11:33 PM EDT, Thu May 25, 2017
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NBA Draft Rumors: Lonzo Ball is considering holding pre-draft workout with Sixers

NBA Draft Rumors: Lonzo Ball is considering holding pre-draft workout with Sixers

Want to talk about the Ball family non-stop? You might get your chance! The expectation for months has been for Lonzo Ball to be selected with the No. 2 pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, and those whispers only intenisfied once his hometown Lakers won the second pick in the lottery. But it looks like he may give the Sixers an opportunity to see him in a workout setting prior to the draft. Heavy emphasis on “may”. ESPN’s Chris Haynes says it’s very much up in the air at the moment (bold emphasis mine): Former UCLA Bruins point guard Lonzo Ball is considering working out for the...
9 hours ago
Sixers to attend workout featuring Kentucky guard Malik Monk

Sixers to attend workout featuring Kentucky guard Malik Monk

The Sixers brass will have eyes on the former Kentucky sharp shooter. With less that a month to go until the 2017 NBA Draft, pre-draft workouts are in full swing. While the Sixers have yet to bring in any prospects to the team facility in Camden (expect that to happen next week), they’re on the road checking out agency-led workouts. According to Keith Pompey, the Sixers will have representatives attending the Excel Sports Management workout on Thursday that will feature Kentucky’s Malik Monk. The #Sixers are among the #NBA teams at today's Excel Sports Management workout showcasing...
14 hours ago
Why I’m a fan of the Sixers

Why I’m a fan of the Sixers

There was darkness. And then there was hope. Welcome to the refreshed Liberty Ballers! To celebrate the new look and feel of our sports communities, we’re sharing stories of how and why we became fans of our favorite teams. If you’d like to share your story, head over to the FanPosts to write your own post. Each FanPost will be entered into a drawing to win a $500 Fanatics gift card [contest rules]. We’re collecting all of the stories here and featuring the best ones across our network as well. Come Fan With Us! My earliest memories of the Sixers are some sporadic flashes of watching...
16 hours ago
Liberty Links: Finding 3-and-D players in the draft is on every team’s mind

Liberty Links: Finding 3-and-D players in the draft is on every team’s mind

The Sixers need guys who can space the floor and defend. Check out the links... The 3-and-D Prospect Is the Must-Have Archetype of the 2017 NBA Draft - The Ringer Kevin O’Connor highlights the mulitude of three-and-D prospects in the 2017 NBA draft, from lottery picks Josh Jackson and Jonathan Isaac down to second-rounders like Davon Reed out of Miami and Devin Robinson from Florida. The key for these players succeeding in these roles? Patience from the team that drafts them, according to O’Connor: The key for the team is to have patience, and for the player, it’s all about buying in....
May 24, 2017
NBA Draft Rumors: Sixers interested in De’Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith at No. 3

NBA Draft Rumors: Sixers interested in De’Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith at No. 3

A pair of guards are on the Sixers’ radar. While a lot of Sixers fans were debating which wing the Sixers should select with the No. 3 pick in the draft, a couple of talented guards, Dennis Smith and De’Aaron Fox, have edged their way into the picture. Adam Zagoria was the first to tie the Sixers to Smith, a claim which was followed up by a separate report from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News: The Sixers like both De'Aaron Fox and Dennis Smith Jr. for the third pick, according to sources.— Stefan Bondy (@SBondyNYDN) May 24, 2017 Before we go any further, consider the...
May 24, 2017
Future Sixers: Jayson Tatum Deserves Consideration at #3

Future Sixers: Jayson Tatum Deserves Consideration at #3

In the few days since the draft lottery, I’ve been surprised by how quickly Sixers’ fans have coalesced around Josh Jackson as the consensus choice for the 3rd overall selection. Jackson is an exciting player that I’ve had in the Top 3 of my personal big board all season, and is certainly one of the players I would consider using the Sixers’ pick on. However, he presents distinct fit problems with Simmons, and his shot may be in worse shape than most proponents suggest. I’ll do an in-depth profile of Jackson before the draft. He may wind up as my preference for the Sixers to take...
May 24, 2017
Liberty Links: Markelle Fultz vs. Lonzo Ball is the NBA’s next rivalry

Liberty Links: Markelle Fultz vs. Lonzo Ball is the NBA’s next rivalry

Does one of them end up a Sixer? Markelle Fultz vs. Lonzo Ball is the rivalry the NBA needs right now - The Step Back The current Markelle Fultz vs. Lonzo Ball rivalry will be amplified even more by the fact that each probably ends up in a big market on opposite coasts. Rivalries carry sports to new realms of fandom because people inevitably have to choose a side. In the social media world we live in, it’s tough to be Switzerland and remain neutral. These rivalries can be real or fictitious. In eras past, for example, we had Magic Johnson vs. Larry Bird or Michael Jordan vs. the Pistons....
May 23, 2017
VIDEO: Jayson Tatum re-working jump shot form

