Arnett Moultrie out until new year, thin Sixers roster gets even thinner

Arnett Moultrie out until new year, thin Sixers roster gets even thinner

Poor Arnett. After the Sixers traded a future first in the 2011 draft to nab the Mississippi State forward from the Heat, he was bench-ridden nearly his entire rookie season with a combination of ankle injuries and Cranky Doug Collins. This year, though, he was finally going to get his shot for big minutes on the vet-depleted Sixers--some starting lineup projections even had him sharing a frontcourt with Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes--and a chance to prove he wasn't a huge waste of assets for this team.

Well, he still might get his chance, but it won't be until 2014 at the earliest. The Sixers reported this morning that the second-year forward recently underwent ankle surgery, which will knock him out of commission for the rest of the calendar year at the least. (Kwame's also out for a minute with a hamstring strain, if you care about that sort of thing.)

The '13-'14 Sixers weren't going to win games with or without Arnett, and in reality, this doesn't change all that much for the team. Still, it's not exactly like the Sixers had a ton of frontcourt depth to begin with, and now without Arnett or Kwame (and Nerlens Noel still recovering from ACL surgery), all we have to start the season is Thad, Spence, Lavoy Allen (who Brett Brown also recently listed as having a "minor injury" of some sort), and whichever of Royce White and Tim Ohlbrecht end up making the squad. Not a lot to work with there.

Of course, the injury is more of a bummer for Sixers fans because it means we'll have to wait even longer to figure out if Moultrie is any good or not. The chances of Arnett playing a big part in the Sixers roster of the future were not great, but he did show flashes of potential and competence at the end of last year, and it would have been nice to get to see him getting the minutes to prove those weren't a small-sample-size fluke.

Oh well. Hopefully we'll finally get to see the Moultron Bomb detonate sometime in February or March. In the meantime...

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?

Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.

Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.

Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."

If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.


Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.

Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.

"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."

The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag. 

“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”