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  • In 2019, there’s no doubt that basketball stars can come from any corner of the world. Just last summer, fans, and critics were in a fierce debate over drafting an international player first overall. And now NBA Africa is the next big venture for the American league Eventually, Slovenian star Luka Doncic was chosen third overall by Atlanta before being traded to Dallas. So far he’s the frontrunner for Rookie of the Year which shows just how far the league has come. So why should the NBA create a league in Africa of all places? When you consider the past few great international players, it’s easy to overlook the recent success of African born players. Dirk Nowitzki, Tony Parker, and Manu Ginobili are just a few international players that come to mind. Currently, there are a few young stars in the NBA who are of African descent. Joel Embiid is probably the biggest name to come out of Africa. Imagine if development coaches and scouts from the NBA could track African players well before they get any international exposure. The financial success of an African NBA league is up in the air. The development of young international players alone is enough to sell the idea. Raptors up and comer Pascal Siakam is just one of many players who represent Africa at the NBA level: What would an NBA Africa league look like? The league will consist of 12 teams across varying countries in Africa. Most importantly, the league will provide a unifying factor that these African teams have not had in their respective countries. Having one league to represent so much talent will increase their representation in NBA considerations. Scouts need to see a player compete against the top talent on their continent. This will give a level of transparency...
  • Knee soreness isn’t a major issue, but it is a major red flag for Philly fans. It should be a scary sign that Joel Embiid’s return for Saturday hangs in the balance of a single evaluation. Embiid has been out since the All-Star break. This wouldn’t be a big deal if it wasn’t for the type of injury he’s dealing with. Over the years, the Kansas product has been injury prone, especially in the lower half of his body. This injury wouldn’t be that significant if it wasn’t a part of a long injury history for the 7-foot center. The Sixers need him to push past the other Eastern Conference powerhouses. Fans will have to watch Thursday night’s game against Oklahoma City without Embiid as he reports to physical therapy. He will also be evaluated prior to Saturday’s game against Golden State. This evaluation will determine if fans get to see the powerhouse match-up they’ve been waiting for, Embiid vs Cousins. Watching two centers battle it out is truly a thing of beauty, especially when the two teams playing could very likely meet again in June. Injuries can’t stop Embiid from being the center of the basketball world: Who will step up until Embiid’s return? If it isn’t obvious to most fans, Philly doesn’t have much depth at center. Luckily the team acquired the 7’3 Boban Marjanovic before the trade deadline. The only problem is Marjanovic is also suffering from an injury. After an MRI earlier this week, doctors concluded that he was only suffering from a contusion. The contusion, or bone bruise, is on his knee which is not a great injury for somebody so tall. Going forward, he will most likely be recovering from injury until Embiid’s return. This means there is one center left on the team...
  • In recent years the All-Star break hasn’t packed the same punch it used to. After Team LeBron defeated Team Giannis 178-164, Sixers fans are ready for the ‘dream team to push for the playoffs. It isn’t without saying that Philly is lucky to be honored in the All-Star game by having two representatives from their roster. Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid clashed in Charlotte on Sunday night and it was quite the spectacle. Simmons flirted with a triple-double while Embiid hauled in 12 rebounds and 10 points. Now that the break is over, it’s time to get back to the good stuff. Philly is currently fifth in the East, behind Boston. This isn’t the most daunting position to be in, especially since the third-seed Pacers are without star player Victor Oladipo for the rest of the season. Boston could spell trouble, especially with Kyrie Irving finding his groove again. It’s nice to get back to the rest of the season, especially for Philly. The addition of Tobias Harris before the trade deadline means the Sixers will really need to focus the rest of the year to build a chemistry that will last into the playoffs. Embiid is always a man of the people, even when the lights are the brightest: Can the ‘dream team’ secure homecourt advantage for the playoffs? Philly is 6.5 games back of the first seed Milwaukee Bucks. While it isn’t completely unrealistic that they end up first in the Eastern Conference, they are more likely to end up somewhere within the top three. The ‘dream team’ has all the pieces necessary to stop the other powerhouse teams in the east. Simmons can match up with any guard, Embiid is better than any big man, and Jimmy Butler can score the ball better than anyone in the...
