July 14, 2016 |
LAS VEGAS - You want to win a beer at a bar? Throw out this question: What 76ers player on the current roster scored more than 1,000 points in his senior year of high school? Answer: T.J. McConnell. During his final year at Chartiers Valley High School - in Bridgeville, 14 miles southwest of Pittsburgh - the 6-2 guard averaged 34.4 points a game and scored 1,062 total points. He followed that with four years of college ball, the first two at Duquesne and the final two at Arizona.
April 6, 2016
'LET'S GO. Let's go. Push it. " During his 241-game reign so far as head coach of the 76ers, coach Brett Brown has shouted those words to his players thousands of times. From the day he was hired in August of 2013, that is the style Brown felt would give his team its best chance to compete. He might be shouting those same words to management come the end of the season. Brown has won just 46 of those 241 games, and has never been given a roster with a chance to succeed. It is understandable if Brown's words to management this offseason are the same as they have been to his players: "Let's go. Let's go. Push it. " Because, quite frankly, this third year of The Process has been a complete waste.
March 8, 2016 |
MIAMI - Perhaps the biggest question surrounding the 76ers is: When will Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel return? "I don't really know," coach Brett Brown said of his injured post players. Okafor missed his fourth straight game Sunday as the Sixers lost, 103-98, to the Miami Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena. The rookie bruised his right shin on Feb. 28. Noel missed his second straight game with a bruised right knee. The center was hurt late in the second quarter Wednesday against the Charlotte Hornets.
March 4, 2016 |
The Delaware 87ers are taking a look at Baron Davis. The former NBA all-star point guard signed and practiced with the 76ers' NBA Development League affiliate on Wednesday. Davis, 36, is expected to play for the Sevens on Friday in a home game against Iowa. Davis has not played since he tore the anterior cruciate ligament, medial collateral ligament, and patellar tendon in his right knee as a New York Knick in 2012. The two-time NBA all-star, who signed with the D-League in January, has been working on his fitness in an attempt to make a comeback.
January 28, 2016 |
T.J. McConnell is starting to get a better understanding of the NBA's tempo. The 76ers point guard understands "who needs the ball, what play should be called, defensive rotations and on-ball, pick-and-roll defense," coach Brett Brown said. "You hear me talk about Jahlil [Okafor] being in 30, 40, or whatever pick-and-rolls a game. NBA point guards are the same, constantly in pick-and-rolls. "He's developed in a big way there. " The 6-foot-2 rookie has settled in nicely as Ish Smith's backup.
January 27, 2016 |
The 76ers swear they're far from the lackluster bunch that was pummeled by the Boston Celtics on Sunday. And they say they are determined to show that Tuesday night against the Phoenix Suns at Wells Fargo Center. "I'd be very surprised if you see anything that reflects last night tomorrow," coach Brett Brown said Monday after practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Time will tell. But the Sixers (6-39) were dominated in just about every category in the 112-92 home setback to the Celtics.
January 11, 2016 |
BRIDGEVILLE, Pa. - The phone calls usually are placed in the morning, or sometimes late at night, when Timothy John McConnell is finished with a game, sitting at his locker, or riding the team bus, with a desire to hear the familiar voice of the man who in some ways gave him everything. Or gave him, at least, the most important things: confidence, passion, and direction. The 76ers point guard, who is known to most as T.J., credits his discovery of those things to his relationship with Tim McConnell, his father and coach at Chartiers Valley High School.
January 6, 2016 |
Talk about a full day for the 76ers. They signed Elton Brand out of retirement on Monday. One of the players' parents apologized for criticizing the team and calling the NBA racist. Coach Brett Brown also addressed his relationship with another player's parent. And the night ended with the Sixers posting their third victory in six games. This time it was a 109-99 triumph over the Minnesota Timberwolves at the Wells Fargo Center. After starting the season 1-30, the Sixers (4-33)
December 31, 2015 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Brett Brown anointed Kendall Marshall the 76ers starting point guard on Dec. 16. At the time, the coach said the job was Marshall's to lose. His status as the starter lasted eight days. The Sixers reacquired Ish Smith in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans for two second-round picks on Dec. 24. So Marshall went from a starter to someone who played just four minutes in Monday's setback at the Utah Jazz. But instead of sulking, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is putting in extra time before practice to be able to contribute in any way. "It's not easy," Marshall said of losing his job. "But it's part of being a professional.
December 28, 2015 |
PHOENIX - A journeyman NBA player, Ish Smith will tell you that nothing about the business surprises him. So he wasn't shocked when his contract negotiations went nowhere with the 76ers last summer despite his being a key player on the team late last season. "Everything happens for a reason," said Smith, who was reacquired by the Sixers on Thursday in exchange for two second-round draft picks in a trade with the New Orleans Pelicans. To make room, the Sixers waived point guard Tony Wroten.