December 26, 2014 |
MIAMI - Remember how the 76ers were a national joke after losing to the Dallas Mavericks by 53 points on November 13? Well, no one is laughing now. Especially not the Orlando Magic or the Miami Heat, the squads the Sixers (4-23) recently defeated to post their first back-to-back wins of the season. They held the Magic to 88 points on Sunday at the Amway Center before limiting the Heat to 87 points Tuesday. The Sixers squad that once looked allergic to defense has been locking down foes.
December 24, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Brett Brown said the fact that all three of the 76ers' wins have come on the road is coincidence. He might have a point. All three of those victories came against struggling teams. They are teams - the Orlando Magic (10-20), Detroit Pistons (5-23) and Minnesota Timberwolves (5-21) - with a combined 20-64 record. Yet the Sixers (3-23) did possess an unrelenting vibe in those games that has been missing in their 14 home losses. "I'm not sure what it is," Michael Carter-Williams said.
November 14, 2014 |
DALLAS - Now, along with coach Brett Brown, general manager Sam Hinkie and owner Josh Harris, Michael Carter-Williams can count baseball legend Derek Jeter as a boss. Carter-Williams was named a contributing editor for "The Players' Tribune," the new, multimedia digital company founded and published by Jeter. In his first contribution, titled "Don't Talk to Me About Tanking," MCW lets it be known that the media spin on the team's 26-game losing streak last season was "missing a lot of context," and that "the media spin was that we were tanking the season so we could get the number one draft pick.
November 14, 2014 |
DALLAS - Jameer Nelson's numbers are the worst of his career. The former Chester High and St. Joseph's standout signed with the Dallas Mavericks in the offseason after a decade with the Orlando Magic. The point guard averaged 12.6 points and 5.4 assists over his career in Orlando. He finished with just two points in Thursday's 123-70 victory over the Sixers. For the season, he's averaging a career-low 6.8 points and 3.6 assists. The 11th-year veteran's field-goal percentage (33.8)
November 8, 2014 |
Thursday was a good day for coach Brett Brown and the 76ers. Everything is relative, of course, but for the Sixers, who take their bright spots where they find them, this qualified as good. Point guard Michael Carter-Williams, almost fully recovered from offseason shoulder surgery, scrimmaged with the team for the first time on Thursday. He probably won't be cleared to play until next week in Dallas, and there are two games to endure in the interim, but at least he was out there offering some hope in the darkness.
November 7, 2014 |
MORAL VICTORIES are something the 76ers can't overlook, especially when actual game ones will be so scarce. So a monster block, a one-handed throwdown over a shoving defender or a perfectly executed play to end a quarter are the rewards this young Sixers team comes away with most nights. Last night, the ultimate prize was seconds away. It was a missed rebound away. It was a better foul-shooting night away. It was still unattainable. Thoughts of coming to practice today for the first time this season, after five games, with winning grins on their faces, vanished in the form of a Tobias Harris jumper at the buzzer that gave the previously winless Orlando Magic a 91-89 win. "That was a close game and we fought all the way through," said Brandon Davies, who scored 20 for the Sixers.
November 6, 2014 |
It's hard to find an NBA team that has experienced the same struggles that the 76ers have endured since the start of last season. But they faced that team Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The Orlando Magic and the Sixers entered the game with 0-4 records. Last season, the Sixers and Magic had the second- and third-worst records in the league. The Magic actually have the Sixers beat in bleakness, considering that they had the NBA's worst record (20-62) two seasons ago. So were the Sixers able to take advantage of this great opportunity?
October 20, 2014 |
ALLENTOWN - Chances are you've heard of 19-year-old Orlando Magic forward Aaron Gordon, the 2013 all-American who left Arizona after his freshman season and became the No. 4 overall pick last June in the NBA draft. Drew Gordon, Aaron's older brother by five years, hasn't experienced that kind of popularity within NBA circles to this point in his career. Since graduating from New Mexico in 2012, he has played in three European countries over the last two years and showed his abilities for three NBA teams in the summers of 2012 and 2013 without a nibble.
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 6, 2014 |
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.