Furkan Korkmaz

No Embiid, But Starters Look Good in Exhibition Game 2
No Embiid, But Starters Look Good in Exhibition Game 2
The Philadelphia Sixers blew a 24-point lead to the OKC Thunder in their second exhibition game, but once again, who cares about the outcome. Joel Embiid did not play due to a calf injury. I believe Brett Brown when he says it shouldn't be a concern, but I am curious if this can cause problems down the road. Speaking of injury, Glenn Robinson III left with a hip injury and he will be re-evaluated Monday. Ben Simmons was magnificent and clearly the best player on the floor. He was so strong rolling to the basket, he facilitated beautifully, and he was remarkable defensively. Shake Milton is so intriguing. He is able to shoot the ball off the dribble, provide pick and roll play, and also drives to the rack. I am confident his game will correlate to success in postseason play! Josh Richardson showed his versatility and Al Horford was able to knock down some three-pointers early. I do question what is happening to him on the defensive side of the floor though and that will come into play when Embiid is off the floor in playoff games. It's not so much about the outcome of these games, it's more about their mentality and work ethic. It seems they are very focused which is all you can ask for at this point.
Sports Talk with Brodes: Ben Simmons Takes a Couple Threes!
Sports Talk with Brodes: Ben Simmons Takes a Couple Threes!
The Philadelphia Sixers won their first exhibition game against the Memphis Grizzlies. There is no doubt they looked good, but the question is: How much stock can you put into this? You would rather see them play well compared to the alternative, but it also doesn't relate to a match-up against Miami or Boston in a playoff season. The biggest takeaway is Ben Simmons taking a couple corner-threes. It looked smooth, comfortable, and it was in rhythm. I was interested to see if he was going to do it in the first game back. If he didn't, I would be concerned, but this was obviously a big step mentally for Simmons when shooting the rock. Shake Milton was able to provide a spark in his new role, Matisse Thybulle had a monster jam, and Tobias Harris had a quiet double double. Joel Embiid didn't touch the floor in the second half. There is no doubt it was exciting to see the guys run on the floor and hear Marc Zumoff's call on the broadcast! I can't wait for the next one.
Brett Brown Doesn't Trust Younger Players in Playoffs? Who Cares!
Brett Brown Doesn't Trust Younger Players in Playoffs? Who Cares!
Brett Brown mentioned how he normally doesn't trust young players in the NBA Playoffs. Obviously, that sparked a nerve with Brown haters. I don't see how that is an issue at all. That doesn't mean young players can't have successful playoff games or nice moments throughout a series, but historically, a more experienced player is more beneficial in a postseason game. Just because you might not love Brown, it doesn't mean everything he says or does is wrong.
Sports Talk with Brodes: The Knicks Show Interest in Elton Brand
Sports Talk with Brodes: The Knicks Show Interest in Elton Brand
It was reported in the New York Daily News that Leon Rose and the New York Knicks are interested in the General Manager of the Philadelphia Sixers, Elton Brand. There is still time left on his contract, but the Knicks thought maybe he would be fired this off-season. It doesn't seem to be the case and I can't imagine that happening. I support Elton Brand. I think he is aggressive and has a ton of value. The overreaction to a bad move is similar to what fans think about Carson Wentz and Ben Simmons after a bad game. "GET RID OF HIM!!!" I am not claiming he is the best ever, but it's not time to give up on him.
NCAA Seniors in Winter Sports, Do They Deserve Another Year?
NCAA Seniors in Winter Sports, Do They Deserve Another Year?
The coronavirus took March Madness away from us and the seniors who play the game! It has been reported that the NCAA gave student-athletes who play spring sports another year of eligibility. This is because a certain percentage of the regular-season was not completed yet. This raises the question about the teams that play in winter. College basketball finished the regular season and was canceled after some teams received their automatic bids, but the Power 5 Conferences did not. With all of the other winter sports, similar situations occurred. What about the seniors in these sports? Do they deserve another run at it? I don't believe they do. They have already finished enough of the season where it's unfortunate and it's sad, but enough of their schedule was played out. If seniors could return because it is "unfair", well what about the incoming freshman that now lose their scholarships? What about the sophomores that played this season, are they sophomores again? What would happen in DII and DIII sports? What about seniors who didn't punch their tickets to the NCAA tournament in the smaller conferences, they now get a second chance? It's a sticky situation, but if I was the commissioner of the NCAA, I would just move on with the seniors. It would open up holes and there are too many moving parts.
Coronavirus' Impact on Sports
Coronavirus' Impact on Sports
Wow. It's hard to process these big businesses actually putting everything on hold. It had to be done though. We are talking about something way bigger than sports. I thought the Adam Silver and the NBA moved just a hair slow, but it also wasn't the worst reaction time. Once Rudy Gobert was positive with coronavirus, they had no other option. The NHL, MLB, MLS, and all of the other leagues had to follow in their footsteps. You can't allow players, coaches, staff members, and fans to be in that type of environment every night with the possibility of passing along the virus. The NCAA, well, that's a totally different situation. It's a disgrace that it took Duke and Kansas withdrawing themselves from the tournament before it became official. Did we expect anything else? My brain is trying to wrap my head around how historic of a moment this is. Obviously, the health of everyone is most important, but for these cooperations to actually delay everything with how much money is involved, it's unfathomable. Think about the TV deals for March Madness. Think about the tickets, concessions, parking, and more involved with each individual NBA game. The rescheduling nightmare of all these events. Some cities have two teams in the same building along with concerts scheduled. It had to be done though. This is no over reaction. With a problem like this, it's about keeping everyone safe over being "soft" about "just another flu."
Brett Brown Struggles Late in Sixers' Ugly Loss to the Warriors
Brett Brown Struggles Late in Sixers' Ugly Loss to the Warriors
I never would have expected there to be a "tough" loss in this road trip understanding the injuries, but this was absolutely hard to swallow. The Philadelphia Sixers found a way to lose to a team that had 14 wins prior to this match up. It should not matter that Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, and Josh Richardson were not available to play. The Golden State Warriors were without Steph Curry and Draymond Green. The box score shows that this wasn't a bad night for players offensively. The defensive intensity was the major problem as the Warriors shot 55% from the field as a team. Tobias Harris struggled early, but had an explosive second half, finishing with 24 points on the night including big buckets late. Al Horford scored 22 points, snagged 10 rebounds, and dished seven assists. Two strong games in a row for Horford. Glenn Robinson III, Alec Burks, Raul Neto, and Shake Milton had moments where they made shots as all four of them finished in double digits. The big issue of the night was Brett Brown. He kept Furkan Korkmaz in the game for way too long as he wasn't providing any offense and was getting destroyed defensively. Late in the game, Brown failed to use a timeout, with two remaining, in a crucial situation. The sequence went like this: Horford missed a three. Harris recorded the rebound and he passed it to Mike Scott who was blocked at the rim. The ball went back out to the perimeter and the offense stalled. Milton was forced to shoot an obnoxiously deep three-pointer that had no shot of going in. Brown NEEDED to utilize one of his timeouts there. For the Sixers' final possession, he drew up a play for Korkmaz who was clearly not a shooting threat in this game, which resulted in him stepping out of bounds prior to getting the ball off. It was an ugly look down the stretch. The Sixers return home on Wednesday to face the Detroit Pistons. Hopefully there is good news on the return of some injured stars.

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