  • Is moving on from Markelle Fultz the best option for the Sixers? In an unsurprising change of events, the Sixers are still uncertain about moving on from Fultz. Sixers Wire reported earlier this week that the team isn’t ‘ready’ to trade Fultz by Thursday’s deadline. Being the first overall pick in the draft hasn’t really stopped Fultz from being a disappointment. It made sense to fans was drafting a 20+ point per game scorer. What fans got is a player who sees almost no minutes and only puts up 8.2 points per game this season. While waiting till the summer to trade Fultz could be a better move, it is still a risk. It will be harder to trade him this offseason if he hasn’t made much progress from his earlier injury. Moving on from Fultz now might be the best thing for the team. The rest of the league doesn’t really know yet how much of a bust he is. Obviously, the front office knows because they are desperate enough to hang onto him. Hoping to convince other GM’s that he is actually worthwhile. This is a risky maneuver and for now, Fultz remains an unproductive player on a team ready to contend for the title. It isn’t very surprising that fans still think Philly should trade Fultz by Thursday’s deadline: Who would be willing to take the disgruntled former college star? There’s no telling whether Fultz will become a star in the NBA or even a shell of his college self. One thing is for certain: Philly must do whatever they can to convince the league that he is still something. The only unfortunate thing for the Sixers right now is that no team is really looking to pick up Fultz. Pretty much the only reasonable trade would...
  • Trade news: Is Anthony Davis the best move for Philly right now? The NBA has been in absolute chaos since the beginning of the week. Major trade news surfaced about Anthony Davis and fans have been raving ever since. Not only did Davis turn down any possible extension with New Orleans, his agent Rich Paul issued a statement about the trade. According to his agent, he’s only interested in joining a champion contender. Major extensions are turned down all the time. Although it is definitely the biggest star in the past decade to turn down such an offer. What makes this situation so interesting is the potential outcome. If Davis signs with any contender, the landscape of the league will be changed for next decade. Philly meets the criteria to trade for Davis, but is it the right move? Big man Joel Embiid is having the best season of his career and there is no way he could play alongside another scoring big. If Philly is serious about making a move for AD, they will have to move on from some of their cornerstone pieces. Losing a player like Simmons or Embiid would be such a major loss. However, the upside of adding Davis could change the fortunes of the team forever. fivethirtyeight reported on several attractive offers for New Orleans: What would a trade for Davis look like? With all the trade news and rumors this season, it might be difficult for the Sixers to make a move for AD. Many sources around the league think the Lakers will make the biggest push for him. Philly just made a major trade involving Jimmy Butler, which sent shock waves around the league. It wouldn’t make a lot of sense to part with any more assets while the current roster is...
  • Sixers are only one game back behind Indiana after destroying Houston Monday night was can’t miss NBA basketball. In dramatic fashion, the Sixers put themselves one game back of the third seed in the Eastern Conference with a convincing 121-93 win over Houston. The Houston Rockets have been moving back up in the Western standings while Philly has been tested by top teams in the league. Houston’s James Harden has been on an absolute tear, posting triple-doubles what seems like every night. He has solidified himself as one of the top players in the league, especially on the offensive end. There isn’t a player in the league who can stop him, especially his patented step back three. 37 points and six rebounds is actually an off night for Harden. It’s not possible to slow him down completely but Philly did just enough to keep him cool. Only two other Rockets scored in double figures. One game back of the third seed isn’t a bad place to be for a team who has been through the wringer when it comes to drama and other off the court issues. Despite the roller coaster season, from the Jimmy Butler trade to a Markelle Fultz-less season, it has been a real thrill ride. The third seed is a perfect goal for Philly heading into the all-star weekend. They just demolished Indiana on their turf last week, and Houston is not easily beat by double digits. Philly can take a commanding lead in the Eastern Conference if they continue to fire on all cylinders and keep the media out of the locker room. Looks like Corey Brewer’s 10-day contract is already paying off for Philly: It’s a bumpy road to the 2019 all-star game With 10 games left until the 2019 all-star weekend, Philly is...
  • Sixers reality show keeps fans entertained all season This has actually been a great season thus far, despite what looks like a Sixers reality show. Month after month there seems to be something new for the team to worry about. It isn’t a surprise that Philly can’t escape the limelight. This era of the team infamously started with multiple tanking seasons to stock up on high draft picks. This was a great plan all the way to last season, where the Sixers would use the first pick on a kid from Washington. Markelle Fultz kicked off the never-ending drama with his phantom shoulder injury. Causing him to disappoint fans by missing nearly his entire rookie season. Soon after the team would experience an even greater problem. A breaking story by The Ringer suggested that general manager Bryan Colangelo had multiple Twitter accounts. Not only did the accounts contain rants about the players and the former GM, but also sensitive information about the health and atmosphere of the locker room. When confronted, Colangelo blamed the entire thing on his wife, who eventually took the fall for him. There hasn’t been a shortage of problems this season either, welcome to the Sixers reality show. Despite headline after headline, Landry Shamet has been a bright spot for the team: Guest starring…Jimmy Butler! There has been no shortage of drama since Philly traded for Butler earlier this season. The former Timberwolf made a splash in his first few games. He hit a couple game winners to earn the respect of his teammates. However since then, it seems like the fairy tale has been anything but. Rumors indicated that star center Joel Embiid was unhappy with the amount of shots he was getting alongside his new offensive juggernaut. Sometime after, it appeared Embiid wasn’t really...
