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As Sam Hinkie checks his numbers, metrics and simultaneous linear equations in an attempt to conjure a starter out of next week’s Kelly Ripa-thin NBA draft, down in South Beach the Heat and Spurs are about to decide the league’s championship. And it’s absolutely no coincidence that the top two teams are also among the best organizations in professional basketball.That’s the lesson to be learned from this post-season, along with the fact that no matter how good a team might be, injuries can kill its chances. (Hello, Thunder and Bulls.) The Spurs and Heat will finish things up this week, and it is instructive to view their success through the prism of their executive and coaching staffs, rather than just their players.
It's been a couple months since Allen Iverson popped up on our radar. Welcome back, man. Iverson's ex-wife Tawanna says she granted him permission to take their five kids on a five-day vacation in Charlotte, NC in late May. It's June 17th, they're still missing, and now she's filing suit. (Tawanna thinks he's got them holed up in a Georgia hotel.) TMZ, in addition to breaking the story, tosses in this immortal sentence, nonchalantly: "Tawanna claims she's especially concerned because Allen's an alcoholic who drinks around their kids."h/t Crossing Broad
Sixers.com:Today, Philadelphia 76ers guard Jrue Holiday was announced by USA Basketball Chairman Jerry Colangelo as one of 27 players confirmed to attend the 2013 USA Basketball Men’s National Team mini-camp which will be held July 22-25 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Center in Las Vegas, Nev.“The group of players we have assembled for the mini-camp are extremely talented and very versatile,” said Colangelo. “This is an important opportunity for each one of them because we will be evaluating which players will continue to be involved in future USA National Team training camps and teams.”Holiday, who turned 23-years-old today, was a member of
The Doctor begins with archival footage of Magic Johnson asking Isaiah Thomas for his favorite memory of Julius Erving. The Hall of Famers smile as Thomas recalls Erving’s visit to his summer camp as a kid. All the kids started clapping in unison as Erving sped toward the basket, took flight from the top of the key, then stopped in midair. He was up there so long he had time to invite the kids to join him. Magic and Isaiah double over in laughter—just another legendary story in the nearly mythological career of Dr. J.It’s a fitting way to kick off this 90-minute documentary, which debuts tonight at 9 p.m. on the NBA Network and aims to give Erving his due props as a true sports pioneer. The film sticks mostly to the chronology of Erving’s career, from his childhood playing ball in the projects of Long Island, to the origin of his nickname in high school and his journey to the pros. Most basketball fans today can’t recall the ABA, a renegade street-ball sideshow with threes and dunks—neither of which were allowed in the NBA of the 70s. Erving’s career with the New York Nets was more the stuff of rumor than record, since the ABA didn’t have a big-time TV contract. When the leagues merged and the Nets shipped Erving to the Sixers, his high-flying wizardry transformed the game.
The NBA Draft lottery is tonight. Here's how it works. All 14 non-playoff teams (yes, there are more playoff teams than non-playoff teams; the NBA is a joke) have a shot at the #1, #2, or #3 overall picks. After that, everybody picks in reverse order according to how bad they were this season. Without further ado, the Sixers odds to win the Nerlens Noel/Victor Oladipo sweepstakes: 0.8%. Odds are slightly better for the next two picks. Short of that, they'll pick at #11.
TMZ:Young joined the Sixers just ahead of the 2012-13 season.
A woman is suing Philadelphia 76ers star Nick Young for sexual assault -- claiming he roofied her back in 2011 ... then raped her vaginally and anally.The woman filed the lawsuit anonymously under the name Jane Doe, claiming she ran into Young at Crown Bar in West Hollywood ... and he bought her and her friend champagne.According to the suit, the woman's recollection of the evening ceased shortly after she downed the drink ... and she believes it's because Young had slipped the date rape drug gamma-Hydroxybutyric acid (GHB) into it.
In the coming days and weeks, as new Sixers GM Sam Hinkie and his advanced metrics approach to basketball are celebrated, remember the sage words of an NBA executive I talked to on Friday:“This is ‘Moneyball,’ and ‘Moneyball hasn’t won a playoff series yet,” he says.What about that 2009 first-round triumph over Portland?“That wasn’t Moneyball,” the exec says, dismissively. “That was Yao Ming, who was a transcendent player.”
Last week, we learned that Kobe Bryant's mom was trying to sell off her son's old Lower Merion jerseys, among other memorabilia, in the hopes of cashing out and moving to Nevada. Upon learning that his old stuff was being put on the block ("Mom! That's my stuff!"), Bryant filed a cease-and-desist letter, prompting the guy trying to sell the stuff on behalf of Bryant, West Berlin, NJ-based auctioneer Ken Goldin, to file a lawsuit.Now, Kobe's counter-suing, claiming his mother knows very well that the jerseys aren't hers to sell.On the day the suit was filed, Kobe Bryant says in
LeBron James was all set to become the first NBA player ever to win the Most Valuable Player Award unanimously. And then Boston Globe basketball writer Gary Washburn decided to vote for Carmelo Anthony. Washburn did it ostensibly because he thought 'Melo mattered more to his team than LeBron did, but maybe, just maybe, somewhere deep in his subconscious, this was payback for last year's Celtics-Heat game 7.Whatever the reason for the vote, Washburn is super defensive about the pick and wrote a column explaining that he had no grudge. So adamant was he to prove he wasn't trying to derail