Sixers Notes: Coach aims to keep MCW's focus on the team

Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and head coach Brett Brown. (Chris Szagola/AP)
Sixers rookie point guard Michael Carter-Williams and head coach Brett Brown. (Chris Szagola/AP)
Posted: March 04, 2014

ORLANDO - At this point, Michael Carter-Williams is the overwhelming favorite to win rookie of the year.

But that doesn't mean 76ers coach Brett Brown wants his point guard thinking about it. Brown would rather have the 6-foot-6 rookie focus on a team concept as opposed to playing for an individual award.

"It crosses my mind all the time - so much so that he and I talk about it all the time," Brown said before Sunday's game against the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center. "He's got to run our team. He has to play defense. And he understands. Michael's fantastic. Michael's extremely coachable."

The coach said it would be naive to think individual awards don't factor into a young player's mind. He just doesn't want it to be the elephant in the room.

"He's had a fantastic year," Brown said. "He's growing to be a fantastic leader. He understands the responsibility and the weight of the city if we can get this right."

Carter-Williams was averaging 17.1 points, 6.2 assists, 5.3 rebounds, and 2 steals heading into Sunday's game.

Hoyas reunited

Henry Sims isn't complaining about being traded to the Sixers on Feb. 20. The second-year center is in the Sixers' starting lineup after seeing limited action during his time with the Cleveland Cavaliers. The move also enabled him to reunite with a close friend and former Georgetown teammate, Hollis Thompson.

"We came in together," Sims said. "We came to Georgetown the second semester of my freshman year. We left together and we were roommates. . . . So, you know, he's like blood to me."

Shot blocker enlisted

Power forward Jarvis Varnado signed a 10-day contract Saturday morning. He was called up from the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League. Varnado averaged 14.1 points, 11.0 rebounds, and a league-best 4.7 blocked shots en route to being named a D-League all-star. The Mississippi State product was the 41st overall pick by the Miami Heat in the 2010 draft.

comments powered by Disqus
|
|
|
|
|