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The Sixers are back practicing in good ‘ol Camden, New Jersey. How does Joel Embiid look? Who’s winning the backup point guard battle? How are Matisse Thybulle and Zhaire Smith faring, and can they break into the rotation? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and more, in this week’s episode.


Brett Brown held his annual media luncheon, and there’s a lot to unpack. From Ben Simmons’ jumper to changes in the team’s defensive scheme to Al Horford maybe not being the primary backup center when the season kicks off, Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann walk you through it all. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#H8ETgxFpTG5HhG4e.99


Derek and Rich preview the upcoming season for Ennis, Bolden and Milton, give thoughts on Charles Barkley’s statue being added to the Legends Walk, go over the SI top 100 player rankings and give embarrassing stories from their time on the beat. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#LMGLopRGx8a0dxH4.99


How has Furkan Korkmaz looked in the FIBA World Cup? And what should you look out for when the Sixers begin training camp later this month? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and more, in this week’s episode. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#j36SoZwsRy5qQujt.99


Derek talks to Mike O’Connor of The Athletic to break down Josh Richardson’s game, and discuss what he will add to the 76ers this upcoming season. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#PVb6VZKLbbmDcFD7.99


After discussing the latest round of video showcasing Ben Simmons shooting jumpers, Derek and Rich discuss what the Sixers’ rotations might look like with the revamped roster. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#iG6Vl1SJ2gAkjUIx.99


Derek chats with Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice on a number of topics surrounding the 76ers, going over the legitimacy of some of the weaknesses which could potentially prevent the 76ers from making their first NBA Finals appearance in nearly two decades. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#OkPfB6FFCBFePET7.99


Derek chats with Kyle Neubeck of PhillyVoice on a number of topics surrounding the 76ers, going over the legitimacy of some of the weaknesses which could potentially prevent the 76ers from making their first NBA Finals appearance in nearly two decades. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#2lUIHFdCPzdbwTFw.99


What does Al Horford bring to the 76ers? How will he fit next to Joel Embiid at the 4? How can he help against Giannis Antetokounmpo? And will Trey Burke or Raul Neto win the backup point guard spot? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#WA6ifblXbJQjyVvz.99


Should the Sixers have extended Ben Simmons? Should you get excited over Ben Simmons’ workout videos showcasing his jumper? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and more. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#WA6ifblXbJQjyVvz.99


What happened with Jimmy Butler and the Philadelphia 76ers? Did the trade with the Miami Heat make sense? And how will Al Horford fit? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic discuss the big changes to the Sixers roster. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#WA6ifblXbJQjyVvz.99


The Philadelphia 76ers traded up to #20 to select Matisse Thybulle out of Washington. Did they give up too much to move up? Was Thybulle the right pick? And what was with their other draft day trades? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann discuss. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#WA6ifblXbJQjyVvz.99


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann talk about the recent developments in the NBA, how they impact the 76ers, and preview what is to come in free agency. They then bring Mike O’Connor on (1 hour, 21 minutes) to discuss Thursday’s NBA draft. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#WA6ifblXbJQjyVvz.99


How do the Sixers move on from Kawhi Leonard’s heartbreaking shot? Was bringing back Brett Brown the right move for the Sixers? What do they need to do in order to get all the way to an NBA Finals? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/184-moving-on-from-kawhis-shot#0LtpJk5WobO4t5Hh.99


The Sixers dominated the Raptors in Game 3 and took a 2-1 series lead. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia break down the Sixers’ big win, and look ahead to the keys for the rest of the series. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#V4PwyQA1eosaZdf0.99


What can we take away from the Sixers’ 4-1 series win over the Nets? And what kind of chance do the Sixers have against the Raptors? Is Ben Simmons the key to the Sixers advancing? Derek Bodner, Rich Hofmann, and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#Ud2VVVh1WOLe9f4e.99


Joel Embiid is now listed as doubtful for Game 1 against the Nets. What does that mean, and can the Sixers advance if he’s not able to go? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, while also previewing the rest of the Sixers’ first-round series with the Nets. Read more at


