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October 10, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
MANCHESTER, England - As the 76ers headed into training camp, one question loomed larger than any injury, trade rumor, or free-agent pickup: Can rookie Michael Carter-Williams seamlessly take the point-guard reins from the former face of the franchise? Although it might not be as seamless as fans want, the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder has taken steps to answer that question. Carter-Williams made 3 of 5 three-pointers and finished with 11 points, four assists, four rebounds, and just one turnover Tuesday in a 103-99 preseason setback against Oklahoma City at Phones 4U Arena.
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October 9, 2013 | By Sam Carchidi, Inquirer Staff Writer
Patience has never been one of the Flyers' strongest qualities. In the last quarter-century, they have had 12 coaches. Only four NHL teams - the Islanders, Rangers, Flames and Devils - have had more in that span. Which is why no one expected general manager Paul Holmgren to have a long leash with coach Peter Laviolette this season, and no one took the big boss, Ed Snider, too seriously last month when he said the coach was not in danger if the team got off to a slow start. But firing Laviolette three games into the season?
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October 9, 2013 | BY LES BOWEN, Daily News Staff Writer bowenl@phillynews.com
CHIP KELLY believes in meticulous preparation. So it came to pass yesterday that the Eagles' coach made sure he was covered, should Nick Foles start at quarterback this week against Tampa and play unbelievably well. "There's always open competition. So if Nick goes out there and throws 100-for-100 and throws 27 touchdown passes, then, yeah," Kelly said when asked if Foles can win Michael Vick's job. Later, in response to a similar question, about whether Vick would remain the starter no matter what, Kelly lowered the Foles odds just slightly.
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October 9, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
ED SNIDER understands the vitriol. Firing a coach after three games is inhumane. But for Snider and the Flyers, it wasn't so much a sample size of three games as it was that training camp, the 1-5-1 preseason and the winless start looked more like Game No. 49, an extension of last year's awful, lockout-shortened season. Snider, 80, wasn't about to let that happen again. "I've been at [46] training camps and I've never seen one that I thought was worse," Snider said. "There was nothing exciting.
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October 8, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
CALLING ALL big men. Calling all big men. Don't be surprised if that is the email being sent throughout the league by the 76ers from over in Europe. The team departed for Spain on Thursday with a roster short on healthy frontcourt players. To replay, Nerlens Noel (knee), Kwame Brown (hamstring) and Arnett Moultrie (knee) are all most likely out for a very long time. Spencer Hawes tweaked a knee last week in training camp and was sidelined for just about 3 days, though he did play in yesterday's win over host Bilbao, Spain, in the team's first preseason game.
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October 5, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Khalif Wyatt knows he has little margin for error in his quest to make the 76ers. The free-agent guard out of Temple has signed a partially guaranteed contract, so every practice and game serves as an audition. What is interesting is that coach Brett Brown has talked on a few occasions about the need for Wyatt to get in the best possible physical condition. Yet there is something about Wyatt that definitely intrigues Brown. On a team that may have trouble scoring, Wyatt has the type of no-conscience mentality that is needed in the NBA. He believes he can score on anybody.
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October 5, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers are looking forward to their European two-game road trip on a number of fronts. On Thursday the Sixers departed for Spain, where they will face host Bilbao on Sunday. That will be followed by Tuesday's game in Manchester, England, against the Oklahoma City Thunder. The trip is anticipated for several reasons. After beating up one another during training camp at St. Joseph's University, the Sixers are looking forward to taking on somebody other than themselves. And the bonding that will be done on this trip can't be underestimated.
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October 2, 2013 | BY FRANK SERAVALLI, Daily News Staff Writer seravaf@phillynews.com
THERE'S MORE than one way to skin a cap. Yesterday's 5 o'clock deadline to be salary-cap compliant has been hanging over the Flyers' brass all summer, yet it took the management team nearly all of the allotted time to get its roster set. In the end, it was more a question of "when" and "how" than "who. " By sending forward Adam Hall and defenseman Bruno Gervais to the AHL, general manager Paul Holmgren said the Flyers cleared the $64.3 million upper limit by an estimated $25,000.
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September 30, 2013 | By Keith Pompey, Inquirer Staff Writer
The 76ers' opening day of training camp provided a glimpse of what to expect this season. Instead of overloading players, new coach Brett Brown chose to work on just a few things during Saturday's two-hour morning session at St. Joseph's Hagan Arena. "We really just slowly implemented what would be the face of our offense and the face of our defense and made sure we are smart with what you can expect from Day 1," Brown said. The former San Antonio Spurs assistant said he has learned over the years that the first session of multiple two-a-days is the most dangerous one. "Because you get so excited to coach, again," said Brown, whose team also worked out Saturday evening.
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