Yeah I gotta come up with better titles. For a lockout it’s been fairly eventful for the Sixers. Let’s take a look at all that has happen in Sixer City (anybody watch that CSN show this past season?). I figure now would be a good time to do this since there probably won’t be anymore news about the Sixers any time soon, except for possible front office news. Let’s review in chronological order.
- Darius Songaila and Lavoy Allen to play overseas
Those two players have already signed contracts to play overseas. While Songaila’s NBA career might be done, Allen’s deal has an exception in which he can opt out of his contract if the lockout ends before January. Songaila is playing with Turkey and Allen with France.
- Armon Gilliam Dies
There was quite a common quote about him as “a good guy”. I have a basketball card of him after the 1991-92 season so…yeah. At least he died while doing something he loved, right? I think so.
- New Afilliate for NBA D-League team: Red Claws.
This is something I want to spend some time on. There are teams in the NBA that pretty much are in a single team partnership of a number of D-League teams. Look at the Lakers, they own the D-Fenders. The Warriors just bought the Dakota Wizards. I think every NBA team should have their own team. The DL would have to do some major expansion. But since a quick expansion may not happen right away, maybe the DL teams should have an equal amount of affiliates from the NBA for the time being. Is there any limit? Can NBA teams buy the D-League teams? What would happen to the rest of the teams that would be left out? As of now, the Celtics, Bobcats, and Sixers share the Red Claws but what happens if one those teams buy the Claws? (Dante is just ranting; don’t pay him any mind).
- Sixers are sold.
Aaaah Sixers are sold to Joshua Harris and his crew. He’s been known for taking over franchises that are in distress. It made me look at the Sixers in a new light. Are they in distress? Harris went to school in Philly and has some roots here so I would hope he brings some heart in his work. I’m not asking for Mark Cuban passion but I would like to see a shake up of the roster when the opportunity comes. Of course, with a potential smaller salary cap coming up he may not be able to do a lot. Still, it’s refreshing to see the ultimate change I was looking for: Ownership. The Sixers will still play in Wells Fargo Center and their TV contract with CSN doesn’t expire till 2029. 2029! So there won’t be much difference in appearance in how we watch games.
So like I said earlier, this may be the last bit of any major news from the Sixers. Lockout Life of an NBA fan, right? Sucks. At least the NFL is making progress. But two days a week isn’t enough for me. Sean covered all of what I said in his Vigils except maybe the D-League thing. Make sure you check them out; they have nice info in them.