Let the Post Rabbit Era Begin: Sixers Host Detroit in Home Opener

Let the Post Rabbit Era Begin: Sixers Host Detroit in Home Opener

As kids today -- or is it professional athletes? Hip Hop artists? I forget who says it exactly -- like to say, "haters gone hate."

Regardless of how exciting this young Sixers team is, or how well they're playing at any given moment, people who don't even watch the NBA at all are going to trot out their typical insightful analysis of, "who cares? The NBA hasn't been good since [insert 80's era superstar] played." This, of course, ignores one simple fact.

A whole lot of people care.

Sure, the Sixers may not be the perennial title contender that the Phillies have become. They may not be the well-oiled hockey machine that Ed Snider has built. And they certainly don't play in the NFL, arguably Philly sports fans' first love. But the fact remains that the Wells Fargo Center is going to have a whole lot of fans in the building tonight for the home opener to the 2011-2012 season.

So, get your "who cares" out of the way now and allow the hoops fans in this town to enjoy a team that has started out a respectable 3-2 on the road to jump start their season. Not only has Coach Collins rejuvenated a franchise that was totally in the dumps -- Eddie Jordan was here less than two years ago!?! -- just a short while ago, but a new ownership group has shown that they care immensely about you, the fan, and want to ensure you get a valuable experience when you pay money to come putt your butt in the seats.

The new lighting, the new PA announcer, the new music, the new video montages, the potential new mascot (?) … They'll almost certainly be a nice upgrade over what came before. Oh, and the new extra dancers, too. (And we admit, the mascot thing could easily go either way)

But the real excitement will be what takes place on the court when the clock is running. Tonight is your first real chance to get a look at the new Sixers up close and personal.

Before the season started, Coach Collins said his goal for the season was simple. To be better.

We're just happy to have relatively high expectations for once.

First tip from the Center scheduled for 7:00 p.m. as the Sixers host a banged up Pistons team. If there's a game the Sixers should win early in their schedule, this one is it.

You may not care, but keep it to yourself, will ya? Because plenty of love will be shown this year in South Philly for the 76ers.

Time to get better.

NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

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NBC Sports Philadelphia Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: NBC Sports Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Best of NBA: Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for 1st win

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Best of NBA: Pelicans hold off late Lakers rally for 1st win

LOS ANGELES -- Anthony Davis scored 27 points, DeMarcus Cousins had 20 and the New Orleans Pelicans withstood a furious rally to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 119-112 on Sunday night for their first victory of the season.

The Pelicans led by 22 points in the second quarter and were still up by double figures heading into the final period, but the Lakers made a charge despite a poor shooting night from rookie Lonzo Ball.

Reserve Jordan Clarkson had 24 points for the Lakers, but Ball shot just 3 for 13 for eight points. He did have 13 assists and eight rebounds.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope started and scored 20 points in his first appearance for the Lakers. Rookie Kyle Kuzma also had 20.

E'Twaun Moore, who went 0 for 5 in his last game, added 19 points for the Pelicans (1-2), while Jrue Holiday and Ian Clark each had 14 (see full recap).

Wiggins' heave banks in, leads Timberwolves past Thunder
OKLAHOMA CITY -- Andrew Wiggins' 3-pointer from a few steps inside halfcourt banked in as time expired to give the Minnesota Timberwolves a 115-113 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on Sunday night.

Oklahoma City's Carmelo Anthony had hit a 3-pointer with 5.1 seconds left to give the Thunder the lead before the Timberwolves inbounded to Wiggins, who rushed up the court and got free with help from a crushing pick by Karl-Anthony Towns before pulling up for the winner.

Wiggins scored 27 points and Towns had 27 points and 12 rebounds for Minnesota (2-1).

Russell Westbrook scored 15 of his 31 points in the fourth quarter for the Thunder, who were coming off a loss at Utah on Saturday night. Anthony scored 23 points and Paul George scored 14 points on 6-for-20 shooting. Steven Adams had 17 points and 13 rebounds for the Thunder (see full recap).

Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, Nets beat Hawks
NEW YORK -- Allen Crabbe scored 20 points, DeMarre Carroll had 17 and the Brooklyn Nets beat the Atlanta Hawks 116-104 on Sunday.

Caris LeVert and D'Angelo Russell each had 16 points to help the Nets improve to 2-1 with their second straight victory.

Marco Belinelli had 19 points for Atlanta. The Hawks have lost two in a row to drop to 1-2.

Atlanta point guard Dennis Schroeder went down with an apparent ankle injury with 3:37 left and had to be helped off the court.

Brooklyn found a way to win once again without Jeremy Lin, who was lost for the season on opening night with a knee injury, holding off the Hawks after leading by 16 points late in the third (see full recap).