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October 31, 2014 Updates
October 30, 2014 Updates

An organizational reliance on analytics is something that especially drew Brown's ire. "I hate what's going on in Philly," Brown told the Philadelphia Inquirer on Wednesday. "They don't have a basketball person in the organization. It makes me sick to my stomach. "These analytics, they don't mean squat to me. Throw it up against the wall and see if it sticks. To say that these analytics guys have the answer is crazy. It doesn't apply to basketball. Everybody uses the data you get, but that's what coaching is. Maybe it will work, I don't know. But it's a shame what those fans are going through waiting to see if it will." Newark Star-Ledger

"Can you imagine telling Allen Iverson that this is a rebuilding season so we're going to be bad on purpose?" Brown asked. "I love [Nerlens] Noel, I love Joel [Embiid]. But you can't put that stuff into them. Again, it boggles my mind. I understand you have to get assets to get better. You get assets by developing young players, draft picks, and moving contracts. But how much teaching is going on? "What they are doing to that city to me is mind-boggling. That's the greatest basketball city in the world with its fans and you want them to sit back and watch you lose." Newark Star-Ledger

October 29, 2014 Updates

That carte blanche to construct a team as he saw fit, with an eye for elevating the Sixers to a place among the NBA's elite for a generation, ultimately persuaded Hinkie to take Harris and Blitzer up on their job offer. They'd gone all in on the myth of Andrew Bynum's greatness and been burned, and Hinkie's vision held substantial and familiar appeal to an ownership group whose fortune was made over time in the private-equity market. It was the difference between the lifetime benefits of a healthy diet and the immediate pleasure of a sugar rush. "The more I would talk to people about things I saw, those people would say, 'A lot of the building blocks are in place,' " Hinkie said. "You have a city steeped in basketball tradition, a big market, an ownership group committed to winning at the highest level, an ownership group that's smart and patient and willing to make investments over the long term and all the things that have been proven to drive success. . . . Owners aren't everything, but they're the first thing, and in some ways they're the most important thing." Philadelphia Inquirer

October 28, 2014 Updates

Malcolm Thomas was set to leave on Tuesday to play basketball in China. The 25-year-old had an offer to play in the country’s professional league, which begins next month. Then he received a phone call on Saturday morning from Brett Brown. The Sixers head coach told Thomas that there was a chance to play decent minutes on his young team. Thomas has played parts of three NBA seasons as a deep reserve. This, he said, was a chance he could not pass on. Philadelphia Inquirer

Instead of China, Thomas will fly Tuesday with the Sixers to Indianapolis in advance of Wednesday’s season-opener against the Pacers. Thomas arrived in Philadelphia on Sunday and signed with the team before Monday’s practice. “It’s a great feeling. It’s a really great feeling,” said Thomas. “I feel like I’ve been working on it this whole time. It just never happened. And now that it’s here I want to take full advantage.” Philadelphia Inquirer

The Sixers already scored their biggest win of the season when NBA owners failed to pass draft lottery reform last week. The team with the worst record will still have a 25 percent chance at getting the top pick and cannot drop lower than fourth. Hinkie isn't swayed even though his method has been nicknamed "Tankadelphia." "A lot of it is, where does your self-worth come from," Hinkie asked. "Do you need people every day telling you you're doing well? Do you need the masses every day telling you that they agree with you? Or do you have some higher purpose in mind?" Hinkie says he does. He's betting his career and the team's future that the Sixers can hit the championship jackpot with a bunch of winning lottery tickets. USA Today Sports

On Monday, the New York Knicks traded journeyman forward Travis Outlaw to the Philadelphia 76ers for little-used third-year big man Arnett Moultrie. Following the trade, the Sixers updated the roster page on their website to show a picture of their newest player. One problem: They posted the wrong guy. Rather than Travis Outlaw, they updated their roster to include a picture of Bo Outlaw, whom you may remember from the turn-of-the-century Orlando Magic. Bo Outlaw is 43 years old and retired from the NBA in 2008. NBCSports.com

October 27, 2014 Updates

Tom Moore: #NBA releases official rosters. Johnson, Davies and Sampson make it. Embiid, J-Rich and J Grant on inactive list. #Sixers Twitter @tmoore76ers

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SIXERS HISTORY

The 76ers have more MVPs than any other franchise outside of Lakers and Celtics, so the team's Top 50 is obviously stacked with talent.

   

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