The Gastroenteritis Blues: A Sixers Podcast
The Gastroenteritis Blues
The Gastroenteritis Blues is a biweekly podcast hosted by Liberty Ballers writers Steve Lipman, Dan Volpone, and Emily Connell. Each episode, they discuss what‘s happening on and off the court with the Philadelphia 76ers.
(94) Joel Embiid Returns, Sixers Lose in Double OT, Markelle Fultz Defends Sixers Fans
1 hr 2 mins
(94) Joel Embiid Returns, Sixers Lose in Double OT, Markelle Fultz Defends Sixers Fans
On tonight’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Emily, Dan and Steve are back from Thanksgiving Week to discuss a 1-2 week for the Sixers which finally saw the return to the court for superstar center Joel Embiid. First, they discuss the team’s underdog victory over the hapless Sacramento Kings and loss to the buzzsaw Golden State Warriors. Then they discuss in great detail the return of the great Joel Embiid as the big man returned on Saturday night with 42 points against the Minnesota Timberwolves in a Double Overtime loss. They also discuss the affect Embiid’s return had on Tyrese Maxey and the rest of the Sixers’ supporting cast. Also covered: Tobias Harris’ lackluster week and the hosts’ overall thoughts on him, takes on the Eagles and Jalen Hurts, and what they thought of former Sixers guard Markelle Fultz’s brief but telling quotes about Sixers fans from over the weekend. Please rate, subscribe, review, and enjoy!
1 hr 2 mins
(93) Maxey Continues to Shine, Plus Thoughts on Grant, Fox and Haliburton as Trade Options
On tonight's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan and Emily are reunited to discuss the Sixers' 1-2 week as they've continued their West Coast road trip. What have they thought of Tyrese Maxey's continued impressive play? How about Charles Bassey's emergence in the Nuggets game? How badly has the team missed Joel Embiid lately? They then debrief from Dan and Steve's podcast with Sam Amick about Ben Simmons, and discuss the latest news on the Simmons front. What do they make of the conflicting rumors this week re: the Sixers' possible interest in former Sixer Jerami Grant? How might the deck shuffling in Sacramento affect the Simmons trade landscape? If they were both available, would our hosts prefer Tyrese Haliburton or De'Aaron Fox in return for Simmons? Plus a potpourri of silliness about BBall Paul, Jake Gyllenhaal, thanksgiving, and gift giving. Rate, review, subscribe, and enjoy!
Nov 22 2021
(92) The Athletic’s Sam Amick Joins The Pod to Discuss Ben Simmons-Sixers Standoff
On today’s very special episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve and Dan (Emily sadly was absent) are joined by The Athletic Senior NBA writer Sam Amick. Sam is known nationally for his excellent reporting, but around these parts, we’ve been glued to his reporting for months on the particulars of the holdout between Ben Simmons and Sixers. Back in September, Sam reported that Simmons thought his time playing with Joel Embiid had “run its course.” Embiid, when asked the next day about the report, spoke at length about how he felt that the rosters he’d shared with Simmons had always, actually, been built around Ben’s needs, citing signing Al Horford and letting go of Jimmy Butler, in the process. On the podcast today, we asked Sam about the status of the relationship between Simmons and Embiid, as Simmons continues to get out of Philadelphia. “I don’t think there really is one [a relationship between Simmons and Embiid] right now” With Sam, we discuss the entire Simmons situation, from how we got to this point, to which reports we should be believing in the media, to where things are likely to go from here. Sam also tells us why the Sixers’ wish for the past few months (to get Simmons onto the court) is unlikely to come true anytime soon. “He’s not getting on the floor anytime soon. They just reminded [the Sixers] that they want a trade.” And what about the blustery reports within Sam’s article and many others stating that Daryl Morey is ready and willing to keep Ben Simmons on the roster for years, if he must, if he cannot trade Ben for a star he deems commensurate with his value? Is this merely a leverage ploy? “I don’t know if I’d describe it as leverage. I think it’s just fondly reflecting [on] the Sixers’ reality. My reporting would indicate that it is genuine.” All that and more is here in this week’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues! As always, rate, subscribe, review and enjoy!
