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“It’s Hard to Become a Great Team When…”: Kevin Durant Highlights the Biggest Cause of Problems for Philadelphia 76ers

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"It's Hard to Become a Great Team When...": Kevin Durant Highlights the Biggest Cause of Problems for Philadelphia 76ers

The Philadelphia 76ers’ are on the brink of making some tough decisions. After serving as head coach for seven seasons for the Sixers, Brett Brown was let go this season. This came just a day after they were swept by the Boston Celtics in the first round of the Eastern Conference Playoffs.

What Elton Brand, their general manager, will be looking for is someone who can maximize the potential everyone believes the team holds.

However, there is one player that has some interesting insights into the team’s bad luck. After recovering from a year-long injury, Kevin Durant from the Brooklyn Nets will be a part of NBA again next season. And it looks like he already has an idea about what is it that is holding his contenders back.

Aug 23, 2020; Lake Buena Vista, Florida, USA; Boston Celtics center Daniel Theis (27) looks to pass as Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid (21) defends during the second half in game four of an NBA basketball first-round playoff series at The Field House. Mandatory Credit: Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports | Courtest Reuters

In the past couple of years, the Sixers acquired a lot of young talent. Unfortunately, this also proved to be a setback for the team. Continuously bringing in new players and moving ahead deprived them of building chemistry within the team.

In ‘The Old Man and the Tree Podcast’, Durant explained what made it so tough for key players like Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons to stand up to expectations. “It’s hard to become a great team when you’re getting new teammates every year,” Durant said. “It’s tough, especially young players like them, they’re expected [to shine] … and in Philly, they’ve got so many expectations on them, it’s tough.”

Philly may have tried to pluck out the best players for themselves, but it’s also just not about getting talent. It’s also about utilizing them in the best way and by building chemistry within the team.

Can Mike D’Antoni be a potential head coach target for Philadelphia 76ers?

Entering into the offseason, the Sixers will be looking to juice the best out of its players. Thus, the first step in the right direction will be choosing the right coach. While there may be many probable choices, there is one that is starting to pop up.

After losing to the Los Angeles Lakers in the Eastern Conference Semi-Finals, Mike D’Antoni declared his leave as the Houston Rockets‘ head coach.

With his expertise in the offensive front, this is what Philly really needs. Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN  revealed that Mike D’Antoni is one of the potential candidates for the job. He posted, “D’Antoni was an assistant for several months under Brett Brown before accepting the Rockets job four years ago.” 

What exactly the future holds for the Sixers is uncertain. Nevertheless, we can only hope they figure out the best way to battle for the Championship. Else they’ll remain stuck watching some other team taking it home every time.

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WFAN is really close to a Craig Carton reunion

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WFAN is really close to a Craig Carton reunion

Talks between Craig Carton and WFAN have intensified to the point that a formal offer to host in the afternoons is expected to be extended by the end of the week, The Post has learned.

Carton, 51, has been off of FAN for three years ever since he was charged and convicted of fraud in a scheme in which he misallocated loans to repay gambling debts.

After serving a year in a federal prison, Carton was released this summer for what can be termed good behavior.

Carton to the afternoons is not a sure thing just yet, despite the industry-wide feeling it will happen. He has a legitimate offer to host mornings in Philadelphia at 97.5 The Fanatic, which The Post has previously reported.

FAN is also trying to figure out whom to pair Carton with if he goes head-to-head with the “Michael Kay Show.” An ex-athlete is the preferred choice. Carton worked well with Boomer Esiason for a decade. FAN may need to expand off that idea if it cannot find the right fit.

The idea of returning to mornings is not happening. Esiason and partner Gregg Giannotti continue to rate well. They were again No. 1 in the market this summer.

As for FAN’s current team of Evan Roberts and Joe Benigno, after excelling in middays, they have struggled against Kay and haven’t been helped by the pandemic limiting sports in recent months.

If Carton returns, Roberts could very well return to middays, replacing Marc Malusis and teaming with Maggie Gray. Gray’s contract is also up at the end of the year. FAN/CBS Sports Radio would likely find another spot for Malusis further down in the order.

Benigno, who turned 67 this week, has constantly talked about retirement. He could get his wish with Carton’s return.

Benigno would likely be offered to have some spot FAN appearances, if he wants it after he goes to Florida, where he has repeatedly said he will go after hanging up his headset.

Around the dial

ESPN/ABC are the broadcast home of seven of the eight first-round MLB playoff series. Its broadcasters will be calling the games from the Bristol studio or their homes.

