Author: Brett Pollakoff


Sixers officially unveil new uniforms (PHOTOS)


The Sixers officially unveiled new home, road and alternate uniforms, and the combination of subtlety and a nod to the past makes for a winning combination.

“While we continue to look toward the future, our focus in updating our on-court identity was to incorporate distinct design elements made famous over three eras by the legendary players who have proudly represented this franchise and our city,” said Sixers Chief Marketing and Innovation Officer Tim McDermott in the team’s official release. “Our new uniforms symbolize a new chapter for our franchise while providing a bold look for the next generation of Sixers.”

Design features of the new uniforms include:

TRADITIONAL TEXT – “PHILA” is boldly emblazoned across the chest of the home and road jerseys, a feature that reflects the proud, rich tradition of Philadelphia basketball and is directly linked to the iconic design worn by Chamberlain’s 1966-67 NBA Championship team. The alternate red uniforms are reminiscent of the garments Erving and his NBA Champion teammates made famous in 1982-83 with “SIXERS” centered on the chest.

STARS & STRIPES SIDING – All three uniforms are decorated with a column of patriotic stars down each side of the jersey bordered by variations of red, white and blue piping extending into the matching uniform shorts. There are seven stars on one side and six on the other, a nod to the “76ers” moniker and collective homage to the starry 1976-77 uniforms designed in part by Cunningham.

“PHILA TOUGH” – Each uniform shares a subtle but significant feature on the waist-level hem of the jersey. The phrase “PHILA TOUGH,” which serves as an inspirational symbol of the gritty, passionate demeanor rooted in the Sixers’ fan base, is stitched upside down, situated to be legible to Sixers players as they tuck in their jerseys.

NOSTALGIC NECKLINE – A classic v-neck cut with variant red, white and blue striping accompanied by matching sleeve linings present in all three jerseys is also inspired by the look donned by the 1982-83 NBA Champion Philadelphia 76ers. The gold tag on the back collar of each jersey acknowledges the three championship titles in Sixers history.

LOGO LOCALE – All variations of the Sixers uniform shorts are branded with the team’s partial primary logo on the leg and a circular ring of 13 stars—another team partial logo—central to the waistband.

Here are a few photos of each iteration; there are plenty more available over at While it may take a little while for these to sink in, it’s immediately clear that they’re far better than whatever it was that was concocted by the Clippers.





Report: D’Angelo Russell ‘killed it’ in workout for Sixers

D'Angelo Russell, Rondae Hollis-Jefferson

The Sixers hold the third overall pick in the June 25 NBA Draft, and with most projecting Karl-Anthony Towns and Jahlil Okafor to go (in some order) with the first two picks, just about every mock draft you can find has D’Angelo Russell penciled in at No. 3.

Russell cancelled a recent workout with Philadelphia, and though the reported reason was illness, it caused some to speculate whether or not he may know something in terms of possibly being selected with one of those first two picks.

As it turned out, that wasn’t the case. Russell rescheduled his workout, and reportedly was very impressed with himself once the meeting in Philadelphia was finished.

From Keith Pompey of

Russell arrived on Tuesday afternoon and had dinner with general manager Sam Hinkie. Then he spent Wednesday at the Sixers’ practice facility at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The point guard worked out for the team and had a lengthy meeting with coach Brett Brown. …

“He said he killed it,” the source said of the workout. “He was talking about how excited he was about Philly.” …

Russell’s workout came one day after the Sixers worked out point guard Emmanuel Mudiay. Although the team was impressed with Mudiay, the Sixers would love to draft Russell if he’s still available at pick No. 3.

The Sixers are loaded with bigs, although a recent setback with Joel Embiid could make going with someone like Kristaps Porzingis a reasonable option.

But after bailing on a reigning Rookie of the Year in Michael Carter-Williams at the trade deadline, the Sixers do need to find their point guard of the future. By most accounts, and following a stellar pre-draft workout, Russell could very well be their guy.

Cavaliers GM expects LeBron James and Kevin Love to both opt out, become free agents, stay with Cavs


The Cavaliers exceeded expectations this year, especially once both Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving were lost at different points in the playoffs with season-ending injuries.

Theoretically, if the team had remained fully healthy, there’s no telling how things may have played out. There’s hope in Cleveland to see about that next year, but there’s a lot of uncertainty with regard to the future of the roster.

LeBron James and Kevin Love have player options for next season, and can both choose to become unrestricted free agents. Cavaliers GM David Griffin says he expects them to do exactly that — before ultimately re-signing.

