If you are looking for Sixers info, we’re here to help. A little.
Sixers CEO Adam Aron swung on by CSNPhilly.com for the Lunch Break segment and let out a few details. Like if you were a better man you might bet on Jan. 6 being the first Philly home game (which is tough, the Sixers spend the first couple weeks of the season on the road). If you’re looking for free agent insights, this may not be the video for you.
Aron also talks about the mascots. We’ll let you make your own decisions on those. We don’t want to color your opinion.
If you are a general manager looking for a guy to gamble on in this free agency period, Thaddeus Young might be the call.
He is 22, can play either forward spot, is an athletic slasher with the ball and can finish around the rim, last season showed more mature selection, plus he can defend. He took a step forward last year as the Philadelphia sixth man and he was one reason they made the playoffs. There’s reasons PBT had him No. 5 on our top free agents list, even though he is restricted.
The Sixers extended a $3.9 million qualifying offer to Young and can match any offer that comes in for him. But they are worried about keeping him, tweets Chris Mannix of Sports Illustrated.
Hearing the Sixers are very nervous about someone swooping in with a big offer for Thaddeus Young. Young’s stock soared last season.
The Sixers are just under the salary cap right now at $54 million, so they have some room to match an offer to Young, they will not go that far to do it. He’s a guy the Sixers want back but they have other priorities.
Young has said he wants to stay with the Sixers, but if a big offer rolls in….
This is a guy to watch — some team with cap space and in need of a forward may well make a run at him. And it would be a smart risk.
We brought the story last month of how Julius Erving was having some financial challenges due to some failed investments, and on an unrelated note happened to be having a lot of his memorabilia auctioned off. “Unrelated” is the official story, choose to believe what seems logical to you.
Turns out there is a real demand for Dr. J memorabilia — the auction raised $3.5 million, reports the Philly News (via Ball Don’t Lie). The biggest price paid: $460,471 for Erving’s 1974 New York Nets ABA championship ring.
But what also was impressive was who was doing the buying. There was this tweet from Sixers CEO Adam Aron:
Good. Dr. J needed some help and the Sixers and its fans stepped up and helped (and got some merchandise in the process). Everybody wins. So kind of the opposite of the lockout. We could use some stories like that.
Hip Hop is dead.
The 76ers anthropomorphized rabbit mascot named Hip Hop who came on the scene in the Allen Iverson era to the thrill of nobody has gone the way of the Dodo bird.
The new owners of the 76ers surveyed their season ticket holders and were looking for ways to improve the game-night experience. (One might suggest the best way to do that right now is to have games.) What fans wanted was the rabbit mascot to disappear, like Jimmy Hoffa.
And so it is done, according to the Philadelphia Daily News. But don’t think that the 76ers will be without a mascot.
To spare the sensibilities of the one or two children who weren’t scared to death by the rabbit, the team will say that Hip Hop fell in love, married and moved away to start a family. Apparently, it either was that or announce that they were going to boil him in a pot on a really big stove in a remake of “Fatal Attraction”….
The task of coming up with a replacement for Hip Hop will fall to two firms specializing in the business. One is Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, which began as the workshop of the late creator of the Muppets. The other is Raymond Entertainment Group, whose founder is Dave Raymond, the original Phillie Phanatic.
Do the 76ers really need a mascot? Well, as long as it isn’t an anthropomorphized cheese steak, we’ll give it a chance.
There are times I feel like we are going a little Fox Mulder with the lockout, trying to find signs that it is about to end where no such sign exists.
And then there are things that just hit you over the head.
Like the emails sent to employees of the Nets and 76ers, as reported at Deadspin.
The New Jersey Nets ticket sales office, idle for most of the fall, is holding a series of hastily called meetings today under the theme “Be Ready.” One staffer tells us that a department-wide email has been circulated, instructing employees that “it’s time to get back to work.” The short-staffed 76ers’ team office has been told that Monday will be “all hands on deck,” as per orders from the league.
Yes, these kind of letters have gone out from several teams earlier in the lockout, trying to keep employees on their toes. Yes, there are still big issues to be solved — BRI and luxury tax issues. Yes, one should never underestimate the power of Dan Gilbert to screw a good thing up.
That said, I think pretty soon we will be talking basketball, not lockout. Which would be a nice change of pace.