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Michael Kaskey-Blomain

Michael, a lifelong follower of the NBA and the Sixers specifically, was born in Philadelphia and grew up in Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania. He attended The University of Pittsburgh and graduated in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in Communications. Michael continued his studies in Philadelphia at Temple University, graduating in 2012 with a master’s degree in Broadcasting, Telecommunications, and Mass Media. Michael has covered the 76ers, and the NBA at large, for various outlets – including ESPN, Philly.com, and Fansided –since 2009. In addition to working as a 76ers Insider for ESPN 97.3, Michael is also a Regional NBA/NFL Writer for 247Sports and CBS Interactive, and co-hosts a Sixers-centric podcast, 76ers Report. Michael currently resides in Philadelphia.
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The 76ers are reportedly interested in unrestricted free agent Courtney Lee. (Photo by Streeter Lecka/Getty Images)
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Kaskey-Blomain: 76ers Interested in Courtney Lee

With free agency rapidly approaching, the upstart Sixers have reported interest in several perimeter players, and another one can be added to the list.

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2016 NBA Draft
Pihladelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons is already one of the most popular players in the NBA - if jersey sales are an indicator. (Photo by Mike Stobe/Getty Images)
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Sixers Select Simmons No. 1 Overall

The Sixers made it official on Thursday evening, as they selected Ben Simmons with the first overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft. 

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SEC Basketball Tournament - Quarterfinals
Ben Simmons is reportedly unlikely to work out for NBA teams in advance of the draft. (Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
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Lack of Simmons Workout Not Especially Alarming

Though some media members are trying to make it out to be, Ben Simmons lack of a predraft workout with the Sixers is not especially alarming. 

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Memphis Grizzlies v Philadelphia 76ers
Nerlens Noel said he doesn't see a way for the 76ers logjam at center to work out. (Photo by Mitchell Leff/Getty Images)
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The Sixers Future Looks Bright

Somewhere, Sam Hinkie is grinning ever so slightly. Lady Luck finally looked favorably upon the Sixers at the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday evening in New York City, and suddenly the organization’s immediate outlook looks a whole lot brighter

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76ers Due For Some Lottery Luck

Luck is a central aspect of success in the NBA. Talent, coaching, and chemistry are all extremely important, but luck is equally integral. No title team gets there without catching a few breaks somewhere along the way. Securing a superstar via the bouncing of ping-pong balls, avoiding injury, favorable matchups; all predicated on luck. 

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