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Late this week news broke that the Delaware 87ers had acquired the returning player rights to former Temple Owl and Atlantic 10 Player of the Year Khalif Wyatt. The Grand Rapids Drive will be getting the services of point guard Malcolm Lee in exchange.
Wyatt is currently playing in the Israeli Basketball Super League for Hapoel Eliat and is performing pretty well, averaging 16.7 points and 4.9 assists in the 17 games he has played in. Wyatt is a Norristown native and played for the Sixers in the 2013 summer league after going undrafted and even earned a contract before being cut.
It is expected that Wyatt won’t play for the 87ers this season since word is he plans to remain in Israel until June, well after the D-League season concludes.
New Sixers mascot to be revealed February 10
Yes, the rumors are true.
During their game against the Minnesota Timberwolves, the Sixers released a video that promises the new 76ers mascot, one designed by kids for kids, will make his (or her) worldwide debut on February 10.
— Philadelphia 76ers (@Sixers) January 31, 2015
From what little you can see in the video, the first thing that comes to mind is the return of the practically forgotten Big Shot. While I seriously doubt that’s the case, the end of the long and needlessly complicated quest for a new 76ers mascot is welcome news.
If only they took this much time looking at Andrew Bynum‘s knees.
MCW and Noel to compete in Rising Stars Challenge
Well at least a couple Sixers get to take part in All-Star weekend.
It was announced this week that Michael Carter-Williams and Nerlens Noel have both been selected to take part in the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge. It’s the first time since 2005 that the Sixers have had multiple players in the Rising Stars Challenge when Kyle Korver and Andre Iguodala took part.
In a new twist, the best of the NBA rookies from the U.S will go up against the best from around the world in a battle for bragging rights.
Noel told Max Rappaport of Sixers.com
“I’m extremely grateful to be acknowledged by all the coaches around the league and be selected to play in this game. To have Mike with me there is going to be great… It’s a great opportunity for us to go in and represent the city of Philadelphia.”
While it’s great to see MCW and Noel get recognized, it seems criminal that K.J. McDaniels also didn’t get an invite. It would’ve been great to see him posterize Giannis Antetokounmpo or Andrew Wiggins.
Until next week, here is the Sixers Dancers in all their glory.
See you next Sunday.