They Are Coming Back
First order of business is to let everyone know our friend over at Sixers 4 Guidos had a petition going for a while trying to bring back the old Sixers uniforms. I know I was in complete support of that among many others. Well it appears his efforts have come to fruition. He sent me an email this week informing me that…
Kate Price, Sixers’ Vice President of Business Operations, told yesterday to a group of season ticket holders in a fan forum that the franchise will be switching back to the old logo and the old 1982-83 uniforms (white/home, red/away) starting from next season. – Sixers 4 Guidos
That is tremedous news. I love those uniforms, now it’s a question of which player do I like enough to fork over a few bucks for the jersey. For me personally chances are I will grab a Moses Malone and Andrew Toney white 1983 authentic. I just prefer the old school players to the current roster. But that’s just me.
Exclusive Q&A With Ed Stefanski and Tony Dileo
At a recent event for Sixers season ticket holders Stefanski, Dileo and a few other people from the Sixers organization spoke with the group about the state of the team and were available for questions. Someone recorded the Q&A session with Ed and Tony and sent it to Brian over at the Depressed fan. Having had the opportunity to be on a conference call with Stefanski I will say he is a straight shooter. Very little B.S. and tells you straight up how he feels and what he is thinking. Dileo seems to be the same way which is probably why they work well together.
Here are some discussion points that I pulled out of the conversation.
- He was “disgusted” with the early season play, notable all the one-on-one basketball on offense.
- He attributes the slow start more to poor performance by guys like Iguodala, Miller, Lou and Sam and poor execution (bad floor spacing and no movement) rather than the addition of Elton Brand. He doesn’t view those two occurrences as one leading to the other.
- He wants the Sixers to be a 100 ppg scoring team while not sacrificing on the defensive end.
- The jury is still out on the Elton Brand signing and he is optimistic about his return and integration. He points to the Detroit series when they completely took Iguodala out of the game. Having another player who can get baskets is important. And when they aren’t fast breaking team’s to death that is where Brand’s impact (positive) will be felt the most.
- 65% of the time the Sixers are in stone cold slow it down half court offense based on the Sixers charting of plays (fast break, early offense, stone cold half court offense) this is a major reason Brand is here and shouldn’t be overlooked.
- Elton is going to just come in and complement the Sixers. Brand has told the team that and Stefanski and Dileo have emphasized this. (another reason for Cheeks firing, maybe he didn’t do a good enough job at this.) Guys may have subconsciously deferred to Brand as well, even though they were never told explicitly to do so.
- The long-term coaching decision will be evaluated at the end of the season. But he is very happy with what Dileo has done thus far.
- About the trade deadline “we really like our young players and would be hard pressed to throw one of them in a trade.” Also John Nash was hired as pro personnel guy when Dileo became head coach.
- About Andre Miller: It’s too early to make a decision on that. Trade deadline was mentioned as an option to be evaluated. Also the point of “does he want to play here next season.” I like that Stefanski said something about “if his number is unreasonable in our eyes that’s an issue.” Suggest they won’t overpay to keep him and that waiting until after the season might be the best choice to really see what the market says his worth is.
- Ed Snyder gave Stefanski a lot of money to spend. “He didn’t say no to anything we asked for.” That is great to hear.
- The conversation about Dalembert is very good. Take this nugget for example: “Sammy has definite rules of where the ball is and where he is suppose to go now. Before he was floating out there at times…” “I think the way Tony has handle him has been perfect. When he does what he is suppose to do (rebound, defend) he plays heavy minutes. When he doesn’t you see where he is.”
- Statistically the line up the Sixers started the season with (Sam, Elton, Thad, Dala, Miller) was excellent in terms of point differential. It was the bench that wasn’t getting the job done.
- Goals for the team since Dileo took over:
- Be one of the best defensive teams in the league (top 5 in FG% defense). “We are trying to be a defensive team first.”
- Score/average 100 points per game
- Run more
- Shoot more threes
- Is Lou Williams the point guard of the future? I got the impression they think not as of right now. Or at the very least he must prove himself capable. Dileo prefers to have Miller but if he moves on via trade or free agency he thinks Lou will get his opportunity at that position purely out of necessity to fill that spot by the Sixers.
- Two biggest things Dileo has emphasized: Defense and offensively moving the ball and moving players. Which is why we have seen a lot more lob plays since Tony has taken over.
- The reason Rush and Marshall don’t see the court much even though they were brought in to be shooters is because the emphasis is on defense and frankly they don’t consider them to be strong defensive players. (This is what I mean about the no B.S. by these guys.) And the emergence of Royal Ivey who is a good defender who has been shooting the ball well has played a big part as well.
- About the smaller line up when Brand returns. “we will do both.” Brand will play some five, Speights will be on the court with Brand and Thad will continue to play some power forward. But he didn’t reveal his eventual starting line up.
- Pressing is part of Dileo’s defensive strategy. Right now they do the majority of their pressing after free throws which is a 2-2-1 three quarter court press that is more passive and designed to take time off the shot clock. That way teams don’t have as much time to get into sets and the Sixers don’t have to defend as long in the half court. Also to try and speed up the game at times baiting teams to play our uptempo style. They have been working on a more aggressive trapping type press that we may see in the second half of the season.
The more I listen to these guys talk the more I believe they can make this roster work and help this team maximize it’s potential. They know what they are doing.
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