Posted on: December 4, 2010 9:53 pm

Sixers-Bobcats Highlights

Sad to learn Phil Jasner long time basketball writer in the Philly area died today.  Everyone liked him, he knew basketball, and you could never acuse him of writing fluff pieces for the Sixers organization.  He wrote what was, not what the Sixers office told him to.

Jodie Meeks goes off for 20points in the 1st quarter.  If only someone like me who had been screaming for him to start over Turner all year had been listened to we might be a .500 team.  Most importantly having Meeks on the court improves the Sixers defense, there is no better way to get another team's offense to press and make mistakes then by draining the three and scoring.

Andre Iguodala had some great dunks in the 1st, he also took some bad outside shots, wish Doug Collins would stress to him the importance of driving the basket and outlaw him shooting from outside.

The five players on the court for the final 12 seconds of the 1st for the Sixers was Holiday, Turner, Meeks, Nocioni, and Brand.  Doug Collins needs to remember to never do that again.  4 guard-like players with a center-like player is not the answer to any situation.  There is no worse lineup on the floor for the Sixers then the ones featuring Brand at Center, it never works, and its only mildly effective when the other team has a terrible option at Center themselves.  We used Brand at Center too much tonight.

Sixers continue to allow the opposition to get too many free possessions by not getting the easy rebounds off of misses.  No excuse for it.

Half way through the 2nd quarter and I saw something from Doug Collins I had never seen before, a look of intensity on his face.  Hopefully the cobwebs are clearing for him and he starts being more taskmaster and leader instead of friend and teacher.  Would certainly lead to good things for the Sixers.

The Sixers cheerleader's blue bodysuits were an extremely classy look, super hot.  Makes those overcoats from the other game look stupid and half of their other outfits look trampy.   Blue bodysuits were spot on, they said,"Yeah you could buy me, but you probably couldn't afford it."  Not that I am implying they are for sale.

Iguodala driving up the court with a minute left to go in the 2nd that led to a behind the back pass to a wide open Thad Young for the basket was the kind of play the Sixers need Jrue Holiday to start making.  It's the kind of play they need Turner to start making.  Too many of Jrue's Assists are still coming from just passing a guy a ball, he still needs to create more.

I noticed after Meeks scored 20 Lou Williams and Thad Young were "pressing" their shots quite a bit, that is what happens when you label a player on a team a designated scorer.  Picking up chucker habits these guys were pressing and chucking not to be outdone and instead got themselves completely messed up.  That is why no coach on any team should label a player a designated chucker er scorer, you have to get playing a complete game.

Early in the 3rd, Sixers didn't just make the extra pass, they made an extra 7 passes until the team forced Meeks to shoot a three, which he missed.  As a pro you have to shoot the open shot.  Opening 4 or 5 minutes of the 3rd and Sixers are showing a lot of "tightness" on the Offensive end, they are maintain the lead on good Defense and cold shooting by the Bobcats.

Once again after halftime Concast decided to do a coaches interview while the game is starting instead of during halftime, you know halftime, when the game isn't being played.

Spencer Hawes has dramatically improved his desire to rebound from the beginning of the season.  Meanwhile Maurice Speights, a very talented young man, continues to play himself off the court by not having any idea what to do as part of a team effort.

End of the 3rd Iggy had a highlight monster dunk over 2 players while fouled.

Was nice to see Thad Young take a charge to start the 4th, nice to see him starting to play Defense.  He needs to do just that sort of thing, he can't just be a scorer.

It is clear Jason Kapono is only sitting on the bench in the hope that one day they can use his 7million dollar contract to even out a trade number.  That trade, whatever it is, can't happen soon enough.

Evan Turner put in the game with 4 minutes to go in the 4th, I can't believe how much this kid just stands there looking like he is gonna cry cause no one is passing him the ball.

Eric Snow continues to be terrible.

Mark Zumov is so much better when he is telling you who is on the court and describing the action on the court.  AS opposed to when he just sits there and rambles on oblivious to the action talking with Eric Snow in a conversation that only the two of them get.

