Giving Thanks (Chet’s Take, 11-22-17)

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As I write this, it’s Thanksgiving Eve, so it’s a good time to send out a few thank yous! First of all, thank you, Rhys Hoskins … for turning a largely forgettable Phillies season into a reason to watch in August and September. Thank you, Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid … for giving us signs that our four-year trust in …

WELCOME TO THE FUTURE (CHET’S TAKE, 10-24-17)

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Different sports, sure, but Monday night’s Eagles-Redskins game at a raucous, sold-out Lincoln Financial Field and the 76ers-Pistons game at a half-empty Little Caesars Arena may have marked real turning points for the two storied Philadelphia franchises. How so? Well… Not only did the Birds’ 34-24 victory over the divisional-rival Redskins help Doug Pederson’s squad open up a 2 ½ …

HOW WILL THESE SIXERS DO? (CHET’S TAKE, 10/18/17)

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The start of a new season almost always begins with hope, but that hadn’t really been the case with the Philadelphia 76ers in recent years. We knew there would be lots of losses. It was all part of “the process,” we were told. Well, that original process is now over – or has, at the very least, transformed into a …

Who’s Next? (Chet’s Take, 6-12-17)

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It’s a question that’s been asked dozens (hundreds?) of times in various forms since the Phillies’ “golden age” ended with their surprisingly early postseason exit in October 2011: Which of the four major Philadelphia pro sports teams will be next to compete for a championship? For purposes of our discussion, we’ll define”compete for a championship” as: make it to the …

A PAIR OF NINES (CHET’S TAKE, 3-20-17)

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A pair of “nines.” Two tall athletes who wear uniform #9, two guys who have taken very different paths to get to where they are here in 2017: Philadelphia. Dario Saric is a 22-year-old, 6-foot-10 Croatian — a basketball player drafted No. 12 overall in June 2014 by the NBA’s Orlando Magic, with his rights traded to the Philadelphia 76ers …

Sixers’ Future Remains Bright (Chet’s Take, 3-2-17)

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As any 76ers fan can attest, the past eight or nine months have made for quite an emotional roller coaster. The Sixers “won” last year’s draft lottery, and selected Ben Simmons with the first overall pick. Simmons showed off some mad skills in Summer League action — only to suffer a Jones fracture of his right foot as training camp …

Nerlens, Ersan Gone: Now What? (Chet’s Take, 2-23-17)

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So, the NBA’s 2017 trade deadline has come and gone, and Jahlil Okafor is still a 76er. Meanwhile, Nerlens Noel – who had been the Sixers’ longest-tenured player (he was acquired in a June 2013 draft-night trade) – and Ersan İlyasova are gone, with nothing of any great value coming to the Sixers in return. The one new acquisition who …

Philly a Hoops Town Once Again (Chet’s Take, 1-27-17)

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You’ve undoubtedly heard it many times over the years: Philadelphia is a great basketball town. But let’s be honest — for most of the last decade, maybe since Allen Iverson was in his prime as a Sixer, it hasn’t felt much like a great basketball town. Sure, it’s always been exciting watching a tightly contested Big 5 game at the …

SIXERS MAKING STRIDES (CHET’S TAKE, 1-8-17)

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The last few years have been challenging ones for fans of the Philadelphia 76ers. After going 34-48 in the 2012-13 campaign, the Sixers changed coaches and began a total rebuild under new General Manager Sam Hinkie, with their yearly win total dipping to 19, then 18, then 10. Some called it “tanking,” while others explained that the losses were simply …