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Sep 15, 2017
Sixers hire FC Barcelona’s Dr. Daniel Medina as Vice President of Athlete Care

Sixers hire FC Barcelona’s Dr. Daniel Medina as Vice President of Athlete Care

A big new hire for the franchise. In an effort to revamp their medical department, the Sixers have hired Dr. Daniel Medina, who previously worked as the Deputy Director of Sports Science and Medical for European soccer powerhouse FC Barcelona. The hiring of Medina, who also served as Barcelona’s Team Physician from 2008 through 2015, was seen as a big priority for the organization this summer, and Bryan Colangelo highlighted the team’s focus in a press release on the matter. “We operate in a competitive and complex industry that relies heavily on player health, and it remains our...
Sep 15, 2017
Report: NBA Draft Reform Proposal Going To League Vote

Report: NBA Draft Reform Proposal Going To League Vote

Originally when proposing NBA draft reform, proposals were focused on making wholesale changes to the draft system, mostly because the 76ers exposed the warped incentive structure a worst-to-first draft combined with a star-thirsty sport causes. Remember the “lottery wheel” and how people thought that idea was fair and not ludicrous? If you’re going to employ a talent distribution draft, it needs to be executed so that it increases competitive balance rather than randomizing it. The NBA temporarily solved The Sixers Problem by intervening in the team’s operations and installing the...
Sep 12, 2017
Liberty Links: Robert Covington continues to be underrated nationally

Liberty Links: Robert Covington continues to be underrated nationally

Seriously, guys. Okay, so I completely forgot to finish this up last night after returning from a brief trip. I hope these few hours of missed dialogue aren’t going to result in the angry mob coming for me, but if they are, so be it! How the Sixers Are Betting Big on International Talent—Jonathan Tjarks, The Ringer There are several reasons why Colangelo has focused on international players. The first is practical: With so many draft picks over such a short period of time, the Sixers need guys they can stash abroad for several years without burning a roster spot. The presence of head...
Sep 11, 2017
Liberty Links: Only two weeks left until the Sixers start training camp

Liberty Links: Only two weeks left until the Sixers start training camp

And that time can’t pass soon enough. As if you couldn’t tell from the headline, the drought of NBA basketball is finally almost over. Although training camp doesn’t technically begin in two weeks—it’s actually media day, which is a more lighthearted affair—that will lead right into the earnest start of training camp, and off to the races the young Sixers will go. Just a little bit longer, everybody. We’re all in this together. How about those Birds though? Not all of our readers here are Eagles fans, but you’re going to find it tough to avoid the chatter after a Week One...
Sep 8, 2017
Markelle Fultz says the only time he’s been in love was with... Chick Fil A

Markelle Fultz says the only time he’s been in love was with... Chick Fil A

A pretty tasty love, TBH. Markelle Fultz is just 19 years old—word to Jahlil Okafor—so he still has plenty of time left to find that special someone. But as it turns out, he already has his eyes set on one vixen in particular: Chick Fil A. At least, that’s what he told Sports Illustrated’s Rohan Nadkarni, who asked a bunch of the members of this year’s rookie class about whether they’d ever been in love before. There were some heartfelt answers in the bunch, but Fultz took the question in stride, confessing food is the real way to his heart. I asked NBA rookies my favorite...
Sep 8, 2017
Liberty Links: Dario Saric continues to ball out at Eurobasket

Liberty Links: Dario Saric continues to ball out at Eurobasket

Get it done, Dario. Though it has been assumed for some time, the Sixers accounced training camp will officially start on September 26 on Thursday. That means we are exactly 18 days from actual, real life Sixers basketball going down in a little under three weeks. Thank the heavens. But since we still have that time to kill here’s what you might need to get caught up on from yesterday... Joel Embiid’s availability has nothing to do with his contract As of September 7, Sixers personnel have also confirmed to Liberty Ballers that Embiid has yet to be cleared for five-on-five, but they...
Sep 7, 2017
Report: NBA ‘aggressively’ pursuing NBA Draft Lottery reform prior to 2017-18 season

Report: NBA ‘aggressively’ pursuing NBA Draft Lottery reform prior to 2017-18 season

Could it help the Sixers? The Sixers may have completed their radical rebuild just in time. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, the league is considering a drastic shake-up in the lottery process, in an effort to stop teams from tanking for prime position in the draft lottery. The word from Woj: The National Basketball Association is aggressively pursuing draft lottery reform that could be voted into legislation before the start of the 2017-'18 season, league sources told ESPN. Commissioner Adam Silver is a strong advocate to de-incentivize tanking by implementing lower odds on the...
Sep 7, 2017
Sources: Joel Embiid’s availability for 5-on-5 not impacted by contract discussions

Sources: Joel Embiid’s availability for 5-on-5 not impacted by contract discussions

