July 11, 2012 |
ORLANDO - The 76ers began the five-day, five-game Orlando Summer League with a 69-63 loss to the Indiana Pacers on Monday night at the Amway Center. In typical summer-league fashion, both squads were sloppy from the onset and neither team developed any type of offensive rhythm. Rookie guard Jacob Pullen scored 15 points - including eight in the final 2 minutes, 5 seconds - and led a shortened Sixers rotation that used only nine players. "We just wanted to get a look at a handful of guys tonight," said Aaron McKie, the Sixers' assistant coach and summer-league head coach.
March 3, 2014 |
Perhaps it was the fact that the team was staying an extra night in warm central Florida. Maybe they wanted to get to the hotel to watch the Oscars. Whatever the case, the 76ers showed an amount of energy last night against the Orlando Magic that hasn't been around in quite some time. But it wasn't enough, and thoughts of erasing a long losing streak flew away like one of the 19 turnovers the team committed on the evening as they dropped a 92-81 decision to the Orlando Magic at the Amway Center.
July 12, 2012 |
ORLANDO - The shorthanded 76ers won their first game in the Orlando Pro Summer League on Wednesday, defeating the Brooklyn Nets, 79-71, at the Amway Center. The Sixers fell behind, 16-4, to start the game. But point guard Zack Rosen and forward Devin Searcy came off the bench to provide a spark with their hustle and savvy play. With the backups on the floor, the Sixers (1-2) took a 17-16 lead. The game remained close until the Sixers pulled away in the fourth quarter after a flurry of assists by Rosen.
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.
July 10, 2014 |
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.
December 26, 2014 |
MIAMI - Remember how the 76ers were a national joke after losing to the Dallas Mavericks by 53 points on November 13? Well, no one is laughing now. Especially not the Orlando Magic or the Miami Heat, the squads the Sixers (4-23) recently defeated to post their first back-to-back wins of the season. They held the Magic to 88 points on Sunday at the Amway Center before limiting the Heat to 87 points Tuesday. The Sixers squad that once looked allergic to defense has been locking down foes.