The Philadelphia 76ers finally played with some effort against the Bucks, but it wasn’t enough to stop their season-long 3-game losing streak. What’s going on? What will they do with James Ennis sidelined for at least two weeks? Should they even care about getting the 3rd seed in the East? Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#piemJ4BkyHx9dEGj.99


The Sixers beat the Wolves, they’ve all but clinched the 3rd seed in the East and they’ve started resting Joel Embiid in preparation for the playoffs. With some of the suspense now gone, Derek Bodner and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia open up the listener mailbag and answer all kinds of questions, from the


The Sixers beat the Celtics, then had a stinker against the Hawks on the road. Where does this team stand heading into the stretch run? Topics: Takeways from the Celtics game to start, then talk about the lineup pairings (15:42), the disappointing Atlanta game (24:20), the team never reaching elite status defensively (31:45), Joel Embiid


Is the constant criticism of Brett Brown fair? Is he the right coach for the Philadelphia 76ers? Is he holding the team back? Can they win an NBA championship with him as their head coach? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss the constant Brett Brown debate. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#VDlb3kyhAldtPTeW.99


The Sixers pulled out a much-needed win over the Indiana Pacers with a dominant second-half performance, catapulting them to the 3rd seed in the Eastern Conference and providing them with the tiebreaker over the Pacers. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss the big win, and the Sixers’ recent play. Read more


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss the Sixers’ disappointing loss to the Warriors, Josh Harris’s comments, Joel Embiid’s injury update, and more. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#vitbsBf2R8aECm1R.99


What the heck happened in the Sixers blowout loss to Portland? Should Boban Marjanovic or Jonah Bolden be the primary backup center when Joel Embiid returns? And is the Sixers bench still their Achilles heel? Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#vitbsBf2R8aECm1R.99


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia check in on where the 37-21 Philadelphia 76ers stand at the All-Star break. How are the new pieces fitting, how much concern do you have over the Celtics, and more. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#s1HfbxmSA0MLmb2s.99   WAGER ON THE SUPER BOWL WITH A 50% CASH BACK


he Sixers acquired Tobias Harris from the Los Angeles Clippers, forming quite possibly the best starting 5 in the Eastern Conference. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia break down every angle of the Harris trade, from how he fits with the Sixers stars, to where that leaves their cap situation in the


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss the Sixers’ recent play, the Porzingis trade and AD trade rumors and how they impact the Sixers, and look at what could happen at Thursday’s trade deadline. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#WsoUTDMxu4kvYSCm.99


The Philadelphia 76ers have started their 12 game stretch against the best the NBA has to offer with impressive wins over the Indiana Pacers, Houston Rockets and San Antonio Spurs. That, plus initial impressions of Corey Brewer and what could be in store at the trade deadline in this week’s Sixers Beat. Read more at


The Sixers finished off a 3-2 road trip, but Jimmy Butler is reportedly aggressively challenging head coach Brett Brown over his role in the offense. Derek Bodner, Rich Hofmann and Mike O’Connor discuss. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#ALig2k0H2TGT3iE4.99


The Sixers struggled down the stretch against Boston AGAIN. How much of that is because of Ben Simmons? And are they long term problems for the Butler/Embiid/Simmons core? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#XxJMYlEYSxrMdTtd.99


The Philadelphia 76ers finally beat the (shorthanded) Toronto Raptors, and Elton Brand gave an update on Markelle Fultz and Zhaire Smith. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and more, in this week’s Sixers Beat. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#ve9MzLLDQrbY3fuB.99


How does Joel Embiid and Jimmy Butler fit? Where does Ben Simmons work in the Sixers half-court offense? And what’s with their recent struggles? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and more, in this week’s Sixers Beat. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/165-how-all-the-sixers-pieces-fit#O6p0tXuOr7iQQFjd.99


The 76ers got blown out once again by the Toronto Raptors. What is and what is not a problem? Derek Bodner, Rich Hofmann and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, along with the most recent Markelle Fultz update, in this week’s Sixers Beat. Here is the medical description of thoracic outlet syndrome that


