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October 11, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Getting injured is the most consistent thing the 76ers did this preseason. Nerlens Noel became the sixth injured Sixer after bruising his lower back and left knee in Thursday night's 115-114 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers. And that doesn't include the three others who may be out for a while because of injuries suffered last season. "Oh, my goodness," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the injuries. "And Nerlens is going to be out tomorrow. " Brown is talking about the Saturday's exhibition game against the Brooklyn Nets at Times Union Center in Albany, N.Y. "I felt [pain]
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October 9, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Much-maligned defenseman Luke Schenn will be in the Flyers' starting lineup Thursday for their opener in Tampa. Schenn was with the since-demoted Andrew MacDonald on the fourth pairing for most of training camp, but he beat out Radko Gudas for the last defensive spot. A stay-at-home defender, Schenn, 25, will be paired with the puck-moving Evgeny Medvedev, the Flyers' best defenseman in training camp. "Pretty much all week long, Luke's been in that position - he's been rock-solid from the start of camp," rookie coach Dave Hakstol said after practice Wednesday in Voorhees.
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October 9, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
CAPTAIN CLAUDE Giroux was hunched over in the corner during a few skating drills and he wasn't alone. In fact, almost every player on the ice showed some sort of fatigue throughout the day. It was only Day 1 of the Dave Hakstol era, but the first day of this year's training camp provided a good glimpse at what a Hakstol-coached team looks like. There was an abundance of the following: intensity, aggression, speed and competitiveness. And those attributes continued throughout camp despite the mixed results of a 3-2-2 preseason record.
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October 8, 2015 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto and forward Vinny Lecavalier had something in common last season: Both couldn't understand why they were not always in coach Craig Berube's lineup. Berube has been replaced by new coach Dave Hakstol. Subsequently, all the players were given a clean slate during training camp. Everyone was given a chance to show he deserved playing time. Based on the preseason, however, it appears that just one of the aforementioned veterans will have a regular job. That player is Del Zotto, who is regarded as a key component on a defense that hopes to push the pace and join the offense at every opportunity.
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October 8, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
WASHINGTON - His first couple of offensive series in the NBA had 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor matched against Washington's physical center, Marcin Gortat. Okafor begged for the ball about eight feet from the basket, but Gortat shoved him to about 12 feet. No matter. Okafor grabbed the ball and drained it from 12. Not once. Not twice. Not three times, but each of the four times he shot the ball in the first quarter. A nice beginning to his NBA career, indeed. While the 129-95 result was a meaningless, lopsided preseason loss to the Wizards, the game was very important to the third overall pick in the draft and for fans of the Sixers, who want Okafor to be the first dominant big man this organization has had in decades.
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October 6, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The more you hear from 76ers coach Brett Brown, the more you realize that he's not in denial about where the team is going this season. And you realize he's the right person to coach the team through this rebuilding process. "When you lose the volume of games we lost over the years . . . holding a locker room together [is key]," Brown said Saturday at the conclusion of training camp at Stockton University. "The pain of losing is real. So you need spirit throughout.
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October 5, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - When the 76ers concluded training camp Saturday at Stockton University, spirits where higher than they had been the previous two seasons. "I think we really are farther along," Nerlens Noel said. "Last year when we ended training - [we weren't] dysfunctional, but just the offense wasn't where we wanted it to be. "Guys [have] a good understanding of the offense. I think we'll be able to carry some momentum into Tuesday. " The Sixers will hope to carry more than an understanding of the offense into the preseason opener against the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center.
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October 5, 2015
Three Points Hollis Thompson is still a viable option on the perimeter even after the addition of Nik Stauskas. His superior three-point shooting was on display in Saturday's scrimmage.If the Sixers release Scottie Wilbekin, it will not be for a lack of effort. The undrafted rookie free agent was the hardest worker at training camp. Tony Wroten and Kendall Marshall are working hard to get back on the court. The injured point guards participated in conditioning and layup drills on another court during the scrimmage.
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October 2, 2015 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
GALLOWAY, N.J. - The 76ers are expected to finish among the NBA's worst teams for a third straight season. But there's a sense of excitement at Stockton University that wasn't present at the squad's previous two training camps. "It feels night and day compared to 24 months ago when we were at St. Joe's," said general manager Sam Hinkie, referring to the 2013 training camp at Hagan Arena. "Everything about the kind of things we can control behind the scenes feels different. " Hinkie pointed to the additions of Todd Wright as assistant coach/head of strength and conditioning and David T. Martin as director of health and performance.
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October 2, 2015 | BY JEFF NEIBURG, Daily News Staff Writer neiburj@phillynews.com
NO MATTER how many positive statements are made about Scott Laughton's play this training camp - and there have been plenty from his coach and general manager - the reality is inescapable. The Flyers are one cut away from reaching the maximum, 23-man roster, and Laughton is the only player who can be sent back without the risk of being lost in the waiver process. And if GM Ron Hextall needed any more reason to be cautious in this process, losing Chris Porter to the Minnesota Wild on waivers yesterday lessened the organizational depth the Flyers have at the forward position.
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