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Steve Mix has a really fun job but with a questionable team

Steve Mix has a really fun job but with a questionable team

When I think of Philadelphia 76ers television broadcasters throughout the years there are two names that pop into my head. The first is obviously current voice of the team, Marc Zumoff. The second is the guy I remember hearing as a kid, Zumoff's former partner Steve Mix.

Mix's name often comes up when discussing Sixers' telecasts with fans who have been watching this team for decades, but other than that you don't hear a lot about him.

Until now. The New York Post caught up with Mix in the strangest of places. He's an usher for the New York Mets down in spring training.

Mix and his wife moved to the Vero Beach area recently and he was looking for something to do to keep busy. Taking tickets at a baseball game turned out to be a great fit. Not only does he get to interact with fans who occasionally recognize him but he also gets to be the resident hoops head.

From Kevin Kernan:

J.P. Ricciardi, special assistant to general manager Sandy Alderson, knows basketball, too, coaching the sport at Holy Name High School in Worcester, Mass., for 11 years and going to three state finals. One day he was going to his seat, saw the tall guy named Steve Mix and put two and two together.

"At first I said, 'That guy is really big to be an usher.' And then I was talking to him and I see the name Steve Mix and I say, 'How many Steve Mix can their be?' What a great guy, a humble guy," Ricciardi said. "It made my spring. I've been talking hoops with him the whole time. I've seen him help a lot of elderly people, too, he's really compassionate.'"

There's an anecdote about Dr. J. in the piece that is worth a read as well. The Doc called Mix "Sky" but not for the reason you'd think.

Sixers, NBA players and more react to Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade

Sixers, NBA players 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.

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

Rating the Rumor: Should Eagles trade for LeSean McCoy?

Rating the Rumor: Should Eagles trade for LeSean McCoy?

Given the Bills’ apparent willingness to trade talent for draft picks, is an Eagles reunion with running back LeSean McCoy a possibility?

Such speculation is quickly becoming the talk of the town, despite the absence of any credible reports the Bills are shopping McCoy – or the Eagles are asking. Then again, it isn’t difficult to connect the dots on this rumor.

Recent moves suggest the Bills are already waving the white flag on 2017. Buffalo sent wide receiver Sammy Watkins to the Rams and cornerback Ronald Darby to the Eagles last week, and while those swaps brought back players as well, the keys to those deals were the picks. The Bills obtained cornerback E.J. Gaines and a second-round choice for Watkins, and wide receiver Jordan Matthews and a third-round selection for Darby.

Buffalo has clearly entered rebuilding mode, and would no doubt listen to offers for anybody and anything that’s not nailed down. That includes McCoy, who doesn’t sound too thrilled anyway about spending the end of his prime with a team that’s borderline tanking.

Meanwhile, the Eagles’ running back situation is far from settled. We touched on that in some detail. In summary, LeGarrette Blount’s preseason exposed his shortcomings, Wendell Smallwood has yet to play in an exhibition game this summer, and Darren Sproles isn’t an every-down back. Though it certainly could all work out, right now, there’s cause for concern.

McCoy would alleviate those concerns in an instant. The five-time Pro Bowl selection is coming off a season in which he rushed for 1,267 yards and 13 touchdowns, so he can still ball. There’s no question as to fit, either – McCoy became the Eagles’ all-time leading rusher in 2014, largely in an offensive scheme almost identical to that under current coach Doug Pederson.

In fact, McCoy never wanted to leave the Eagles in the first place. He was traded to Buffalo by the previous regime. It’s likely he would welcome the opportunity to come back and play for a team with the likes of Alshon Jeffery and Carson Wentz.

Here comes the downside.

Would the Eagles be as quick to welcome McCoy back? He’s 29 years old, and though he’s shown no signs of slowing down, decline is right around the corner. And what do the Eagles have to trade for an aging running back? The club has already dealt its second- and third-round picks in 2018 in the Wentz and Darby deals, respectively. Will they dip into their stash of 2019 choices, or send a No. 1?

McCoy won’t come cheap, either. The Bills would have to eat nearly $8 million in bonus money in a trade, for starters. And if they were able to swing a third-round pick for Darby with two years left on his contract, and a second for Watkins with one year left, what can they leverage for one of the top five backs in the NFL with three years remaining on his deal? For all we know, it might take a No. 1.

The Bills might be rebuilding, but they certainly aren’t giving these guys away.

There’s no question McCoy can be had for a price. And even if a platoon with Blount, Smallwood and Sproles works out just fine, McCoy would be better.

But at what cost? Probably not one the Eagles are willing to pay. Not with McCoy’s 30th birthday approaching next year. Not with the stock of draft picks already depleted. Not with so many options already on the roster.

McCoy rumors are good fodder for talk radio and blogs. A trade would improve the Eagles’ outlook tremendously for 2017, and possibly beyond. As far as practicality is concerned, however, such a thought is probably more fantasy than reality.

Rating: We can dream…