Tonight is the last game the Sixers will play this year in South Philly. Whether it will be A.I.'s final performance at the Wachovia Center wearing a Sixer's jersey remains to be seen. The truth of the matter is that if Allen Iverson is to ever get traded this would be the off season in which Billy King would pull the trigger. I've written previously that they should never trade Allen, that his on the court heart personifies Philadelphia. The Sixers are going to be a bad team for years to come with or without A.I. Billy King's personal moves, looking back, were pathetic. Chris Webber had minimal game left when he brought him to Philly and his knees are shot. Andre Iguodala has failed to live up to his potential as a star in this league. So far all he has to show is a legendary dunk from All Star Weekend. All Samuel Dalembert has is a ridiculous contract and don't get me started on Kyle Korver.
The Sixers are in shambles.
A.I. may or may not be dealt this off season, but regardless of that, show up tonight in South Philly and give A.I. a nice ovation.
Previously: Don't trade A.I., ever [700Level]
Elswhere: -So Long, Allen Iverson [TrueHoops]
-Iverson wants to remain [Inqy]
-Keep A.I., not Webber [Inqy]
-How to start fixing the Sixers [Inqy]
-Tonight: Sixers v. Nets [Inqy]
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.