Allen Iverson’s Crossover Led Kevin Johnson into his retirement

Kevin Johnson tells the Post Game Network that Allen Iverson led him to his retirement. Johnson said, “A guy coming at me full speed named Allen Iverson. He did that kind of high crossover, and my knees buckled. I knew, I knew, it was time to move on”.

Kevin Johnson tells reporters what led to his retirement:

Kevin Johnson speaks the truth about Iverson.

Philly Sports Weekend Roundup

I’m going to try and do weekend roundups for everyone. I’ll do my best to keep up weekly. As you may know, having two kids takes up most of the day. Enjoy!

Flyers:

The Flyers get the win 2-1 against the Sabres on Sunday. Matt Read gets the first goal in the first period at 3:19. The second goal was by Michael Raffl at 12:45 in the third period. The Flyers are 23-22-10, 5th in Metropolitan Division.

Phillies:

According to The Boston Globe, The Boston Red Sox made an offer for Cole Hamels.

1. Cole Hamels, LHP, Phillies — General manager Ruben Amaro said last week that four teams had made offers for Hamels. One of them, according to a major league source, was the Red Sox. But what we’ve been able to piece together through various sources is that the package Boston offered was heavy on the major league side, trying to avoid giving up any of their top prospects. Suffice it to say, that won’t get you Hamels. The Phillies are insistent on prospects, and if they don’t get them now they’ll wait until the trade deadline when there might be more desperation by teams seeking to win.

Eagles:

The epic Riley Cooper calender controversy. The Eagles released this following statement: “We do not oversee the production of the annual team calendar,” the Eagles said in a statement. “We do not provide any input about the players who are featured or where those pictures appear in the calendar. The NFL licenses the production of that calendar to a third party and we do not have an opportunity to review the material.”

The Co-Host/Co-Producer of War Room Sports had his own opinion:

Sixers:

Julius Erving said he thinks the mascots are why the dunk contest lost popularity, according to a report from ESPN’s Darren Rovell.

From the Report:

“The mascots messed it up,” Erving said, referring to the stunts pulled during regular-season games as part of crowd entertainment. “It was great seeing regular human beings, even though they were 6-foot-6, 250 pounds, running and dunking a basketball. When mascots started doing it with all the trampolines and all the crazy stuff and falling on the floor, then it became more like the X Games. The players can’t live up to that.”

Sixers New Mascot is on Instagram

The Sixers unveil new mascot, Franklin. Franklin is even on Instagram now.

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Three Sixers Make Top 10 Rookies List by NBA.COM

Three Sixers made the Top 10 Rookies list by NBA.com. Scott Howard-Cooper ranked Nerlens Noel second-best rookie at #2, K.J. McDaniels ranks at #4, and Jerami Grant ranked at #10.

1) Andrew Wiggins (Minnesota)

2) Nerlens Noel (Philadelphia)

3) Elfrid Payton (Orlando)

4) K.J. McDaniels (Philadelphia)

5) Nikola Mirotic (Chicago)

6) Jusuf Nurkic (Denver)

7) Marcus Smart (Boston)

8) Zach LaVine (Minnesota)

9) Tarik Black (Los Angeles)

10) Jerami Grant (Philadelphia)

Here is what Scott Howard-Cooper had to say about each of the three Sixers:

Nerlens Noel

“The only rookie to ever average more than 1.50 blocks and 1.50 steals the same season was David Robinson in 1989-90. Noel is at 1.71 and 1.60, respectively. He has blocked at least two shots in six consecutive games, including six in 31 minutes Friday against the Timberwolves, to move to into a tie for 10th in the league.”

K.J. McDaniels

“McDaniels vs. Nikola Mirotic for fourth place: McDaniels is having a standout season on defense for a rookie, is tied for 22nd in the league in blocks, and both are about 40 percent from the field. Mirotic has better 3-point range despite being 6-foot-10, McDaniels is a better shot blocker despite being 6-foot-6. McDaniels may have a clear path to minutes because he plays for the 76ers, but in the end, Mirotic cannot overcome the fact that he is having trouble getting on the court. Chicago’s front-court depth is not the problem this time.”

Jerami Grant

“Grant has been one of the standout rookie defenders without much attention despite carrying an automatic spotlight as the son of Harvey, nephew of Horace and brother of possible 2015 first-rounder (and Notre Dame standout) Jerian. Jerami has also turned into a decent offensive threat in the last 20 games, earning a Ladder audition. That’s the key word: audition. He is the seventh different player at No. 10 in as many weeks, one of the signs of the soft ground under the bottom half of the pack.”

**LOOK** Sixers new mascot is coming soon

The Sixers will have a new furry blue mascot unveiled on February 10. Check it out below!

via Sportnet – Philadelphia

The Sixers are good at using Snapchat

The Sixers are keeping busy with using Snapchat and not winning games. They will also keep you updated when they lose a game.

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How about a meeting?

Charles Barkley: “racists are miserable people”

Former NBA superstar Charles Barkley sits down for a one-on-one interview WXIA’s DeMarco Morgan. Barkley talks about his view on racism.

UK Newspaper Confuses Dikembe Mutombo For Carmelo Anthony

The Sun, a UK newspaper, posted this tweet of Dikembe Mutombo with Prince Harry. The Knicks were going to face the Milwaukee Bucks in Southeast London’s O2 Arena today at 3pm ET. The Sun confuses Dikembe Mutombo for Carmelo Anthony. Someone was falling asleep at the tweet button. The tweet was deleted after the error was discovered.

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NBA Commissioner – Adam Silver: “I absolutely don’t think any team is trying to lose”

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Adam Silver – via Wikimedia Commons

The NBA Commissioner Adam Silver discusses tanking with Any Katz on “Outside The Lines”.

“I absolutely don’t think any team is trying to lose,” Silver said in an interview with ESPN’s Andy Katz for “Outside the Lines.”

“No player is going out there to lose. In terms of management, I think there’s an absolute legitimate rebuilding process that goes on. It’s so hard to win in this league, and it’s so complex.

“I think what’s happened in the case of Philadelphia — their strategy has been reduced into a tweet. This notion ‘be bad to be good.’ … When it gets reduced into a headline, I understand the reaction.”

The Sixers are 2-23 with the worst record in the league. The Sixers are reportedly being blamed for tanking this season for high hopes of a good draft pick in 2015. We all know how that turned out in the 2014 draft.

via Adam Silver: No player trying to lose

Santa Claus imitates Allen Iverson’s ‘practice’ rant

Santa Claus isn’t worried about presents in this press conference. Santa is talking about the Western Conference finals rematch on Christmas Day.

And here is Allen Iverson’s best press conference of all-time.

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