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August 17, 2013 | By Dan Ryan, For The Inquirer
ORLANDO - The player-coach relationship started in a glorified rodeo pit adjacent to a goat-herding facility in a small West Texas town and has continued through two stops in the Arena Football League. Derrick Ross appreciates it because, once again, he has a chance for a championship. And he is grateful for Clint Dolezel's mentorship. "I could go on and on about Coach," Ross said. "He's believed in me. He's turned a nothing into a something. " The Soul running back's sojourn through professional football has been right alongside Dolezel on three teams - the San Angelo Stampede of the Lone Star Football League as well as the Dallas Vigilantes and the Soul in the Arena League.
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March 4, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 10, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - This is the NBA's silly season, when trade rumors fly. As expected, 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie is the most popular guy at the Orlando Pro Summer League. That's what happens when your club is $30 million under the salary cap and teams looking to shed salaries are lining up to make trade offers. "This time of year, there are way more [offers] leaked than real, and way more postured by one team or another than there's any legs to," Hinkie said Tuesday before the Sixers' 92-71 victory over the Houston Rockets at the Amway Center practice court.
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March 12, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEW YORK - Nerlens Noel caused a stir on Twitter Sunday, but the 76ers are downplaying the rookie center's remark. Coach Brett Brown said Monday that he did not ask Noel the meaning behind his post - "4-4-14" - a day earlier on Twitter. According to sources, Noel would like to make his Sixers debut in his hometown of Boston on April 4. The Sixers will play the Boston Celtics that night at TD Garden. Noel has not played this season after undergoing left knee surgery following his lone year at Kentucky.
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March 1, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers might not win another game this season. Their trade-deadline overhaul, combined with a challenging schedule, makes it hard to find games they would be favored to win. Thirteen of their remaining 24 games are against teams that would be in the playoffs if the season had concluded Wednesday. Five other games come against teams - the Memphis Grizzlies (twice), New York Knicks (twice), and Detroit Pistons - that could still make a playoff push. On paper, the Sixers' best opportunities are against the Orlando Magic and the Boston Celtics.
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February 27, 2012 | By Bob Cooney, Daily News Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Andre Iguodala could be suffering from culture shock, or the bends, or maybe vertigo on Monday. The 76ers forward made his NBA All-Star Game debut Sunday night at the Amway Center. He played well in his 14 minutes, 11 seconds, collecting 12 points and four rebounds. But for the most part he watched as the Western Conference scored in about as many ways as can be done in a 152-149 win over the East. The West scored 88 points in the first half, an All-Star Game record.
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July 5, 2014 | By Max Cohen, Inquirer Staff Writer
The Nerlens Noel countdown continues: The 76ers center will board a plane Friday with his teammates and head to Florida, where he will have his first opportunity to prove himself as a Sixer in the Orlando Summer League. The Sixers will play the Orlando Magic at 1 p.m. Saturday in Noel's first organized game since he suffered a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee while playing for Kentucky on Feb. 12, 2013. Though summer-league games won't have the intensity of the NBA regular-season games that Noel will experience in the fall, after a season of rehabilitation and refinement he is excited to face competition.
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July 9, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Last season was not the rookie experience that 76ers power forward Arnett Moultrie had hoped for. Injuring his ankle during a predraft workout in Sacramento, Calif., kept him out of the 2012 Orlando Pro Summer League. Still hampered by the injury in training camp, he wasn't in shape at the start of the season. Then, in December, he was sent down to the Sioux Falls Skyforce of the NBA Developmental League for seven games. Moultrie certainly isn't happy about the first impression he left, but that experience is part of what is driving the 22-year-old as he prepares for a second chance to get his career going in the right direction.
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July 12, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - The 76ers summer-leaguers were upstaged by LeBron James. James announced "I'm coming home" to the Cavaliers via his first-person article on SI.com about 12:20 p.m. Friday. At the time, the Sixers and Grizzlies were midway through the first quarter of the Orlando Pro Summer League final. The Sixers went on to win, 91-75, at the Amway Center practice court. The game might as well have been played on a desert island. James' decision to sign a free-agent deal with Cleveland following four seasons with the Miami Heat was the main topic of discussion.
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July 8, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Ronald Roberts Jr. aims to prove he's a keeper. An undrafted rookie free agent with the 76ers, Roberts came to the Orlando Pro Summer League with a chip on his shoulder. The power forward/center out of St. Joseph's plans to give all he can on every possession. "For me, this is a critical moment," said Roberts, who finished with 12 points and six rebounds Sunday in an 84-73 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder on the Amway Center's practice court. "I just want to show everybody what I've got," he said, "just playing my heart out [to]
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