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Morning Links: How Are Miami Heat Like The 1977 Philadelphia 76ers?

In today's edition of the morning links we check out an blog posts which lists the teams in NBA history to become "instant contenders," one of which is the 1997 Philadelphia 76ers squad. Shane Victorino got his rehab off to a good start down the shore this weekend, but when he comes off the DL it won't be Domonic Brown who goes down. Finally, Sixers' guard Jodie Meeks is using the offseason to complete his degree.

Heat join the instant-contender ranks " | Hang Time Blog
1977 Philadelphia 76ers — The heavily-favored Sixers were the victims of the Blazers in The Finals. But the addition of Julius Erving from the ABA lifted the franchise to new heights. It had only been four seasons since the Sixers set an NBA-worst mark of 9-73 and in the previous season they lost in the first round of the playoffs. With Dr. J leading the way, the Sixers would reach The Finals four times in seven seasons and won it all in 1983.

Victorino Helps Spark A Lakewood Romp
Shane Victorino was at the heart of two Lakewood rallies Saturday night and helped lead the BlueClaws to an easy 13-1 victory over Greensboro at FirstEnergy Park.

Domonic Brown Not Going Dow | Philled In
*Manuel got quite adamant when he was asked if Domonic Brown would be a candidate to go down to Triple-A when Shane Victorino is activated _ perhaps as soon as next Friday. "We brought Domonic up here, he’s going to get to play and we’re going to get a look at him," Manuel said. "He has to hold his own and stuff like that, but I would never ever send him a message that we would think about sending him down because I’m not thinking that way at all."

Meeks back in Lexington, working towards degree
All-SEC. All-American. One of the great jump shooters in UK history. Soon, you can add "graduate" to Jodie Meeks’ resume. The former Wildcat guard is back in Lexington, back in class at UK, finishing up his degree.

Williams’ basketball camp returns to South for fifth year
The fifth annual Lou Williams Basketball Camp, founded by the South Gwinnett grad and current Philadelphia 76ers guard, returns to Snellville this summer from July 18-21.