The final thought on the game is the Bobcats are going to have a long season, if Nazr Mohammed is your center that has got to hurt.
Posted on: December 3, 2010 10:58 pm

Sixers - Hawks Highlights

The best part of the game is I slept through most of it.  I can honestly say it was the  most I enjoyed a Sixers game all year.

They finally started Jodie Meeks and sat Evan Turner.  Must have been the right move, it made EVAN play a lot better at least from a stat line.  Let that be a lesson for you young people, sometimes when you are overmatched a little, admitting it and taking a step back can improve your performance.  Meeks only scored 9 but it was clear that he gave them a real outside threat for the other team's D to think about which is more then we have gotten out of the Shooting Guard spot all year.

Jrue Holiday had a great stat line for the game 4 pts 1 R 5 Assists.  ugh.  Thank goodness the Sixers are selling me him on potential.

Doug Collins has come to the decision that Battie is only playing the end of the game to provide some veteran leadership for closing out games.  Finally the new coach does something that appears to be well thought out.

The first time I woke up during the game it was close late in the 1st.  Just that fact is a major accomplishment.

The second time I woke up furing the game was late in the third and it was close with the Sixers in front.  Just that fact is a major accomplishment.

I wasn't really awake for good till the last minute of the game where I was informed the Sixers managed to blow a 16 point lead.

Then I saw a single Hawks player get a rebound off a Hawks free throw in a 1 on 4 situation, 4 Sixers and the 1 Hawks player gets the rebound that was the play that lost the game.

Then the Sixers bumbled fumble their way about giving away the ball and that was the play that REALLY lost the game.

I did get to see Doug Collins scratch the back of his head in patented Evan Turner style.  Was nice to see Evan teaching his signature move.

I did get to see a shot of Evan Turner.  I don't know whether its just the shape of his face, the wide open eyes, the youth, but wow a lot of times he just looks lost judging by his face.  On the plus side at least he looked lost on the bench, and hey can't blame this loss on him he was effective coming off the bench judging by the stats.

Oh I listened for one minute and got to hear Eric Snow's enlightening commentary of, "Hey sometimes you miss one, and then miss another one." Although it sounded a lot dumber when he said it.  I will give him credit he is getting easier to hear every game, this guy is getting some serious coaching about his speach.  SO that is a plus at least Eric can learn, now if we can just do something about our players.  Unfortunately the more coaching he gets the more his voice seems to keep getting lower another two weeks like this and he will sound like "Fat Albert".  Eric Snow gave me lots of fine memories as a player, me along with most of the city loved him I just wish he would have left it at that.

I did get to hear Zumov whine, its so bad when he whines.  If he is going to find a reason to whine at the end of a Sixers loss all season long I may need to break my TV.  Ooooooooooh Nooooooooo.

Well that's it Sixers fans, if you did like me the game was great, cause I slept through it.  Was nice to get the night off.

OH One last parting thought, if the only thing Maurice Speights can do better then Spencer Hawes is jump, then maybe we should let him do the jump ball at the begining of the game.
Posted on: November 30, 2010 9:28 pm

Sixers-TrailBalers highlights

Before the game our best center Craig Brackins was sent to the D-League.

Sixers continue to run the coveted "headless chicken" defense where 5 guys run after the ball in circles.

Sixers went 6 minutes without scoring in the 2nd quarter and Doug Collins never called a timeout, another losing move by a losing coach.

Thad Young and Lou Williams have been turned into chuckers, and when they go cold there are no points to be scored.

The Sixers really miss Sammie Dalembert.

At one point in 2nd quarter Eric Snow used the word p'under and Zumov asked what that was, Snow said, "Its a combination of up and under I don't know, whatever" way to go mush mouth, can someone fire Mr. mumbles already.

At halftime Jim Lynum came on to tell me what a good job the Sixers did limiting and defending the Blazers' Aldridge, he had 18 pts and 8 rebounds.

