The Rights To Ricky Sanchez: The Sixers Podcast

Since our last podcast, nothing changed with the Nerlens Noel situation and the Sixers, and everything changed. Bryan Colangelo spoke, and Joel Embiid spoke *out*, saying that he'd like to give the Twin Towers experience a try with Noel instead of Okafor. We also discuss Alt-Process leader Ben Detrick's piece on The Ringer suggesting possible trades for each.

Finally, we took some questions from our friends at r/Sixers, for the first ever Ricky AMA.

We also play the brand new song from Process Truster and actual musician, John Vincent, called "Chu Chu The F**kin' Legend."

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:34pm EDT

For the first time ever, Joel Embiid said he did not trust the process. Coincidentally, that was the first time that Jahlil Okafor started along side him. And then it got even less fun when Nerlens Noel returned against the Lakers and only played eight minutes. We talk about the Triple Towers experiment, Jerryd Bayless' wrist surgery and subsequent missing of the season, the "return" of Ben Simmons to the court, and recap the week's games.

We also reveal the original members of the Retweet Armageddon Congress.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 3:26pm EDT

They said it would never happen! Well, Spike said it would never happen. It looks like Nerlens Noel is going to return to play for the Sixers. We'll discuss how he'll fit. We also recap the week in Sixers, give out some quarter-season grades, talk about Bus The Process II (F*ck Andrew Sharp), the Retweet Armageddon Congress, and the new Ricky theme song by Amos Lee and Jaron Olevsky.

You heard us right! There is a Bus The Process II, on January 14th, to Washington D.C. to see Sixers vs. Wizards. For just $85, you'll get the bus down to D.C. (yes there is an option for those who live there and don't need the bus), a ticket to the game, snacks on the bus, a commemorative t-shirt from Cheesesteaktees, your picture on center court, and you'll shoot a free throw on the court after the game. Go to THIS LOCATION for all the details and purchase tickets from Phans Of Philly. It's going to be a lot of fun.

A huge, unreal thanks to Chef Olev And Sammos Hinklie, also known to the world as Amos Lee and his keyboardist/musical director Jaron Olevsky for the new Ricky theme song "Stay A Believer (Trust The Process)," a song written and recorded for Process Trusters everywhere (also I just named the song). Amos, in case you haven't heard, is from Philadelphia and a huge Truster Of The Process (read this great profile on Amos and the Sixers by Jason Lipshutz at Billboard). You can buy Amos' new album 'Spirit,' which is great. His entire library is great. Thanks Amos and Jaron!

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 8:18am EDT

Joel Embiid is playing basketball, Dario Saric is a Sixer in Philadelphia, and the Sixers won the lottery. So it's time for Retweet Armageddon, right? Not so fast. We take your suggestions on when the online day of reckoning should happen, talk about the new Sam Hinkie long-read in Sports Illustrated, discuss the losses to the Cavs, Raptors and Magic, and the debut of the twin-towers lineup with Embiid and Okafor.

Also we talk about the Sixers as compared to The Ship Of Theseus, thanks to Sean Carroll.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 8:41am EDT

We recap the week in Sixers, including the double-overtime loss to the Grizzlies, the Embiid-less obliteration by the Bulls, the win over the Heat, and Robert Covington's sorta-break out of his slump. We also briefly preview the Cavs game, and take a ton of questions from Twitter.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 7:18am EDT

Somehow, someway, Nik Stauskas is playing like a man possessed. Somehow, some way, Robert Covington has forgotten how to shoot. We those things, the win over the Wizards, the matchup with the Timberwolves, and the Sixers decision to rest Joel Embiid at home. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:14pm EDT

For the first time in a few years, the Sixers won a game before December. To put that in perspective, the last time the Sixers won a game before December, that Sixers team had Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes on it.

We do talk about the election for the first 45 or 46 minutes. It is spirited but we still love each other and you. You can skip past it if you've had enough.

We discuss the win over the Pacers, the near-win over the Pacers, the return of Robert Covington to the land of the living, the Joel Embiid podcast with Woj, JoJo's rest and the early success of the Los Angeles Lakers. Also, the newly discovered controversy regarding Bryan Colangelo.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 7:38am EDT

Here we are, winless and arguing about Brett Brown's late-game coaching. Is it a product of a young, flawed roster, or is it time to hold Brown accountable? Sounds familiar.

