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.
October 20, 2013 |
After 76ers big man Lavoy Allen struggled mightily in Thursday's 110-84 preseason loss at Charlotte, coach Brett Brown suggested that Allen was still hurting physically. During the summer Allen had his left knee drained and wasn't able to do much basketball work. It turns out that Brown was right in his assessment. "I wouldn't say I am 100 percent but I am close to it," Allen said after Friday's lengthy practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. On Thursday, Allen had no points (0 for 3 shooting)
October 19, 2013 |
CHARLOTTE, N.C. - New 76ers coach Brett Brown thought his team played out of character in Monday's lopsided preseason loss to the Brooklyn Nets. If so, the Sixers were also out of character Thursday morning at Time Warner Cable Arena. The Bobcats prevailed, 110-84, in a game that was basically decided after one quarter. The Sixers (2-3) have lost their last two preseason games by a combined 56 points. This time, they rested veterans Evan Turner, Spencer Hawes and Thaddeus Young. And they were sorely missed.
October 18, 2013 |
CHARLOTTE - Before his team's morning preseason game against the Charlotte Bobcats at Time Warner Cable Arena, 76ers coach Brett Brown passionately talked about the opportunity that was presenting itself to so many of his players. The coach decided not to play starters Thaddeus Young, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes so that he could give more opportunity to those competing for playing time and roster spots. Had some of the fringe players exhibited the same fire as their coach, they probably would have some job security.
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 8, 2013 |
BILBAO, Spain - By now, most NBA fans realize that the 76ers will struggle mightily this season. But the Sixers know that it's important for them to stay positive. New coach Brett Brown believes that Sunday's 106-104 exhibition victory over Bilbao Basket at the Bilbao Exhibition Centre was a good start. "I think the positive sign [from the game] is that we have young guys that want to be coached," Brown said after the team's preseason opener. "They stay together. " Brown liked the way the Sixers responded after they blew an early 14-point advantage.
October 2, 2013 |
Tony Wroten wants to bring energy and a fast tempo to the 76ers. "I came from a team that almost went to the finals," said the second-year guard who was acquired Aug. 22 in a trade with the Memphis Grizzlies. "So I've seen the hard work that you have to put in and the dedication. " That hard work, energy, and tempo were on display during Monday's practice at St. Joseph's Hagan Arena. The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder was a step quicker than every other Sixer. He made crisp passes and converted transition baskets during the end-of-practice scrimmage.