June 10, 2013 |
YOU HAVE TO wonder about the lack of urgency new Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie has shown in searching for a head coach to replace Doug Collins. Collins resigned on April 18, opening the door for Hinkie to be hired from the Houston Rockets on May 11. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about how Hinkie might go about putting together a new roster for a team coming off a disappointing 34-48 season, but barely a whisper about who will direct the team once it gets on the court.
January 11, 2013 |
TORONTO - The 76ers will play 12 of their next 13 games at the Wells Fargo Center, but coach Doug Collins doesn't see that as a positive. Collins feels the unbalanced schedule is too extreme. The Sixers completed an eight-game road trip over the holidays. Earlier this season they played eight of nine at home, and in April they will finish with seven of their final nine games on the road. "I hate the schedule that is so top-heavy home and on the road," Collins said before Wednesday's game against the Toronto Raptors.
June 29, 2012
IF NOTHING else, the Sixers were aggressive in Thursday night's NBA draft. How many consecutive drafts have we watched this mediocre franchise accept its mediocrity by never doing anything creative to acquire multiple assets? We've become used to a Sixers team president - whether it was Billy King or Ed Stefanski - talk about how they were thisclose to moving up or getting another pick, only to have this not come together at the end. And then team president/general manager Rod Thorn made his initial appearance in front of the media after the Sixers selected St. John's freshman forward Moe Harkless with 15th pick in the 2012 NBA draft.
June 14, 2012 |
Rod Thorn is an NBA lifer, and he knows there are a lot worse ways to be removed from a job than the one he is currently experiencing with the 76ers. Thorn has made a long career out of getting along, out of working the slow play of building a basketball team. A little progress here, a little reason for hope there, and the years can add up to a comfortable life of administering a roster without ever necessarily attacking it. That probably sounds harsher than it should, because a team can also suffer just as easily in the hands of a general manager who tries to do too much too quickly as it can with someone content to sit behind a desk and let things play out. With the Sixers, Thorn found himself in a situation with a new set of owners who didn't make their money by investing in IBM and turning off the computer and with a head coach too impatient to wait for microwave popcorn.
January 8, 2012 |
Former 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski keeps his eye on the 76ers from Toronto, where the Penn and Monsignor Bonner graduate is the executive vice president of basketball operations. Stefanski was in town Saturday with the Raptors, making his first appearance with his new team. He said he still keeps an eye on the Sixers and is proud of what he left behind. "Obviously, I'm a little prejudiced, but I think the 76ers are a really good team," Stefanski said before the game.
December 7, 2011
THE SIXERS need to remember the lesson the Atlanta Hawks taught them 3 summers ago. At the start of the 2008-09 season, the Sixers were a big player in NBA free agency - one of the few teams with the ability to sign a big-name free agent. Before the Sixers ended up giving a max contract to Los Angeles Clippers power forward Elton Brand, they wined and dined Hawks restricted free agent forward Josh Smith. But the Hawks made it perfectly clear to everyone who would listen they had no intention of letting Smith, then 22, leave Atlanta.
November 28, 2011 |
PLAYERS AND owners still have to vote on the new deal and details remain, but as the NBA stirs to life after a 149-day lockout, one thing is certain: Sixers coach Doug Collins will be rarin' to go. "If the new deal is completed some day at midnight, I would expect coach Collins to be calling us less than a second after that," guard Evan Turner said. "But like coach Collins, we will be ready as a team to play and play well as soon as we are able to get together. "I'm looking forward to the season.
October 27, 2011 |
On Wednesday night, the Toronto Raptors officially announced the hiring of former 76ers general manager Ed Stefanski. Stefanski will become the Raptors' executive vice president of basketball operations, reporting directly to Raptors president and general manager Bryan Colangelo. Stefanski's new job is not unlike the one he left behind - reporting to Sixers president Rod Thorn during the 2010-11 season. "Ed Stefanski embodies everything I was hoping to attain when the search began for a top-level basketball executive to join our staff," Colangelo said in a news release.
October 27, 2011
FORMER 76ERS president and general manager Ed Stefanski, relieved of his duties with the team just 9 days ago, last night was named executive vice president of basketball operations for the Toronto Raptors. Stefanski joined the Sixers in December 2007, leaving the same position with the New Jersey Nets take a job in his hometown. Stefanski, a Monsignor Bonner and University of Penn grad, spent 9 years with the Nets in a variety of roles, including the last 2-plus years as GM before moving to the Sixers.
October 25, 2011 |
IN WHAT is sure to be a common occurrence among NBA teams as the lockout continues, the 76ers yesterday let go of two of their employees - NBA scouts John Nash and Chris Ford. At a news conference last Tuesday when the new ownership of the team was introduced, it was announced that general manager Ed Stefanski had been released of his duties. "I've had the good fortune to do this for a long time," Nash said last night. "I've been general manager for four different teams [Sixers, New Jersey, Portland and Washington]