We discuss Brown's coaching and the chances he makes it through the year, the greatness that is Joel Embiid, the Jerami Grant trade, the Nerlens Noel rumors, Robert Covington's shooting struggles, Jerry Colangelo's stepping down at USA Basketball, and more!

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 9:11am EDT

'Trust The Process,' is a little phrase that we're all probably a little sick of and proud of at the same time.

When we look back at where it started (in this context at least), we can whittle it down to this; Tony Wroten said it, Pablo Torre wrote it, we ran with it, Joel Embiid perfected it.

It's been a long time coming, but we've finally got ESPN's Pablo Torre on the podcast to talk about his original Hinkie article, where it all went, and how awesome Joel Embiid is.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 9:52am EDT

The season begins this week, and we look ahead and make our predictions for the 2016-17 Sixers. How long will Nerlens Noel be on the team? How much longer will everyone fight about it? How many games will they win? Will Ben Simmons play at all? Will Hollis Thompson shoot 40% from three? How long will it take us to make a lewd joke about Jerryd Bayless' wrist soreness?

And finally... Joel Embiid?

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 5:07am EDT

Joel Embiid really played a game! Then he played another one! And he looked good! We discuss Embiid's debut, his embracing of his new nickname, and how everyone else on the team looked in the first two games. 

Then, we're treated to a game of TEST THE PROCESS! Boy, this will be embarrassing. Spike and Mike compete against each other in a round of trivia hosted by none other than Andrew 'Invented Sauce Castillo, The Nickname Not The Guy,' Unterberger. You can follow the great Andrew Unterberger on Twitter @AUGetOffMyGold. You can read his work and his questionable opinions about music at Billboard.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:00pm EDT

Hey, here we are again! We discuss the news about Ben Simmons, make up scenarios, and help you get through it. Let us know if you find out who is helping us get through it. 

We also talk about Nerlens Noel's comments at camp, and what the Sixers lineup may look like now. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 7:28am EDT

Many asked us to post the audiobook version of Sam Hinkie's resignation letter separately. So here it is!

Page 1: Michael Levin

Page 2: LL Pavorsky

Page 3: Max Rappaport and Jim Adair

Page 4: Spike Eskin

Page 5: Sean Carroll

Page 6: Spike Eskin

Page 7: Andrew Goldstein

Page 8: Ben Detrick

Page 9: Michael Weber

Page 10: Michael Levin

Page 11: Michael Baumann

Page 12: Eliza Hardy Jones

Page 13: Spike Eskin

 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 5:02am EDT

There is no theoretical physicist, acclaimed writer, or audiobook on this week's Ricky, just some riffing about the Sixers.

We talk about Bryan Colangelo's appearance on The Vertical Podcast, the opening of the new practice facility, NBA2K 17, the 20 man roster, Vegas' over/under for the team, and Joel Embiid's upcoming debut. We also discuss Sam Hinkie's follows on Twitter. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 10:07am EDT

It's been two weeks, so we have a lot to talk about. Also, it's the offseason, so we're committed to doing something pretty different or absurd in each podcast.

First, we discuss Sam Hinkie's Twitter awakening, Allen Iverson's Hall Of Fame speech, Brett Brown's press lunch, the return of Elton Brand, and the various Embiid media of the week. 

Then, we provide you with something incredible and ridiculous. We've recorded and put together an audiobook of Sam Hinkie's resignation letter. The various pages are read by us, LL Pavorsky, Max Rappaport and Jim Adair, Chris Ryan and Andy Greenwald, Sean Carroll, Andrew Goldstein, Ben Detrick, Mike Weber, Michael Baumann, and Eliza Hardy Jones. This is an all-timer. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 2:15pm EDT

Our offseason of intelligence soldiers on with Philadelphia native and Caltech Theoretical Physicist Sean Carroll.

We talk about what he thought of Hinkie's departure, Noel vs. Okafor, and what it's like to be a theoretical physicist AND a Sixers fan.

We also talk about the multiverse, his new book The Big Picture, and whether or not we're living in a simulation. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:43pm EDT

Hey, Spike here, I'm writing the intro to this one. 

I've long said that Chuck Klosterman writes like I would want to write if I was smarter. He's my favorite writer of all time.

