October 29, 2014 |
DETROIT - It is the part of coaching that coaches hate most: Cut day. It will be coming by Monday for the Sixers, and head man Brett Brown is no different in his ill feelings. It is a little different with this group, however, in that after a select few there really aren't many players who are going to make a difference on the team this season or in the future. Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie often talk of "finding keepers," but that just doesn't to seem to be the case with this group.
October 25, 2014 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - The 76ers now have tough decisions to make. Do they keep Casper Ware as the third point guard? Have Malcolm Lee and Chris Johnson shown enough to make the roster? And will Brandon Davies' status as a great locker-room guy outweigh his on-court limitations for the second straight season? The deadline to trim NBA rosters from 20 players to 15 is Monday at 5 p.m. Coach Brett Brown had said the Sixers would release players after their final preseason game.
October 16, 2014 |
MAYBE A shorter game is something 76ers fans would like to see. And perhaps it's not too far away. The NBA announced yesterday it will experiment with a 44-minute game this exhibition season when Boston visits Brooklyn on Sunday. One minute will be chopped from each quarter, and timeouts for each team will be reduced from 10 to eight, two per quarter. "At our recent coaches' meeting, we had a discussion about the length of our games, and it was suggested that we consider experimenting with a shorter format," said Rod Thorn, NBA president and former Sixers president.
October 6, 2014 |
GALLOWAY TOWNSHIP, N.J. - Tony Wroten underwent a transformation over the offseason. And that might be a great thing for the 76ers. "I worked on everything you could think of," the reserve point guard said. His work included "being more of a leader, shooting, and just trying to be a perfectionist. " Fans will get their first glimpse of the new Wroten on Monday night. That's when the Sixers travel to Boston to face the Celtics in the preseason opener at TD Garden. The 6-foot-6, 205-pound Wroten will start at point guard in place of Michael Carter-Williams.
October 2, 2014 |
IF JASON RICHARDSON had not injured his knee during the 2012-13 NBA season, I likely would not be writing about him. Of all the players on the Sixers' roster when general manager Sam Hinkie was hired with the task of rebuilding this franchise, Richardson would have been near the top of the list of players to be shipped out of town. It wouldn't have been anything personal. Richardson is a high-character veteran who has performed with class and quality during his long career. Richardson, however, was the poster child for the thing Hinkie did not want to begin his tenure with - an aging veteran with big, guaranteed money who was going to be a part of rebuilding, but still had enough game left to gum up the plan for tanking.
October 1, 2014 |
The big chill Monday inside the Wells Fargo Center was caused by the building's ice hockey configuration. The cold reality was provided by the return of the 76ers, the city's professional basketball franchise that wants you and its roster of NBA neophytes to believe it is building for a better tomorrow. Year Two of the Sixers' Get-Better-By-Being-Bad Plan - it's more commonly known as the Tank Initiative - officially kicked off with media day, where talk about the future could be perceived in entirely different ways.
August 24, 2014 |
The word podcast is 10 years old. A podcast is a (semi-)regular audio show, in episodes lasting, usually, between 15 minutes and an hour. It's often very DIY: Hosts record episodes digitally and post them online; you can download them to your device or listen on a central website. This week through Sunday, the second annual Philadelphia PodFest has been holding forth at Tattooed Mom, a bar at 530 South St. Nineteen podcasters are on hand to mingle and do live episodes. Stars include Nicole Yates of the food podcast Didja Eat?
July 3, 2014 |
THOUGH THE VISION for the 76ers' brass is focused years away, as evidenced by last week's draft from which their top two picks probably won't play for them this season, there still is the responsibility of fielding a team for this coming campaign. Seven players are on the payroll (Thaddeus Young, Jason Richardson, Nerlens Noel, Michael Carter-Williams, Eric Maynor, Tony Wroten and Arnett Moultrie). Maynor already was bought out, and it wouldn't be surprising if Richardson, who is scheduled to make $6.6 million this season and is coming off major knee surgery, and Moultrie, who is to make $1.1 million but tested positive for marijuana last season and possessed a salty attitude, also are given deals to move on. The team also has options on guard Elliot Williams and center Jarvis Varnado, each for just under $1 million.
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 7, 2014 |
BEFORE THE 76ers took the floor against the Brooklyn Nets on Monday, forward Arnett Moultrie sat slumped in front of his locker, looking very much like a teenager who had just had his cell phone taken away. When prodded, Moultrie proclaimed his disappointment at not being in uniform yet this season, despite the fact that he has been practicing with the team for a couple of weeks as he tries to return from preseason ankle surgery. He said conditioning was not a factor, but added that he didn't want to talk about it. Read into it what you will, but Moultrie was playing the next night - for the Delaware 87ers, the Sixers affiliate in the NBA Development League.