Posts by Ben Detrick
The Plan in the Middle: How Does Jahlil Okafor’s Throwback Talent Fit in With Philly’s Modern Offense?
Okafor might be a lizard king who rises from cracked earth to trample cities or he could be an anachronism, doomed to perish among today’s fleet-footed mammalia. Which is he?
Coulda Been: The Life and Unsolved Killing of Chinx
Friends and family remember the late rapper as the police look for answers regarding his killing earlier this year.
Hot Jazz: Can Utah Keep Climbing Up the Crowded Western Conference?
Since the All-Star break, the Jazz are 11-2, suffocating opponents with the league’s top-ranked defense and racking up the highest margin of victory in the NBA.
Nerlens Noel: The Other Rookie of the Year
Not only does Noel lead all rookies in rebounds, blocks, and steals, he’s also the only NBA player in the top 10 in both blocks (eighth) and steals (10th). That’s not, you know, normal.
The Modern Goon: Denver’s Jusuf Nurkic Bludgeons His Way Into the NBA
A willingness to be ejected for ’bowing an opponent in the windpipe doesn’t naturally coincide with increasingly necessary tasks like protecting the rim, chasing lithe forwards with 3-point range, and spacing the floor with perimeter shooting.
J.R. in Cleveland: An Ohio Nightlife Guide for the Famous NYC Party Animal
Put down the Xbox controller, J.R. Smith. We’ve found some things for you to do in Cleveland.
What Hath Shammgod Wroten: The Emergence of Another Sixers Point Guard
To produce moments of greatness, you have to Shmoney dance on the precipice of mayhem.
Which NBA Players Are #HealthGoth?
With connections between the fashion universe and the NBA cresting, it’s no surprise that #HealthGoth sensibilities — a byproduct of the dual popularity of sportswear and goth aesthetics — have bled into professional basketball. But which players truly embody the dark spirit of this nascent movement?
Thad Young’s Exit From Philly Closes the Book on the Doug Collins Era
The most pious of characters from Dana Carvey’s brilliant Saturday Night Live menagerie was Enid Strict, better known as the Church Lady. In any given “Church Chat” skit, the condescending and morally imperious Bible-thumper would skewer guests for their misdeeds, inevitably dropping a catchphrase that pinpointed the festering source of all sinfulness: “Could it be […]
HINKIEEEEEEEEEEE! Taking Stock of the Sixers Draft Rumors
Sixers GM Sam Hinkie has maintained radio silence for a month. The team’s workouts with potential draft picks are closed to the public. And last week, when intrepid beat reporters skulked too close to the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine while Andrew Wiggins was being feted, police were summoned in riot gear. OK, the media was […]