In between 1st and 2nd quarters the Sixers thought they would liven things up with their Cheerleaders... who were wearing overcoats while they danced.

I did see Evan Turner scratch the back of his head again, he is real good at that.

Comcast started the 1st minute of the 2nd half with a picture and picture while they conducted an interview with an assistant coach.

The Sixers are still waiting for a rebound.

The Sixers still think the best way to defend the 3 point shot is to foul the shooter in the act.

Meeks is still not allowed to play in favor of Turner because we still don't have posters of Meeks for sale.

Doug Collins is now only letting the run get to 10-0 before calling Timeout instead of waiting till it gets to 16-0.  IMPROVEMENT!

Still trying to figure out why Brand handles the ball at the top of the key outside the 3point line?  I didn't know he was a point guard. OF course its better them him playing center, so again IMPROVEMENT!

We took the ball from Iggy tried to give it to Turner and as a result got nothing from 2 starters.

Collins apparently had a secret plan involving NOT getting Igudala the ball.

If a team(Portland) scores 20 below their average and only 9 in the fourth quarter the Sixers can win.  And we all know the Sixers are going to talk about how great a win this is.

Let's use replay to drag out a terrible game even further at the end of the game.

26 seconds left and the Sixers with a 6 point lead and Doug Collins calls a timeout out of fear cause he still thinks they can lose, that is how bad this team is, and how poorly coached.

The Sixers starters had 11 assists combined, Andre Miller had 8.

If the Sixers didn't pay Portland to lose this then Portland is the worst team there ever was.

Mark Zumov never once said what the lineup was on the court, thanks play by play guy.

Portland shot 4-20 for the 4th quarter, inexplicable, the defense was no different then the bad defense from the previous 3 quarters.  This game was bought by the Sixers without any doubt.  We needed a 2 game win streak to "convince" fans this is a good team.  No doubt here.

Posted on: November 28, 2010 4:58 am

Sixers vs Nets highlights

    Did you notice that Mark Zumov reverted to old form last night and continued NOT to let me know who was on the court ever.

    Did you notice Evan Turner in the 3rd quarter couldn't get any of his team mates to even look at h im on the offensive end of the court?  I thought it was hysterical on the one track Evan was actually standing there scratching the back of his head.

Did you notice that when you stand a real center (Tony Battie) next to Thad Young his defense no longer is an issue?

Did you notice that the military in attendence actually managed to start the wave in the 3rd quarter.  It has to be nice when the stadium is half filled and half the tickets you gave away to be leaving to go overseas.

Did you notice that the Sixers front office used to be the Nets front office and vice versa?  If there was ever a game that could be fixed, that was it.

Did you notice that the 4th quarter was the best quarter of basketball this year for the Sixers.  Evan Turner wasn't on the court once, maybe it should stay that way.  And Tony Battie played the whole quarter.  Just a thought maybe Collins should use his veteran big man solely in the 4th quarter.

Did you notice Meeks was nevedr iin a position to help the way he did against the Heat?  Nothing like making sure your 4th guard doesn't show up the first three.

Did you notice that when you make Lou Williams play at the point he actually thinks about passing and creating instead of just being a chucker.

Did you notice Jrue Holiday had like 13 assists.  I'm not sure one of them was a play he created for someone else, not sure I saw him do anythiing more then just passing the ball to someone else.
Posted on: November 27, 2010 2:02 pm

Sixers vs. Heat Highlights

     First did anyone see late in the game when the camera went to the Sixers bench and captured a classic picture of Evan Turner.  Turner was on the bench for Meeks and was sitting there with his finger in his ear, head tilted to the side, with a big look of Derrrrrrrrrrrrr on his face.  Was completely not into the game, and this kid desrves to start?  Someone is crazy or tanking the season.

    Did anyone notice that the fouls called in the 1st quarter in favor of the Heat, and the silent whistles also in favor of the Heat only managed to give them a 25-17 lead after one.  I don't know about you, but if the Heat are getting every call in the arena and can only manage 25-17 lead against the Sixers then they are going to have a very long season.

