On this edition of Zoo's Views, Marc Zumoff talks with rookie Landry Shamet. The two discuss Shamet's transition to the NBA and why draft day will always give him a chip on his shoulder.
Shamet was raised by his mother and while growing up, experienced his family declaring for bankruptcy. Now, as a rookie, he's paying $200 Chick-fil-A tabs on Sixers road trips. You can see why making the NBA gets surreal at times for him.
Also, his relationship with Brett Brown and being recognized already by fans in public.
1:30 - How his rookie season is going so far.
5:00 - Why draft day will always give him a chip on his shoulder. His rookie task is buying Chick-fil-A on road trips.
9:30 - Difference between Kansas City and Philadelphia.
12:00 - Relationship with his mother.
15:00 - While growing up, his family went bankrupt.
17:30 - Likes playing for Brown.
21:00 - What does he want to accomplish during his career?
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Kyle Korver decided to head to the Bucks, while FiveThirtyEight's statistial model thinks the Sixers have the best chance to win the NBA Finals in 2019-20. Danny Pommells and Noah Levick discuss on this episode of Sixers Talk.
With Korver off the board, which other remaining free agents make sense for the Sixers?
Tobias Harris will have more responsibility for the Sixers in the fourth quarter this season. Can he handle it?
Plus, an explanation of Christ Koumadje's Exhibit 10 deal and a breakdown of two-way player Marial Shayok.
That and more below on this edition of Sixers Talk.
Sixers fans hoping for a Kyle Korver reunion got disappointing news Saturday afternoon.
The veteran sharpshooter is reportedly signing a deal with the Milwaukee Bucks, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Korver’s decision was down to the Bucks and the Sixers. Ultimately, Korver chose the Bucks because of his relationship with head coach Mike Budenholzer. It makes sense. Korver enjoyed the best stretch of his career in four-plus seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, including his only All-Star appearance. The 2014-15 Hawks, which featured Sixers general manager Elton Brand and forward Mike Scott, won 60 games and got to the Eastern Conference Finals.
While the Sixers could’ve used Korver’s shooting to help space the floor, he’s 38 years old — he’ll turn 39 in March — and would’ve occupied the team’s 14th roster spot. It’s a slight disappointment, but not a huge concern. With all things even between the Sixers and Bucks as far as both teams’ ability to contend, Korver chose to play for his former coach.
The veteran free agent pool is getting thinner, but there are a couple guys that might be able to help. Iman Shumpert is a veteran wing with championship experience. Shaun Livingston has even more of that experience from his time with the Warriors. Thabo Sefolosha is a 3-and-D type that is used to fitting into roles on winning teams.
The Sixers on Friday signed 7-foot-4 center Christ Koumadje to an Exhibit 10 deal, which we explained here. Koumadje is more likely getting a look for the Delaware Blue Coats than anything. The team has the minimum 13 players signed to guaranteed NBA deals. The maximum is 15.
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