Elton Brand made a massive splash in free agency by stealing Al Horford from the rivaled Boston Celtics.  Al Horford was rumored to have a "mystery suitor" in the weeks leading up to free agency; but no person knew for a fact what team it was. Reports came out that a NBA team promised him the likes of...
We've all seen the exotic programs that elite athletes are rumored to use. From hyperbaric chambers to smoothies, diet, and massage and physical training. What is often overlooked, however, are the simplest aspects of performance management. Those include rest and mental resilience training.  In 2019 you might assume that all athletes have an advanced program of diet and...
What I’ve learned: A year on the beat Where to begin…. I suppose you begin at the beginning. The first thing I want people to know is that there is very little glamour to covering a professional team. In fact, aside from the 3hrs or so the players play in front of 20,000 fans,...
The Philadelphia 76ers concluded their Las Vegas Summer League experience with a 108-102 victory over the Toronto Raptors. Sixers fans got a taste of Matisse Thybulle, the 20th pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, as well as Zhaire Smith, who spent most of the 2018-19 season recovering from both an injury as well as an illness stemming...
The Sixers wrapped up the Summer League with a victory over the Toronto Raptors. Here is a collection of TPL Ultimate Highlight Reels from the top performers this Summer. I also added game highlight reels for each game this Summer League. Enjoy! If you like what you see, please be sure to subscribe to...
After 5 games, Summer League is officially over. What does it all mean? Matt (@PureBooyah) and Chris (@mrcrockpot) give their top 3 takeaways from Summer League and take everything we saw from our Summer Sixers and project into next season. Make sure to follow @BlueRouteTPL for everything Summer Sixers!
In Camden on Friday Morning, the Philadelphia 76ers introduced four new faces and two returning players to the media for an initial press conference to discuss joining the team. Raul Neto formerly of the Utah Jazz, Kyle O’Quinn formerly of the Indiana Pacers, Al Horford formerly of the Boston Celtics, and Josh Richardson formerly of the Miami...
The 2019 Summer Hawks didn't have the luxury of consistency. De'Andre Hunter missed all but one game. Cam Reddish missed all four contests. Bruno Fernando missed the opener. Omari Spellman was traded after two games. Charlie Brown Jr. didn't appear until the third game.  There were a lot of moving parts.  As a result, the Hawks skidded to a...
Sadly, the Summer Sixers season is coming to an end. The Sixers are currently 1-3 and look to get a consolation game on Friday. There were many positives and negatives that came out of the past four games. As Summer League wraps up, the Blue Route (@BlueRouteTPL) will be shifting to #GoBirds mode and will cover everything...
The Chicago Bulls have fallen off pretty heavily from their decent run of success in the late 2000s up to 2015. The franchise was, in essence, doomed from the moment Derrick Rose tore his ACL in 2012. In the last four years, they won 42, 41, 27, and 22 games. Starts at the Top The preeminent issue with this...
Ben (@bpdunst) and Dan (@dansaysthat) from @ProcessPotables join Chris (@mrcrockpot) to react to the fourth Sixers game of Summer League against the Detroit Pistons. Welcome to the Matisse and Zhaire Show! Make sure to follow @BlueRouteTPL for everything Summer Sixers!
Two Paisani + A Pizza Podcast – Episode 55: Kawhi-ser Soze Resets the NBA In this episode, Eric & Mike discuss Kawhi Leonard's dealings to get Paul George to join him on the LA Clippers, as well as the new NBA landscape as free agency winds down. They also talk about the new Aziz Ansari comedy special before...