A homecoming for Sixers' Turner

Posted: October 22, 2013

It's more than just another preseason game for Evan Turner. Monday's exhibition against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio, will be a homecoming for the 76ers swingman.

Turner returns to Ohio State, where he became college basketball's player of the year in 2010.

"I've always had great memories there. Positive people. Positive things," Turner said after Sunday's practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "So it will be cool."

He made it an enjoyable experience for his teammates. Turner, who owns a house in Columbus, hosted a team dinner on Sunday. Teammates gathered at his house after their chartered flight arrived in Columbus.

"My mom is cooking dinner right now," Turner said after practice. "I will allow them to come over and be freeloaders."

Asked what was on the menu, he responded "unhealthy stuff."

"It's all about me tonight," Turner joked when reminded that coach Brett Brown wants the team to eat healthy foods.

The Sixers used the second overall pick in the 2010 draft on Turner, who left Ohio State after three seasons. He swept the Wooden, Oscar Robertson, Associated Press, Naismith, and Sporting News awards for national player of the year in 2009-10, his final season as a Buckeye. Turner averaged 20.4 points, 9.2 rebounds, 6 assists, and 1.7 steals.

One of the highlights of his last season at Ohio State was a game-winning, 37-foot three-pointer as time expired in a Big Ten tournament quarterfinal victory over Michigan.

"Sometimes you miss the innocence of it," Turner said of college. "It was cool every now and then to not have any money and find $10 on the ground and something like that.

"Now, every now and then, not to a certain extent, but you take it for granted what you've been blessed with."

Oy, Lavoy. Sixers reserve post player Lavoy Allen was at practice Sunday, one day after missing the team's open practice after "oversleeping."

A picture posted later on Instagram showed the former Temple power forward at Aura nightclub in Northern Liberties late Friday night. But Allen would not say what led to his missing Saturday's practice. Brown would only say that the team is dealing with the situation internally.

"I met with Coach [Brown] before practice," Allen said. "I addressed the team about it, and we are moving on from there. It is a thing of the past."

Allen's absence came at a time when he's been ineffective partly due to a nagging knee injury. He has averaged 3.5 points and 4.0 rebounds in 17.2 minutes while playing in four of five preseason games. On Thursday, Allen finished with no points (0-for-3 shooting) and three rebounds while fouling out in just over 13 minutes in a 110-84 loss at Charlotte.

"I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that it is injury and a new system and his time is coming," Brown said. "Look at some of the performances he has had in the past.

"So I expect more. He expects more of himself. We need more, and it is in him."




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