Nov 19 2021
(91) The Sixers Lose Four Straight Without Joel, the Simmons Situation Somehow Gets Uglier
On today's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, things have gone south in South Philly, as the Sixers have hit a skid with Joel Embiid in Health and Safety protocols. How can the Sixers withstand his absence as the team embarks on a tough West Coast road trip? What have Emily, Dan, and Steve thought of Tyrese Maxey's spirited play over the past week? Can he keep it up? Then, they discuss how Rich Paul went on the record to The Athletic's Shams Charania to criticize the Sixers' handling of the Ben Simmons situation. Plus: thoughts on the team's interest in Jaylen Brown as a target on the trade market. As always, please rate, subscribe, review, and enjoy!
Nov 15 2021
1 hr 5 mins
(90) The Sixers Keep Winning, Joel Looks Like Himself, Are Lambs Sheep?
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, the vibes are absolutely excellent. The Sixers have won six in a row, and Joel Embiid finally looks like himself again. Steve, Dan, and Emily (and later, new intern, Drew) discuss how the team has been able to withstand both Ben Simmons’ trade demand and the current issue with COVID-19 to maintain the East’s best record and the league’s top offense through ten games. Does Doc Rivers deserve more credit than he gets? How about friend of the podcast BBall Paul Reed getting the start? They also briefly discuss the Sixers’ decision to resume fining Ben Simmons, and engage in a spirited debate about whether or not Lambs are Sheep. Rate, subscribe, review and enjoy!
Nov 7 2021
(89) The Sixers Move to 6-2 After Two Impressive Shorthanded Wins
On tonight’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan, and Emily are buzzing from the Sixers’ second consecutive impressive shorthanded victory (and fourth consecutive W, overall). Recorded immediately postgame after the Sixers defeated the visiting Chicago Bulls, 112-108, they discuss how the team has been able to overcome the key absences in the starting lineups lately and also the less-than-stellar offensive performances of Joel Embiid. And to what do they attribute the big man’s slow start on that end? How surprised were they that Doc Rivers challenged Embiid’s big block in the game’s waning moments on DeMar DeRozan? Does Doc deserve more credit than he gets around these parts? All that plus a look around the league, a brief discussion about the NBA Top-75 list, and a farewell to one of the pod’s favorite theoretical trade targets. Rate, subscribe, review, enjoy!
Nov 4 2021
(88) The Ringer’s John Gonzalez Joins the Pod to Discuss the Sixers’ 2-1 Week, B*n S****ns, NFTs and Succession
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Dan is back from his week off due to load management, and he joins Steve, Emily, and special guest John Gonzalez of The Ringer to discuss all things Sixers. We get Gonzo’s take on the situation between the Sixers and their star point guard, in addition to his thoughts on NFTs, the spookiest Sixers story from throughout the years, and who his favorite player was to cover when he worked in Philly. John tells the gang about his days working for the Philadelphia Inquirer, his thoughts on Halloween, and what it was like to write about the HBO show Succession. John is also kind enough to join our hosts in predicting the upcoming week’s Sixers games. Finally, they make some news about a big addition to the podcast! Rate, subscribe, review, enjoy.
Nov 1 2021
(87) Sixers lose to Nets and Beat Thunder in Quintessential Sixers Fashion
Well, after a late blown lead surrendered to the Brooklyn Nets and a too-close, meh victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder, it's safe to say the Sixers are really back. Steve and Emily (no Dan this week, sadly) discuss both games in great detail. Why couldn't the Sixers score against the Nets at the end of the game? What was it like in the arena? Who exactly is Doc Rivers' thumbs up/thumbs down guy? They discuss the status of Joel Embiid's knee, defense, and passing, and just about every other impactful player from the team's first week. Then, they discuss the week's news surrounding Ben Simmons, and how they plan to discuss (or not discuss) the situation going forward. Rate, subscribe, review, and enjoy!
Oct 25 2021
(86) The Sixers are 1-0, Ben Simmons Was Ejected and Suspended, We Are Thrilled
A new season has begun and Steve, Dan, and Emily are pumped. They discuss the Sixers’ 20-point opening-night victory over the New Orleans Pelicans, highlighting performances from Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, and of course, Furkan Korkmaz. They discuss their level of excitement watching the Sixers play and what seemed noticeably different without Ben Simmons. Oh yeah, about him: they discuss the star’s eventful Tuesday, as he was kicked out of practice and suspended for Wednesday’s game. Where do our hosts think the franchise and Simmons will go from here? Rate, subscribe, review, and enjoy!
