February 28, 2013 |
THE DISCONNECT is astounding. As Tuesday night's game began and the players shook hands around the midcourt circle, the Sixers' Doug Collins, an old-school coach, saw three of his new-school players without a lick of sweat on their brows. Afterward, after the Magic had trounced the Sixers by 14 on the Sixers' home court, Collins eviscerated his team for its lack of effort. "This is mind-numbing to me," Collins said. He is nearly alone in his befuddlement. "We hopped out to an 11-point lead early," said All-Star guard Jrue Holiday.
January 18, 2013 |
The more we see of the 76ers, the more evident it becomes that change is not always good. Nine new faces are on the roster, and many of the changes were intended to make the Sixers longer and more athletic, better defenders both on the wings and, to a degree, at the rim. But 39 games into the season there is no trace of those traits. In losing their 17th game in the last 23 on Tuesday, the Sixers allowed the lowly New Orleans Hornets to shoot better than 76 percent in the first quarter, build a 20-point lead early in the fourth, and ultimately wipe out the good feelings from a victory two days earlier over a good Houston team that ended a five-game losing streak.
December 18, 2012 |
Unlike the NBA's elite squads, such as Oklahoma City, San Antonio, and Miami, the teams that are mired in mediocrity - which could just as easily qualify for seeds six through eight in the playoffs as they could land in the lottery - usually have a stretch or two in the season that defines their fate. If they exceed expectations rather than come up short during that stretch, they significantly enhance their chances of becoming a playoff team as opposed to entering the draft lottery.
November 6, 2012 |
NEW YORK - Most of the power knocked out by Hurricane Sandy was restored in Manhattan this weekend, but the 76ers played 48 minutes at Madison Square Garden without any. Their shooting was wretched, their defense an afterthought and, perhaps worst of all, their interest level seemed to barely flicker most of the afternoon as the Knicks strolled to a 100-84 win in the initial of back-to-back games. The two will meet Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers took their first, and only, lead of the game when Jrue Holiday hit a short jump shot on the team's opening possession.
November 6, 2012 |
WHEN OFFSEASON trades were made and free agents were signed, the attention of many people was focused on the 76ers and Brooklyn Nets in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers, of course, landed Andrew Bynum, dealt Andre Iguodala and picked up a slew of potent shooters, while the Nets landed perennial All-Star Joe Johnson from Atlanta and a group of role players. Though they added aging - and future Hall of Famer - Jason Kidd and a few other pieces, the New York Knicks let the offseason focus settle elsewhere, while they held on to superstars Carmelo Anthony and Amare Stoudemire, along with Olympian Tyson Chandler.
November 5, 2012 |
It is amazing how quickly the conversation has changed. When the plan was to have a 7-foot, 285-pound center getting up and down the court with them by the start of the season last Wednesday, the 76ers envisioned themselves with too many offensive options for most teams to handle. With Bynum posted up against yet another Eastern Conference power forward masquerading as a center, the Sixers would set up around the perimeter. If Bynum muscled his overmatched defender close to the basket, the only recourse would be to foul.
November 2, 2012
I DON'T MEAN to be too hard on Andre Iguodala, because there are things to be said for his eight seasons as a 76er. Still, sometimes you just have to tell things as they were. Too much about Iguodala looked too familiar on Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The uniform he now wears is that of the Denver Nuggets, but his performance in his first trip back to South Philly since the blockbuster trade that sent him west wasn't distinguishable from the 615 games he played while wearing a Sixers jersey.
November 1, 2012 |
Andre Iguodala tried to remain stoic about his much anticipated return to face his former 76ers team in Wednesday's opener at the Wells Fargo Center against the Denver Nuggets. Yet while speaking to reporters following this morning's shootaround, Iguodala alternated between being nostalgic and concentrating on the matter at hand. "I am trying to figure out where we are as a team, and really there is too much going on in my mind to think about it," he said about his comeback. Yet before coming, he posted a note on his personal website thanking the Sixers fans and the organization with which he spent his first eight NBA seasons.