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July 12, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 11, 2014 | By Bob Cooney, Daily News Columnist
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.
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July 9, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
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.
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July 9, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
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.
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July 6, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
When a team loses the way the Soul have in recent weeks, it must do things differently in order to achieve a different outcome. And that is exactly what happened last weekend, as the Soul (7-8) kept their postseason hopes alive by scoring a season-high 84 points in an 84-48 win against Iowa. The Soul outscored Iowa, 51-14, in the second half, using two defensive touchdowns and a safety to secure the win. "Our defense played really well for us in that second half," Soul quarterback Dan Raudabaugh said.
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July 6, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
ORLANDO - Casper Ware was impressive enough this past season to turn a 10-day contract into a season-ending roster spot with the 76ers. The 5-foot-10 point guard will be looked upon to provide leadership during Saturday's Orlando Summer League opener against the Magic at Amway Center. But his earning a roster spot for the forthcoming season is far from guaranteed. The Sixers acquired Pierre Jackson from the New Orleans Pelicans in a NBA draft-night trade for second-rounder Russ Smith.
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July 4, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
When the 76ers acquired Nerlens Noel in 2013, they hoped that he would blossom into an NBA superstar. The 6-foot-11 center gave glimpses of what could be Wednesday morning in scrimmages at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. "He looked great," said assistant coach Lloyd Pierce, who will coach the Sixers in the Orlando Pro Summer League. "He got up and down. He had a monster block. He had a huge steal. He had a dunk in transition, all of the things we want to see. "Him being fluid, being athletic carried over on both sides of the floor.
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July 3, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
SATURDAY BEGINS the Orlando Summer League for the 76ers, and the big topic is Nerlens Noel. The 6-11 draft-day acquisition of a year ago will see his first action as a Sixer after spending all of last season sidelined following surgery to repair a torn ACL. The focus most recently, of course, has been last week's draft, which yielded Kansas center Joel Embiid at pick No. 3. He, too, will most likely sit out the season, or much of it, after recently...
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July 3, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
THOUGH NERLENS NOEL participated only about 45 minutes during the first day of the Sixers' Orlando Summer League minicamp yesterday, he did enough to leave an impression on some of his teammates. Hollis Thompson wanted to test the young defender once during practice and got a rude awakening. Thompson went to leap for a dunk and Noel sent it across the practice gym. Despite being away from playing for a year, it seems as if the No. 6 pick of the 2013 NBA draft is going into Orlando with a full head of steam.
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July 3, 2014 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Saturday's summer-league opener against the Magic in Orlando can't come soon enough for Nerlens Noel. After 17 months as a spectator, the 76ers rookie center is eager to play in an organized game. "I've been ready for a while," said Noel, who missed last season while recovering from knee surgery. He did not envision such a long layoff when he was selected by the New Orleans Pelicans with the sixth overall draft pick last year after his freshman season at Kentucky. The Sixers acquired him and a 2014 first-round pick from the Pelicans in exchange for all-star point guard Jrue Holiday.
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