Oct 21 2021
(85) Sixers ‘21/‘22 Preview, Official Handsome Rankings and Oh My God Another Ben Update
Hope springs eternal! The Sixers are nearly back. In their last pod before the Sixers' 2021-2022 season begins on Wednesday, Dan, Emily and Steve preview the season to come, make a few predictions, and give a general vibe check heading into the year. First, of course, they round up the latest rumors and quotes regarding Ben Simmons, who is somehow still on the Sixers and now practicing. Later in the podcast, Emily carries out the annual tradition of revealing the podcast's composite rankings for the Most Handsome Sixers list this year. Will Ben Simmons repeat? Which Sixers will rise and fall? Listen in for a live, scintillating coin toss to settle a tense debate about two Sixers who tied in the rankings. Finally, they look ahead to the first week of the season and predict how many wins the Sixers will secure. Oh boy, here we go again. Rate, subscribe, review, and enjoy!
Oct 18 2021
1 hr 6 mins
(84) Ben Simmons is Back in Philly (Boo) and Isaiah Joe is Untouchable
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Emily and Dan react to the news of the day: Ben Simmons is back in Philadelphia. Is this anything more than Daryl Morey successfully calling Ben & Klutch’s bluff? Will he be ‘injured’? Will he actually return to play for the Sixers? They round up the surrounding reports on the topic and try to absorb what this means for their beloved Sixers. On a more lighthearted note, the preseason Sixers have been lots of fun. Joel Embiid looks phenomenal, Tyrese Maxey is the future, and Isaiah Joe is absolutely killing it. What do they make of the apparent competition between Maxey and Shake Milton? Or Furkan Korkmaz destroying the preseason Brooklyn Nets? It’s all here. Subscribe to The Gastroenteritis Blues feed wherever you get podcasts. Enjoy!
Oct 12 2021
(83) Sixers Withhold Ben’s Pay, Pacers Continue to Vie for Him, & 9 Non-Basketball Questions
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Emily and Dan discuss another week of Ben Simmons news, which includes the Sixers’ decision to not pay him the $8.5 million he was due on Friday, the potential that he might fake an injury if he ever returns to the team, and what they make of the Indiana Pacers’ continued interest in Simmons. They also dissect a Doc Rivers quote about Tyrese Maxey, talk about another Eagles loss, and then take turns asking each other three non-basketball questions apiece. Rate, subscribe, and review the new Gastroenteritis Blues feed! Enjoy.
Oct 4 2021
(82) EMERGENCY POD Simmons Doesn’t Want to Play with Embiid Anymore and Joel Has Some Thoughts
On today’s emergency episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Emily, Dan and Steve discuss the latest drama in the Ben Simmons saga, which has now ensnared Sixers star Joel Embiid. Responding first to a report from The Athletic which stated that Simmons, specifically, no longer wants to play with Embiid, Joel spoke at length today to the media. Read his full comments here. The hosts read Embiid’s response word-for-word, responding to each segment along the way. What did they think of Joel invoking the Jimmy Butler departure? Or Joel’s classification of Ben’s actions as “disrespectful”? Rate, subscribe, review!
Sep 30 2021
(81) Reacting to a Very Sixers Media Day
On today's episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan and Emily discuss a slew of comments from the Sixers on the team's Media Day, after first discussing The Athletic's report of the players' rejected meeting in LA with embattled star Ben Simmons. How do they feel about Doc Rivers' continued slapstick media tour? They dissect quotes from Rivers, Daryl Morey, Joel Embiid, Tobias Harris, Tyrese Maxey, Danny Green and more. They also discuss the NBA's league-wide issues with players refusing the vaccine, Furkan Korkmaz's masterpiece of a hype video, and the Sixers taking action to fine Simmons for staying home. Throw us a rating, subscribe, review, all that stuff. Enjoy!
