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 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.
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.
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 11, 2014 |
ORLANDO - 76ers assistant Lloyd Pierce gave Casper Ware two words of advice. "Be yourself," Pierce told Ware heading into the Orlando Pro Summer League. "Don't let the NBA make you passive or feel you have to come in and be something else," added Pierce, who coaches the Sixers' summer-league squad. "Be yourself. Be aggressive. Be defensive. Pick up full court. Attack the paint. " Those are the things that helped Ware become a two-time Big West Conference player of the year at Long Beach State.
July 6, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Casper Ware was impressive enough this past season to turn a 10-day contract into a season-ending roster spot with the 76ers. The 5-foot-10 point guard will be looked upon to provide leadership during Saturday's Orlando Summer League opener against the Magic at Amway Center. But his earning a roster spot for the forthcoming season is far from guaranteed. The Sixers acquired Pierre Jackson from the New Orleans Pelicans in a NBA draft-night trade for second-rounder Russ Smith.
July 12, 2014 |
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.
July 10, 2013 |
ORLANDO - The guards impressed but the defense didn't as the 76ers lost their second straight game in the Orlando Pro Summer League, 96-75, to Indiana at the Amway Center. Temple product Khalif Wyatt crafted his way to 25 points, while shooting 11-for-18 from the floor. He scored just about all of his buckets the same way he did under coach Fran Dunphy as an Owl, by getting to the basket and using his unorthodox style to get shots. His starting backcourt mate, 11th overall pick Michael Carter-Williams, didn't fare so well from the floor (4-for-19)