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76ers' Sunday Morning Shootaround: Steaks and Sauce

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In this edition of the Sunday Morning Shootaround, #TheProcess is debated, Allen Iverson wins an award, and Nik Stauskas puts hot sauce on his cheesesteaks.

Nik Stauskas has a lot to learn about cheesesteaks.
Nik Stauskas has a lot to learn about cheesesteaks.
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Whether you're a card-carrying member of the Sons of Sam, or if you're not quite sure if you #TrustTheProcess, you'll probably find the above video at least mildly entertaining. In this behind-the-scenes clip from ESPN's Around the Horn, Pablo Torre defends the Sixers' strategy as the other panelists (mostly, Bomani Jones) equate Sam Hinkie's moves to a con game. No matter what side of the ledger you fall on, I think (nearly) everyone can agree that Embiid was the only logical selection at No. 3 last year, and that two years is too early to definitively grade the outcome of #TheProcess. Anything after that is up for (a heated) debate.

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This week in "At Least We Aren't The Kings!" news, according to Sportando, Sacramento VP Vlade Divac has stopped talking to Dean Oliver, who serves as the team's director of player personnel.

A noted statistical analyst, Oliver was hired by the Kings less than a year ago to help evaluate talent, but Divac is so opposed to the use of analytics, he reportedly told Oliver not to attend the Vegas Summer League. Oliver showed up anyway. Expect Divac to drop a Drake-style diss track at some point over the next 48 hours.

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I really wanted to hate the NBPA Players Awards (simply due to the fact that it was on BET, and nothing more), but since they gave Allen Iverson something of a lifetime achievement award, then they've earned themselves a pass. For now.

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I won't rip him for putting hot sauce on a cheesesteak (people bastardize those things all of the time - just ask John Kerry), but he has to know that Geno's really isn't an option. In his defense, the picture in question was taken from here and Photoshopped by the Musashi people to add the hot sauce bottles. Fingers crossed that Jahlil Okafor shows Sauce where he can get the best cheesesteaks in town.

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The Sixers should feel free to do whatever they want with their money, but I really don't understand the logic in this. Why would the Sixers put a team store in a building where fans never visit? I'm guessing that they'd like to replicate the success of the standalone Eagles' Pro Shops, but I doubt you'd get enough traffic on the Camden Waterfront to warrant a full-fledged Sixers' store. If I really want a Scottie Wilbekin shirsey (and I do), I'll just order it online.

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Back in April, I wrote "it would be a crime if [D.J. Seeley] isn't making a living playing basketball either overseas or in the NBA next season." And would you look at that: The former 87ers' combo guard just signed a deal with Besiktas (yes... THAT Besiktas). Congrats to Seeley and the rest of the former Sevens who showed out at Summer League - I'd write an article about them, but the fine folks down in Delaware already did that for me.

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Public Service Announcement: The Sixers' annual Beach Bash is coming up this Saturday, August 1 at Jack's Place in Avalon. Jah, RoCo, Chocolate Thunder and Lloyd B. Free will be among the special guests in attendance, and there will be prizes, giveaways and all that good stuff.

Our very own Jake Pavorsky (part-time editor, full-time general manager of the Liberty Ballers' squad that made it to the Super 17 in The Basketball Tournament) was there last year, and he gives the event his official seal of approval.