Sixers, LeBron James and more react to Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade

Sixers, LeBron James and more react to Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade

The Eastern Conference was shaken up between powers on Tuesday night.

The end result: the Cavaliers and Celtics are still pretty darn good at the top.

Kyrie Irving got his wish as Cleveland traded the star guard to Boston for fellow star Isaiah Thomas, forward Jae Crowder, center Ante Zizic and a 2018 first-round draft pick (see story).

The Sixers play both squads four times during the 2017-18 regular season, so Brett Brown's young and up-and-coming team will be tested in seeing how it stacks up against the East's favorites (see story).

The blockbuster trade sure had Twitter abuzz. Here is some reaction from current and former Sixers, NBA players and media outlets.

Watch: Ben Simmons dominated some amateurs in Australia, barely tried and finished with 34 points

Watch: Ben Simmons dominated some amateurs in Australia, barely tried and finished with 34 points

Footage of Ben Simmons playing in a basketball game in Australia has been making the rounds and the Sixers rookie showed off some hops with a couple of nice dunks.

In addition to seeing Simmons looking healthy on the court making players attempting to guard him look foolish, one of the underrated aspects of the video is hearing Australian newscasters describe the game.

The game is described as a "social match" which seems to me like a glorified pickup game featuring a bunch of amateurs. Simmons clearly outclasses everyone on the court. It seems as if Simmons was simply filling in as a favor to a friend.

Here's how the DailyMail described Ben dominating:

From slam dunks to look-away passes and long range shots it was as if his opponents didn't exist as Simmons totaled 34 points.

'He didn't try until the last quarter and then scored like 15 in a row and dunked on two blokes... I've never seen anything like it,' one spectator told the Herald Sun.

You can enjoy two local newscasts talking about the big event below.

Union top fan experience in Philly while Eagles come in last, study says

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Union top fan experience in Philly while Eagles come in last, study says

Every Philly team has something unique and special about attending one of their games. And all fans have their own opinions so ranking them objectively is sure to prove challenging with results that will be disagreed with by many.

But J.D. Power attempted to rank the "fan experience" of Philadelphia's major sports teams using a set of objective criteria (see full study here).

Here's how they described the process:

Fan satisfaction is evaluated across seven factors (in order of importance): seating area and game experience; security and ushers; leaving the game; arriving at the game; food and beverage; ticket purchase; and souvenirs and merchandise. Satisfaction is measured on a 1,000-point scale. Additional factors that are measured but not included in the official ranking are loyalty and future intentions; team performance (on-field); and team image.

The Union scored highest of all the Philly teams while the Eagles came in last in our town.

If you ask me where the best time is had at a sporting event in Philly, I'm going with an Eagles game. But that's not really considering bang for your buck.

"This study is about finding out which teams are giving their fans the best experience for their dollar,” said Greg Truex, Senior Director, Sports Research at J.D. Power. 

And while the Sixers have been the worst team in the NBA for seasons now, they still make extra strides to provide a solid fan experience on the periphery. 

The Phillies came in second to the Union, followed by the Sixers with the Flyers and Birds rounding out the bottom.

Here are the key takeaways J.D. Power took for Philadelphia:

•  The Union rings the bell: The Union takes the top-scoring spot in the Philly market, aided by top performances in stadium arrival at the game, and seating area and game experience.

•  Another reason to boo: There was no road to victory for the E-A-G-L-E-S in this year’s study, whose score of 701 puts them in fifth. The next closest team in the Philadelphia market is the Flyers, which scores 51 points higher (752).

•  Trust the process: Despite years of tanking, the Sixers still score a respectable 759 points, proving it’s possible to provide fans with a good experience even in the face of on-court failures.