The team shot down reports that blamed contract negotiations for Embiid not being cleared yet. Joel Embiid’s availability has been a subject of great debate this summer, and fans have gotten a bit restless waiting to find out when the franchise center would be ready. 94.1 WIP’s Howard Eskin reported this afternoon that according to his intel, part of what is holding Embiid back is the work of his agent. Here’s what Eskin had to say on the 94.1 WIP Midday Show: He’s not ready for five-on-five play, according to the Sixers. But what I understand is, his agent wants a new contract...
Sep 7, 2017
Liberty Links: Dario Saric is here to start your day with some Eurobasket action

Liberty Links: Dario Saric is here to start your day with some Eurobasket action

Go get ‘em, Homie. This offseason is slowly killing me on the inside, and I am not sure how many more days of non-Sixers basketball I can possibly take. I would like a time machine and some footage of Markelle Fultz and Joel Embiid hooking up for an alley-oop in a game setting, please and thank you. Until then, however... The Fall of Rysheed Jordan: How the Streets of Philly Swallowed an NBA Prospect—Reid Forgrave, Bleacher Report Jordan was once a good and innocent boy. He was also a hugely talented basketball player whose gift could have changed his lot in life, and his family's as...
Sep 6, 2017
Liberty Links: A farmer turned his land into a shrine for The Process

Liberty Links: A farmer turned his land into a shrine for The Process

Plus some other things that happened yesterday. How we doing this week, (very few) ladies and gentlemen? We’re pretty damn deep into the offseason, and since there’s not a whole lot of day-to-day news to cover with the Sixers, it felt like the right time to bring back the morning links. At the very least, it’ll give us a new place to start the discussion over each morning, which is desperately needed, unless you want to talk about Sixers playoff odds for the next month. So with that in mind, let’s pick things back up. And since it’s still the offseason, we’ll mix in some...
Aug 29, 2017
NBA Betting: Sixers over/under for wins this season set above .500

NBA Betting: Sixers over/under for wins this season set above .500

Pretty high! If you thought the Sixers making the playoffs seemed likely, Las Vegas appears to agree with you. Odds have been released for all 30 teams heading into the 2017-18 regular season, and the Sixers are sitting pretty, right in the middle of the pack for over/under odds on the season. The folks at Westgate unveiled the first batch of odds today, and the Sixers over is just past the .500 mark, at a solid 42.5. I don’t know if I would feel comfortable banging the over on that bet—a 15 win improvement is substantial, even with their additions—but there are a few factors to...
Aug 28, 2017
Report: Sixers hire Elton Brand as GM of Delaware 87ers

Report: Sixers hire Elton Brand as GM of Delaware 87ers

Congrats to the Old School Chevy. The O.G. of the Sixers’ coaching staff is being elevated to an even bigger role. Elton Brand, who previously served as a Player Development Consultant for the team, is being elevated to GM of the Delaware 87ers, according to a new report from Yahoo’s Shams Charania. Sources: Philadelphia plans to hire former NBA All-Star Elton Brand as GM of G League team. Brand has served as a development consultant.— Shams Charania (@ShamsCharania) August 28, 2017 The Sixers did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the matter, but a team source...
Aug 26, 2017
Sixers sign James Michael McAdoo to two-way contract

Sixers sign James Michael McAdoo to two-way contract

That’s.... something. The Sixers have made the first of their two-way contract signings, choosing to bring 24-year-old big man James Michael McAdoo into the fold, according to a report from Michael Scotto of Basketball Insiders. Philadelphia 76ers and free agent forward James Michael McAdoo have agreed to a two-way contract, a league source told @BBallInsiders.— Michael Scotto (@MikeAScotto) August 26, 2017 For those of you out of the loop on how the new two-way contracts will work, here’s a brief primer: Players signed to these two-way contracts effectively get extra roster...
Aug 24, 2017
NBA 2K18: Philadelphia 76ers All-Time Team Unveiled

NBA 2K18: Philadelphia 76ers All-Time Team Unveiled

Earlier today, the staff responsible for the popular NBA 2K series announced their all-time teams for each of the league’s 30 teams. The Philadelphia 76ers’ selections are interesting for a variety of reasons. Nearly two weeks ago, the fine folks at 2K Games announced that NBA 2K18 would feature all-time teams for each of the league's 30 franchises. Our very own Kyle Neubeck took a stab at predicting what the Philadelphia 76ers' starting lineup would look like, and his list (unlike most on the Internet) was pretty spot-on. 2K Games ended the conjecture and speculation earlier today by...
Aug 23, 2017
Liberty Ballers is partnering up with Sportsradio 94.1 WIP

Liberty Ballers is partnering up with Sportsradio 94.1 WIP

And we couldn’t be more excited about it. Some of you may know that before I made the transition to full-time writing, I worked behind-the-scenes at Sportsradio 94.1 WIP. It’s no secret that our site has always had a close relationship with Spike Eskin, who deserves an insane amount of credit for helping foster passion in the Sixers community over the last several years. That’s why I’m proud to announce that Liberty Ballers and Sportsradio WIP will be teaming up starting this season, in order to continue giving you the best possible Sixers coverage we can. What does this mean for...