We were lucky enough to have Chuck on the podcast for an hour (!!) to talk about the Sixers, The Process, Sam Hinkie, Chip Kelly, and of course his new, awesome book, 'What If We're Wrong? Thinking About The Present As If It Were The Past.'

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 5:02am EDT

Many people ask us, "when are you going to get over it," and the answer is always "never!" At the very least, it's "not yet."

Because it's August and there's not much else to discuss, on today's Ricky we grade every single transaction of the Sam Hinkie era of Sixers basketball. We also briefly discuss the reported delay in the construction of the new practice facility. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 8:15am EDT

 

We're so sorry, we were off, but it was Spike's fault.
 
 
We return with thoughts on Dario and Sergio in the Olympics, the Sixers schedule, Mike Weber asking the president about the Sixers, and a brand new relationship advice and Jigsaw. 
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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 11:18am EDT

It's undoubtedly the offseason. Not the "draft, summer league" sort of offseason, but the "check in on Eagles training camp, talk even more about Jahlil Okafor, celebrate the signing of Dion Waiters, discuss the change in the Analytics Department, and do an extended relationship advice" sort of offseason.

Thanks to Dave Spadaro, host of the Eagles Live Podcast, for checking in from Training Camp.

And thanks to the wonderful Eliza Hardy Jones, who donated her song "Couldn't Leave You" as the Relationship Advice theme song. 

 
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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:10pm EDT

Somehow, some way, Joel Embiid has managed to do things over the last two years to keep us hopeful and excited, even when he hasn't been able to play a game for the team. This week was no different. We talk about Embiid's new practice dunk video, and his social media tribute to Sam Hinkie.

We also discuss the remaining available free agents, the signing of Cat Barber, the return of Relationship Advice, and Jerry Colangelo's friend at The Undefeated.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 10:35am EDT

Dario Saric is officially a Sixer. We talk about what it means, and gloat in the glow of Sam Hinkie. Also, farewell to forever Sixer Chu Chu Maduabum.

Also, a tearful goodbye to Christian Wood, some long-promised hot takes on Adnan Syed's recent court victory, wrapping up Summer League, what not to do at the movies, and talk of an off-season return of "Relationship Advice."

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 8:36am EDT

Ben Simmons is really, actually a Sixer. Look at him dropping dimes and refusing to shoot. He's everything we hoped for. We talk about Simmons' performance, the 'rise' of Christian Wood, TJ McConnell's haircut, and that guy on the Sixers who looks like he's an accountant.

As well, we talk to Ben Simmon's Mental Skills coach Graham Betchart, Director of Mental Training for Lucid. You can find out about Graham and Lucid's app at this location.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 4:16pm EDT

In this episode, we talk about NBA Free-Agency, the signing of Jerryd Bayless and the Sixers activity, the decision to renew Hollis Thompson, but send Isaiah Canaan packing, the hiring of Jim O'Brien, and we talk to ESPN's Jordan Brenner (@JordanBrenner) about his article about Sam Hinkie, and why he didn't say the name of our podcast.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:35pm EDT

Now that we've had 60 hours to digest it, we revisit the draft and and to appropriately grade the job Bryan Colangelo has done.

We address the Sixers prospects in free-agency, and the (still) present glut of big men.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 8:09am EDT

A bittersweet draft, for sure. We got everything we wanted, Ben Simmons, Timothe Luwawu and Furkan Korkmaz. But we wish Sam Hinkie was here to have it with us.

We discuss the draft, the flurry of trade rumor activity beforehand, and the roster construction for the Sixers moving forward.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 11:54pm EDT

We discuss the new pictures and video of our savior Joel Embiid, figure out what teams would want Jahlil Okafor, and talk to NBA Scout Elan Vinokurov for some final thoughts on the NBA Draft.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 10:56am EDT

Dario's maybe not coming! We might not have any more information than we did a week ago, but we've got to talk about the prospects of Dario Saric maybe not coming over this year.

We also take some questions from the BRAND NEW Rights To Ricky Sanchez Facebook page.

Finally, The Ringer's (and The Watch podcast, and After The Thrones) Chris Ryan (@ChrisRyan77) joins us, to tell us if he secretly hates Andrew Sharp, if Bill Simmons is trolling us, and whether he's back being a Sixers fan.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 6:39am EDT

Thank you rumor mill! If there's anything that screams "Sam Hinkie is gone," loud and from the rooftops, it's a rumor that the Sixers are considering trading Nerlens Noel for a year of Jeff Teague.

