Articles by Billy Bauer
Sep. 23, 2016
Aug. 19, 2016
Saric’s play eases worries about fit with Simmons
The Philadelphia 76ers are set to spend next season trying to balance having two players with a very similar skill set: power forwards with unique court vision and ball handling ability for their size. To me that, in the words of Marlo Stanfield from HBO’s “The Wire,” “sounds like one of them good problems.”
Jul. 22, 2016
Dario Saric follows through on promise to Sixers, signs for 2016-17 season
Shortly after he heard his name called on the night of the 2014 NBA Draft, new Philadelphia draft choice Dario Saric sat down with NBA TV’s Jared Greenberg for a short interview. Greenberg got directly to the point before their talk came to an end.
Jun. 3, 2016
Bauer: stakes high for LeBron in the NBA Finals
LeBron James is 2-4 in NBA Finals series in his career. His detractors cite that admittedly poor record when criticizing him, be it in the context of today’s game or his place in history. They’re not necessarily wrong either, 2-4 isn’t great. Michael Jordan went 6-6 in the NBA Finals. Bill Russell went 11 for 12. This seems to make a decently strong case against Lebron James obtaining a place with those players in the annals of NBA history, but is actually misleading.
May. 20, 2016
Luck finally falls Sixers way with first overall pick
In the world of the Philadelphia 76ers, it is, as the kids say, “lit.”
May. 20, 2016
Billy the writer says take a chance on Chance the Rapper
During a joint interview with Lin-Manuel Miranda, writer and star of the wildly successful play “Hamilton,” with Complex Magazine, Chance the Rapper provided deep insight into the state of his life in 2016. Coming off of a show-stopping feature on Kanye West’s “Ultralight Beam” and the accompanying “Saturday Night Live” performance, it would make sense for Chance’s focus to rest on his personal successes.
May. 13, 2016
Bauer: NBA playoffs heat up, Steph Curry returns
It’s finally the best time of the year. No, not because of Cinco De Mayo, Memorial Day, or my birthday, though those are monumental occasions. It’s NBA playoff time baby, and things are finally heating up!
Apr. 29, 2016
The World Is A Beautiful Place And I Am No Longer Afraid To Die plays TLA
I have a friend who loves “emo” music. For years, he’s tried to force my interest in the genre and insisted that The World Is A Beautiful Place and I Am No Longer Afraid to Die is near the peak of “emo” music. I listened and listened and just couldn’t understand the appeal — until this month, that is. I’m a strong believer that music requires some element of emotional context to be enjoyed, and I suppose I wasn’t in the right mindset to like their music until recently, and man was it a treat. So when I heard that they were playing at the Theatre of Living Arts Sunday, April 24, I knew I had to be there. Four bands filled out the bill for the show: Pinegrove, The Sidekicks, The World Is, and Into It. Over It.
Apr. 8, 2016
Bauer: Sixers owners’ short-term thinking tanks the tank
At 7:02 PM on April 6, ESPN’s Marc Stein tweeted “ESPN sources say Sam Hinkie has stepped down from his posts in Philadelphial [sic].” Typos aside, the meaning was clear: Philadelphia 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie was leaving Philadelphia and likely taking the oft-maligned “process” with him.