September 30, 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.
February 7, 2014 |
The 76ers gave up a protected first-round pick in a draft-day trade with the Miami Heat for Arnett Moultrie on June 28, 2012. Nowadays, they're unsure when the post player will return from a stint with their NBA Development League team, the Delaware 87ers. The Sixers shipped Moultrie to Delaware on Tuesday, one day after the former first-round pick had some choice words for the coaching staff. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound post player was upset that he hasn't yet played this season since practicing for the first time in late December after preseason ankle surgery.
January 4, 2014 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. - The 76ers have established an identity. Win or lose, they're known for playing with energy, getting up and down the floor and going to the rim. "To come in and have the responsibility to try to build a culture and create a system and coach new guys and bring new guys in as a team, I'm proud of where we are at," first-year coach Brett Brown said. In the new year, the Sixers are winning, as well. On Wednesday night, they posted a 114-102 victory over Denver at the Pepsi Center.
November 8, 2013 |
Cleveland Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum told reporters he would play against the 76ers Friday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The former Sixer said he would sit out Saturday's contest against Philadelphia in Cleveland. "I think they'll probably boo, but that's their choice," Bynum said of Sixers fans during Wednesday's shootaround in Milwaukee. "It wasn't my choice to get rid of me. I don't feel bad at all. . . . If I was not hurt, I would've played. That's really the end to that story.
October 4, 2013 |
THE 76ERS broke from their 5-day, eight-practice training camp yesterday at Saint Joseph's to embark on a 6-day Europe trip that will include a pair of games and a few practices. Watching players leave the locker room at Hagan Arena following the final workout, there was no denying a plethora of sore bodies were departing the gym. Spencer Hawes tweaked a knee and missed a couple of days, though he said he'll be ready to play in the team's first preseason game on Sunday in Bilbao, Spain, against a FIBA team.
September 29, 2013 |
Arnett Moultrie is back on the shelf. The 76ers power forward is not expected to play until 2014 after undergoing surgery Thursday to repair his left ankle. The 6-foot-10, 245-pounder was hurt while scrimmaging a couple of weeks ago. This isn't the first time Moultrie was hampered by an ankle injury. The second-year player missed the Orlando Summer League in 2012 after injuring his ankle during a predraft workout in Sacramento, Calif. Still plagued by the injury in last year's training camp, he was not in shape at the start of the season.