November 1, 2012 |
This was not the successful return to Philadelphia that Andre Iguodala might have envisioned when he was dealt by the 76ers to Denver in August in a four-team blockbuster. Not only did he struggle to find his way on offense but so did his teammates during Wednesday's 84-75 loss to the Sixers in the NBA opener for both teams at the Wells Fargo Center. Iguodala had 11 points, shooting 5 of 13 from the field, missing all four three-pointers, and shooting 1 for 3 from the line. He had four rebounds, four assists, two steals, four turnovers, and one blocked shot.
October 31, 2012
ANDRE IGUODALA returns Wednesday night. It is a quirk of fate that brings the Sixers' best player over the past 6 years back to town on their season's opening night; the schedule came out before the Sixers traded Iguodala to Denver. It was youthful petulance that led Iguodala to review his final few seasons in Philadelphia so harshly. The quick return and his bitter words put Sixers fans in a troubling spot. Should they greet Iguodala with typical Philadelphian bile and spite?
October 30, 2012 |
The 76ers traded Andre Iguodala to Denver in the middle of the Summer Olympics as part of the massive four-team trade that landed the Sixers center Andrew Bynum and shooting guard Jason Richardson. On Wednesday, Iguodala and the Nuggets are scheduled to open the regular season at the Wells Fargo Center. "I really haven't thought about" returning to Philadelphia, Iguodala told Ben Hochman of the Denver Post on Monday. "I'm really trying to focus on what I can control, and that's our mind-set.
October 29, 2012 |
AT NO OTHER point in the season will Doug Collins and his team have so much time to think about an upcoming opponent. Since the NBA put out the schedule in August, the Sixers have been able to circle Oct. 31 on their collective calendars. And what makes Opening Night even more special is that former Sixer Andre Iguodala will be making his Denver Nuggets debut. In his six preseason games with Denver, Iguodala, who spent 8 years in Philadelphia, averaged 8.7 points, 5 rebounds and 4.3 assists in 29.7 minutes per game.
October 7, 2012 |
Doug Collins couldn't have asked for a more fitting backdrop. Moments after watching his 76ers play a spirited scrimmage at St. Joseph's Hagan Arena that required an overtime period to settle, the coach discussed a favorite topic: spacing on the floor for his shooters. Behind him, newly acquired sharpshooter Jason Richardson launched three-pointers, getting in some extra practice at training camp. One key to the offense is having a big man capable of commanding a double team, drawing would-be perimeter defenders away from good shooters who are capable of making opponents pay. In center Andrew Bynum, the Sixers feel they have that covered.
October 5, 2012 |
After an active offseason, the 76ers have just five players who saw significant time last season on this year's roster. This is clearly a different team. But one of the biggest changes occurred with one of those five returning players - Thaddeus Young. Last season, the 6-foot-8 Young wore down by the end of the season. Playing against stronger power forwards, Young said he weighed 212 pounds by the season's end. He played in 63 of 66 games and averaged 12.8 points while shooting 50.7 percent from the field, becoming one of the NBA's top reserves.
September 25, 2012 |
Almost one year ago, Tony DiLeo left a conversation with 76ers principal owner Joshua Harris in which DiLeo, who has coached the team, headed up the scouting department and had been team president and general manager Rod Thorn's right-hand man in a 22-year career with the team, made it known that being the team's general manager was his ultimate goal. On Friday, the Sixers granted DiLeo's wish, promoting him from executive vice president of basketball operations to general manager.
September 24, 2012 |
Not long after it was announced that longtime team loyalist Tony DiLeo was being promoted to general manager of the 76ers, Rod Thorn, the man he eventually will succeed, was singing his praises. "Tony has been here for years - he's loyal, he's faithful," said Thorn, the team president. "I think that he's going to do a great job. " Thorn will continue in his role as president until the end of the 2012-13 season. At that point he will step into a consultant's role with the Sixers.
August 20, 2012 |
Before the 76ers drastically reshaped their roster this summer, the continuously evolving relationship between coach Doug Collins and swingman Evan Turner figured again to be one of the tinderbox issues for the team. Even without Jodie Meeks around to mildly tempt Collins to send the No. 2 pick in the 2010 draft to the bench, had the Sixers roster for the 2012-13 season come back with the subtraction of Lou Williams and the addition of Kwame Brown as the biggest changes, the nitpicking over the sometimes-combustible Collins-Turner relationship would still bubble close to the surface.