Some teams, like its “Sunday Night Baseball” crew of Matt Vasgersian and Alex Rodriguez, will be doing two series. The duo is on the Yankees-Indians games, as well as the Reds-Braves series.

Meanwhile, TBS will have its team of Rich Waltz and Jimmy Rollins in Tampa for the Rays-Blue Jays series.

It is understandable during the pandemic for ESPN/ABC to do the first Fall Frenzy remotely, but it would be a mistake to make that the norm in future years.

In the divisional round and beyond, both Fox and TBS will have announcers on site.

…. Good idea by baseball and ESPN+ to have “Squeeze Play” on the service starting Wednesday. While the name is only OK — we’d go Fall Frenzy+ — the concept could have an old school March Madness feel. With four afternoon games on Wednesday, ESPN+ will have Jason Benetti, Kyle Peterson and Mike Petriello host a whip-around show. For the pure baseball fan, this could be nirvana because you can bounce to potential scoring opportunities.

Clicker Consulting

With ABC broadcasting its first game in a quarter century, here’s a little free advice for the next TV deal between MLB/Disney. With Disney really only wanting premium baseball, the two sides should create a September Sprint/Monday Series for ABC. If you had two Yankees games among the five, it probably could rate pretty well; especially if it were an exclusive window, meaning no regional sports broadcasts. From what we’ve heard, this hasn’t come up yet, but might be worth a discussion.

Clicker Books

Papa Clicker found “The Q Factor: The Elusive Search For The Next Great Quarterback” by Brian Billick and James Dale an interesting, quick read. Using the 2018 NFL Draft that featured Baker Mayfield, Sam Darnold and Lamar Jackson, among others, the book broke down how success happens. There are some nuggets in there so it receives 4.4 out of 5 clickers.

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Yankees WAGs hit the road together for MLB playoffs

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The Yankees’ biggest fans appear to be on the move.

Ahead of Game 1 of the AL’s wild-card round between the Yankees and Indians in Cleveland, the wives and girlfriends of Yankees players — including Aaron Judge’s embattled gal pal, Samantha Bracksieck — documented their travels Sunday, according to screenshots from Awesemo.com.

“On the way to the airport but don’t know where we’re going,” a message read on one Instagram story featuring Mike Tauchman’s wife, Eileen. That message came before the Yankees knew which team they would be facing in the wild-card round.

Wives and girlfriends of New York Yankees players
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MLB is not allowing the families of road teams to attend games, even though home teams will be allowed to have such guests. If the Yankees advance then the team and their traveling support system head west for an ALDS that will be contested in either Los Angeles or San Diego. Those games can be attended by guests from both sides.

Family members of players on contending teams were asked to quarantine for the final week of the regular season.

On Monday, outspoken Cincinnati Reds pitcher Trevor Bauer called out the league on Twitter for their ruling.

“Home team: family members can attend the games. Visiting team: family members cannot attend the games. @mlb: Yup! Checks out!” Bauer wrote. “Guess we didn’t win enough games this year to earn the right for our family to watch us play. Sorry Mom and Dad!

“Families can’t stay with players at our hotel. It’s supposed to be a “bubble”, yet random members of the community can stay there, ride the same elevators, share the same lobby, etc. Some bubble this is. I guess player families should just call the hotel and book a room?” he continued.

The Reds will face the Braves in Atlanta on Wednesday afternoon.

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Olivia Culpo documents Christian McCaffrey reunion with puppy

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Olivia Culpo documents Christian McCaffrey reunion with puppy

File this under adorable.

On Monday, Olivia Culpo shared a sweet Instagram video as boyfriend Christian McCaffrey reunited with the couple’s adorable pup, Oliver Sprinkles.

“Someone is excited to see their dad,” the 28-year-old model captioned the clip.

Olivia Culpo and puppy Oliver Sprinkles reunite with Christian McCaffrey
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As the video continues, Panthers running back McCaffrey, 24, is seen embracing his four-legged friend on the floor.

In July, Culpo revealed she and McCaffrey were expanding their family, introducing fans to Oliver on social media. The toy golden doodle has over 12,000 followers on Instagram.

McCaffrey’s reunion with his two favorite fans comes about a week after the NFL Pro Bowler sustained a high-ankle sprain in Carolina’s Week 2 loss against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Culpo and McCaffrey have been dating for over a year. She was previously linked to Detroit Lions wide receiver Danny Amendola.

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