands, Turner will learn the ropes and not be forced into anything, the best situation for a rookie trying to learn the most difficult position in the NBA.

The truth of the matter is that the Sixers rotation is liquid right now. Turner can play point, shooting guard, or small forward. Andre Iguodala can play shooting guard, small forward, or even power forward in a pinch. Thaddeus Young can play either forward position, though he's been vocal in the past about playing small forward. While Doug Collins sorts out what works and what doesn't, and while Rod Thorn and Ed Stefanski attempt to put together a plan going forward, there will be experiments. But from how confident Collins has been about Turner as a point guard, it doesn't look like this is one of them.
Posted on: October 1, 2010 9:30 am
 

Shootaround 10.1.10: BIG

Teams that didn't win big, Philly's bigs need to come up big, and Jefferson just is big, all in today's Shootaround. Posted by Matt Moore

So we always debate the best championship teams. But what about the best teams that didn't win a title ? Dime took a look at those squads and added the 08-09 Cavs. It's hard to imagine that team holding up over time as we look back at Mo Williams' and Antawn Jamison's careers. The 2002 Sacramento Kings, though? That was a pretty great team. One objection? The 2007 Dallas Mavericks need to be on that list. Had the Mavericks not drawn the Warriors in the first round, it's hard to see how Cuban wouldn't be coveting his ring.

A Sonics fan tells Kings fans to pray , because the NBA doesn't care. It should be amended, though to "Pray, because the NBA doesn't care as long as you continually vote down measures for new stadiums. I'm not saying you should have to pay for new stadiums. I'm saying as long as you refeuse to, you open yourself up to getting Thunder'd. There's a reason Orlando fans are going to be enjoying the Amway Center this season while Sonics fans enjoy the Seahawks this fall.

A great feature on DeMarcus Cousins and his family history . There's so much talk about Cousins being a problem child, but he hasn't been in trouble since the tenth grade. I've never understood how a kid that hasn't had trouble in four years since he was a young teen is somehow a huge concern. Everyone's going to be regretting passing on Cousins when he and Reke are running the pick and roll for years.

The Daniel Orton era is pointing toward bustville. After being considered a reach to begin with, then getting worked over in Summer League, Orton will miss the entire preseason with a knee injury . Orton needs to spend time in the D-League, but the Magic almost never assign their players, which only increases the odds that Orton will flame out.

Speaking of big man injuries, Tiago Splitter tweaked his right leg yesterday (via Yahoo! Sports' Marc Spears).

Sixers president Rod Thorn says their success is dependent on their bigs . Elton Brand is specifically pointed out in the excellent piece by SI's Chris Mannix, but Mareese Speights also needs to stay healthy and take steps into becoming a legit power forward. It's time for him to capitalize on that youthful potential and great per-minute numbers.

Take note of this. It may just be pillow talk. But Eric Spoelstra says that the unselfish play necessary to share the ball for the Heat is already there. That's really relevant for a team with such high usage. You need to be able to operate as an actual functioning offense so that you don't wind up looking like an All-Star team. You know. The kind that winds up with the ball off-court more than Anna Kournikova (remember her?).

International superstar Dirk Nowitzki? He's not so much a fan of the goaltending rule change being proposed .

Kobe's going to get some run in the international exhibition games . Because he's a freak of nature with no "off" button. There isn't another player who if they were at Bryant's level would wnat to play in these games with the injuries he's still recovering from. The man is more driven than any human being alive.

Al Jefferson may have showed up out of shape , but Jerry Sloan a. isn't pointing him out specifically in discussions of players being out of shape and b.) apparently doesn't look like he's out of shape . It'll be interesting to see how this plays out and if he gets off on a bad foot with Jerry Sloan. Patient fatherly figure that he is.
 
 
 
 
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