Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Kobe Bryant's Philadelphia Farewell

There were some boos, more cheers, and even more emotion.

Draft implications aside, Kobe Bryant's last professional game in Philadelphia went about as well as it could have for a Sixers supporter also appreciative of Kobe's career.

There were vintage Kobe moments - like his three three pointers in the game's first two minutes*. The game also had its share of modern day Kobe gaffes - he was 7-for-26 from the field - which served to remind the packed Wells Fargo Center, and the player himself, why he is walking away from the game after two dominant decades with the Lakers.

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Jahlil Okafor issues an apology

It has been a rough few days for Big Jah and the Sixers, but the former Duke Blue Devil seems ready to acknowledge his missteps, and put his focus back on the basketball court.

He issued an apology, via his Twitter account, on Sunday:

It is important to remember that Okafor is still a teenager; one that is suddenly flush with millions of dollars and a constant spotlight. While that is not an excuse for his actions, it is also important to keep such things in perspective.

Hopefully, he is indeed able to channel his energy into a positive manner on the court, and avoid putting himself in precarious position off-court going forward.

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Jahlil Okafor has a nice pass fake

Jahlil Okafor came into the NBA with extremely advanced footwork, and a plethora of polished post moves. One of his many moves is a pass fake from established post position on the low block. Okafor has pulled this move out a couple times recently, and it has proven effective.

Jordan Hill is still looking for the ball. Then, two nights later, Miami's Hasaan Whiteside fell victim to the move.

You can see Whiteside pause for a split second as he thinks the ball has been passed to the perimeter. That split second is enough for Okafor to take advantage of, as he pivots in the opposite direction of where Whiteside is looking and gets a tough basket on the league's leading shot blocker.

Post defenders would be wise to keep the pass fake in mind when guarding Okafor on the block. Otherwise they might end up on the wrong side of a Vine.

Thursday, November 19, 2015

When will the Sixers win a game?

This narrative seems familiar. The Sixers have started the season 0-12, and suddenly there is national speculation as to when, and if, Philadelphia's professional basketball will win a game.

The Sixers are six games away from tying the record for the worst ever start to a season, and it is becoming easier to picture them breaking that record with each passing performance. It is difficult to see where a win will come with the way the team has been playing, especially when considering that all of the team's next six games are on the road, which doesn't make the task of achieving a win any easier.


You would think that the game in Minnesota gives them their best chance, but the young Wolves have been playing promising basketball led by almost-Sixers Andrew Wiggins and Karl Anthony Towns. Unless the Sixers can put together a consistent, four-quarter long effort in one of the upcoming road games, they may very well end up on the wrong end of the history books.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Barack Obama would like to own an NBA team

With his days in the Oval Office coming to a close, Barack Obama will soon need to consider L.A.P. (Life After Presidency), and figure how he wants to fill his days when he's no longer, you know, running a country.

It turns out that Barack already has some ideas.

"I have fantasized about being able to put together an [NBA] team, and how much fun that would be. I think that would be terrific," Obama told Bill Simmons in a recent GQ interview about owning an NBA team.

A lot of people want to see Jamal Murray on the Sixers

The Sixers badly need to add a franchise-caliber point guard to their rebuilt roster. Jamal Murray is a point guard. He seems to be pretty good, and a lot of people are already calling for him to be a Sixer.

The Sixers have up to four potential first round picks in the 2016 NBA Draft, so the team may very well have an opportunity to acquire Murray through the draft.

Thursday, November 12, 2015

Jahlil Okafor is already the NBA's most productive post player

Jahlil Okafor wasted little time in establishing himself as one of the league's premier high-usage post players.

No one in the NBA has scored more points than Okafor off of offensive post-up opportunities this season, and similarly, no one has had more attempts out of post-up opportunities.