Report: Sale of the Philadelphia 76ers 'Imminent'

Report: Sale of the Philadelphia 76ers 'Imminent'

A bit of very surprising news from TrueHoop's Henry Abbott:

Philadelphia 76ers owner Comcast-Spectacor is in talks to sell the team to a group led
by New York-based leveraged buyout specialist Joshua Harris, according
to sources.

Negotiations are ongoing and a source with knowledge of the talks called a deal "imminent."

As the article points out, the Sixers were not known to be for sale.

Ed Snider seemed to have a renewed interest in the team this season, sitting court-side for the majority of their home games played at the Wells Fargo Center. What exactly, if anything, would a sale of the team mean to the organization?

Our immediate reaction to hearing our team could be sold to a bunch of guys from New York is not positive. Ed Snider, while certainly a Flyers guy first, has shown a high level of devotion to winning. Also, change is scary.

UPDATE: From CSNPhilly, who got a quote from Peter Luukko: "I can confirm that we are in discussions about the future of the team but these discussions are confidential."

more as we hear it...

Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

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Report: Brett Brown accuses longtime friend of defrauding him of $750,000

Sixers head coach Brett Brown is in Australia this week, where he has accused longtime friend and former Australian men's national team assistant coach Shane Heal of defrauding him of $750,000, according to the Australian Associated Press.

Brown invested $250,000 into each of three companies for which Heal was the sole director. Brown wasn't given a legal title regarding the companies and didn't know the specifics of how the money would be used.

"I assumed that the money was going to be used for what Shane told me it was going to be used for," Brown said. "Because it was a friend that I had for 25 years."

Heal was charged last year by the Australian Securities and Investments Commission following an investigation relating to alleged misconduct in 2008, 2009 and 2010, according to the AAP.

The sides return to court in Brisbane on July 20.

Heal played in the NBA for the Minnesota Timberwolves in 1996-97 and was with the San Antonio Spurs in 2003.

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

Tonight's lineup: Odubel Herrera leads off; Cesar Hernandez (groin) out

A day after going 0 for 5 with five strikeouts, Odubel Herrera is leading off for the Phillies in their series opener Friday night against the Reds (see game notes).

It's the first time Herrera is leading off since last Aug. 19, a span of 84 games.

Cesar Hernandez gets the night off. He's been dealing with a groin pull for 10 days, manager Pete Mackanin said Friday.

Andres Blanco bats second and plays second.

Maikel Franco is back in the six-hole after going 1 for 5 with two strikeouts in the cleanup spot Thursday. Tommy Joseph bats fourth and Michael Saunders fifth.

Cameron Rupp, who walked three times in Thursday's win over the Rockies, catches Aaron Nola and bats seventh.

1. Odubel Herrera, CF
2. Andres Blanco, 2B
3. Aaron Altherr, LF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Michael Saunders, RF
6. Maikel Franco, 3B
7. Cameron Rupp, C
8. Freddy Galvis, SS
9. Aaron Nola, P