Ivey's family, friends bouncing back after storm

Ivey
Ivey
Posted: November 06, 2012

NEW YORK - A road game in New York usually means a busy pregame for 76ers guard Royal Ivey as he's frantically hitting teammates up for tickets to distribute to his family and friends. But Sunday was different. The Queens native didn't have to scamper and plead and beg because not many, if any, of his family and friends could make it to Madison Square Garden for the game Sunday against the Knicks. They had more important tasks to deal with than watching a basketball game.

"Everybody is safe and sound," said Ivey of his family, perched in the Jamaica section of Queens. "New York is resilient, we'll bounce back. We did from 9/11. With all the help and [Mayor Michael] Bloomberg doing what he does, we'll be fine. We got hit hard but we'll bounce back.

"I was in contact throughout the whole situation, it was just tough being in Philly and not being able to be there with them. The power went out. My mom was actually in Rhode Island, but my brother and my pops were in Queens so I was in contact, but not being able to be there is the toughest part. For the most part, everybody is OK and living, that's the main thing. We can get other things back up and replace possessions, but for the most part everyone is OK."

Ivey wasn't sure until Sunday morning what the status of his family and friends would be as far as trying to get to the Garden, but figured it was going to be a futile attempt.

"I spoke to them [but couldn't see them] because it's hard to get around. They don't have any gas. They've been on line waiting for gas to try to get to the game. I could get on the Long Island railroad [to pay a visit], but that was shut down, too. It's tough to get around the city right now. All of my friends are saying they can't make it [to the game] because they don't have gas. The things we take for granted and now you don't have them. It's a tough situation. Like I said, guys are living so you can't get too mad.

"It's bittersweet. It's nice to come back home and see family and friends but with the circumstances it's tough, knowing people can't come out and people are stuck in their homes because they have no gas and people still don't have power. We'll bounce back. We're always resilient, that's the bottom line."

Perhaps it was better that Ivey's family didn't witness the 100-84 spanking incurred by the Sixers. Still, the veteran point guard would have liked to see for himself that all loved ones were doing well.

Wayns struggles

Though it has been just two regular-season games, rookie point guard Maalik Wayns isn't finding the success he did in the preseason. Against Denver in the season opener, coach Doug Collins found it hard to insert Wayns and match him up with veteran, crafty guards like Ty Lawson and Andre Miller. Against New York, the Sixers weren't defending well and the Knicks were getting back on defense, which limited Wayns' strongest assest - fast-breaking. Still, he is not worried after missing all five of his shots and dishing two assists in 10 minutes, 34 seconds of play Sunday.

"I'm still getting in the flow," Wayns said. "It's different than the preseason. First game I didn't get in that much and [Sunday] a little bit more. I'm just going to go out there, run the offense, not turn the ball over. Coach told me to be aggressive and look for shots. It's my first two games. I'll get comfortable as the year goes on. We want to run whether I'm in the game or Jrue's in the game or whoever. But we have to do a better job on defense and rebound the ball to do that."


Contact Bob Cooney at cooneyb@phillynews.com. Follow him on Twitter @BobCooney76. For more Sixers coverage, read his blog at philly.com/Sixerville.

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