March 21, 1996 |
When it came time to choose where to play college basketball, Tony Battie knew Temple wasn't the place for him, even though his older brother Derrick played there. "My senior year of high school, Temple was guard-oriented with Eddie [Jones] and Aaron [McKie] and [Rick] Brunson, and I think 60 to 70 percent of their scoring was coming from the guards," said Tony Battie, a reed-thin 6-foot-11 sophomore who, unlike his well-built brother, likes to play on the perimeter more than in the lane.
July 22, 2010 |
Seeking to add some depth to their roster, the 76ers on Wednesday signed veteran big man Tony Battie. According to multiple sources, the contract is a one-year deal for the veterans' minimum, which, for a player with 10-plus seasons like Battie, is worth approximately $1.4 million. The 34-year-old Battie, who will begin his 13th NBA season this year, is a 6-foot-11 forward-center known for his defense, rebounding, and hustle. The Sixers needed bolstering in all those areas.
December 20, 2003 |
The Cleveland Cavaliers got older after their trade with the Boston Celtics earlier this week, and in this case, older is better. Eric Williams (31 years old), Tony Battie (27) and Kedrick Brown (22) were brought in by the Cavs in exchange for Ricky Davis (24), Chris Mihm (24) and little-used Michael Stewart (28). Williams, 31, an eight-year veteran, becomes the team's oldest and most experienced player. "I think we've become a more mature team with veteran players, a better defensive team," Cleveland coach Paul Silas said.
July 17, 1997 |
Doug Christie, the runner-up as the NBA's most improved player last season, has re-signed with the Toronto Raptors for seven years and more than $22 million. Christie, who had one year left on his original contract, made $1.35 million last season when he improved his numbers in all defensive and offensive categories. He averaged 14.5 points, 5.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.48 steals, which was second-best in the NBA. BUCKS: NAME NEW GM Bob Weinhauer, the former Penn coach who joined Milwaukee an assistant to coach Chris Ford last August, was appointed the team's general manager.
October 22, 2010 |
It was a busy day for the 76ers, even though they had a day off before they begin preparing for Wednesday's season opener at home against the vaunted Miami Heat. The team exercised its options yesterday on point guard Jrue Holiday for his third year, and on forward/center Marreese Speights for his fourth year. Both players are now signed through next season. Also, the team trimmed its roster to 14, releasing point guard Chris Quinn and forward Trent Plaisted. Quinn, who has 4 years of NBA experience, was brought into camp late and was hurt by the fact that Holiday, Evan Turner and Lou Williams are all capable of running the point.
June 12, 1997 |
It is time for 76ers coach Larry Brown to begin determining which player he really thinks is worth the No. 2 pick in the NBA's June 25 draft. First up is 6-9 1/2 Tim Thomas, who declared for the draft after one year at Villanova. Thomas will interview with the Sixers today and work out at the HealthPlex in Springfield (Delco). "Tim would love to be in Philly," said Arn Tellem, Thomas's agent. "He's probably the most talented player in the draft, has the greatest upside. " Thomas has been working out with Ted Fiore, the former St. Peter's coach, and Dave Hopla, a shooting instructor.
May 20, 1997 |
Tony Battie is about to make Philadelphia his home away from home. Battie, the 6-11 Texas Tech forward-center projected to be among the top three or four picks in the June 25 NBA draft, is expected to arrive today to begin a summerlong workout program with veteran Baker League coach John Hardnett and weight trainer Rob Moore. Battie will be working out with his brother, former Temple star Derrick Battie, who played last season in Italy. In the past, Hardnett also trained Detroit Pistons forward-center Theo Ratliff.
January 21, 2011
76ers Notes CHARLOTTE, N.C. - When times are tough, and they have been after various games this season, the 76ers turn to Andre Iguodala , Elton Brand , Lou Williams , and Tony Battie for veteran leadership. On Wednesday night, the Sixers lost in overtime to the Orlando Magic, 99-98, a game they never should have lost. It was their fourth never-should-have-happened loss this season and made one wonder which players provide the steady voice after such crushing losses.
November 8, 2010
76ers Notes NEW YORK - Swingman Andre Iguodala spent Sunday afternoon's game against the New York Knicks looking at the stat sheet, offering encouragement, and cheering during the 76ers' 106-96 victory at Madison Square Garden. He didn't play for the first time since the 2006-07 season finale, ending his games-played streak at 252. Iguodala, battling tendinitis in his right Achilles tendon, is listed as day-to-day. Starting in his place, rookie Evan Turner finished with 14 points and 10 rebounds in 35 minutes, 17 seconds.
October 3, 2010 |
When Chris Quinn was a senior in high school, he was the runner-up for Ohio's Mr. Basketball. To LeBron James. That's an impressive distinction for the 6-foot-2 guard, who is trying to stay in the NBA for a fifth season, this one with the 76ers. Quinn, 27, played three seasons for the Miami Heat and one for the New Jersey Nets; he has career averages of 5.2 points and 2.1 assists per game. "He has a chance," Sixers coach Doug Collins said. "We're looking at a third point guard.