MCW 'real excited' about Sixers' plans

Posted: July 11, 2014

ORLANDO - It has been just over 2 months since rookie of the year point guard Michael Carter-Williams had surgery to repair the torn labrum in his right shoulder. The recovery, he said yesterday at Amway Center before watching the 76ers take on the Brooklyn Nets, is ahead of schedule and he is certain it won't hinder his progression moving forward.

"I'm good and I'm still ahead of progress," said Carter-Williams, sporting a new high-and-tight haircut. "I've been shooting the ball and I have full range of motion in my shot back, so I've just kept working out and do what the doctor has told me to do to get back to 100 percent.

"I really don't have too many limitations. I really can't do any heavy lifting right now, so I've been doing the simple things like swimming and shooting the ball and dribbling - things that don't require a lot of weight or me to reach backwards. I'm going to start doing a lot of heavy lifting just to bulk up, once the shoulder gets there."

Along with teammate Thaddeus Young, Carter-Williams sat on the bench, cheering on some players who will be his teammates come the regular season, many who won't. At times he even started getting on the refs. He appears very happy about the future of the organization.

"I was real excited [about the draft]," he said, "I'm happy with what the team did. Sam [Hinkie] and coach [Brett Brown] still have a plan to be put in and I'm real excited."

Carter-Williams admitted to not really knowing Joe Embiid all that well, but said the two have talked on the phone several times since the Sixers took the center with the third overall pick. "He seems like a good kid," MCW said. "I've heard a lot of good things about him."

The normal time frame for recovery from an injury like MCW's is 2 to 4 months. Given that he is ahead of schedule it appears there would be little problem for him to be ready for training camp, which should start sometime around Sept. 22. But if there is any hint that he's not 100 percent, the Sixers surely will take their time letting him heal.

Game stuff

It was another solid performance for Nerlens Noel, with 14 points, nine rebounds and five blocks as he played in back-to-back games for the first time this summer and helped the Sixers to a 92-86 win over the Brooklyn Nets, improving their record to 3-1 in the Orlando Summer League.

Noel had a very strong first half when he posted seven each of points and rebounds to go along with four blocks. His conditioning didn't seem to be all that good in the first half as he was often the last player up the floor, sometimes not even making it down before a shot got off. But that's to be expected, until he gets himself in game shape, and he looked a little fresher in the second half.

"The one thing I did notice was that I thought he got tired for a couple of stretches during the game," said coach Lloyd Pierce of Noel. "Like any player he asked to stay in and we kept watching to see if we needed to take him out. The longer he stayed in he was eventually able to get his second wind and made a couple of nice plays down the stretch when I knew he was tired but he was on the floor and it was late in the game. He sucked it up and made it through. It's good to see. We know he's going to have issues with his fatigue as he goes on and plays extended minutes and he plays back-to-back and recovery is shorter, but it's good to see for the first time."

Casper Ware once again led the Sixers with 24 points and also dealt eight assists. He took over in the fourth quarter, continuously making big shots and sending two nice passes to Noel for baskets. Hollis Thompson, Travis Bader and Jerami Grant all had 12 points, with Thompson also corralling nine rebounds.

Second-round draft pick K.J. McDaniels left the game in the second quarter after spraining his right ankle.

Summer League notes

Michael Stockton, son of all-time assist leader John Stockton, is playing for the Oklahoma City Thunder. He is a usual participant in summer leagues. He played this past season in Germany . . . Former Sixers general manager and current Orlando Magic vice president Pat Williams is present every day, sitting courtside and promoting his 92nd book, "How to be the Ultimate Teammate." The book is based on Saint Joseph's product and longtime Orlando Magic guard Jameer Nelson . . . Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie was seen talking in the hallway with Elfrid Payton, whom the Sixers selected at No. 10 this past draft before trading him to Orlando. Payton has been a real bright spot for the Magic team down here. The Magic are being coached by Wes Unseld Jr. . . . Sixers guard Casper Ware entered yesterday as the league's sixth-leading scorer at 17.3 a game . . . Line of the day came from Oklahoma City's Steve Adams, after getting elbowed in the chest by Indiana's Willie Reed: "They let you do that in the D-League?" Adams is a big contributor during the regular season for the Thunder. Reed spent last season with the Reno Bighorns. The comment drew many laughs throughout the gym.

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