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I know it's only summer league, but should we be taking anything away from Speights's domination in Vegas? For someone that the coaching staff and management feels won't contribute much this year, he's making quite the case for himself.

Matt reply to Graham on Jul 17 at 9:36

Unfortunately, no. Two words: Marco Belinelli. Owned the summer league last year. Then scored less than 100 points - all season.

I agree, though, that Speights has looked great, and it's very encouraging to see him so active around the rim, given that the knock on him was lack of intensity. Playing with EB will only help. Also nice to see Jason Smith look more aggressive. He has the talent and athleticism to be a player, I just don't know where his head's at.

Which brings us to Sammy. I have heard this before from folks who have had personal encouters with him - he's just a freakin' Diva. This quote, from one of his team mates, kind of sums it up: "He's not a bad person," said one player agent who asked not to be named. "But his level of dedication isn't the same as a Rowan Barrett or a Joel Anthony. He's kind of got an NBA aura. He's a role player in the league, but he sees what stars can get away with there and now that he's in a smaller pond, he's pulling a lot of the same stuff."

Don't get me wrong, I like his game and thought he had a great season for us last year. But he has always thought he was more the man than he really is. Brian's right about Mo though - he's managed to push the right buttons.

Sammy had a good year last year. I'll be interested to see if he can duplicate it...because before last year he was basically like sports illustrated..showing up once a week.
Speights does look good...but its against scrubs.
Still...he has all the tools so its encouraging.
And dammit why cant Thad dribble ?!? Is that such a hard thing to learn at the pro level ?

Is anyone going to be affected by the ref scandal?
Do you think the officials will try and be more uniform in the way they call fouls?
Like not letting superstars get away with things that role players wouldn’t?

I doubt it. The NBA has this air of not having to answer to anyone for anything. I suspect it'll be business as usual, just like it was last year after the Donaghy thing originally broke.

gdog reply to Brian on Jul 20 at 7:05

Hey Brian. Looks like this was discussed on WIP.
I would say this is front page worthy if theres even an ounce of truth to it....

I agree Brian

Everybody knows there are different rules for different players.

What is the rule for traveling? To me it seems that the rule is… if you looked like you meant to do it then it’s legal. If looks like it was unintentional then it’s a walk.
I’ve seen four or more steps not get called. But I would like to know the actual rule.

a. A player who receives the ball while standing still may pivot, using either foot as the pivot foot.
b. A player who receives the ball while he is progressing or upon completion of a dribble, may use a two-count rhythm in coming to a stop, passing or shooting the ball.
The first count occurs:
(1) As he receives the ball, if either foot is touching the floor at the time he receives it.
(2) As the foot touches the floor, or as both feet touch the floor simultane- ously after he receives the ball, if both feet are off the floor when he receives it.
The second occurs:
(1) After the count of one when either foot touches the floor, or both feet touch the floor simultaneously.
c. A player who comes to a stop on the count of one may pivot, using either foot as the pivot foot.
d. A player who comes to a stop on the count of two, with one foot in advance of the other, may pivot using only the rear foot as the pivot foot.
e. A player who comes to a stop on the count of two, with neither foot in advance of the other, may use either foot as the pivot foot.
f. In starting a dribble after (1) receiving the ball while standing still, or (2) coming to a legal stop, the ball must be out of the player's hand before the pivot foot is raised off the floor.
g. If a player, with the ball in his possession, raises his pivot foot off the floor, he must pass or shoot before his pivot foot returns to the floor. If he drops the ball while in the air, he may not be the first to touch the ball.
h. A player who falls to the floor while holding the ball, or while coming to a stop, may not gain an advantage by sliding.
i. A player who attempts a field goal may not be the first to touch the ball if it fails to touch the backboard, basket ring or another player.
PENALTY: Loss of ball. The ball is awarded to the opposing team at the sideline, nearest spot of the violation but no nearer the baseline than the foul line extended.

Section XV-Offensive Screen Set Out-of-Bounds
An offensive player shall not leave the playing area of the floor on the endline in the frontcourt for the purpose of setting a screen.
PENALTY: Loss of ball. The ball is awarded to the opposing team at the side-line at the free throw line extended.

Section XVI-Five-Second Back-to-the-Basket Violation
An offensive player in his frontcourt below the free throw line extended shall not be permitted to dribble with his back or side to the basket for more than five seconds.
The count ends when (1) the player picks up the ball, (2) dribbles above the free throw line extended or (3) a defensive player deflects the ball away.
PENALTY: Loss of ball. The ball is awarded to the opposing team out-of-bounds on the nearest sideline at the free throw line extended.

McGrady for Iggy talks are going on apparently.

Not sure how I feel about this.

Joe reply to Joe on Jul 19 at 17:56

All my sources are from "a guy who knows a guy who knows a guy" type of stuff, so take it with a grain of salt.

Wow. I can't find anything on this anywhere, if I see it reported I'll put a post up.

In the mean time, my initial reaction is that it's an unnecessary, and rash move. McGrady is only 29, but he has a ton of miles on his body, and he's a huge injury risk. Last season, he was a less efficient scorer than Iguodala, and a worse 3pt shooter.

I like McGrady, but I think a move like this would change the Sixers from a team with a ton of upside and a chance to win now, to a somewhat flawed team who is trying to win it all right away. I'd rather the team grow together for a year or two with Iguodala and Brand.

Mcgrady for iggy eh ? Mcgrady is a top 5 player...WHEN HEALTHY. Which is never. I would stick with Iguodola...Mcgrady is an elite player for sure. But he is just never healthy enough.

I just made some quick checks and if it is real no one is talking.

Also it doesn't pass the smell test: McGrady makes just under 20 million this year - that as a straight up trade wouldn't work at all, who would the other salaries be?

Off the top of my head, I think this deal would have to be Iguodala and Miller. That's not happening. McGrady is making $21M this season, according to HoopsHype, meaning the Sixers would have to send at least $19M in salaries to Houston. Maybe Sammy and Iguodala, or Sammy and Miller would work as well, but any of these trades creates a hole in the starting lineup, doesn't make sense.

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