We break down the trade rumors, speak with SB Nation's Ricky O'Donnell about his thoughts on the draft and what the Sixers should do, celebrate the YouTube Big Board's influence on the draft (hi Marquese Chriss!) and talk about a process moment with a big-time musician.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 9:48am EDT

It's Big Board season!

Spike debuts his YouTube Big Board for 2016, Mike waxes poetically about Timothe Luwawu, and Derek Bodner joins the show to talk about who the Sixers should take at #1, who they should take if they get another top-five pick, and who may be available with the 24th and 26th picks.

We also talk about which big man the team should trade (Noel or Okafor).

And of course a long, heartfelt farewell to Mike D'Antoni.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 1:13pm EDT

It's the weekend, and we still have the #1 pick.

We talk about basking in the glow of the victory, the media coverage of the party, the persistent rumors about Mike D'Antoni, Simmons vs. Ingram (get ready for a month of this!) and our schedule leading up to the draft.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 4:58pm EDT

We did it.

Then we did a podcast. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 11:20pm EDT

It's finally here, the Rights To Ricky Sanchez / Liberty Ballers 2016 Lottery Party at XFINITY Live!

We've seen the numbers, and there are going to be a heckuvalotta people there. We want to see you.

We talk about the party, the week's news, and whatever other nonsense we think of.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 4:53pm EDT

The Sixers hired some guys!

Bryan Colangelo hired a guy whose name is Ned and is almost impossible to find on the internet. It seems like he's flirting with us. We discuss the hiring of Cohen and Eversley, what Bryan Colangelo actually does, Mike D'Antoni's interview in Houston and what that means for Brett Brown, and we take Twitter questions.

The Lottery Party is REALLY REALLY CLOSE.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 4:33pm EDT

One of our most popular podcasts ever was with NBA Draft scout Elan Vinokurov, so we're RUNNING IT BACK! Elan comes on the show to talk about what he (and we) got wrong and right about the 2015 Draft, and take a look at some of the bigger questions for the 2016 draft. Elan was nice enough to offer to come on twice this year, so we'll have him on closer to the draft to get into some of the nitty gritty.

Follow Elan on Twitter @ElanVino, and visit his site at evhoops.com.

We also discuss what went into our now famous billboard.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:00am EDT

People have asked a lot of times, so we go over every possible free-agent target the Sixers could have this summer.

We also discuss the current NBA playoffs and give our predictions, discuss Bryan Colangelo's appearance with Derek Bodner on Sixers Beat, once again talk about the snakiness of Jerry Colangelo, take some Twitter questions, and cryptically hint at something we won't discuss.

All in all, a pretty full show.

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Category:general -- posted at: 5:34am EDT

In the first podcast not about what a disaster the Sixers organization is since Sam Hinkie stepped down, we give out some grades for the season, as well as our season awards, including LVP, MVP, and Lickface Of The Year.

We also discuss the rumors of Brett Brown's dismissal, Bryan Colangelo's denial, and Jerry Colangelo's all-around snake-in-the-grassedness.

We're a month till the Lottery Party kids, let's do this.

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Category:general -- posted at: 6:46am EDT

What a week it's been for The Process. It's pretty funny that our group is seen as small, but "The Process" and its proponents seem to have captured the ongoing narrative for an NBA team for the better part of three years.

In any case, this episode was recorded "live," as Mike says, when in really means "when we're both in the same room." We discuss our feelings on the week, a few days later, the home court finale, which we both attended, the Josh Harris presser, the upcoming Lottery Party, and the future of the team and the podcast.

In case you were wondering, the Lottery Party is STILL ON, and will now be more massive than ever.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 11:21am EDT

Not much to say here.

There will still be a Lottery Party, which will be Sam Hinkie Appreciation Night.

We will look to add Sam's name to the shirt.

Thanks for listening to our podcast. You guys are the best.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 10:03pm EDT

On some level, winning only nine games this season would be appropriate. If you're going to be bad, you might as well be all-time bad.

On another level, giving people one last chance to take shots at the team is something we'd probably all like to avoid.

