March 1, 2016 |
IF YOU THINK being born on Christmas is a rip off, pity the poor kids who will be born today. It's Feb. 29, which like a Sixers winning streak, comes around once every four years. For 75 percent of their lives, people born on Feb. 29 don't get to celebrate their birthdays on their birthdays. What a rip off. To commemorate leap day, here is our quadrennial report on some of the significant and not so significant things that happened in the world of sports on Feb. 29 over the last 60 years.
February 3, 2016 |
Now that the calendar has flipped to February, aside from that little football game to be played Sunday in Santa Clara, the sports landscape is tilting, at least locally, toward Feb. 18 and the mystery about what, if anything, the 76ers will do with the upcoming NBA trade deadline. It has been a momentous pivot point for the franchise on each of the previous two deadlines during the tenure of general manager Sam Hinkie, and there's no reason to think the Sixers will sit this one out. The question is whether the trade deadline will remain a means of stockpiling assets for the future or whether it will be a way to speed the process toward a more immediate payoff.
January 20, 2016 |
NEW YORK - The 76ers will listen to trade offers, but chances are they won't make any moves by the Feb. 18 trade deadline. "We will continue to look for opportunities if there are things that we can do to add players for now and the future," general manager Sam Hinkie said Monday. "We will look, but I'm not sure it will happen. " That would be a break from the norm for the Sixers under Hinkie, who attended the game against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Two seasons ago, the team parted ways with starters Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes and reserve Lavoy Allen while acquiring three expiring contracts and five second-round picks in a series of moves.
November 20, 2015 |
Someone else will have to be "that team. " The Indiana Pacers didn't come close Wednesday night to becoming the squad that let the turnover-plagued 76ers end their losing streak. The Pacers cruised to a 112-85 victory at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers have lost 22 games dating back to March 27 of last season. They are four defeats from tying the NBA record of 26 setbacks held by the 2013-14 Sixers and the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers. The Sixers also started this season with 12 straight losses, which are five away from the franchise record of 17 set last season.
February 19, 2015 |
FRIDAY WILL start the final third of the season for the 76ers. Numerically it doesn't add up, but coach Brett Brown breaks the season down in thirds, and the final one comes after the All-Star break. So with 29 games left after his team posted a 12-41 record in the first 53, Brown views this time of the year for this team as the most important. "We want our third season to be our best," said Michael Carter-Williams, who missed the last three games before the break with a sprained right big toe. "I have seen a whole different team.
October 31, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - Luc Mbah a Moute didn't appear to be lacking excitement entering his seventh season opener, but he certainly had reason not to be super-hyped. The 76ers swingman spent 17 hours on Tuesday traveling back to Philadelphia from Africa, and with a 7-hour time difference, he literally lost a full day. He had traveled to his native Cameroon last week to be with teammate and prodigy Joel Embiid and his family. Embiid's brother, Arthur, was 13 when he was struck by a vehicle and killed on Oct. 16. The two families have known each other for a long time, so it was a no-brainer for Mbah a Moute to go back and be with his friends.
August 13, 2014 |
JAYLEN BOND (Plymouth Whitemarsh) and Devin Coleman (Friends Central) gave Temple serious consideration before choosing Texas and Clemson, respectively. Jesse Morgan (Olney) did not really look at the Owls before heading off to Massachusetts. The three Philly guys are all regulars in the Temple practice gym this summer, getting ready to be part of the solution to a very un-Temple-like 9-22. They came home for various reasons, but come home they did and, if the Owls are to get back where the Owls have traditionally been, the three transfers will be critical parts of that.
July 30, 2014 |
The Minnesota Timberwolves reportedly want Thaddeus Young to become Kevin Love's replacement at power forward. Minnesota is exploring trade options to acquire the 76ers veteran if it parts ways with the disgruntled Love, according to ESPN.com. The Timberwolves standout has expressed his desire to be traded to the Cavaliers. Love also has been linked to potential trades with the Chicago Bulls and the Golden State Warriors. It is unknown if the Sixers are willing to trade Young.
April 16, 2014 |
The home schedule came to a merciful close for the 76ers on Monday night, and it ended, fittingly enough, against another team that has struggled through a season dedicated to the future rather than the present. Both teams have one game remaining, but the rest of the league has already stopped paying attention. The Miami Heat and the Washington Wizards, the final opponents for the Sixers and Celtics, respectively, didn't bother to send scouts to Monday's game. The entire scouts' table was empty at the Wells Fargo Center, mute testimony that whatever needs to be learned about these teams has already been learned or is no longer necessary.
March 30, 2014 |
NBA infamy is hovering over the 76ers like a buzzard eying a carcass. A loss to the Detroit Pistons on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center would mark their 27th straight loss. That would give them the record for consecutive losses by a U.S. professional team. Based on this season's previous matchups with Detroit (26-45), a loss appears unavoidable for the Sixers (15-57). Just don't tell that to Thaddeus Young. "I always felt like we can go into any game and beat anybody on any given night," the Sixers power forward said.