Take a Look Inside the Philadelphia 76ers’ Locker Room

According to the 76ers’ PR people the Sixers are the only NBA team that allows fans in their locker room. I don’t know if that is true or just PR propaganda to shed a positive and unique light on the team; either way it is pretty cool they let fans in there.

As you already know, Saturday I was at the San Antonio game. I went with my gf who got tickets through her college’s (Franklin & Marshall) Philadelphia alumni chapter. (The Sixers’ VP of Sales is an F&M alum.) They raffled off a chance to walk through the 76er locker room during the game. And with my luck, we won (16 in 120 chance). There was a downside though. The tour was during the entire 3rd quarter! Well, the die-hard fan that I am I decided I couldn’t miss an entire quarter so my gf went instead. Below are the great pictures she got during the tour. Enjoy.

NOTE: I had a picture of the 76ers’ whiteboard before the San Antonio Spurs victory on here when I first posted this article. After some thought and being contacted by the Sixers organization I decided to take it down. Why? As loyal fans of the Sixers we can’t have the team’s plays and strategies posted on the Internet for opponents to figure out how we are kicking their @$$es, now can we? Let’s go Sixers!

Andre Miller's Lockers
Above: Andre Miller’s two lockers. Count ’em, he has 30 boxes of sneakers.
Sixers' workout room
Above: Sixers’ workout room
Sixers' pre-game workout
Above: Sixers’ pre-game workout
Sixers Lockers
Above: Louis Williams – sportin’ the pink button-up (left), Thaddeus Young (middle), Willie Green (right)
Sixers Lockers
Above: Andre Iguodala (left), Louis Williams (middle), Thaddeus Young (right)
Center of the Sixers Locker Room
Above: This is the center of the 76ers’ locker room. The lockers shown above are located to the right.
Wilt Chamberlainimage and John Wooden Quote in Sixers Locker room
Above: Is the hallway outside the showers. The entire locker room and hallways are covered with similar images and quotes.
Charles Barkley image in the Sixers locker room
Above: This is part of a huge image of Charles Barkley in the locker room with a very famous quote all Philadelphia 76er fans should be familar with.
Charles Barkley Quote in the Sixers Locker room
Above: Continuation from the Barkley image above. This is one of his most famous quotes. Gotta love that the image is the Round Mound dunking against the hated Boston Celtics.
Maurice Cheeks office in the Sixers locker room
Above: Maurice Cheeks’s office in the locker room with the assistant coaches’ area in that back room. Is it just me or is this pretty low budget?

Sweet Lou – Explosive and The Key to Philly’s Future

The blow by Wade and banging on Udonis Haslem was nice.  What’s more impressive is the rapid development of Louis Williams as a real baller for the Sixers.  At 21-years-old, plenty of potential and his contract expiring this summer, Lou has made a strong case for signing him to a long-term deal.

Facts:

  • 3pt%, FT%, RPG, APG and PPG has each increased over his first 3 seasons.
  • Williams is scoring 19.5 per 40 minutes
  • His player efficiency rating (PER) at 17.73 is above league average and has also increased every season.

With that said the big question is can he run this team and play the point effectively?  As a natural scorer and pass-second guard, he will need to improve his ability to penetrate with the goal of finding teammates, limit his turnovers and adapt the score-first game he is accustomed to playing.  I believe he can. Hopefully he is learning the in’s-and-out’s from a perfect example in Andre Miller.  At 6’1 his long-term career and significant minutes will be found playing the point, not as a wing scorer. 

For the Sixers, Lou represents a tremendous asset and opportunity.  With the expectation of Miller being traded, Lou can immediately fill that spot and allow Stefanski to focus on bringing in a dynamic shooting guard and the dominant post scorer this team is in desperate need of.

You’re the Sixers’ new GM – What would you do summer 2008?

I thought it only fitting that the first real post on the ReclinerGM Sports blog be related to big upcoming decisions for new Sixers’ GM – Ed Stefanski.  So let me start by setting the stage… 

Fact: The Sixers will likely be the only team with enough cap space to be a major player for a big time free agent next summer.  Why? 22 NBA teams are either over or within $4 million of the luxury tax threshold. So what, right? You gotta pay to win in pro sports, right?  Yes, but the trend of late has owners being more frugal and pulling back the reigns on NBA GMs’ spending sprees.

With that said the Sixers might not have enough money to offer a max deal if:

  1. They have a large cap hold for a top first-round draft pick.  At 10-14 they are only a half game out of the 8th playoff spot.  Figure in a weak Eastern Conference, their propensity to compete every night, especially now since everyone is playing for a job next season under Stefanski and this point is still to be determined.
  2. Stefanski decides to give big deals to both Andre Iguodala and Lou Williams who are both restricted free-agents.  Speaking of Iggy, what the hell was he thinking turning down a $57 million contract extension?  With Philadelphia the only team out there to pay him big time money it makes his decision that much more DUMB!

First thing to consider – do you re-sign Iggy? More importantly do you pay him more than what was already offered if there happens to be another team competing for him? PSST here’s a hint: HELL NO! You don’t over pay for a non all-star. A guy who is widely considered a 2nd tier player.  If that’s not enough, look at his numbers.  As his shot attempts go up, his turnovers per game (3.6 – most of his career) are also going up and his shooting % (43.9% – worst of his career) are going down.  Don’t get me wrong I want him on the Sixers but not for top superstar money.

Ok, I think you get the picture. Here are what I consider to be the top free agents this upcoming summer worth considering.

Tier 1 Players:  These players have an “early termination option” in their contracts and can become unrestricted free-agents.

1. Elton Brand, Clippers – As long as he completely recovers from his Achilles injury he will be the most talented and most coveted player available, not to mention the low-post scorer that has been absent from the Sixers since Charles Barkley.

2. Gilbert Arenas, Wizards – Personally, I love his blog, his personality and his ability to score, but how much different is he than the last real super star (see #6) we had in Philly that everyone gave up on?

3. Shawn Marion, Suns – Great defender, rebounder and runs the floor like a race horse.  But at 30 years old and reliant on a good point guard to get him the ball in order to score, do we really want to pay him top dollar?

4. Baron Davis, Warriors – In my opinion the best guard on the board and having the best season of his career.  At 29 he is obviously vying for a long-term contract.

5. Jermaine O’Neal, Pacers – Has been injury-prone the last few seasons.  He is only 29, and the big question is whether he can stay healthy.

6. Allen Iverson, Nuggets – AI back in Philly.  In my dreams!

7. Ron Artest, Kings – 4 years ago he would have been a great signing.

Tier 2 Players:  The 2004 draft class.  These guys are restricted free agents.

1. Luol Deng, Bulls – Do you like him better than Iggy?

2. Emeka Okafor, Bobcats

3. Shaun Livingston, Clippers – Would love to have him if he can recover from that devastating injury.

Tier 3 Players:  These are the no strings attached unrestricted free agents.

1. Antawn Jamison, Wizards

2. Patrick O’Bryant, Warriors – He was the No. 9 pick in the ’06 draft and a 7-footer with upside.  With GS bringing in Brandon Wright we may be able to steal a quality big away.

There you have it.  Stefanski really has his work cut out for him.  But I ask all the “ReclinerGMs” out there – what would you do?

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