Sixers podcast: NBA punishes Philly while Nets compromise morals

James Harden, Sixers Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports
James Harden, Sixers Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports /

In this episode of The Sixer Sense Podcast, Lucas Johnson, Christopher Kline, and Uriah Young dive deep into the Sixers’ recent two-game split with the Washington Wizards. Philly took the first game on the road before falling at home to Kristaps Porzingis, Bradley Beal, and the team from our nation’s capitol.

Which players stood out in these games? Is small-ball something the Sixers can rely on? These questions and more are asked and answered, with the Sixers’ capacity to stay afloat without Joel Embiid put under heavy scrutiny.

The Sixers will lose two future draft picks for violating NBA rules

The story of the week in Philadelphia (besides the whole baseball thing, of course) is the NBA’s decision to penalize the Sixers for early free-agent conversations with P.J. Tucker and Danuel House Jr. While it is notable that no wrongdoing was found in negotiations with James Harden on his $15 million pay cut, the Sixers will lose two second-round picks for engaging prematurely with Tucker and House.

Does this penalty feel just, or is it overkill? Will the Sixers live to regret it, or does the value of Tucker and House exceed that of two second-round picks? The pod reaches a fast consensus, though Lucas Johnson would like to see another NBA team punished similarly for blatant tampering.

To round out the podcast, the group discusses the current maelstrom of controversy hovering over the division-rival Brooklyn Nets. With Kyrie Irving’s recent embrace of antisemitic material and Brooklyn’s looming decision to hire Ime Udoka on the back of his own troubling behavior in Boston, what are the Nets really doing here? And is their ultimate goal of winning a championship worth compromising the soul of their organization?

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