Guard Lorenzo Brown has drive to succeed

Posted: January 17, 2014

IT'S NOT AN ideal place to be spending most of your time, but like regular working folk in this region, 76ers guard Lorenzo Brown finds himself traveling the I-95 corridor between Philadelphia and Newark, Del., quite often.

On Tuesday, for the third time this season, the 6-5 Brown was sent down to the Sixers' NBA Development League affiliate Delaware 87ers. After practicing with the Sixers in the morning, he made the trek south, played that night and then got called back up to the big club yesterday morning. The yo-yoing hasn't bothered the rookie out of North Carolina State, in fact he's just happy to be playing the game he loves.

"It's OK with me because when I'm going down to Delaware it means playing time," Brown said. "That's the goal no matter where it is, to get more playing time and to get my legs under me. Plus when I play there and I play well, it builds confidence for me. I'm not playing up here as much right now because T-Wrote [Tony Wroten] and Michael [Carter-Williams] are doing such a great job at the point guard right now. And that's good for me, too, because I'm still learning stuff from those guys and that's what I plan to keep doing."

The lessons are there to be had, whether it's here or a little bit south.

"I found out what their plans are for me a little bit in advance and I just go with it," Brown said. "That I-95, that's my home right there. But it's all for the love of the game. I feel I have a close bond with those guys [87ers], they are all close to my age and we all have the same goals, to get better in the NBDL and stay in the NBA. All I want to be is in the NBA, so if I can keep working hard and playing well when I'm down there, we'll see what happens."

Nerlens Noel got the go-ahead to begin basketball-related activities from team doctors and the surgeon (Dr. James Andrews) who repaired the torn ACL in his left knee. Coach Brett Brown said that there would be no hurry in getting Noel back (reports said he could return in 4 to 6 weeks) and general manager Sam Hinkie appeared to be on the same page in a statement released by the team:

"After careful consideration and numerous discussions with our medical and performance teams, the consulting physician and rehabilitation staff and Nerlen's representatives, some of the restrictions on Nerlens have been lifted and he is now able to participate in limited on-court work.

"There are several benchmarks Nerlens still must meet and during that time we will closely monitor his progress and regularly evaluate his status. Our goal remains the same, which is to give Nerlens every opportunity to ensure a long, productive NBA career."

The Sixers were still a little thin in the low post as Lavoy Allen missed his third consecutive game with a strained right calf, and Arnett Moultrie is still not ready to make his debut after preseason ankle surgery.

Newly signed Dewayne Dedmon, given a 10-day contract by the club on Tuesday, entered the game with 3 minutes, 36 seconds to go in the first quarter. He played just over 14 minutes and grabbed seven rebounds.

Coach Brett Brown, regarding Moultrie and Allen, said that the team would be cautious with both and not set a timetable for their return.

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