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76ers Sunday Morning Shootaround: You Reach, We Teach

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In this edition of the Sunday Morning Shootaround, Isaiah Canaan puts a defender on skates, we reflect on the 18th anniversary of Allen Iverson crossing up Michael Jeffrey Jordan, and we take a look at the worst Spotify playlist of all time.

Unpopular opinion: Ish Smith is better than Isaiah Canaan. Even Brett Brown realizes this.
Unpopular opinion: Ish Smith is better than Isaiah Canaan. Even Brett Brown realizes this.
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CLEARLY, my email account is broken because I wasn't one of the "mofos" asked to reflect on this. No worries: Two years and five thousand words from now, "An Oral History of the A.I. Crossover On MJ" coming in 2017.

In the 700 Level piece, John Finger says that the move may have been the best play of Iverson's career. I won't give too much grief to a man over his opinion, but considering that it's not even the best crossover A.I. ever pulled off, I think it's safe to say that there are a few better plays on Iverson's personal highlight reel.

The Evster goes on to say that the 1996-97 Sixers' uniform is the best in team history (!), that Iverson's pre-cornrow mini 'fro is his best hairstyle ever (!!) and that A.I. carried on the play (!!!), thus allowing him to embarrass His Airness. The only correct statement in the previous sentence is that Iverson carried. Because EVERYONE carries. As in THE ENTIRE LEAGUE. We can't all be Bob Cousy, Evan.

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No snark: The Sixers are giving away a bunch of stuff - an autographed Dr. J basketball, a signed Nerlens Noel jersey, autographed game-worn shoes - and as loyal fans of the team, you all should take a few minutes to enter. Yes... they'll probably use your information to contact you about season tickets, but personally, I think it's worth a few (dozen) calls from the sales staff if you ultimately wind up with a pair of Henry Sims's size 17 Hyperflights.

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I'm just as surprised as you are.

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This is the kind of foolywang you get when you let a Knicks' fan make a playlist for you. Any dog-related playlist without "Who Let The Dogs Out" and "Doggy Dogg World" is fugazi. (I'll give Franklin a pass on The Beatles' "Hey Bulldog" since it's not on Spotify.)

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There have been two American white players on the roster during the Hinkie Era (Spencer Hawes and Byron Mullens) and BOTH of them were traded. Coincidence? I think not.

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I mean, it's not like the Sixers are spending their money on actual players, so why not kick a few hundred grand to the marketing department for a robotic T-shirt launcher? A few thoughts:

  1. What's up with the lack of branding on this thing? I'm not asking for much - a Sixers' sticker on the top would suffice. As it stands, this launcher looks like a 2nd-place entry from the George Washington Carver Science Fair.
  2. If it takes three people to operate this thing, then doesn't it kind of defeat the purpose? Isn't technology supposed to make our lives easier? You really should be able to program it like a Roomba and let it go to work. Maybe that's version 2.0.
  3. What happened to the good, old slingshot? If it worked for David, it'll work for me. #TeamOldTestament

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Not so fast, my friend. In fact, I think Ish Smith may be a better playmaker than Isaiah Canaan. Going to be fun to watch those two battle for the third PG spot next season.

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I'll give Lil' Sip this much: He sure embarrassed the hell out of Jarrett Jack last night. I haven't seen a backpedal like that since Nate Allen against the Giants last season. The Oakland Raiders just signed Jack to a four-year, $26 million deal.