  • Sixers star’s Embiid and Simmons clash despite being in the fourth seed The fourth seed in the eastern conference isn’t too bad for a team with as much drama as Philly. After almost blowing a 30 point lead against Phoenix on Wednesday, there are some serious problems to consider. While critics believed Jimmy Butler might be a problem in the locker room, it turns out the real problem was between Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Following a moment where Simmons struck Embiid in the face for a rebound, the seven foot center fell to the ground visibly upset. After the game, Embiid pointed to his previous face injury as his reason for being emotional, not because of Simmons. Recently, Simmons has been all the talk in the NBA trade world. His mediocre shooting stroke has continued to baffle critics and analysts to the point that some outlets want him gone. Luckily for Butler, he’s flourished for the fourth seed Sixers thus far and seems to be ridding himself of his problematic locker room reputation. Maybe the next move is to trade Simmons for a shooting point guard. Maybe the next move is to let everybody hash out their problems. The locker room drama could even be a product of a lacking head coach, like Brett Brown. Ball is life tweeted the infamous video of Embiid taking a shot from Simmons: Without a leader, there is no head coach Brett Brown has been anything but a tremendous leader. Throughout controversies like wasted draft picks and the Bryan Colangelo saga, Brown was normally quiet. He’s never been in full support of last year’s top pick Markelle Fultz. And he didn’t seem to enthusiastic when he acted as general manager before Elton Brand stepped in. Now that ‘the process’ is complete, it seems...
  • Sixers struggling vs top teams Christmas is a time of joy, a time to watch the top teams battle it out over a massive dinner. Unfortunately for Sixers fans, the only present under the tree this Christmas was a giant L from Boston. The Celtics looked poised, defeating the Sixers 121-114 in an intense overtime game. Although this story might be different if Philly pulled out the W, the team looked gassed towards the last stretch of the game. Despite a monster performance from Joel Embiid with 34 points, Philly could not make the stops needed to close out the game. If Kyrie Irving is going to drop 40 points, how can the team expect to stop anybody else? While the offensive intensity is there, the defense looks like a shell of what it was before the Jimmy Butler trade. Butler seems to focused on making the offense work and it has definitely hurt the defense. There is no reason 86 total points should come from three players on any given team, besides maybe Golden State. The top teams in the Eastern Conference continue to be an issue for Philly, even with the addition of Butler. Twitter erupted after Embiid’s post game comments: Why can’t the Sixers compete with top teams in the Eastern Conference? There are two answers as to why Philly looks incompetent against their biggest opponents. The first is that the team is still finding its identity with Butler. Even the legendary Miami Heat team with LeBron James got off to a slow start. It is natural for a team full of stars to take more time figuring out their rhythm. The second answer is that the team lacks seriously in the depth department. Shipping off Dario Saric and Robert Covington has proved to be a more...
  • The Markelle Fultz saga has been going on for over a year now and the team still doesn’t seem to have a clear plan for him yet.  A lackluster career so far hasn’t been enough for the front office to give up on him just yet. In 19 games this season, Fultz has hardly shown any flashes that indicate greatness. His sub-par 8.2 points per game haven’t impressed anybody.  At this point, it is highly unlikely that Fultz ever becomes the combo guard Philly hoped he would be. That doesn’t mean he can’t jumpstart his career somewhere else. Front office executives would be doing fans a favor if they can add a role player or two in exchange for Fultz. The team could really use a shooter on the wing or another big who can stretch the floor. With this in mind, it should be a no-brainer for the Sixers to trade Fultz. Keeping around a player who may or may not pan out at all is not worth a championship in the next few years. Fultz’s injury has become a serious issue in his life, as Bleacher Report suggests: How much is Fultz really worth? Right now it seems that any trade for the Washington product would be a reach for other front offices. Why would any team want a player with such drama?  The simple answer is his status. No matter how long he sits out this season, he is still a first overall selection in the NBA draft. That means there will always be a team desperate enough to deal with Philly for an injured Fultz. How desperate will a front office be to trade for Fultz? Realistically he is worth at least one first round pick. This is due to the simple fact that he was taken...