The NBA draft is only days away. Most fans seem to believe the Sixers need a talented big man to compliment their young, athletic core. But how about the players on the team? What do they think this team needs?
HoopsHype.com recently chatted with Sixers star point guard Jrue Holiday about his offseason, the team's biggest needs, who he believes the best PGs in the game are, and Doug Collins passion for the game, among other things.
It's no surprise that Jrue recognizes the team needs help in the middle, specifically on the boards:
As of today there are eight players with guaranteed contracts next season. What are the needs for this team?
JH: I think we kind of found our core, we are a
young team. I think that we’ll make some changes… Finding a big man
because we do need more rebound and shot-blocking on the defensive end.
But scoring, I think it’s just a process. We have Evan Turner who is a great scorer, Jodie Meeks is a great scorer too…
Other interesting anecdotes include Jrue's favorite cheesesteak joint (ugh), the fact his grandmother stayed with him during his rookie season as he adjusted to Philadelphia, and that he looks up to Lou Williams like an older brother.
Check out the whole interview with Jrue Holiday here.
>>Jrue Holiday: 'we need to find a big man' [Hoops Hype]
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.
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.”