    Did you notice how Collins made sure not to start Jodie Meeks in the 3rd?  Classic way to cool off your own hot shooter.  This kid is being so buried by three guards who have no concept of basketball (Jrue Holiday, Evan Turner, Lou Williamas).  I've said it before, the only reason Meeks doesn't play more is cause the Sixers don't have any posters of Meeks.  Poor kid.

    Did you notice the Heat would just tell Arroyo to stand in the corner and take on the Sixers 4 on 5 until they could kick the ball to Arroyo who was left completely uncoverd for 3?  Even playing 5 on 4 the Sixers were playing the classic "headless chicken" defense, its awesome to watch everyone run in a circle just following a ball.  And if you listen carefull to the game you can hear clucks.

    Did you notice Thaddeus Young, paired against Chris Bosh another Power forward with similar size, build, and game was completely incapable defensively.  Not only couldn't he cover a power forward he was built to cover, he couldn't cover the small forward, but he was able to foul and miss open shots, always a plus. 

    Did you notice that Maurice Speights standing in the middle of the floor not knowing what to do and not knowing where to go was a better option at Center then Elton Brand.  Maybe one day Doug Collins will stop playing our best Power Forward out of position, maybe, maybe one day, but he sure does love that one centerish four guardish lineup.  What a mess.

    If you were watching in Philly did you notice how the camera continually zoomed out.  There were times when my screen was 75% stands.  Nobody gets to see more stands thanks to terrible camera work then Sixers fans.  It is so not awesome.  Way to go Comcast.

    Did you notice that last night Mark Zumov told you who was on the court more then he had all season long?  Its almost as if the one Sixers fan left who had nothing better to do wrote a letter complaining about that very thing.

Posted on: November 24, 2010 11:24 pm

Breaking Down the Sixers

     Its apparent that Rod Thorn has changed nothing.  This is still the same collection of good ole boys, company men toeing the company lines, still the same old same old idiots making the same old same old decisions.  When you want to change an organization you can't keep the same people involved with the organization.  The front office needs to clean house because everyone is stealing money.

     Its apparent that as bad as the team is the presentation on TV makes it worse.  Mark Zumov is as bad as it gets in a play by play man.  He never tells you who is on the court for either team at any position.  He also does not believe in actually calling the game, instead he just talks and rambles on oblivious to the action making it harder to get into the game.  Eric Snow was terrible at his job as color man.  They replaced him with Ed Stefanski for a couple of games and now its Jim Lynum.  Seriously Jim Lynum?  A guy who talks with marbles in his mouth?  And Dei Lynum needs to go too.  Zumov and both Lynums are just brutal punishment in addition to actually having to watch the Sixers.  Listen to the game on TV, the awkward pauses are so often they are no longer awkward.  As my brother said, "Its not awkward silence, its awkward talking."  And it is equally brutal how everybody at comcast has to paint a happy face on everything.  I actually heard Jim Lynum say Jrue Holiday was as good a three pointer shooter as there is in the league.  I don't think so.  If they can't fix this team they need to fix the announcers, get a real play by play man who will say who is on the court and describe the action on the court.  And get a color analyst that you can actually hear and listen to.  Eric Snow was terrible, and Jim Lynum is better then Snow and is still terrible.  If you watch a broadcast on TV not only do you want to change the channel you want to never go watch this team in person again.  That is not how to sell ads, that is not how to sell tickets.  It is abject failure.

