2:24 PM EDT, Sat September 22, 2018
17 hours ago
Fielding mailbag questions: training camp, new GM, Markelle’s jumper

Fielding mailbag questions: training camp, new GM, Markelle’s jumper

A very inquisitive Joel Embiid above. We’re excited to get our mailbag series going with the first installment of the 2018-2019 season! With training camp kicking off, Elton Brand being promoted to General Manager and Markelle Fultz revealing his new and improved jump shot, there’s plenty to talk about. So feel free to post your questions in the comment section below or tweet them to @Liberty_Ballers using #LBMailbag. Markelle's shot has been revealed, Elton Brand named General Manager, Sixers training camp kicks off tomorrow.Get us your questions for a Sixers mailbag! #LBMailbag—...
18 hours ago
Sixers sign Okafor (no, not that one)

Sixers sign Okafor (no, not that one)

In his first move as general manager, Elton Brand respects his generation. Last season was widely considered a success, so the Sixers figured they would start things off in a similar fashion. Just like last September, Philadelphia has signed veteran big man Emeka Okafor to a training camp, non-guaranteed deal. It’s the first official move for new general manager Elton Brand. Clearly, he only values players who, like him, were drafted in 2004 or earlier. Here’s a look at the full training camp roster: Team announces 2018 training camp roster. #HereTheyCome https://t.co/RCwficltcb...
19 hours ago
Notes from Sixers Media Day

Notes from Sixers Media Day

Also included: an injury update. Goals, lessons learned, new faces, big dreams, lofty expectations. Sixers’ Media Day is, in some ways, the beginning — a fresh start. Players talk about putting last season behind them (while acknowledging what they’ve learned) and looking forward to what’s to come. There was an obvious confidence exuded from the team — they know what they’re capable of — yet an awareness that nothing in this league is a given (well, unless you’re the Golden State Warriors, I assume). I was able to attend Sixers’ Media Day on behalf of Liberty Ballers, and...
Sep 21, 2018
Serena Winters Joins Sixers Broadcast Team

Serena Winters Joins Sixers Broadcast Team

There’s a new broadcast partner to come in for a landing alongside Marc and Alaa. The Sixers announced a new organizational hire Thursday, and I’m not talking about the press conference to introduce Elton Brand as general manager. Serena Winters will be Philadelphia’s new sideline reporter, while also writing across the team’s myriad of digital platforms. I’ve joined @NBCSPhilly as the new @Sixers reporter. You can find me reporting on the sidelines, or on pre-game/post-game shows, or on the web or anywhere else you consume your #Sixers content! pic.twitter.com/UM8hh1KJX6—...
Sep 20, 2018
Sixers Press Conference introduces Elton Brand as General Manager

Sixers Press Conference introduces Elton Brand as General Manager

The former player turned Sixers GM addressed the media this afternoon. By now, you’ve heard the news: the Sixers have promoted Elton Brand to General Manager. This afternoon, Old School Chevy — or as Josh Harris called Brand, New School Tesla — addressed questions from the media during a press conference. Below, I’ve compiled some of the most notable quotes from the presser, thanks to the many members of Sixers’ media. The #Sixers players are on hand for Elton Brand’s press conference.— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) September 20, 2018 Not a quote so much as an...
Sep 20, 2018
Fultz’s Shot (and more) Revealed

Fultz’s Shot (and more) Revealed

Fultz reveals his jumper and says that he was really injured Markelle Fultz was featured in the latest spot by The Players’ Tribune. In the 17 minute video he chats with another NBA player who attended the University of Washington, Isaiah Thomas. During their conversation, clips from Fultz’s summer of working on his shooting form with trainer Drew Hanlen are shown. Some Sixers fans feel they have already seen the light: LOOK AT GOD pic.twitter.com/2TM61jywZm— Drew Corrigan (@Dcorrigan50) September 20, 2018 There is a series of catch-and-shoot attempts where he steps into the...
Sep 19, 2018
Should the Sixers go after Jimmy Butler?

Should the Sixers go after Jimmy Butler?

It sounds like the Timberwolves All-Star might want to get moved. Should the Sixers have interest? According to The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski and Shams Charania, Timberwolves All-Star wing Jimmy Butler, who has been rumored to be unhappy in Minnesota over the last 12 months, has requested a trade. Butler would like to be moved before the start of training camp, and has three preferred destinations: the New York Knicks, Brooklyn Nets and Los Angeles Clippers. It seems that Butler is focused on playing in a big market, and for a team with significant salary cap flexibility. While the...
Sep 19, 2018
Jimmy Butler’s Preferred Destinations