The Philadelphia 76ers have won 8 of their last 9 games, led by the big 4 of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Jimmy Butler and J.J. Redick. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss their winning ways Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#VxDLAIFcAjOIfrGt.99


What does the future hold for Markelle Fultz? And what’s up with the Sixers’ shaky perimeter defense? Derek Bodner and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that on the latest episode of The Sixers Beat. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#P4tpdooVY3s8YudG.99


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss their initial impressions of Jimmy Butler and how he fits in with the Sixers’ young core. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#OBLV6zYB0IAsZJiP.99


Was the Jimmy Butler trade a wise move for the Sixers to make? What are the risks? What is the upside? And what does this mean for Markelle Fultz’s future with the team? Derek Bodner and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia react to yesterday’s big news. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#ZUBfAtfjcUxMRuhU.99


Derek Bodner and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss the Sixers’ blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz’s reluctance to shoot, Dario Saric’s disappearing act, and the recent execution of the team’s defensive schemes. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#kseR87m82GZE3YiU.99


What’s going on with the Sixers’ early season struggles? How much of it is related to their new, switch-heavy defensive scheme? And how long do you continue starting Markelle Fultz? Derek Bodner, Rich Hofmann and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and more, in this week’s Sixers Beat. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#wc43xxrZHBW1aYmW.99


Derek Bodner, Rich Hofmann and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss the Sixers’ opening night loss to the Boston Celtics, the problems that continue to plague the Sixers against their biggest rival, and the struggles of Markelle Fultz. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99  


What will it take for the Sixers to reach the NBA Finals? Derek Bodner, Rich Hofmann and Mike O’Connor of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, while guessing on some over/unders related to the team. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


Markelle Fultz is back, and he’s taking jump shots in game action. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that and other preseason takeaways in this week’s episode of The Sixers Beat. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


What’s going on at Sixers training camp? Is a Jimmy Butler trade possible? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and give quick season previews for T.J. McConnell and Dario Saric. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/154-sixers-training-camp-impressions#t3Vufh3Krauw3ARZ.99


The Philadelphia 76ers have promoted Elton Brand to be the team’s general manager. What does that mean for the franchise going forward, and what does the power structure look like in the Sixers’ front office? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


What’s going on with the GM search, what can you expect from J.J. Redick and Jonah Bolden this season, and is Markelle Fultz going to start? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and more, in this week’s podcast. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


Markelle Fultz appears to be playing 5-on-5 basketball in Drew Hanlen’s gym. What does that mean? And why have the Sixers just now started talking to GM candidates beyond current sitting GMs? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/151-markelle-fultz-playing-5-on-5#yAcP2m0qtGEmxAIY.99


What is going on with the Sixers’ GM search? Are they even conducting one? And who do you have more confidence developing a jumper, Ben Simmons or Markelle Fultz? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, and more, as they return from their summer vacation. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


Josh Harris and Brett Brown spoke of the Sixers’ ongoing GM search, on their pursuit of LeBron James, and gave hints on how they might be thinking about Kawhi Leonard. That, and summer league discussion, from Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


LeBron James signed with the Lakers, Paul George is in OKC, and the Kawhi Leonard trade talks seem to have stalled. Where do the Sixers go from here? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss the Sixers’ next move. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


Did the Sixers make the right choice in trading Mikal Bridges for Zhaire Smith and a future pick? Will the Sixers pursue a trade for Kawhi Leonard? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss those topics, and more. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


Derek Bodner, Rich Hofmann, Mike O’Connor, Sam Vecenie and Ricky O’Donnell all give their thoughts on what the Sixers should do in tonight’s NBA Draft. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


Following the Sixers’ internal investigation over the Twitter activity of four burner accounts, Bryan Colangelo has stepped down as the Sixers’ president of basketball operations. Rich Hofmann and Derek Bodner of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss one of the stranger controversies in recent memory. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#mwfSwJ1bbzZoc7SR.99


According to Ben Detrick of The Ringer, Sixers GM Bryan Colangelo allegedly had 5 burner Twitter accounts which he used to criticize Sixers players, tweet out medical information and more. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss this strange, developing story. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#tMumzFOxKyrpX5Tj.99