From Jason Lloyd of

Griffin said Thursday he expects both James and Kevin Love to become free agents later this month and expects both to return next season. Tristan Thompson, Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova will receive qualifying offers, making them restricted free agents that will allow the Cavs to match any offers they receive in free agency. Griffin would like to keep all three, essentially maintaining the core of a team that won 53 games and advanced to the Finals for the second time in team history.

“We very much intend to keep this group together,” Griffin said. “You look at that as a group that has the potential to be special, special good.”

The most likely outcome for James is for him to opt out to get a raise of a few million dollars for next season on a max deal under the increased salary cap, while once again keeping a player option on a deal for the following season. This type of structure will continue to give James a maximum amount of earning potential, while keeping the pressure on the Cavaliers franchise to continue to make improvements to the roster at the very same time.

Things are far less clear where Love is concerned. He could structure his next contract in similar fashion, and that may make the most sense. But if he were to want to lock down some financial security for the future with something approaching a five-year contract worth the max, the franchise would have a difficult decision on its hands.

There are role-players like J.R. Smith who will more than likely opt out as well, and there are restricted free agents Iman Shumpert and Matthew Dellavedova who the Cavaliers have the right to retain, but may choose not to if the market dictates a higher-than-expected value for their services.

There’s work to be done with this Cavaliers roster, in order to bulletproof it for the rigors of next season. It all starts with LeBron and Love, however, and how they choose to structure their next deals will be extremely interesting to watch.

Tony Parker on Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili: ‘I think they’re both going to play one more year’

2014 NBA Finals - Game Five

It gets lost after the Spurs lost a hard-fought first-round playoff matchup to the Clippers in seven games, especially when taking in all that’s happened in the NBA since San Antonio was eliminated back on May 2.

But make no mistake — the Spurs were legitimate title contenders.

San Antonio finished the regular season winning 21 of its last 25 games, and its numbers on both ends of the floor during that stretch were better than those of the eventual champion Warriors.

So, despite the less-than-satisfying finish, one could reasonably assume that the Spurs would be every bit as formidable next year, should the team’s key players return to the roster.

From Mike Monroe of the San Antonio Express-News:

Spurs point guard Tony Parker has played all but one of his 14 seasons alongside Tim Duncan and Manu Ginobili as part of the team’s Big Three and can’t imagine playing without them.

The youngest member of the championship-winning trio that ranks as the most successful in NBA history, Parker, 33, believes the three will be together at least one more season.

“I think they’re both going to play one more year,” Parker told the Express-News on Wednesday. …

Parker admits his opinion about keeping the trio intact next season is a bit of wishful thinking.

“I’m trying to be positive,” he said with a chuckle after an appearance at his annual basketball camp at George Gervin Academy.

It’s clear that no decision has yet been made, and that Parker is (at least publicly) merely being speculative.

Duncan and Ginobili are both unrestricted free agents this summer, and retirement for each remains a real option. Ginobili most recently seemed to indicate that if Duncan decides to return, then he will, too. If that’s indeed the case, that could be good news for Parker and the rest of the Spurs, considering there’s a buzz around the league that San Antonio expects Duncan to be back.

New Nuggets head coach Mike Malone: Changes to the roster are coming

Denver Nuggets intorduce new coach Michael Malone

Michael Malone was hired as head coach of the Nuggets on Monday, and was confident and a bit bold when speaking to the media in Denver at his introductory press conference on Tuesday.

Malone wanted to make it clear that he wasn’t married to one particular style of play, before making it known that he expects changes to be made to the roster this summer.

From Chris Dempsey of the Denver Post:

“I have coached 106 games as a head coach. Don’t paint me, and don’t put me in a hole by saying this is who you are. I played to the strength of our roster, and we were efficient.” …

Malone talked about wanting players that hated to lose and that would be committed to conditioning themselves to be able to defend and run the way he expects for 48 minutes. He also said he didn’t expect the roster now to be the one that opens the season.

“The roster we have today will not be the roster we have in training camp,” was Malone’s exact quote on the matter, and it’s easy to see that as a message to both Ty Lawson and Kenneth Faried, each of whom has displayed maturity issues in the recent past.

There’s the possibility that one or both could be traded, but their value is relatively low at this point. If they are indeed as disgruntled as has been previously reported, however, it might be worth it for the health of the organization to send them out of town, in order to create a clean slate to give Malone a fresh place to start.