    Gotta give this guy an F a total and complete F.  Did he really need a Sixers golden parachute to enter into retirement with?  This guy has been labeled a teacher, Bullplop.  What I see is a guy who is teaching these kids its ok to lose, giving a good effort is good enough.  At the Pro level its the wrong message in all ways.  As far as coaching goes I have yet to see a Pick and Roll executed by a Sixers offense this season.  It is a basic play that everyone uses and we can't run, why is that?  Other teams go on huge runs on us and Doug never calls a timeout to break the momentum, never.  I have seen more 12-0 16-3 15-2 runs against the Sixers this year then I can ever remember, and Collins just sits there.  Someone needs to tell him you don't need to wait till the run is over to call the timeout.  And don't even get me started on the set plays out of timeouts.  I actually saw a set play with 2 seconds to shoot call for a 3 pointer by a center, yeah exactly, that kind of bad.
     But to really determine the measure of a coach you have to look at the results on the players themselves. 

Jrue Holiday - Point Guard anointed with supreme praise before the season.  Jrue has gone completely backwards, his stats ever night are "empty" devoid of any impact on the game.  His defense is non-existant.  His assists are nothing of impact, they are just him passing someone the ball instead of actually creating anything.  His turnovers are low by way of a mirage, if you counted the turnovers by way of terrible shot selection and poor pass decisions they triple in number if not quadruple.  He was better last year when he wasn't being taught anything.

Lou Williams - point guard and shooting guard.  The Sixers are so desperate for points that Lou is a designated shooter.  That means Lou no longer plays defense and when he does it's terrible.  On offense he has devolved into a chucker.  That's right he's a chucker, he get's the ball he shoots.  There was a time when this aspiring point guard could create and pass.  He no longer even considers creating or passing he just shoots the moment he gets the ball.  Its sad to see him being ruined he should be so much better espescially with a "teacher" as a coach.

Evan Turner  --  Shooting guard and the pride of the front office, the anointed new face of the organization.  This kid is not ready, evidence missing two free throws in crunch time against the Wizards that would have put a game away.  Yet he is being forced into the lineup as a starter no less.  He can play defense, he can rebound, but he is not ready for the minutes he is getting and it is coming at the expense of other players.

Jodie Meeks  --  Shooting Guard and forgotten man.  This is the kid losing out to the dictate demanding Turner play.  This kid is far and away the more ready player and a good shooter and defender to boot.  But getting him playing time is not happening because of three guys in front of him who have all the fanfare of the front office (Williams, Holiday, Turner) three guys he could out perform if given the minutes.  But hey there aren't any posters of Jodie Meeks, and well Collins hasn't finished "teaching" him enough yet.

Jason Kapono -- Shooting Guard  and small forward that during the pre season was getting minutes and being used effectively.  The season started and Kapono looked lost.  This is a guy who came to the Sixers two years ago to shoot the 3 with one of the highest 3 percentages in the league.  Funny thing though, he can't shoot the 3 if he is on the bench.  15 games in and clearly he is getting less time then last year.  Its time to cut your losses or cut him.  Trade him for cash, release him, whatever you want, but his meer prescence is a negative in the lockerroom.  There is no way he is happy no way he can just sit there miserably and make 7 million dollars not to play and it not effect your team.  Collins was supposed to be able to integrate him into this team, Collins failed, in fact Kapono is a black eye on the whole organization, the faster he leaves the faster everyone will forget we paid him 15  million to sit the bench for two years.

Andre Iguodala  --  Shooting Guard and Small Forward face of the franchise and International team, team-player.  Collins needed to teach this guy one thing, that is that he is not an outside jump shooter.  All he needed was to teach him not to take a shot from outside the foul line, that was it.  Iggy's value comes by playing high quality Defense and from driving the basket and getting easy buckets, whether its a pull up jumper or spectacular dunk and most importantly getting to the foul line and getting the other team in the penalty.  Because only half the team is playing defense at any one time  his defense is wasted.  This team is so bad offensively he is allowed to shoot from anywhere and if we aren't careful he will turn into another chucker.  Collins has failed miserably with a really polished player who is picking up a lot of bad habits playing with this really badly run team by what is looking like maybe a really bad coach.

