Lorenzo Brown has a long day of basketball

Posted: January 29, 2014

YOU DON'T OFTEN hear of day-night doubleheaders in basketball, but that's what 76ers guard Lorenzo Brown experienced yesterday.

Yesterday morning, Brown was on the bench for the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers' NBA Development League affiliate, at the beginning of their 11:30 contest against the Austin Toros at the Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware.

He wound up playing close to 30 minutes, contributing 12 points, six rebounds and 10 assists. After the 87ers disposed of the Toros, 99-87, Brown hopped in a car, trekked up I-95 and was on the court about 4:30 p.m. to get ready for the 7 o'clock Sixers game against the Phoenix Suns.

"It's AAU all over again," Brown said before the game, laughing. "You just have to keep yourself warm, basically. I'm good. As soon as I got here, I got treatment, so I feel good right now. We'll see how it goes once the game starts."

Brown was able to rest himself last night, as coach Brett Brown did not call his number in the team's 124-113 loss.

The Suns came into the Wells Fargo Center after beating the Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday, 99-90. In that game, they trailed by 61-41 late in the first half. They took control in the third quarter by limiting the Cavs to only six points and 2-for-22 shooting.

"It looked great during that stretch, and then when I watched it on tape, it was good," downplayed Phoenix coach Jeff Hornacek. "Just like anything, in long stretches like that, it's a combination of good defense and they just missed some shots that they had open. They just missed them. Our guys just had a different mindset to start that second half."

Though he didn't grow up in this city, Sixers coach Brett Brown is a Northeast guy, so the name Tom Gola is very familiar to him. Gola, one of this city's true basketball legends, died Sunday at age 81.

"I think he still holds the NCAA rebounding record, which, I mean - how about that - to do over that duration of time and still hold that is quite remarkable," Brown said. "I come into this city and I'm blown away by the resources and the history of this city. I've had so many coaches reach out to me and help me, and they give you an opinion and you seek an opinion. You're always reminded of just how special basketball is in this city.

"He is one of the icons, one of the names. The basketball fraternity here in Philadelphia is obviously saddened, but he leaves just an incredible legacy behind him, just a tremendous basketball landscape that's here in Philadelphia."

Brown's father, Bob, a legend in his own right in the New England area, familiarized his son on Gola.

"I think they did [cross paths], but I can't say that for sure," Brown said. "I remember Dad speaking of him as a high school player and he was a high school coach, talking about different rebounding things."

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