We discuss the final five games, the loss to the Pacers, Villanova's big win, Buddy Hield's disappearing act and place in the draft, Sam Hinkie squatting 500 pounds, and take a boat load of Twitter questions.

We're almost there, gang.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 9:57am EDT

It's sort of perfect that the scandal (?) involving D'Angelo Russell, also involves Swaggy P. This has Sixers written all over it.

We discuss the always-was-going-to-happen Okafor for Russell trade, the recent reports about Sam Hinkie's future with the team, the odds the Sixers win again this season, Nerlens Noel's sadness, and basically an hour of Elton Brand and Carl Landry talk.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 3:01pm EDT

Mike is celebrating his anniversary with the wonderful Alyssa, and driving up to the Bay Area to watch the Sixers play the Warriors. Spike is suffering from the worst allergy attack in the history of allergies.

We will do a full podcast this week. While you wait, here is the Sam Hinkie interview we did in October of 2013, that many new Ricky listeners have never heard. It's funny to hear what we thought then, and what we think now. Sam was great, and this is still one of the best pods we've done.

Until later this week, keep on processing.

 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 11:13am EDT

A pretty big week for The Process, I think we'd all agree.

We talk about the #BusTheProcess trip and reaction, the Ricky basketball game at the Center, Max Rappaport's deep dive on the Trusters in Complex Mag, Kevin Durant's inevitable signing with the Sixers, Brett Brown on the Zach Lowe podcast, Mike's big board, Joel Embiid back in Qatar, TJ vs. Ish, and if the Sixers will win again this season.

The Rights To Ricky Sanchez is always brought to you by LL Pavorsky Jewelers. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 10:23am EDT

The Sixers won a game! Unfortunately it may have come at a high cost, as we give an update on Robert Covington's injury.

We discuss the big win, the loss of Jahlil Okafor for the rest of the season, the very Process article from Tom Haberstroh, and tie up some odds and ends!

The Rights To Ricky Sanchez is always brought to you by LL Pavorsky Jewelers. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 9:41am EDT

Deadspin said we have Stockholm Syndrome, Max Rappaport got like a thousand retweets, we confused other fans and most of the beat writers, and a bunch of Process Trusters refused to chant "Let's Go Sixers" on the big screen, to the confusion of one Christian Crosby. It was a successful RTRS Night at The Center.

We wrap up the evening's highlights, talk about the (probably fake) Dennis Schroeder trade, and try to figure out why the Sixers stink so bad again.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 10:37am EDT

The Sixers made a franchise-altering trade at the deadline once again, acquiring Joel Anthony and a second round pick.

We discuss the trades, and non-trade of Jahlil Okafor, announce the 2016 Lottery Party location, and talking about how you actually get to the moon.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 10:30am EDT

The trade deadline is Thursday! We discuss possibilities, Jerry Colangelo's weekly mean comments about Sam Hinkie, and a wrap-up of the NBA All-Star Weekend.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:30pm EDT

The Sixers maybe inquired about trading for Blake Griffin! Maybe not! But let's talk about that.

Also Jerry Colangelo's final say, and a bunch of other stuff.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:32pm EDT

It's been a couple of weeks. We're sorry! We're back!

This episode features a quick wrap-up in the week(s) in Sixers, mid-season awards, and a celebration and discussion of Mr. Joel Embiid.

The Rights To Ricky Sanchez is always brought to you by LL Pavorsky Jewelers. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 9:13am EDT

Sam Hinkie said that the Sixers may grow their orchard this Summer.

Jerry Colangelo doesn't know Dario Saric's name.

We made a Joel Embiid t-shirt.

The Sixers almost beat the Bulls.

It's been a week in Sixers, we talk about it. 

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Category:general -- posted at: 12:21pm EDT

What a week in Sixers! They signed Elton Brand, may add Shane Battier, won a game against the Timberwolves, and got crushed against the Hawks.

Spike watched a college basketball game, and Mike loves Brandon Ingram.

The Rights To Ricky Sanchez Podcast is brought to you by LL Pavorsky Jewelers. 

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 12:36pm EDT

The Sixers got crushed by the Clippers, and Jahlil Okafor's dad and Kendall Marshall dad went nuts.

We discuss the Sixers dads going nuts, the win over the Kings, Ish Smith's role, and what's wrong with Robert Covington.

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Category:Time's Yours -- posted at: 1:17pm EDT

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