VIDEO: Jayson Tatum re-working jump shot form

Tatum’s been in the gym trying to get his jump shot right. While the debate on Josh Jackson’s jump shot will likely rage on straight through the Sixers pick, Jayson Tatum is doing his best to lay to rest any concerns about his shot. Tatum has been preparing to audition for NBA teams in pre-draft workouts by training with skills coach Drew Hanlen, also known as the guy Joel Embiid dunked on in an empty gym last summer. Hanlen posted a video on his Instagram of Tatum knocking down 18 three-pointers in a row from NBA distance, and pointed out the 19-year-old’s restructured jump shot. ...
May 23, 2017
Josh Jackson required to take anger management courses for vandalism incident

Josh Jackson required to take anger management courses for vandalism incident

Jackson has court mandates for the next 12 months. Josh Jackson must attend anger management classes, as well as abstain from alcohol and recreational drug use, for the next 12 months, per an agreement through a diversion program with the Douglas County, Kansas court system due to a vandalism incident last December. This report comes from Jesse Newell of The Kansas City Star. Here is a description of that incident from Newell: Jackson was originally charged with one misdemeanor count of criminal property damage after prosecutors alleged he kicked the driver’s door and rear taillight of a...
May 23, 2017
Liberty Links: Magic hire Jeff Weltman as President of Basketball Operations

Liberty Links: Magic hire Jeff Weltman as President of Basketball Operations

Weltman was the Raptors’ general manager. Check out the links... Sources: Magic hire Jeff Weltman as president of basketball operations - The Vertical Jeff Weltman had been serving as Raptors general manager under the smart basketball mind of Raptors president Masai Ujiri. He will hire a general manager to work underneath him. I would bet he bans white boards in the front office. Trusting Pop’s Process - The Ringer Come for the Process-related headline. Stay for Gregg Popovich’s ability to turn David Lee from a turnstile into a factor on defense: David Lee was making an impact in the...
May 22, 2017
Liberty Links: The Knicks continue to alienate Kristaps Porzingis

Liberty Links: The Knicks continue to alienate Kristaps Porzingis

What is Phil Jackson doing? Knicks cut ties with Josh Longstaff, assistant who is close with Kristaps Porzingis - New York Daily News Phil Jackson and the Knicks are running a clinic on how to alienate your team’s potential franchise superstar. No one in the organization has had contact with Kristaps Porzingis since he no-showed his end of the year exit interview with the team. Here’s the latest on the fiasco up I-95 in New York: As their relationship with Kristaps Porzingis sits on rocky terrain, the Knicks made a curious decision to not renew the contract of popular assistant Josh...
May 19, 2017
Dario Saric, Joel Embiid nominated for Rookie of the Year

Dario Saric, Joel Embiid nominated for Rookie of the Year

The two best rookies in the NBA were nominated for ROY, and they’re both Sixers. The Philadelphia 76ers’ Dario Saric and Joel Embiid are amongst the three finalists for Rookie of the Year, the NBA revealed on TNT prior to the start of Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Finals. Milwaukee’s Malcolm Brogdon is the other nominee. The finalists for the 2016-17 KIA NBA Rookie of the Year are… #NBAAwards pic.twitter.com/wtK6PKplDv— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) May 19, 2017 In 81 games, Saric averaged 12.8 points, 6.3 rebounds and 2.2 assists while shooting 41.1 percent from the field....
May 19, 2017
NBA Draft 2017: Sixers scout Frank Ntilikina, plan to workout Dennis Smith Jr.

NBA Draft 2017: Sixers scout Frank Ntilikina, plan to workout Dennis Smith Jr.

Two point guard draft options for the Sixers. Draft season is in full swing right now, as information about team workouts is increasingly becoming available. The Sixers, possessing the third pick in next month’s draft and the ammo to make more moves, have been doing their due diligence on this year’s crop of point guards. Bleacher Report’s Jonathan Wasserman reports that the Sixers are among the teams that have recently scouted French guard Frank Ntilikina, who plays for Strausbourg: Hearing the Knicks, Mavericks, 76ers, Kings have scouted guard Frank Ntilikina the most in France...
May 19, 2017
Sixers Mailbag - What would you trade for the No. 1 pick?

Sixers Mailbag - What would you trade for the No. 1 pick?

Would you go all-in for Markelle Fultz? “I’m back, baby! I’m back!” I’m bringing you this week’s mailbag. I received some repeat questions that I’ve done in the past about free agency this summer, which you can check out here. On to this week’s questions... @Anthony_Capelli: My good sir,,,,, would you trade Ben Simmons for Markelle "I'm talking baby like face" Fultz @EaglesRewind: How much would you give up to swap with Boston? I’m going to tackle these two together since there’s some overlap. I like Ben Simmons. A lot. I think he could even be a superstar. When I...
May 19, 2017
Liberty Links: Sixers Utah Summer League Schedule Revealed

Liberty Links: Sixers Utah Summer League Schedule Revealed

It’s already time to look ahead to Summer League action Lost in the hubbub of the NBA Draft Lottery was news that the Sixers’ schedule for the 2017 Utah Summer League came out. Hopefully one day we’ll get past the point of excitement for Summer League, but for now, it’s always fun to get a taste of what the new guy can do. From Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer, the Sixers will be kicking off their Summer League action against the Boston Celtics on July 3rd. That will also presumably be the debut of Markelle Fultz as a member of the Celtics, a sentence that pains me to...