December 5, 2002 |
How good does the 76ers' trade with New Jersey look now? As a result of a hit he took in Los Angeles on Thanksgiving night, Dikembe Mutombo will have surgery, possibly today, to repair a torn ligament in his right wrist and will miss 12 to 16 weeks. "I thought it was the water in Philadelphia," Sixers coach Larry Brown said last night before his team hosted the Boston Celtics. And to think, Mutombo was one of the only healthy players the Sixers had during his year-and-a-half stay in Philadelphia.
October 18, 2003 |
Rookie Aleksandar Pavlovic scored 17 points in 18 minutes to lead host Utah to an 87-86 preseason win over the 76ers last night. Pavlovic, who was 6-for-7 from the field, made a layup with 16 seconds left on a pass from Andrei Kirilenko to give Utah an 85-84 lead. Ex-Sixer Raja Bell then added two free throws with 5 seconds left to increase the Jazz lead to 87-84. Marc Jackson led the Sixers with 17 points and nine rebounds. Derrick Coleman made his preseason debut and had 13 points and seven rebounds in 25 minutes.
December 31, 2003 |
The 76ers could very well lose all five games on their post-Christmas road trip. But they can't afford to lose another player. Coming off their third consecutive defeat on the trip, a 106-97 pasting at Utah, the Sixers will meet the Houston Rockets at 10 Philadelphia time tonight at the Toyota Center, meaning the game won't end until after the big ball drops in Times Square. The Sixers have lost five of their last six games and four in a row on the road. They want desperately to get wins on their final two stops - tonight and Saturday afternoon in San Antonio.
December 3, 1999 |
Matt Geiger's return from knee surgery was originally scheduled for tonight, not Tuesday against the New York Knicks as 76ers coach Larry Brown had hoped. And after what took place Wednesday night in Miami - Alonzo Mourning's 28 points, 15 rebounds and 7 blocked shots buried the Sixers - Geiger couldn't come back soon enough. Defense may win games, but offense, and Geiger supplies offense, should not be taken for granted. Geiger worked out yesterday. He looked solid and was due to be evaluated today.
April 3, 1999 |
Tyrone Hill sat quietly in front of his locker stall, his head in his hands. There was the disturbing 85-80 loss to Cleveland. There was the news his car, stolen off a dealership lot in Ohio a few weeks ago, had been recovered, but stripped. And there was word from home his father had been hospitalized. The 76ers' power forward planned to fly to his family's home in Cincinnati today, then meet the team in time for tomorrow night's game in Toronto. There was, he knew, a lot to think about.
July 19, 1999 |
Oh, Canada? For 76ers free agent guard Eric Snow, not necessarily. Snow, invited to visit with the Toronto Raptors this Wednesday, might skip the trip if additional discussions today between his agent, Steve Kauffman, and Sixers general manager Billy King go as smoothly as their weekend talks did. The collective bargaining agreement between the NBA and the players association stipulates that free agents cannot be signed and trades can't be...
December 1, 2000 |
Count on Todd MacCulloch being in uniform for the 76ers' game tonight against the Charlotte Hornets. Don't be so sure about Matt Geiger or Tyrone Hill. Coach Larry Brown indicated that he would bring MacCulloch off the injured list in time to face the Charlotte Hornets. MacCulloch, the second-year backup center, has been out with what was described as tendinitis in his left ankle. But Brown also had intended to have Geiger, the veteran backup center, available after sitting out the second half of Saturday's loss in San Antonio with tendinitis in his right quadriceps.
April 22, 2000 |
Call them dueling scouting reports. Charlotte coach Paul Silas says the keys to beating the 76ers are avoiding turnovers, getting back in defensive transition and preventing Allen Iverson from dominating. Sixers coach Larry Brown says the keys to beating the Hornets include avoiding turnovers, getting back on defense and rebounding. "If it were that simple, we'd all be geniuses," Brown said, looking ahead to tonight's opener of their NBA best-of-five first-round playoff series at the Charlotte Coliseum.
January 31, 2000 |
Allen Iverson, as any star in any league, believes he can deliver. Any time. Any place. Any way he has to. But that didn't hold true Saturday in Auburn Hills, Mich. The NBA's leading scorer, who will start for the East in the Feb. 13 All-Star Game in Oakland, Calif., who has led the 76ers in scoring in 20 games in succession, came up empty in a 90-88 loss to the Detroit Pistons. He missed three of four free throws in the final, hectic 1 minute, 37 seconds. He missed a shot with seven seconds left.
January 3, 2000 |
Three days after putting forth their best four-game stretch of this young season, the 76ers returned to practice yesterday, well-rested with a newfound confidence and a renewed level of expectation, similar to the kind with which they started this season. They also have the same old problem. At a two-hour workout yesterday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Theo Ratliff, the team's shot blocker extraordinaire, supplied the Sixers with their sole reason for not smiling.