January 15, 2014 |
On a 76ers team that is desperate for size, not to mention additional depth, the return of Arnett Moultrie surely will be welcome. The 6-foot-10, 240-pound forward-center hasn't played since September surgery on his left ankle. But he is back practicing with the team and hopes to return soon. Moultrie was acquired by the Sixers on draft day 2012 after he was taken with the 27th selection of the first round by the Miami Heat. On Monday, he went through a full practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine and proclaimed himself healthy.
January 12, 2014 |
Lavoy Allen did not play Friday against the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center and will miss Saturday's home game against the New York Knicks with a sore calf. The 76ers reserve forward suffered the injury in Tuesday's 111-93 setback at the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I think in relation to the longevity of it, it might not be as severe as we originally thought, where it is going to keep him out a long time," coach Brett Brown said before the Pistons game. "My history with calves is not a good one. . . . If you go too fast or you rush it back, it could knock out another six weeks.
January 10, 2014 |
AROUND 12:30 yesterday afternoon, two black SUVs with tinted windows idled in front of the Student Activities Center at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Outside stood a pair of black-suited bodyguards straight out of central casting. "Ear pieces and everything," a curious passerby said, adding that the motorcade looked suspiciously presidential. But this was no politician. This was a crazy mother (expletive) named Ice Cube. Along with comedian Kevin Hart, the rapper was an honored guest at the Sixers' first practice since the end of a brutal stretch that saw them play seven games in 11 days across all four time zones.
January 6, 2014 |
PORTLAND, Ore. - For Lavoy Allen, it was just a matter of being more aggressive. The 76ers reserve big man scored in double digits in each of the two games before Saturday's matchup against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Moga Center. The game ended too late for this edition. "The few minutes I do get in there, I try to do whatever I can," said Allen, who averaged 18.9 minutes per game through Friday. "I try not to conserve any energy, just go all-out and leave it all on the floor.
January 3, 2014 |
DENVER - Things were certainly out of whack last night at the Pepsi Center. In the first 15 minutes of play between the 76ers and the Denver Nuggets, there was a total of 22 fouls called. For two teams who like to play at a quicker pace, the refs had them playing in mud early on. The Sixers, usually horrendous at covering the three-point shot, limited the Nuggets to just one make in their first eight attempts. Meanwhile, the Sixers drained half of their first 14. Both teams had been struggling recently to score, a big reason why Denver had lost seven in a row. But the Sixers scored a season-high 68 points in the first half, also yielding 56. Strange happenings, indeed.
December 27, 2013 |
THE 76ERS woke up yesterday scattered around the country as most of the players traveled to be with their families after a brief practice on Sunday. They will get back together tonight in Phoenix for an evening practice in preparation for Saturday's game against the Suns. Though it's not known what Santa brought those in the organization on Christmas, here's a look at what might have been a welcomed present for some. * Coach Brett Brown: A short memory. He is building for the future with few rewards for it now. He must be able to forget many of the performances he sees during games and just focus on the big picture.
November 15, 2013 |
SO WHAT if the guy you hire to build your team is really, really good at it? Too good, in fact. And what if the guy you hire to develop and coach your players is really, really good at it. Too good, in fact. What happens to that grand plan about treading water and getting that lottery pick at season's end, about adding that other pick you traded for to a roster that includes a healthy (hope, hope) Nerlens Noel? What happens to that thought that most of this current roster is just filling space until the great era of Sixers basketball arrives?
October 24, 2013 |
BEING ABLE to make jump shots, defend, pass and get to the basket are all intangibles Sixers coach Brett Brown is looking for in his fringe players as he tries to make the decisions as to who will fill out his final roster. Being able to handle getting torched for 20 points, a lopsided loss and deal with teammates and coaches during what is sure to be a tough season is just as important, maybe more, to the head coach. In Monday's preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio, Brown gave a strong indication as to what the rotation will look like.
October 22, 2013 |
It's more than just another preseason game for Evan Turner. Monday's exhibition against the Cleveland Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio, will be a homecoming for the 76ers swingman. Turner returns to Ohio State, where he became college basketball's player of the year in 2010. "I've always had great memories there. Positive people. Positive things," Turner said after Sunday's practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "So it will be cool. " He made it an enjoyable experience for his teammates.
October 21, 2013 |
Sixers coach Brett Brown said he heard Lavoy Allen had overslept. Rookie guard Khalif Wyatt heard Allen was sick. Either way, Allen missed Saturday morning's open practice at the Palestra, and Brown said he will take care of it. "It's all part of the culture, the culture we're trying to get right," Brown said. "We will deal with him - I will deal with him. What else can you say?" On Friday, Twitter posts reported, Allen was at Temple basketball's Cherry and White night at the Liacouras Center.