March 6, 2015 |
AT LEAST Sam Hinkie offered warning. When he assumed command in 2013, the Sixers' czar told everyone he didn't like anything about the team. Then the rest of the city's teams fell in with his scorched-earth campaign, leaving the populace reeling as never before. To its credit, the population is generally accepting. It began with Chip Kelly's release of receiver DeSean Jackson a year ago, a jarring move that, viewed through the correct prism, made sense. So have the rest of the decisions.
May 21, 2014 |
THE 76ERS will find out tonight where they will pick in the NBA draft, most likely having two picks in the first 10 selections. That would excite any team, any year. But it's not enough for general manager Sam Hinkie and company. Nineteen wins certainly affords the Sixers the right to be greedy. They'll have one of the top five picks, then the selection of the New Orleans Pelicans, provided it doesn't wind up in the top five. And they will have the good Doctor, Julius Erving, representing the team when the order of the draft is picked tonight in New York.
March 19, 2014 |
INDIANAPOLIS - It all sounded and felt so familiar. The coach is asked about his center with the bad knees. The news isn't good, but sort of expected. Expectations diminish and the unknown takes over. Such is the life now for the Indiana Pacers when it comes to Andrew Bynum. The center, who was acquired by the Pacers on Feb. 1, played his first two games with the team last week and was quite impressive. In two games for Indiana, Bynum posted 23 points and 19 rebounds in more than 35 total minutes.
March 17, 2014 |
EVAN TURNER didn't expect to get a warm welcome from Philadelphia fans last night as he made his return to the Wells Fargo Center as a member of the Indiana Pacers. Turner had only two points, along with four each of rebounds and assists in 21 minutes, during his team's 101-94 win. But while fans were disappointed in Turner's play during his 4 years here because he didn't live up to their expectations after getting taken with the second pick in 2010, Turner's time here was invaluable to him for his career.
March 15, 2014 |
Evan Turner isn't afraid to stir things up. The outspoken Indiana Pacers reserve forward took an inadvertent shot at the 76ers' sparse crowds while commenting on Pacers coach Frank Vogel. "Frank is kind of a quiet guy," the former Sixer told the Indianapolis Star on Thursday. "Sometimes, I'm on the other side of the court and he doesn't have [a loud voice]. "In Philly, those gyms are empty so I can hear anybody talking. If somebody calls a play out, everybody hears it. But these games are packed, so sometimes it's hard to hear.
March 12, 2014
WHEN THE Indiana Pacers come to town Friday night, they will bring some familiar players. Last month, the 76ers sent Evan Turner and Lavoy Allen to the Pacers for a second-round draft choice and the rights to forward Danny Granger, whom they ultimately waived. So Friday will be the first time Turner and Allen return to the Wells Fargo Center as visitors. But it could be another former Sixer who will elicit the most reaction. Andrew Bynum - remember him? - might make his debut with Indiana on Friday.
February 21, 2014 |
POOR Thaddeus Young. He will drive to Wells Fargo Center tonight to face the Mavericks, and, most likely, another 30-point loss. It will be just another lost night in a sea of wasted effort for Young, who is seeing the prime of his career further devalued by the machinations of men in suits who never dribble or shoot. He will be thinking, "Why couldn't it have been me?" Less valuable teammates Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Lavoy Allen all were traded away at yesterday's deadline, part of a sell-off that now gives the Sixers as many as 10 picks in the next two drafts, including three first-rounders . . . and five players who will not be on the roster after the next two drafts.
February 6, 2014 |
Brett Brown admits that bringing a championship culture to the 76ers is tougher than he first anticipated. "It's much harder," the rookie NBA head coach said. "It's something that I didn't judge properly. It doesn't diminish my enthusiasm being here. I just recognize the monster ahead of us. "Trying to build a program to the level we hope to build it to requires so much work and so much luck. And there is no wiggle room. You can't skip a single step. " Brown came to Philadelphia from the San Antonio Spurs, where he was on the staff of three NBA championship teams.
January 17, 2014 |
LAST YEAR at about this time, Doug Collins had had it up to his kind eyes with conjecture about the health of his rehabbing big man. Andrew Bynum would tell us that he might play next week, or next month, and then he would come to practice, and then he wouldn't. Doug was asked daily, weekly, monthly, and Doug would answer daily, weekly, monthly, until finally one day Doug told reporters: "You should talk to him. I don't want to be the messenger because they shoot messengers. " Brett Brown seems to be at that point when discussing Nerlens Noel.
January 14, 2014 |
JAMES WORTHY, a seven-time All-Star who helped the Lakers win three championships, knows what it takes to be an NBA player. And a Laker. And right now, he said, Andrew Bynum, doesn't have it. The former Sixer was released by the Bulls last week soon after being acquired in a trade with the Cavaliers. He is now a free agent looking for a job. TMZ asked Worthy about the possibility of Bynum returning to the Lakers, a team he played for from 2005-12. "It's possible, but it's hard to say," said Worthy, now an NBA commentator.