AI: 'a change may be the best thing for everyone'

AI: 'a change may be the best thing for everyone'

It looks like A.I. may have played his final game wearing a Sixers uniform.  Iverson was told he did not need to come to the Wachovia Center tonight for their game against the Wizards.  Iverson released the following statement through his agent.

his morning, I went to
the practice facility and was ready to participate in shootaround. I
had back spasms in the Chicago game, but felt fine today, and told our
trainer that I could play. When I got onto the court, I was told that I
did not need to participate, so I stood on the sideline until practice
was over. When shootaround ended, I went into the team huddle.
Afterwards, the head coach told me that I did not need to come to the
arena tonight, or travel to Orlando.

In my entire career, even
the doctors haven’t been able to tell me not to play. I’ve played
through injury and illness. I think everyone knows how much I love
being out on the court, competing and winning. That’s why it was so
disheartening to be told that I couldn’t play, knowing that I was
ready. It hurt even more to be told not to come at all.

This season has been very
frustrating for everyone. We’ve lost 12 of 14 games and nothing seems
to be working. I have expressed my frustration to my teammates,
however, I have continued to give 100 percent night in and night out.
Apparently, it hasn’t been enough to help our team win. As hard as it
is to admit, a change may be the best thing for everyone. I hate
admitting that because I love the guys on the team and the city of
I truly wanted to retire a 76er.

I appreciate that in my 11 years in Philadelphia, the fans have always stood by me, supported me, and gone to bat for me.

Sixers owner Ed Snider had this to say about Iverson's wish to be traded:

I think it's time to move on.  We'll try to accommodate him.

Iverson won't travel with the team to Orlando tomorrow.

More news on A.I.
>>Snider says it's time for Iverson to go [Inquirer]
>>Iverson's days appear numbered in Philly [NYTimes]
>>76ers send Iverson home against Washington [Sports Illustrated]

Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4

Associated Press

Instant Replay: Coyotes 5, Flyers 4


Two bizarre goals less than two minutes apart ruined a special night for the Flyers on Thursday at Wells Fargo Center.
Martin Hanzal scored a tie-breaking goal simultaneously while teammate Jakob Chychrun was being pounded in a fight with Brayden Schenn during a 2-2 game.
Then, rookie defenseman Ivan Provorov tackled Brad Richardson, who fell into goalie Steve Mason for a shorthanded goal that counted after review for interference.
That’s one way of losing as hockey game, 5-4.
Notable goals
Brandon Manning, who has been outstanding on both sides of the puck, tried an ill-advised clearing pass up the high slot and it was picked off by pinching defenseman Oliver Edkman-Larsson for a quick turnaround shot to make it a 2-0 lead.
Goalie report
A huge save on Anthony Duclair in the first period by Mason after a turnover from Andrew MacDonald. Mason didn’t look great on the fifth goal. Rushes to the net were a problem in front of him.
Power play
The Flyers scored three against Buffalo. In this one, they had five scattered shots over their first three power plays. That's not going to get it done. But they did get it done on their fifth power play with Schenn diving with his stick extended hit the ice as he tipped Shayne Gostisbehere’s point shot home to tie the game, 2-2. The Flyers were 2 for 8 on the power play.
Power-play points
Claude Giroux leads with six overall.
Penalty kill
There was no Boyd Gordon in this one to take PK draws. That went to Pierre-Edouard Bellemare. Roman Lyubimov had a nice shorthanded move for a possible scoring chance but couldn’t complete it.
Big hit
You've got to like Sean Couturier upending Duclair during the opening minutes of play along the left boards. Duclair later had a fine assist on Jamie McGinn’s goal that gave the 'Yotes a 1-0 lead.
Ryan White had a goal that made it 5-3 late in the game.
Third line
The new third line with Nick Cousins centering Schenn and Dale Weise scored in the second period. All three picked up a point with Cousins banging home the Schenn rebound to make it a 2-1 game.
Chychrun lost to Schenn, who had sent Michael Stone to the boards hard with a legal shoulder check. Stone still assisted on Hanzal's goal that began the madness that saw Arizona get two quickies.
Injured: Forwards Scott Laughton (knee) and Michael Raffl (abdominal pull), defenseman Michael Del Zotto (knee). Healthy: forward Gordon and defenseman Nick Schultz.
Up next
The Flyers will practice Friday at Skate Zone in Voorhees, N.J., and host the defending Stanley Cup champion Pittsburgh Penguins on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center.

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

Report: Sixers exec Jason Wiley led meeting on national anthem issue

The Sixers' meeting on Thursday to address the national anthem situation on opening night was led by VP of Content and Integrated Marketing Jason Wiley, John Gonzalez reported.

Wiley and team executives decided not to have Sevyn Streeter perform the national anthem because she wore a "We Matter" shirt, according to the report. The team had concerns Streeter would have further protests. 

A member of the Sixers' dance team performed in her place.

Wiley helped book Streeter, according to the report, and had previously worked for Bad Boy Records and had music industry contacts.

CBS3 reported Thursday that Streeter had signed a contract that barred her from making a political statement during the performance (see story).

The Sixers discussed the incident and are considering options on how to address it (see story).

“I think the team, not only do we want to speak up on the matter that happened yesterday, but I feel like we’re now starting to push, like it’s not just about saying something, it’s about making a difference,” Nik Stauskas said. “It’s about going out there and doing something. So we don’t really know what we’re going to do yet, but I know a lot of guys on this team are eager to go out there and make a difference one way or another.”