January 16, 2015 |
TORONTO - Jason Richardson is literally counting down the days. The veteran of 838 regular-season games has been keeping track of exactly how long it's been since he competed in the NBA. Sunday marks 2 full years of sitting on the bench nursing ankle and knee injuries. "It's the longest in my life I've gone without basketball," a relaxed Richardson told reporters prior to tipoff last night. Back sprinting, with his surgically repaired knee "responding well," Richardson is eyeing a February return to the Sixers.
December 24, 2014 |
MIAMI - There hasn't been a whole lot of problems for Brett Brown lately when it comes to substituting during games. Last night against the Miami Heat, Brown had only eight players available, as Furkan Aldemir (plantar fasciitis), Hollis Thompson (upper-respiratory infection) and Tony Wroten (knee sprain) were sidelined. Joel Embiid, Andrei Kirilenko and Jason Richardson hold three roster spots, and it doesn't appear as if Embiid or Kirilenko will be joining the roster anytime soon.
December 23, 2014 |
ORLANDO - 76ers coach Brett Brown was asked Sunday when his team will fill out its roster. "I think in the next few days," he said. Brown gave the impression whoever that player is, he will be a welcome addition. The Sixers have 14 players, one fewer than the limit for NBA rosters. The coach said general manager Sam Hinkie will pick the addition to the roster. A team source said that former Sixer Malcolm Thomas is among the candidates. The power forward was waived on Nov. 10. At the time, he had to have knee surgery that sidelined him four weeks.
December 3, 2014 |
Furkan Aldemir is supposed to arrive in Philadelphia within a week, according to several reports. The Turkish power forward announced via Facebook on Nov. 24 that he was headed to the NBA, where the 76ers hold his rights. At the time, the 6-foot-9, 230-pounder had his contract with Galatasaray of the Turkish Basketball League terminated after the franchise failed to pay his salary for five months. Then there were reports that Aldemir was willing to stay with Galatasaray if the team was able to pay his salary by Monday.
November 21, 2014 |
When Phoenix visits the 76ers on Friday, there will be plenty of bulletin board material for the home team, thanks to Suns guard Eric Bledsoe. A former player at Kentucky, Bledsoe was asked on SiriusXM Radio which team he would take in a series between his alma mater and the Sixers. "I'm definitely taking Kentucky. . . . I think Philly will probably get maybe one game," Bledsoe said. Sixers veteran Jason Richardson, who has not played since January 2013 because of knee and foot injuries, laughed when he heard those comments.
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.