Ben Simmons, Robert Covington and Joel Embiid all took home well-deserved awards for their efforts this season. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss that, along with what to do with Jerryd Bayless’ contract, death by a thousand cuts and the conference finals. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#tMumzFOxKyrpX5Tj.99


What went wrong for the Sixers in the series against the Boston Celtics? How does that impact their future going forward? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia dive in to look at the disappointing end to the Sixers’ season. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#tMumzFOxKyrpX5Tj.99


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic preview the Sixers’ upcoming playoff series against the Boston Celtics, and detail the keys for the Sixers to come away victorious. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#tMumzFOxKyrpX5Tj.99


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia recap the Sixers vs Heat opening round playoff series, and give their thoughts on the Sixers’ chances against Boston or Milwaukee in round 2. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#tMumzFOxKyrpX5Tj.99


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia preview the heavily anticipated Sixers vs Heat series, breaking down the keys for the Sixers in their first playoff appearance in six years. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#tMumzFOxKyrpX5Tj.99


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia respond to an unexpectedly exciting night, as Markelle Fultz made his surprising return in Monday’s win over the Denver Nuggets. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#tMumzFOxKyrpX5Tj.99


Can the Sixers claim a top-4 seed in the Eastern Conference? Should they rest Joel Embiid? And does Brett Brown deserve Coach of the Year consideration? Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss those topics, and more, in this week’s Sixers Beat. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/#tMumzFOxKyrpX5Tj.99


Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic discuss Bryan Colangelo’s tenure so far, looking at the most consequential decisions made so far and figuring out whether he’s done a good job or not. They also discuss the Sixers’ recent play and Markelle Fultz’s latest shooting. Read more at https://sixersbeat.libsyn.com/136-evaluating-bryan-colangelos-tenure-so-far#fE0Ff1qTD36hbYYL.99


In the first half of the podcast Kyle Nuebeck joins to discuss his report on Markelle Fultz. Then, Derek and Rich discuss the team’s recent play, and how the second half of the season might play out.


PHILADELPHIA – Joel Embiid has been selected as a starter for the 2018 All-Star game. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss whether he was deserving, how the Sixers will cope without J.J. Redick for the next few weeks, whether Ben Simmons will be nominated as a reserve, and what they expect out


PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia 76ers have won 5 of their last 6 games, Ben Simmons is dominating and Markelle Fultz is practicing. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia break down the recent news surrounding the team.


Is Brett Brown to blame for the Sixers’ recent struggles? Which veteran are you most frustrated with? And what’s going on with Markelle Fultz?  


PHILADELPHIA – Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia discuss Joel Embiid’s workload and back soreness, Ben Simmons’ recent play, and when to expect Markelle Fultz’s return to play. This episode is brought to you by Harry’s Razors. Head on over to harrys.com/sixersbeat to get $5 off a great holiday gift!


PHILADELPHIA – Jahlil Okafor has been traded to the Nets. Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann of The Athletic Philadelphia react to the trade that’s felt imminent for the last two years. This episode was brought to you by Harry’s Razors. For a great shave at a fair price, head on over to harrys.com/sixersbeat. (Note: This podcast


PHILADELPHIA – Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann discuss the Sixers’ recent play, their disappointing loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, Ben Simmons’ ankle injury, and take listener mailbag questions.


PHILADELPHIA – Derek Bodner and Rich Hofmann discuss Joel Embiid’s epic game against the Los Angeles Lakers, the end of The Process debate, and Robert Covington’s new contract.


PHILADELPHIA – Jahlil Okafor wants to be bought out, Joel Embiid is dominating, and Ben Simmons is dropping triple doubles. Derek, Rich, and Kyle discuss that, and more, in this week’s Sixers Beat


PHILADELPHIA – Derek, Rich, and Kyle discuss Joel Embiid’s anger over his minutes restriction, Markelle Fultz starting the season coming off the bench, and give predictions on the upcoming 2017-18 season that will inevitably look ridiculous in just a few short weeks.