July 21, 2014 |
The same thoughts race through Aaron Brown's mind each time he steps up to the plate for the short-season Williamsport Crosscutters: What would I throw here if I were the pitcher? What does the situation call for? Brown, The Inquirer's 20th-ranked Phillies prospect, can run through the scenarios because it wasn't long ago that he was a pitcher himself, and a dominant one at that. Before the Phillies selected Brown in the third round with the 81st pick of the MLB draft last month as an outfielder, he starred as a pitcher and outfielder at Pepperdine for three seasons.
July 18, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - The breakneck speed with which these Summer League games are played gives coaches and scouts an easier way to evaluate the talent on the floor. Everyone is trying to make that spectacular block. Every rebound is a survival of the fittest battle, and there is more diving on the floor for loose balls than you will see most of the season. The style, while it sort of fits into the way 76ers coach Brett Brown wants his team to play, has been costly to the Sixers this summer.
July 17, 2014 |
LAS VEGAS - There is not a whole lot you can read into summer league games, so there doesn't really seem to be a reason to wonder why the 76ers are being so protective of Nerlens Noel. The team played its eighth summer league game last night over the past 11 days, which is quite a handful. And for the fourth time, they chose to rest the 6-11, 220-pounder who was out all of last season recovering from ACL surgery. He's played four games in those 11 days, which is a little less than you'd play in an NBA season.
July 14, 2014 |
ORLANDO - The 76ers summer-leaguers were upstaged by LeBron James. James announced "I'm coming home" to the Cavaliers via his first-person article on SI.com about 12:20 p.m. Friday. At the time, the Sixers and Grizzlies were midway through the first quarter of the Orlando Pro Summer League final. The Sixers went on to win, 91-75, at the Amway Center practice court. The game might as well have been played on a desert island. James' decision to sign a free-agent deal with Cleveland following four seasons with the Miami Heat was the main topic of discussion.
July 14, 2014
Thanks to a federal judge's tentative blessing of a more equitable brain-injury settlement, the NFL is closer to the goal of doing right by thousands of professional athletes who helped build the league into a juggernaut worth nearly $10 billion a year. Under revised terms endorsed last week by U.S. District Judge Anita B. Brody in Philadelphia, as many as 20,000 former players could get help coping with sometimes devastating, lifelong health problems such as dementia, early-onset Alzheimer's, and Lou Gehrig's disease.
July 12, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Nerlens Noel and Casper Ware are receiving a lot of attention at the Orlando Pro Summer League. But across the country, their 76ers teammate Tony Wroten is becoming a YouTube sensation playing in the Seattle Pro Am league. Wroten scored 53 points for the Uber Eagles on 21-for-38 shooting on Sunday. His highlight was a crossover dribble and layup that made his defender look foolish and drew huge applause. The Sixers reserve point guard faked out his defender with some shifty moves.
July 11, 2014 |
1. When you talk Summer League, you have to start with Nerlens Noel. If Orlando was a place for him to get his feet wet and improve his conditioning, Las Vegas will be all that and more. With more teams, there will be fresher and likely better competition. This past month has been just a morsel of what the regular season is like, with practices every day, shootarounds on the mornings of games and then the games themselves. Afterwards, it's treatment for the body, dealing with the media and all the rest that accompanies being a professional athlete.
July 9, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Just make the shot and then the one after that and the one after that. That is what former Oakland University player Travis Bader had on his mind when he suited up for the Sixers in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Your reputation with the Sixers' coaches and all of the other talent evaluators in the practice gym at the Amway Center is that you are a shot maker. Show them that you are. Grab some rebounds, former Saint Joseph's University star Ronald Roberts Jr. thought.
July 9, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Arsalan Kazemi is back with the 76ers, at least for a few days. The 6-foot-7 power forward joined their Orlando Pro Summer League team Sunday night and participated in Monday morning's light practice. Kazemi became the first Iranian player to be drafted by an NBA team when the Washington Wizards selected him with the 54th pick last summer. He was traded to the Sixers on draft night. But after Kazemi played summer league ball last year, the Sixers sent him to Iran for a season to develop his game.