Posts Tagged ‘Philadelphia 76ers’

Allen Iverson takes over Sixers Twitter account

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Besides letting the players coach, yesterday the Sixers also brought back legendary guard Allen Iverson and gave him the controls to the team’s Twitter account to answer questions and interact with fans. Here are some of The Answer’s best answers…

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Sixers players take over playcalling duties

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s no surprise that NBA players sometimes call plays during games, but you don’t often see them grab the clipboard and draw up a play out of a timeout. But during last night’s season finale, the Sixers decided to get experimental. Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid, both out injured, each took a turn drawing up a play…

Embiid in particular seems to have really embraced this, changing his Twitter name to “Coach” Embiid and pointing out his play worked…

Sixers mascot pranks players

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The Philadelphia 76ers introduced a new mascot, Franklin, a few weeks ago, and alongside the regular furry version, they have an inflatable dog named Air Franklin. And what’s scarier than a huge inflatable dog coming to life and lunging at you? By the looks of this video, if you’re Nerlens Noel, pretty much nothing is scarier…


VIDEO: Air Franklin pranks

Happy Birthday Moses Malone

Houston Rockets vs. Milwaukee Bucks

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Welcome to a new occasionally recurring feature here on All Ball, in which we celebrate the birthday of an NBA great by delving into the highlight vaults. And today we recognize one of the greatest centers in NBA history, Moses Malone.

Born in Petersburg, Virginia, Malone committed to play college ball at the University of Maryland, but instead was drafted by the ABA’s Utah Stars and went directly from high school to the professional ranks.Two seasons later, the ABA and NBA merged and Moses joined the NBA. Malone spent his initial NBA seasons with the Houston Rockets, where he showed his ability to rebound and score in the paint. After winning three MVP awards in six seasons in Houston, the Rockets traded him to Philadelphia, where he teamed with Dr. J and won the 1983 NBA title. Malone later became something of a journeyman, playing for Washington, Atlanta, Milwaukee and San Antonio. He retired in 1995 with 16,212 NBA rebounds, good for fifth all-time. Malone was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2001.

To celebrate Moses’s big day, let’s go the videos…

VIDEO: Game Changers: Moses Malone


VIDEO: Moses with Red


VIDEO: Moses Nike ad

Catching up with Allen Iverson

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — At this point, it’s been five years since Allen Iverson last played in the NBA. The Sixers retired his number a year ago, and since then Iverson has mostly kept a low profile. But this week the Sixers sat down with Iverson and talked about everything from shoes to life on the road to the biggest trash talker he ever played against.


VIDEO: Catching up with Iverson

It’s never sunny in Philadelphia

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — It’s been a frigid winter the last few months here in the Northeast — snow, sleet, and frigid temperatures. I’m in New York City, and it’s been so rough that I’ve tried my best to stay indoors as much as possible, sitting here blogging in front of the heater.

But apparently there are some places where even being inside doesn’t help. The Philadelphia 76ers play in the Wells Fargo Center, and from the looks of things, it’s cold in that arena.

Last week, the Indiana Pacers had a shootaround in Philly where they were, apparently, freezing…

Then, last night, it was apparently cold enough that even while sitting on the bench, Toronto’s Patrick Patterson had to break out the gloves…

Someone needs to invite the Heat to town…

Throwback Thursday: Barkley Reaches Milestone


VIDEO: NBA90s: Charles Barkley

Welcome to Throwback Thursday here on the All Ball Blog. Each week, we’ll delve into the NBA’s photo archives and uncover a topic and some great images from way back when. Hit us up here if you have suggestions for a future TBT on All Ball. Suggestions are always welcome!

Today’s Topic: Barkley Reaches 10,000-Rebound, 20,000-Point Club

On this date in 1996, Charles Barkley pulled down his 10,000th rebound to become at the time just the 10th player in NBA history to record 10,000 rebounds and 20,000 points. There are now 16 players who have accomplished this milestone, with Kevin Garnett and Tim Duncan joining the club in recent years. With his 4,215 career assists, Barkley joins Garnett, Wilt ChamberlainKareem Abdul-Jabbar and Karl Malone as the only players to accumulate 20,000-plus points, 10,000-plus rebounds and 4,000-plus assists in a career.

This Throwback Thursday, we honor “Sir” Charles Barkley’s Hall-of-Fame career.


Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Charles Barkley

What’s your favorite Charles Barkley moment? Leave your comments below

Cavs unveil an on-court arcade

By Jeff Case

Video games and basketball are pretty closely intertwined these days, what with all the excitement that bubbles up with the latest version of NBA 2K and the trash talk it inspires among fans and NBA players, too.

A select number of NBA teams, too, have taken to unveiling and using fancy on-court pregame introductions. The Cleveland Cavaliers were one of the first to do it and the Philadelphia 76ers, Sacramento Kings and Atlanta Hawks have done it, too.

So with those two ideas in mind, the Cavs combined them (sorta) by allowing fans to “play” a video game on the Quicken Loans Arena court during timeouts. Check it out …


VIDEO: Cavs on-court video game

Philadelphia 76ers unveil new mascot

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — The last time the Philadelphia 76ers had a mascot was in 2011, when they were represented by an athletic rabbit named Hip Hop. The Sixers then began rebuilding their organization from the top-down, and part of that project included setting Hip Hop free in a field somewhere.

But today, after a few years of going mascot-less, the Sixers have found a new representative. Their new mascot is Franklin, a dog with a name that hearkens to Ben Franklin, and one of Philly’s most famous residents.

Today, we met Franklin…

And it didn’t take Franklin long to call out noted mascot scourge Robin Lopez

Sixers rookie finds out being a rookie can be no fun

ALL BALL NERVE CENTER — Philadelphia 76ers rookie JaKarr Sampson is averaging 3.6 ppg and 1.7 rpg in 36 games this season. But the key part of that sentence is the word “rookie.” Because being a rookie in the NBA can require all sorts of dirty duties: picking up doughnuts and coffee, carrying luggage, having to wear a goofy outfit on a road trip.

Or, as Sampson found out today, maybe you walk out of practice and find your car completely wrapped in aluminum fool. More like aluminum foul…