How's That Iverson Deal Looking From Denver?

How's That Iverson Deal Looking From Denver?

Remember what the media was saying when Ed Snider made it known that Allen Iverson would in fact be traded from the Philadelphia 76ers?  Let's take a look at what the Sports Guy had to say before the deal went down.

First, as soon as this trade happens, Iverson will play out of his mind
coming out of the gate, followed by a series of stories and features
from his new teammates saying things like "I can't believe how good
this guy is" and "He's completely transformed this team, we think we
have a chance to win every night now," followed by the Sixers fans
flipping out and demanding King's departure. I wish there was a way to
wager on this scenario in Vegas. I can't believe softer contenders like
the Magic, Nets or even the Mavs have underestimated the undeniable
force of his personality, the potential of his crunch-time scoring if
there were other scoring threats on the court, or even the fury he'll
unleash on a new team. He will practically KILL HIMSELF trying to haunt
the Sixers over the next three season. Mark my words.


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They have been marked, Mr. Simmons, and linked to, but one thing they have not been were accurate.  I'll admit that there was no way I would have thought things would be going so poorly in Denver and so much better in Philadelphia.  Let's take a look at the two teams.

The Sixers have won four straight including last night's win against the Nets in which they came from being down 17 to win.  The departure of Iverson has allowed every single Sixer to get in on the action.  Iggy has become a legit star.  Korver has become one of the league's best sixth men.  Andre Miller and Joe Smith have showed that the Sixers didn't just get draft picks in return.  Willie Green has shown flashes of excellence we hoped for years ago before his nasty injury.  Louis Williams has even seen the floor and shown promise.

These are not Allen Iverson's Sixers.

I'd also like to make the case for Mo Cheeks.  If Mo doesn't get a chance to help this team grow, Sixers fans should be livid.  In the wake of Iverson, the Sixers are finally a "team" and Mo deserves the chance to lead the way.  If Larry Brown gets anywhere near the court, I'll be pissed.  Brown left for Detroit just when things started to go south.  Now, when things are finally moving in the right direction, he doesn't deserve the opportunity to coach the Sixers.  Plus, we all know he wouldn't last longer than a season or three.  This should be Mo's team for years to come.

Now what happened to Iverson and the Nuggets?  They're currently fighting for the final spot in the Western playoffs.  Sixers fans should be watching the scoreboard every night Denver plays in hopes of a Nuggets loss.  The way the Sixers keep winning, they may need the Nuggets to get some balls in the lottery as well.

Allen Iverson's trade out of Philadelphia has some similarity to Bobby Abreu's departure from the Phillies last season, classic Ewing Theory in action.  The main difference though, the Sixers got impact players and draft picks in return.  Billy King isn't looking as bad as we all think he is.

The Sixers have won four straight games.  They may be playing themselves out of the Oden/Durant sweepstakes, but they're building an attitude of hard work to the Wachovia Center.  The answer for Philadelphia seems to be having a balanced team.  The Answer for Denver has yet to show itself.

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

Nerlens Noel on Sixers' frontcourt logjam: 'I don't see a way it can work'

CAMDEN, N.J. — Nerlens Noel is standing his ground.

After saying that the Sixers' entering the season with three starting-caliber centers (himself, Jahlil Okafor, Joel Embiid) "doesn't make sense," Noel didn't back down from his stance during the team's annual media day.  

"I don't see a way it can work," Noel said Monday. "It's just a logjam. You have three young, talented centers that can play 30-plus minutes a night." 

The Sixers attempted to play with two bigs in Noel and Okafor last season but had little success. Now that Embiid is finally healthy, the fit to the puzzle doesn't figure to get any better.

Reports swirled during the offseason that the Sixers were looking to trade either Noel or Okafor to add backcourt help to the woeful franchise, but nothing came to fruition.

"Things need to get situated," Noel said. "I think things obviously need to be moved around, someone needs to be moved around. It's just a tough situation. I can't really say too much because I have no say in the matter, so obviously that's for who can handle the situation in the right manner.

"I've gone through a whole lot. Probably the most, arguably, that any player has gone through in the NBA in losing. It's a tough situation to still be in. Year by year, to see things get more difficult to show your value. Year by year, it's always been something. It's really at a point where it's just a lot."

Bryan Colangelo said he understands Noel's viewpoint. However, the Sixers' president said he is in no rush to trade any of the centers and will wait the situation out.

"It’s not disappointing. It’s understandable," Colangelo said. "I think Nerlens actually did a pretty good job sizing up what we have, which is a lot of depth and a lot of talent at that position."

Despite each of the three centers being early in their career, Noel, who is in the final year of his rookie contract, doesn't want to hold off to see if the trio can actually mesh on the floor.

"I can't say I do really understand that (wait-and-see approach)," Noel said. "If you have a group of players, I just don't think it makes too much sense to just still come into the season with such a heavy lineup at the center position. I don't know what there is to wait and see."

Noel made sure to express that he has no issues with Okafor and Embiid and said they are some of his closest friends on the team. But when asked whether he was happy to be a Sixer, Noel deflected.

"I feel good," he said. "I'm all right, I'm in a good place right now."

Sure sounds like it.

Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

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Darren Sproles' TD from Wentz set to Sonic the Hedgehog music

You may fondly remember the time Darren Sproles took a punt return to the house last season and a wonderful Twitter user set the video to the Super Mario Bros.' star music, yes?

It was great.

Now that Sproles' put on the jets again yesterday in the Eagles win over the Steelers, the same @pacdude on Twitter has done it again.

This time it's the theme music from Sonic the Hedgehog 2. Please enjoy.