Jimmy Butler’s Preferred Destinations

Sixers Not on Jimmy’s Short List Jimmy Butler met with the Minnesota Timberwolves and made clear his preference to be traded. And while Timberwolves Head Coach Tom Thibodeau may not be at all happy about it, perhaps some people close with Butler’s current teammates are. This was Jimmy Butler. https://t.co/w6lRrH3sIY— Kelly Iko (@KellyIkoNBA) September 19, 2018 If Andrew Wiggins’ brother, Nick is any indication, the rumors of tension are quite true. But while many Sixers fans would love the addition of Butler, a four-time All-Star from...
Sep 18, 2018
Elton Brand hired as Sixers general manager

Elton Brand hired as Sixers general manager

The former first overall draft pick will be in charge of Philadelphia’s drafts going forward. After a summer of mostly silence, capped by a recent flurry of interviews of both internal and external candidates, the Philadelphia 76ers have hired their new general manager. Philadelphia has hired Elton Brand as general manager, league sources tell ESPN. Brand will be elevated from VP of Basketball Operations. He made strong impression on ownership and Brett Brown in process, beating out several inside and outside candidates.— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) September 18, 2018 Brand is an...
Sep 18, 2018
Sixers Zhaire Smith Could Return by Christmas

Sixers Zhaire Smith Could Return by Christmas

Now, we have another wing defender. Ho-Ho-Ho. The positive health news keeps rolling in for the City of Philadelphia and its sports teams. Yesterday, Philadelphia Eagles quarterback Carson Wentz was medically cleared and will start Sunday. Today, it’s the Philadelphia 76ers turn: #Sixers rookie Zhaire Smith expected to return around Christmas. Read more at: https://t.co/Sl9eIa3xg6 via @phillydotcom #NBA #TexasTech #PhilaUnite— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) September 18, 2018 Zhaire Smith, whom the Sixers traded Mikal Bridges on draft night for back in June, had surgery to repair...
Sep 18, 2018
Furkan Korkmaz at the FIBA Qualifiers

Furkan Korkmaz at the FIBA Qualifiers

Furkan Korkmaz played some games in Europe. Let’s talk about them. I’m not quite sure how I’ve become the resident Furkan Korkmaz guy here after a month at Liberty Ballers. Maybe it’s because no one else was doing it as we’ve got so many great writers already breaking down the games of the other Sixers, or maybe I just think rooting for and talking about players on the fringes of the roster is a fun thing to do. Regardless of the reason, Korkmaz played two games this weekend in Europe as part of second round qualifying for the FIBA World Cup, and I decided to watch both of them so...
Sep 17, 2018
Report: Two GM Candidates get second interview

Report: Two GM Candidates get second interview

It seems the Sixers’ GM search is heating up... According to the Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey, the Sixers interviewed Utah Jazz Assistant General Manager Justin Zanik for the second time last night, and will also be granting a second interview to Houston Rockets Vice President Gersson Rosas tonight. Golden State Warriors executive Larry Harris, who was the other external candidate mentioned in ESPN’s report at the beginning of the month, will not be having a second interview, according to Pompey. This suggests that the Sixers have at least narrowed down the field of external...
Sep 16, 2018
“What is a successful season?”: Joel Embiid

“What is a successful season?”: Joel Embiid

The Cameroonian cornerstone is already one of the NBA’s top players. As we make our way toward training camp, we’ll be examining what would constitute a successful season for various members of the roster. Previously covered: Markelle Fultz, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric. Next up, Joel “The Process” Embiid. Joel Embiid is good at basketball, like really, really good. After the season he just had while staying healthy for most of the year, one can only dream of what Embiid is capable of if he takes another step forward. Besides the broken bone in his face that forced him to miss the final...
Sep 14, 2018
Markelle Fultz update

Markelle Fultz update

A Jump Shot’s Progress is Not Always Linear In late August, I heard that the Sixers Front Office was planning on playing Markelle Fultz significant minutes early in the season and starting him. On Fultz, I’m hearing the Sixers are encouraged by the recent clips and maybe even how the shot held up during live action. It’s not perfect and there may be some ups and downs but it’s made steady progress. The plan is for big minutes and a starting role from the jump.— BehindCurve (@BehindCurve) August 28, 2018 At one point, I’d even heard they were projecting him for a role...
Sep 14, 2018
Don’t lose sight of how good Robert Covington is

Don’t lose sight of how good Robert Covington is

One bad playoff run doesn’t define Covington. Robert Covington didn’t do himself any favors in the playoffs. The defense he’s known for was subpar. His on-ball limitations were shown up against small, dynamic guards like Terry Rozier. His 3-point shot, labelled by many as “streaky” at the best of times, was off to the tune of 31.3%. As Philly brought the regular season to a close with a 16-game win streak, Covington had just finished his best year yet as a top 3-and-D wing; the hard worker who’d ascended from an undrafted G-Leaguer to an All-Defensive level forward. 10 playoff...