Sep 27 2021
(80) Ben Simmons Vows to Never Play for the Sixers again & Doc Tells Some Lies on TV with Zo of RTRS
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan and Emily are joined by Zo of The Rights to Ricky Sanchez Podcast. Zo and the gang discuss yesterday’s Woj bomb and the report that Ben Simmons has reportedly vowed to never play another game as a 76er. What about the nugget from the article implying Simmons no longer wants to play with Joel Embiid, specifically? Or Simmons’ reported desire to “have his own team” so-to-speak. Then, they break down a calamitous and unnecessary day of media availability from Doc Rivers after his appearance on ESPN’s First Take. What do they make of Rivers’ media posturing? What about the reports from Stephen A. Smith about Portland discussing a CJ McCollum/Robert Covington deal for Simmons, or the Brooklyn Nets’ interest in a Kyrie-for-Ben swap? Subscribe to Zo’s weekly newsletter at The Rights to Ricky Sanchez website, and listen to his brand new Eagles podcast, Odds and Endzones, with Liberty Ballers' very own Shamus Clancy.
Sep 22 2021
(79) Kyrie Irving, John Wall, And 9 Non-Basketball Questions
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, we’ll be honest, there isn’t a ton to discuss. Despite that, Emily, Dan and Steve parse the week’s reports about Kyrie Irving and John Wall in regards to the never-ending availability of Ben Simmons. Then, they discuss their excitement levels for the Sixers to be back when training camp opens on the 27th. They also discuss the Eagles’ loss to San Francisco before they rotate asking each other 9 different non-basketball questions. Included: last meals, unlimited dogs, and a handful of Steve’s new movie, This Is The Night. Enjoy! Review, subscribe and throw us a five star rating when you get a chance.
Sep 20 2021
(78) The Eagles are 1-0, Emily Went to Bark in the Park, and Ben Simmons is Still on the Sixers
Another week, another handful of half-rumors about Ben Simmons. Sigh. On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Emily and Dan discuss whether not Simmons should care about his trade value, what a deal between the Cavs and the Sixers for Ben would look like, and what impact his proposed holdout would do to his market. They also revisit Doc Rivers’ postgame quote about Ben after game 7 and discuss why they believe the quote wasn’t really as bad as many have made it out to seem. Plus: Listener hot takes, Emily’s firsthand experience at Bark in the Park with her dog Luna, and rejoicing in the good vibes of the 1-0 Philadelphia Eagles. Enjoy! Rate, subscribe, and review.
Sep 13 2021
(77) The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski Sheds Light on the State of Talks Between Sixers & TWolves for Ben Simmons
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve and Dan are joined by The Athletic’s Jon Krawczynski. Jon is a senior NBA writer who covers the Minnesota Timberwolves more closely than anyone else in the league. Within their conversation, Jon tells Dan and Steve why he feels more confident than ever that the Wolves could end up trading for Ben Simmons, how this situation parallels to the Jimmy Butler situation the Wolves recently faced, what realistic options are still really on the table for Daryl Morey, and how it seems Simmons and Klutch would respond to a trade to Minnesota. Plus: what is the Sixers’ play if they still ultimately want Damian Lillard or another star? Which other teams should we keep an eye on in these negotiations? And what could Minnesota offer Philadelphia that Jon thinks is immensely valuable? Enjoy, rate, subscribe, and review!
Sep 9 2021
(76) Ben Simmons Officially Demands a Trade PLUS Eagles Season Preview with BGN’s Brandon Lee Gowton
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Steve, Dan and Emily discuss the news of the week - Ben Simmons’ official trade request out of Philadelphia. The hosts discuss the significance of the request, what happens from here, the Klutch angle, and what to make of that odd Tyrese Maxey report. They also discuss Joel Embiid’s tweets on the issue and the way that Simmons’ representation has began to spin his Philadelphia tenure on his way out the door. They also make a significant pod-related announcement. In the second half of the pod, Dan and Emily are joined by Bleeding Green Nation’s Brandon Lee Gowton to preview the season for the Eagles. Enjoy!
Sep 5 2021
1 hr 19 mins
(75) Nerlens v. Klutch, Sixers & Sandler, Fringe Roster Guys
On today’s episode of The Gastroenteritis Blues, Emily, Dan and Steve discuss an array of sort-of-Sixers storylines from the week that was. From Nerlens Noel’s apparent suit of Rich Paul and Klutch, to a number of Sixers beefing up their IMDb profiles in a new Adam Sandler film, it is truly the middle of the offseason. Also covered: a cryptic message from Damian Lillard about his future in Portland, an update from Shams Charania on the Ben Simmons situation, and everything you need to know about the latest transactions involving Anthony Tolliver and Haywood Highsmith. Enjoy!
Sep 2 2021