Is Brandon Ingram or Ben Simmons the Key Piece to the Sixers Puzzle?

Posted in Blogroll on May 24th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Owning the No.1 pick, the 76ers have the burden of choosing between Duke’s Brandon Ingram or LSU’s Ben Simmons.

In 2014, former Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie set out to change the fortunes of the one of the NBA’s great franchises through an unconventional method. The “Tanking” process was adopted to put the 76ers in the best position to draft Kansas freshman standout Andrew Wiggins. After failing to land the top pick needed to acquire the talented swingman, the 76ers ended up drafting his teammate, center Joel Embiid with the third overall pick. Embiid has yet to play in an NBA game due to a nagging injury to his right foot. Last season, the team once again landed the third overall pick and selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor. Okafor was selected largely in part because of the uncertainty of Embiid’s basketball future.

The third time was a charm as the 76ers won the NBA Draft Lottery for the first time in 20 seasons (Allen Iverson). Mysterously, Hinkie, the mastermind behind “The Plan” resigned in April. The team’s new GM Brian Colangelo now has the task of finishing what Hinkie started. It begins with the selection of scoring swing man Brandon Ingram, the multi-faceted Ben Simmons or (GULP) trading the pick.

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Barry Bonds: The Prize Catch of the Miami Marlins

Posted in Blogroll on May 17th, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Barry Bonds’ return to baseball has produced a smile we haven’t seen in years.

Nine seasons ago, Barry Bonds walked away from baseball with more questions attached to his name than answers. Allegations of using Performance Enhancing Drugs, the threat of jail time stemming from perjury and obstruction of justice charges clung to him like a five-game hitting slump. Bonds ultimately drew a walk on both, but when it comes to his Hall of Fame induction in Cooperstown, the greatest player of the last four decades may strike out looking.

Just when many had become used to not seeing Barry Bonds around, he appears reincarnate as a hitting coach for the Miami Marlins. Ushered in by new skipper Don Mattingly, Bonds is looking to pass along invaluable knowledge to a young roster, most importantly to a talented star rightfielder named Giancarlo Stanton.

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Who is Ben Simmons?

Posted in Blogroll on May 3rd, 2016 by Ron Glover

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Did Ben Simmons place his game on cruise control at LSU only to go full throttle in the NBA? 

Throughout the 2015-16 college basketball season, LSU Tigers freshman forward Ben Simmons served out mouth-watering appetizers from his smorgasbord of talents. Even in the delight of watching the 6’10” phenom’s array of skills, we’re left wondering why the more-than-likely first pick in June’s NBA Draft didn’t force feed more of his showmanship upon us.

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