September 13, 2007 |
With the trade for power forward Reggie Evans and the signing of center Calvin Booth, the 76ers have gotten tougher and more mature. Booth is a former Penn State standout and free agent from the Washington Wizards. His signing became official yesterday. Terms were not released, but a source confirmed that it's a guaranteed two-year deal totaling $2.2 million, with a player option for the second year. The new Sixers met the media at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
September 11, 2007 |
The 76ers filled their biggest off-season need yesterday by acquiring power forward Reggie Evans in a four-player deal with the Denver Nuggets. Evans was acquired along with the rights to forward Ricky Sanchez for forward Bobby Jones and forward/center Steven Hunter. Billy King, the Sixers' president and general manager, said the team also would sign free-agent center Calvin Booth today. An eight-year veteran out of Penn State, Booth appeared in 44 games last season with the Washington Wizards.
April 12, 2007 |
The 76ers had to call on their young players again last night to fill in against the Boston Celtics, but at least they had players to call upon. For the second straight night, the Sixers were missing leading scorer Andre Iguodala, Kyle Korver and Rodney Carney. But the Celtics were missing about half their roster, including Paul Pierce and Delonte West. Boston dressed eight players and finished with seven. The Sixers took advantage, surging in the second half behind Joe Smith and Andre Miller and defeating the Celtics, 102-94, at TD Banknorth Garden for their fourth win in their last five games.
March 26, 2007 |
After suffering through the embarrassment of two horrific defeats just days before, the 76ers spent the weekend trying to prove, maybe to themselves and their coaches more than their fans, that they still had a pulse. And judging from their back-to-back wins Friday and Saturday nights over Charlotte and Miami, the Sixers do have a pulse, even if they don't play pristine basketball most of the time. As they did in their 106-97 home win Friday over the Bobcats, the Sixers used one overpowering half to get the job done Saturday in Miami.
February 9, 2007 |
All right, so the 76ers still have the third-worst record in the league. Still, the confidence that flows through their players and their locker room is a sure sign that they feel better days are coming. The Sixers, who haven't had a winning streak as long as three games since their first three games of the season, will go for three in a row tonight at the Wachovia Center against the Los Angeles Clippers. "Our confidence has grown," Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said yesterday after practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine.
February 8, 2007 |
When 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks was handing out the defensive assignments before last night's game against Charlotte, he posed an important question to 7-foot power forward Steven Hunter. "He was asking me, 'Steven, can you guard Adam Morrison?' " Hunter recalled, referring to the Bobcats' 6-foot-8 rookie perimeter shooter. "I was like, 'Absolutely,' and he believed in me and it worked out. " Cheeks kept his big lineup on the floor even as the Bobcats went to a smaller lineup.
February 5, 2007 |
Steven Hunter is 7 feet tall, can run the floor as well or better than guys six inches shorter than him, and usually finishes around the basket when he gets a chance. But if there is one area where Hunter isn't all that consistent, it's under the boards, and he will have to improve in that area now that he is starting alongside Samuel Dalembert on the 76ers' taller front line. Hunter, who is expected to start his 10th consecutive game with Dalembert tonight when the Sixers take on the New Jersey Nets at the Wachovia Center, has had a pair of double-figure rebounding games during his stretch as a starter, including a career-high 15 boards on Jan. 21 against San Antonio.
November 7, 2006 |
Of the myriad reasons for the 76ers' stunning 3-0 start, one of the most interesting aspects is the ability of coach Maurice Cheeks to find someone on his bench to do something grand in the fourth quarter. On Friday night, it was rookie Rodney Carney, hitting a key three-point basket, hustling for loose balls and coming up with the decisive defensive stop on Orlando's Grant Hill just before the buzzer. In Sunday's win over Miami, it was 7-foot center Steven Hunter, patrolling the middle in the Sixers' otherwise small lineup while grabbing rebounds, blocking shots and coming up with a couple of dunks.
March 12, 2006 |
Samuel Dalembert hasn't had a single start at center for the 76ers since coming back from an injury five games ago. He probably won't start again today in Memphis, although coach Maurice Cheeks said his decision "could change by 3 o'clock," the local starting time of the game. Dalembert said that not starting is affecting him, but he is even more puzzled by the fact that he's playing limited minutes. He's particularly baffled and bothered at having sat while the Sixers coughed up each of their last three games in the final two minutes.
February 11, 2006 |
Steven Hunter looked comfortable on the court in his return to the 76ers yesterday. He appeared to fit right in with the guys who were his former teammates for most of this week. But once practice ended at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Hunter appeared confused and downright baffled as to why the New Orleans Hornets rescinded on Wednesday the Feb. 1 trade that sent him west for two second-round draft choices. Hunter said he still hasn't been told the reason why he's not a Hornet.