November 16, 2015 |
SAN ANTONIO - The 76ers are easy targets right now. ESPN, sports-talk radio, newspapers, and websites are all taking swings at a team destined to win fewer than 20 games for the third consecutive season. There is talk about how their tanking for a third season is a disgrace. There are mentions that general manager Sam Hinkie is being greedy, since he already has young standouts to build with in Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor. Media and fans say it's time to fill out the roster and stop prolonging the embarrassment.
September 30, 2013 |
We all know the 76ers have no intention of producing a winning product this season. Who can blame them? The Sixers couldn't come close to contending for an NBA title even if they tried. Teams such as Miami, Brooklyn, Oklahoma City, and San Antonio are simply on another level. Even the best-case scenario would have them becoming a seventh seed in the Eastern Conference and making an early exit from the postseason. But the objective is to win an NBA title, right? When the Sixers traded away Jrue Holiday for Nerlens Noel and weren't active in free agency, folks went ahead and called it the beginning of a "tanking" season.
January 24, 2013 |
MILWAUKEE - Milwaukee Bucks interim coach Jim Boylan knows exactly what the 76ers are going through as they wait for Andrew Bynum to make his debut. The Bucks went through a similar situation with often-injured center Andrew Bogut. The Bucks selected Bogut with the top pick in the 2005 draft, but traded him to Golden State. Injuries were always a problem, and last year they finally gave up on waiting for the 7-footer to become the cornerstone of the franchise. "It's a little frustrating because you are always wondering when a guy is going to come back, so you have to block that out," said Boylan, an assistant the last four years who was promoted to interim coach after the Bucks fired Scott Skiles.
April 20, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - This certainly wasn't the result that Milwaukee Bucks coach Scott Skiles was looking for. Skiles was hoping that his Milwaukee Bucks, who had lost three of their four previous games, would sweep into Washington on Wednesday and get back on track against a bad Wizards team. Washington would be the worst team in the NBA if not for Charlotte, which is threatening to record the lowest winning percentage in league history. But it didn't work out that way for the Bucks, who are the 76ers' chief rival for the eighth and final spot in the Eastern Conference playoffs - which begin next weekend.
January 27, 2012
Milwaukee Bucks center Andrew Bogut is out indefinitely after fracturing his left ankle Wednesday night in Houston. Bogut's left foot came down awkwardly on a Houston player's foot after Bogut tried to block a shot in the first quarter. The Bucks said Thursday an MRI found Bogut fractured his ankle. The 7-foot center was playing in his 400th career NBA game. He left with three points, four rebounds and three blocked shots. Bogut has averaged 11.3 points, a team-high 8.3 rebounds and a team-high two blocked shots in 12 games this season.
January 27, 2012 |
PAUL PIERCE scored 24 points and added 10 assists, and E'Twaun Moore added 16 points to help the Boston Celtics erase a 27-point deficit and beat the Orlando Magic for the second time this week, 91-83, last night. Pierce and Moore had 10 points each in the fourth quarter. Dwight Howard led the Magic with 16 points and 16 rebounds. Orlando had an 11-point lead entering the fourth quarter, but shot 2-for-17 in the final 12 minutes. The Celtics have won three straight for just the second time this season.
January 17, 2012 |
Doug Collins understands basketball and he understands the NBA, which is not the same thing. At its best, the league presents the world's greatest athletes competing at the highest level. On a typical January day, you're more likely to see the NBA at a notch or two beneath that, when the world's greatest athletes are just crossing another game off the schedule. "If we play as a team, if we're well conditioned, if we compete every night, we'll win games just because some teams don't want to play every night," Collins said Monday after the 76ers' 94-82 victory over Milwaukee.
January 15, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Not surprisingly, 76ers president Rod Thorn has been impressed by his team during its quick start. The Sixers took an 8-3 record into Saturday's game at the Verizon Center against the Washington Wizards. Thorn said everybody in the main rotation has played well, giving special mention to center Spencer Hawes and guard Evan Turner. "Those two guys have improved more than anybody else," Thorn said before Saturday's game. Hawes entered the game averaging 11.0 points and 9.2 rebounds.
January 9, 2012
There's no telling how different the Wizards would be if they had drafted Ricky Rubio when they had the chance. Surely they couldn't be any worse than what they are now: a winless team that might make a run at the 1972-73 Sixers' 9-73 record. Kevin Love and Rubio (a No. 5 overall pick Minnesota acquired from the Wizards in 2009) controlled the game in the 93-72 win for the visiting Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday, while the Wizards were showered with boos during a 12-point fourth quarter as they dropped to 0-8. "There's really not much to say," Washington coach Flip Saunders said.
March 14, 2011 |
SALT LAKE CITY, Utah - Even before Saturday night's resounding loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, 76ers coach Doug Collins knew his team needed rest. The Sixers were playing the last of six games in a nine-day stretch, were coming off an emotional victory over the Boston Celtics, and were just beginning a five-game road trip. A day off in Salt Lake City was announced hours before Collins' team sleepwalked through a 102-74 loss to the Bucks. Against Milwaukee, the Sixers turned the ball over 21 times - a sure sign of a "tired team" - and struggled to contest Milwaukee's outside shots.