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Next Philly Sport Championship Up

What a great time to be a Philadelphia sports fan. Villanova has won their 2nd basketball championship just shortly after the Philadelphia Eagles won their first Super bowl championship this year. After missing a few years our Sixers and Flyers are back in the playoffs again this year. Our Philadelphia Phillies are showing signs of being more than just “Relevant” with a host of young talented players with stardom potential. All I want to say is Thank you coach jay wright for starting it all off with one of the most memorable NCAA championship wins and an eye-opening championship parade just a few years ago.

I can only imagine the mindset of our Philadelphia sport owners as they watched how their Philly fanbase received their local Villanova champions. What owner wouldn't’t want that type of national respect with the opportunity to share to share an incredible achievement with what might be the most passionate sports fans in the sporting world. Call it a mind shift, just coincidence, just a stroke of luck, good timing or whatever else you want. In the last 3 years you have seen our Philadelphia owners take matters into their own hands and to a different level. Hextall expedited the youth movement and now have our Flyers in the playoffs. Middleton is now or front and center and their future looks bright with a few potential cornerstone all-stars type of caliber players. Our Sixers brought in another GM to help expedite “The Process” and have them in this year's playoffs. And finally, what still has every Philly fan still fist-pumping is the remarkable shake up from the owner Jeffrey Lurie a couple years ago that has landed our Philadelphia Eagles their first Super Bowl championship this year.

The likelihood of our Eagles, Sixers and Flyers teams making serious playoff runs during the next three to four years is looking great. Our Phillies future is just as bright with a host of young super talent. While our Phillies future probably are one more year away, they have enough talent to start making that competitive playoff run starting this year too. Just remember that these teams may have one of youngest teams in each of their respective sports. I’ve been telling people for the past 2 years to watch what happens to the Philadelphia sports era between 2018 – 2022. Even though these teams are young, they are also loaded with talent. No doubt there will be a few bumps in the road along the way because of their youth. But the ride into the next big Philadelphia sports era should still be amazing to be see.

Thank you Philadelphia Eagles and Villanova University for the championships and parades this year. I get this feeling that there will be more to come and multiple championships for a team or two just maybe possible too.


Bruce Jacobs (Contributor)


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Philadelphia Sixers Fans Getting Excited

The Philadelphia 76ers selects Markelle Futz in this years NBA 2017 draft, or that's what Sixers fans are hoping.  The Sixers were originally slated to pick in the 3rd overall top spot in this years NBA draft. The Philadelphia 76ers traded a future #1 pick along with swapping out their current 3rd overall pick position with the Boston Celtics to acquire this year NBA number #1 top draft spot. The Sixers making this move signals a huge "Moment" in their "Trust the Process" journey. While this journey for the basketball deprived Sixers fans has been as rough as it's been over the last 30 plus years, the Sixers fan  moment has come. There are real reason for the first time in many years that our Sixers fan base will have something to cheer and get excited about. In a league in an era of the NBA when you only need a couple of superstars and a solid complimenting cast, the Sixers have an opportunity to do just that. Though the Sixers are still about 2 years away from being more than relevant, winning a NBA playoff series this coming season may not be far fetch.

Whether it's speculation, predictions or just hopes, it seems as if Markelle Fultz will be the number one pick of this years NBA draft by our Philadelphia 76ers. Adding a talented Fultz to a group of young talented group players such as Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jahlil Okafor and Dario Saric could prove to be very interesting. When you're talking about having a core of superstar players for our Sixers, I will go out on the limb and say Embiid and Simmons have superstar talent. I have heard some crazy talk about people comparing some of Fultz skills to Iverson and Moe Cheeks. I'm not willing to go nowhere near that conversation but if Markelle Fultz has some of that explosiveness, the ability to knock down the mid-range jumper that has a level of coolness, then he's off on the right track. When you add Fultz skillset to key intangibles of a high basketball IQ, the willingness to be dilligent in working hard that's driven with high goals with a chip on his shoulders gives him an opportunity to be special. Keep in mind again that if the formula to success in the NBA is built around 2 – 3 superstars with a quality surrounding cast, the Philadelphia 76ers are headed for happy times again.

Another reason for the Philadelphia fan to be excited and hopeful is that the Sixers fan is that they can expedite their chances of success with a quality veteran free agent. Adding either Paul George or Jimmy Butler would be ideal but maybe not practical.  We all know what talent level Embiid is working with. Even if Simmons and Fultz combines together as one talent, adding a proven quality veteran talent such as Rudy Gay or Serge Ibaka could be a great choice too. These two players should compliment and solidify the Sixers offensive mid-range to low post game around Embiid while providing quality defense too. The Sixers salary cap should not be an issue unless these guys want 4 and 5 year contracts. Even if money and length of contracts becomes an issue then they could sign Ersan Ilyasova along with JJ Reddick or Kyle Lowery and call it a day. This would give the Sixers long range, mid-range and a unfair advantage offensively underneath too. As crazy as this may sound I'm not sure how hurt Henderson and Bayless was last year. These are 2 nice size guards that can score from the outside and defend very well. Let's say that Sixers starting team consist of Markelle Fultz, Gerald Henderson (or Kyle Lowry), Ben Simmons, Rudy Gay and Joel Embiid. Two more players to look out for could also be Gordon Hayward and Danilo Gallinari

Do you realize that your new second unit were the Sixers starters for most of last season. Now you're asking last year starters to go against the second teamers of other NBA teams. Last years Sixers starters (without Embiid) had more problems in the second half of games rather than in the first half.   If you're second team unit consist of Jahlil Okafor, Dario Saric, Robert Covington, Jerryd Bayless and JJ Reddick, I believe our Sixers should have an advantage. This is one reason why I'm so glad the Sixers have not traded Okafor or Saric. Okafor should dominate any 2nd level centers coming off the bench offensively and defensively. While Dario is also good enough to start on this team, he's my new Sixers era Bobby Jones. For the ones reading this that can't go back that far just remember Aaron McKie.  You need your bench to be able to give you something when you get deep in a playoff series. Not only can this bench  give you both offense and defense they are also seasoned with experience.

As we "Trust The Process" with this years NBA draft selection, the real "Moment" starts when the Sixers they add the core key veterans around their next 3 young core players. Hello Sixers fans, it's time to pay attention and get excited

Bruce Jacobs

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