July 12, 2013 |
ORLANDO - Travis Leslie has had a taste of the NBA and would like to come back for more. The first step is a role with the 76ers in the Orlando Summer League. Leslie was selected by the Los Angeles Clippers in the second round of the 2011 NBA draft. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard out of Georgia was waived in October 2012. Last season, he joined the Utah Jazz on a 10-day contract. "It is a tough business," said Leslie, the most valuable player of last season's NBA Development League All-Star Game.
August 17, 2013 |
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.
March 12, 2014 |
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.
March 1, 2014 |
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.
March 4, 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.
February 27, 2012 |
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.
July 9, 2013 |
ORLANDO - Rookie Michael Carter-Williams finished with 26 points Sunday for the 76ers in an 88-80 setback against the Houston Rockets in the Orlando Pro Summer League. The first-round draft pick also got a glimpse of the learning curve he faces as he adjusts to the NBA. On one possession, Carter-Williams was careless with the ball near midcourt and it was stripped away by Houston's Casper Ware. But a short time later, the point guard took Ware off the dribble and drew a foul on an acrobatic layup before converting the three-point play.
December 19, 2010 |
ORLANDO - Forget whatever you thought you knew about the 76ers. That they can't shoot, don't defend, and aren't worth the price of admission. Because right now the Sixers are reinventing themselves. They're morphing into a playoff basketball team. On Saturday night inside the Amway Center, the Sixers defeated the shorthanded Orlando Magic, 97-89. It took a heck of a lot of defense and a stroke of good timing. Only hours before the game's tip, Orlando's front office executed two separate trades, sending four key players - two of them starters - to two different teams.
March 2, 2012 |
DURING HIS All-Star Game MVP performance last week, Kevin Durant made Orlando's Amway Center his personal playground, scoring at will with a barrage of jump shots and easy open-floor baskets. The rims weren't quite as kind early on during the Oklahoma City forward's return trip, but he got reacquainted with them late and also got help from fellow All-Star Russell Westbrook to help the Thunder pull out a 105-102 victory over the Orlando Magic last night. Durant scored 38 points, including 18 in the fourth quarter, and Westbrook added 29 points and 10 assists as Oklahoma City erased a 14-point deficit to battle back for the win. Durant's effort was two points better than his All-Star night and also included five three-pointers and a 9-for-9 night at the free-throw line - all in a game-high 42 minutes of action.
April 10, 2011 |
ORLANDO - The Orlando Predators fan sitting above the Philadelphia Soul's bench wasn't showing any southern hospitality. "Hey, Vena, thanks for the interception," the fan taunted Soul quarterback Ryan Vena. "You're our best player. I'll buy you a drink after the game. " Despite flashes of brilliance, Vena's debut as Soul quarterback will be remembered for two second-half interceptions that allowed Orlando to take a 53-46 victory before an announced Amway Center crowd of 11,789.