Thaddeus Young -- Small forward or Power forward, depends on the day of the week.  This is a kid who Collins should have been able to mold into soomething, instead he is doing what others have done before and that is play him at both positions and let him just shoot.  The effect is he too is turning into nothing but a chucker who never plays defense.  The decision needs to be made that Thad is a small forward, he has neither the bulk or the rebounding abilty to be a power forward in this league PERIOD.  A good coach would explain that to him and force him to learn how to be a small forward and defend the position, Collins has failed miserably, yet again.

Andres Nocioni  --  Small forward or power forward, hey sometimes even a shooting guard, he just kind of plays whereever.  Nocioni is one of the few true "Pros" on this team, the problem with him is that he actually pays attention to the defensive sets they are trying to run, one of the few, its hard to play team defense effectively when three players on the court are just doing whatever.  If you watch the games you like the fact that Andres actually is trying to win, he isn't out there trying to learn, he isn't taking any moral victory from good efforts.  If this guy doesn't demand a trade by mid-season I would be shocked, he is already at wits end with all the young kids who aren't learning what isn't being taught.  Another failing of Collins will be losing the support of this quality veteran player.

Darius Saignala  --  He's a forward the few times he is allowed on the court.  From the little I have seen of him he looks like he could be a valuable contributor off the bench for a good team.  A great guy for spelling players and giving you a few quality minutes a night.  Which is exactly why he isn't playing.  Nothing says we are tanking the season more then not playing a guy who can help.  Another failure for Collins.

Maurice Speights --  Power forward and Center one of the classic young kids with potential that litters this team's lineup.  When he is motivated and aggresive he can be an effective rebounder and minor scorer.  Problem is he does everything as a singular player, there is no team to anything he does.  He doesn't play team defense or team offense he is just out there doing his thing.  I credit Collins for getting him to play hard because he didn't early, but a "teacher" needs to be able to teach more then just the need to hussle and he hasn't, yet another failure.

Elton Brand --  Power Forward and oh no a Center.  Elton can't play center, Elton doesn't want to play center, and there are far too many times when Collins puts him out there as the Center in classic four guard one undersized center sets.  A true recipe for failure.  The only thing that is accomplished with Elton at Center is tiring him out.  He needs to play Power Forward only and for only 25 - 35 minutes a night, Collins can't even figure out that and that is easy.

Centers, Collins openly admits the centers are killing this team, the combo of Hawes, Speights, and Battie.  Battie is his only real pro and he can only play 10 minutes.  Hawes is starting to play half-decent, but Collins for the first time tonight against the Raptors gave the rookie Craig Brackins some playing time albeit at Power forward mostly.  Brackins in one game showed more understanding of basketball and better skill then the quite a few of the big men, this didn't just happen.  So way to keep another player that could help inactive and on the bench for 14 games.

These Sixers have talent, what they lack is leadership.  They have enough quality bodies that in no way they should be 3-12.  That this is acceptable is pathetic as an organization.  There are games being played with this lineup by Collins and the front office that do not directly reflect who should or should not be on the court to try and win ballgames.  The end result is the sloppiest of basketball, played by a team with no concept of team defense, who believe that they can get enough offense by just running and being a group of chuckers.  As a head coach there is no reason for this to be the case, this is a more complete cast then the Heat and the heat can still manage to win games.  Like I said its a bunch of same old same old top to bottom, ugly from start to finish.  The house needs to be cleaned and no one has a broom.  Just a lot of old white guys in the offices of the Sixers stealing the money they have always stole, putting out a product that has been terrible, is terrible and will always be terrible unless someone decides to change the culture.  The East is a weak Conference and this team could easily be a 6th seed, that is if they weren't so clearly playing just to get a chance at a good draft pick.  I am embaressed that they call this basketball.  What is the worst thing of all, is that I know almost nothing about basketball, and even still this is self evident, how can Doug Collins and Rod Thorn know basketball and not see?  Oh yeah that is right, they can see it they are just tanking the season.  You do Philadelphia a diservice to buy a ticket to this mess, it is only by ignoring the team and staying away that anything will be better.

In short if this continues the fans of the Sixers should start a boycot of all things Sixers because this is just not right.

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