November 25, 2015 |
MINNEAPOLIS - The 76ers are taking a different approach to their rebuilding process than that of their opponent Monday night. The Minnesota Timberwolves have three players in Kevin Garnett, Andre Miller and Tayshaun Prince, who have at least 13 years of experience, to mentor their young standouts. Meanwhile, the Sixers' lone veteran presence comes from ninth-year forward Carl Landry. Because he will be sidelined until January, the 32-year-old really hasn't had a presence on a team whose second-oldest player is 24. So how do the Sixers make up for the lack of veteran presence?
November 29, 2014 |
Brett Brown hopes that history will be kind to the 76ers. On the surface, the Sixers have been linked to the franchise's dismal 1972-73 squad after a 99-91 loss to Brooklyn on Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the Sixers' 15th consecutive loss to open the season, tying the organization's all-time worst start set by the 1972-73 team. That team went 9-73 to set the NBA's futility mark. The current team, which is sacrificing wins for a top draft pick, might be hard-pressed to win seven games by season's end. This team is built to lose games.
November 28, 2014 |
The 76ers made franchise history Wednesday. Well, they tied it, at least. A 99-91 loss to the Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center was the Sixers' 15th straight to open the season, tying the organization's all-time worst start. These Sixers joined the 1972-73 squad in reaching the dubious record. That team went 9-73 to set the NBA's futility mark. But this season's squad gave Brooklyn (6-8) a scare before Kevin Garnett's clutch plays. With his team clinging to a 90-89 lead, Garnett made a foul shot with 1 minute, 13 seconds remaining.
November 27, 2014 |
His necktie loosened, 76ers coach Brett Brown took a deep breath Monday night and cracked a slight smile. Brown's team had just hung with Portland, one of the league's best teams. The Sixers stayed competitive even though they didn't hit a single three-pointer and grabbed just seven offensive rebounds. It was their 14th straight defeat. One more and the Sixers will tie the franchise's all-time mark for the longest losing streak to start a season. But Brown said he saw some light.
October 17, 2013 |
'THIS IS reality. " Those were the words of 76ers coach Brett Brown following his team's 127-97 thumping at the hands of the Brooklyn Nets on Monday at the Wells Fargo Center. While the two organizations are headed in polar-opposite directions at the moment, there were some frightening realizations brought to light in the 48 minutes of preseason action in front of what couldn't have been more than a few thousand spectators. While the Nets and owner Mikhail Prokhorov have gone all-in and broken the bank in order to try to capture a title, the Sixers are fielding a team that is very short on NBA-proven players.
October 16, 2013 |
The longest-tenured Sixer had to shake his head Monday night over just how callow and curious some of his younger teammates are. At 25, Thaddeus Young is hardly a graybeard himself, and it's a testament to how inexperienced the Sixers will be this season, how little will be expected of them, that Young has emerged as a sage in the team's scouting meetings. "The other guys, they don't know," Young said. "They just played college basketball, and they barely watched the NBA. " So he answers their questions with as much patience as possible, even when they betray an almost incomprehensible ignorance of one of the sport's superstars.
July 14, 2013 |
THE BLOCKBUSTER breakup of the Celtics is complete. Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett are Brooklyn-bound. The Nets and Celtics finalized their draft-night trade yesterday, a nine-player, three-draft pick swap centered on the two aging champions who won a title in Boston in 2008. And with a championship chapter in the Celtics' storied history closed, it's the Nets who are thinking big as they head into their second season in Brooklyn. "Today, the basketball gods smiled on the Nets," Nets owner Mikhail Prokhorov said in a statement.
April 8, 2013
Carmelo Anthony collected 36 points and 12 rebounds, J.R. Smith hit a pair of shot-clock beaters in the final two minutes, and the visiting New York Knicks beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 125-120, on Sunday for their 12th consecutive win. The Knicks reached the 50-win mark for the first time in 13 years. Russell Westbrook had 37 points, 11 rebounds, and 8 assists for Oklahoma City, which fell a game behind San Antonio for first place in the West with five games to play. Kevin Durant scored 27, slipping behind Anthony in the NBA scoring race.
April 2, 2013
Mike Conley drove for a layup with 0.6 seconds remaining, and the Memphis Grizzlies rallied to beat the visiting San Antonio Spurs, 92-90, Monday night for their third consecutive victory. The Grizzlies matched their franchise record with their 50th win this season, and they won their 12th straight at home. Conley finished with 23 points. Elsewhere: Devin Harris scored a season-high 25 points as the Atlanta Hawks beat the visiting Cleveland Cavaliers, 102-94, to improve their chances of securing home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs.
March 7, 2013 |
THE INDIANA PACERS lost the lead, then lost sight of Jeff Green. Kevin Garnett found Green all alone under the basket for a layup with 0.5 seconds remaining to finish off a fourth-quarter comeback from 14 points down, and the visiting Boston Celtics beat the Pacers, 83-81, on Wednesday night. "Happy it went in," Green said. "Great pass by Garnett. Great execution by us. Good draw up by Doc [Rivers]. We have found ways to win. The trust is there now. Guys are giving what Doc wants.