September 23, 2010 |
76ers President Rod Thorn announced today that the team has acquired forwards Darius Songaila and Craig Brackins from the New Orleans Hornets in exchange for guard Willie Green and forward/center Jason Smith. "We made the move for these two players to add additional depth to our front court and to add out-court shooting, which was an area that we felt needed improving," Thorn said. "Songaila is a hard-working, veteran forward who will give us another option up front and Brackins is a rookie that we feel has a chance to develop into a very productive player at this level.
October 31, 2004 |
Take 20 or 30 photographs of Willie Green during a basketball game, then try to find two in which the look on his face is different. Green might be the most impassive 76er. He rarely smiles after making a big basket or a key defensive stop. He never frowns or hangs his head after missing a shot or throwing a bad pass. Some people might describe Green as stone-faced. Jim O'Brien prefers to call him mentally tough. Then again, what else would you call a guy who went from virtually anonymous on NBA draft night in 2003 to one who will be a significant contributor for the Sixers this season?
June 25, 2006 |
The weeks before the NBA draft are frantic for general managers, who spend long periods on the telephone, trying to position themselves in the best possible slot to take some raw youngster, who may or may not be available by the time their turn rolls around. That, according to 76ers president and general manager Billy King, is when the fun starts. "There's a lot of lying going on and a lot of fish stories going on," King said. "I don't put the blame just on the other teams.
July 20, 2005 |
For the 76ers, it's two down and one to go in the restricted-free-agent field. The team last night reached oral agreements with swingman Kyle Korver and combination guard Willie Green, both of whom agreed to six-year deals. Green's pact is worth $20 million, according to his agent, Noah Groom. According to a source, Korver's deal is for at least $24 million. "I love my teammates, and this is where I want to be," Green said in a phone interview. Korver could not be reached for comment.
June 26, 2005 |
Most NBA draft-niks had fallen asleep by the time the San Antonio Spurs, with the 57th overall pick in the 1999 draft, took a chance on a player from Argentina who had performed well during his first season with the club team Reggio Calabria of Italy. The Spurs waited three years for the player to come from Italy. In the three seasons since, Manu Ginobili has become one of the league's impact players. He has been part of two NBA championship teams and the squad that won the Olympic gold medal last summer in Athens, Greece.
June 28, 2003 |
It is the most desired and lacking skill in the NBA - the ability to shoot from the perimeter. One of the worst-shooting teams is the New Jersey Nets, who shot 37 percent in the NBA Finals against San Antonio. The Nets took a player many labeled the best shooter in the draft in 6-foot-7 Kyle Korver of Creighton with the 51st pick in the second round and then traded his rights to the 76ers for an undisclosed amount of cash. Nets general manager Rod Thorn issued a statement in response to questions about Korver and why a team that can't shoot would trade the best shooter in the draft to an Atlantic Division rival.
July 11, 2003 |
The first day of the 76ers' summer camp under new coach Randy Ayers was much like those he participated in as an assistant under Larry Brown for six years. With a group of players with little or no professional experience gathered in the gym at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, there were a lot of stoppages and a lot of teaching during the last phase of a session that lasted a little more than two hours. Including yesterday, the Sixers are conducting three days of two-a-day sessions before breaking camp with one workout on Sunday.
October 14, 2003 |
Willie Green slashed to the basket, hung in the air, and threw down a hook dunk that delighted the crowd of about 3,000 that showed up yesterday for the 76ers' open practice at the Palestra. Green, a 6-foot-4 guard from Detroit Mercy and one of two rookies on the training-camp roster, is a second-round draft pick who isn't playing like one. He has scored 18 points in each of the Sixers' last two preseason games, and he has done it in two different ways. Against Washington, he slashed to the basket and finished or got fouled.
June 26, 2006 |
The NBA is never hesitant to boast of its standing as a global league, noting during the playoffs that 44 international players were on the rosters of teams competing in the 2006 postseason. Now, with the NBA draft set for Wednesday, the league will point out that 137 picks, 61 in the first round, have been used on candidates from countries other than the United States in the last 10 years. The 76ers appear to be missing out on the party. With 21 picks in the last 10 drafts, the Sixers have gone for five international players, two in the first round.
May 29, 2011 |
Second of a five-part series A decade ago, you could discover a diamond in the rough. A grunge band that had yet to be signed, a fashion designer who hadn't gone mainstream, a coffeehouse only for the locals, a foreigner playing on some remote island with enough size and talent to make your NBA team relevant. If you did the legwork, you could have the latest, coolest thing that no one else possessed - not even the San Antonio Spurs. No longer. Now, as with most things on this planet, everyone's information is similar, bordering identical.