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NBA PODCAST: Stories from Inside ‘The Process’ 76ers

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) speaks with Yaron Weitzman (@yaronweitzman), author of the new book “Tanking to the Top,” about the Process Sixers. What led to Sam Hinkie’s downfall in Philadelphia? What misunderstandings about the Process do the general public—or Sixers fans—still have? Is Brett Brown’s job in jeopardy? Can…

Joel Embiid’s Post-Ups are Cause of, Solution to, Sixers’ Offensive Challenges

In early January, ESPN’s Jackie MacMullan and Kirk Goldsberry tag-teamed a fantastic article about the death of the post-up in the NBA’s new pace-and-space era. Perhaps unsurprisingly, back-to-the-basket greats like Patrick Ewing and Shaquille O’Neal were on hand to perform the eulogies. “Get in, get your butt on the block and dominate,” Ewing said of…

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Furkan Korkmaz Has Become Sixers’ Ace in the Hole

Furkan Korkmaz’s first two NBA seasons were relatively quiet as he played a grand total of 62 games, starting in only seven of them. Yet, he showed steady, albeit modest progression over that time and even gave flashes of being a useful piece for the Philadelphia 76ers moving forward. That’s because he has a “special…

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Why the Joel Embiid, Al Horford Duo Isn’t Working (Sort of)

Last season, the Philadelphia 76ers won 51 games and were a Kawhi Leonard miracle away from going to the Eastern Conference Finals. General manager Elton Brand and his staff made two essential deals over the summer to give the Sixers a changed look. One of those moves was the highly publicized Jimmy Butler sign-and-trade to…

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PODCAST: The Next Steps for Joel Embiid, Nikola Jokic

In this episode of The NBA Podcast, Morten Jensen (@msjnba) and Bryan Toporek (@btoporek) discuss recent criticism about Joel Embiid and Nikola Jokic not wanting to dominate enough and delve into what’s gone wrong for the New Orleans Pelicans. Why isn’t Embiid having as much fun this year as he has in years past (2:08)?…

Where We Hit and Missed on NBA Season Predictions So Far

Before the first game of the season, I threw out 50 fairly bold predictions for the NBA season, all of which were rooted in optimism and belief. As always, one subtle action can change how the dominos fall, whether it’s an injury (here’s looking at you, Stephen Curry) or the unforeseen ascension of talent. We’re…

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Is This the Moment Where World Basketball Caught Up with U.S.?

For years, we’ve been hearing how the basketball world is catching up with the USA. But is it time to stop couching that in “future-tense” logic and ponder whether it’s happened, even at the highest levels? In 1992, the USA sent hoops pros to the Olympics for the first time, as the “Dream Team” captured…

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Coach Spins’ NBA Film Room: How to Shut Down Joel Embiid

Coach Adam “Spins” Spinella of Dickinson College breaks down how the Toronto Raptors held Joel Embiid scoreless (in 32 minutes played!) during their 101-96 win on Monday. Embiid went 0-11 on the night and was held scoreless for the first time in his career, even as the Sixers tried to change their offensive approach at…

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NBA Team Rivalries to Enjoy in 2019-20

There was a lot of talk heading into the 2019-20 NBA season that, thanks to parity, there would be a newfound interest in the sport. After half a decade of the Golden State Warriors storming / sleepwalking their way to the NBA Finals, this year is supposed to be different. Multiple all-star players changed teams…

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