Sixers Podcast: House exercises option + NBA Finals

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The Sixer Sense Podcast comes at you following Game 1 of the NBA Finals. The Denver Nuggets beat down the Miami Heat and Nikola Jokic appeared like the best basketball player in the world right now, unfortunately for us Sixers fans.

In Sixers news, Nick Nurse had his introductory press conference as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers and made some interesting comments about Tyrese Maxey and the role he sees him playing with the team next season. Does Nurse’s plan for Maxey affect James Harden if he decides to return to the team? And what is the next level that Maxey can reach for this team?

Lucas Johnson and Jonathan Geib follow up the point guard discussion with the news of Danuel House Jr. exercising his player option for the upcoming 2023-24 season. Last summer, House signed a 2-year, $8.4 million deal with the Sixers with the second year being a player option. House potentially could have received similar money on the free agent market, however, this decision might imply that he sees himself having a bigger role in the Sixers’ rotation. Do the guys expect Nurse to utilize House more next season?

The podcast closes out with a deeper dive into the 2023 NBA Finals. There are three former Sixers in the NBA Finals in De’Andre Jordan, Haywood Highsmith, and most notably Jimmy Butler. Butler was absent offensively in the 104-93 loss in Game 1, which when paired with Max Strus, Caleb Martin, and Duncan Robinson shooting 2-23 from the field, a loss is all but guaranteed. For Denver, Nikola Jokic impacted the game in every possible way by registering a 27-point, 14-assist, and 10-rebound triple-double in the Nuggets win. Does the Heat have a chance of turning this series around in Game 2? Give the podcast a listen to hear the guy’s thoughts!

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