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 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.
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 8, 2014 |
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]
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.