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This week is was announced that in addition to taking part in the Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend in New York, Sixers guard Michael Carter-Williams will also be returning to the Taco Bell Skills Challenge.
Last year MCW was one tenth of a second shy of winning the Skills Challenge with his teammate for the event, Victor Oladipo of the Orlando Magic. This year the Challenge will be a individual contest once again featuring a bracket-style tournament. Carter-Williams will be playing against some of the best in the NBA, including Brandon Knight, Kyle Lowry and John Wall.
Look at it this way; the Sixers might not have any All-Stars yet, but at least we’re going to the dance.
When you have as many young players as the Sixers have this season, you know at least one or two of them are going to be good. If you get really lucky, maybe one will even be great. But the team may be experiencing an embarrassment of riches this season.
Most agreed that Nerlens Noel would at least be in the conversation for Rookie of the Year honors even as Andrew Wiggins, barring injury, seems to have it locked up. But I don’t think anyone thought we would see three Sixers in the Top-10 of the NBA Rookie Ladder, a weekly ranking of the current crop of first-year players in the NBA, when the season started.
NBA.com’s Scott Howard-Cooper has Noel at No. 2, K.J. McDaniels at No. 4 and has Jerami Grant going from not even on the list to No. 10. It’s all the more impressive when you think that two of those players were second-round picks and that assuredly Robert Covington would be on that list too if he was considered a rookie.
Yes sir, the future is looking pretty bright from where I’m sitting.
Jason Richardson’s comeback in imminent
Sixers guard Jason Richardson hasn’t played in a professional basketball games in two years. After missing the second half of the 2013-13 season and all of last year, Richardson is now in the final year of his contract with the Sixers. He is 34 years old, a veteran of 14 NBA seasons and knows that, odds are, this could be his last chance on the hardwood.
But Richardson has no intention of fading away gracefully, even if it’s only for part of a season. If Richardson is going out, it’s going to be on his terms, telling Bob Cooney of the Daily News
“It’s just proving to myself. Whatever happens after this season happens. If I’m here, if I’m somewhere else, retired, whatever it is. But just being who I am and the hard worker that I am, just to prove everybody wrong that my career is not over. I’m still capable of playing. I’m not going to be the same 25-, 26-, 27-year-old Jason Richardson. I know my game has to change. My athleticism might be gone, and I’m not jumping as high, but I still have all the skill sets that I can contribute to this team.”
And also revealing to Molly Sullivan during the Sixers game against the Charlotte Hornets
Per @MollyESullivan on CSN Philly's broadcast, Jason Richardson is targeting the Sixers' first game post all-star break for his season debut
— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) February 8, 2015
Could make for a fun second half of the season.
And to close things out, as always, here is your weekly helping of the Sixers Dancers.
See you next Sunday.