This NBA lockout is making life very quiet within the 76ers. Here's the update on a handful of Sixers' issues:
1.) The team's annual Summer Beach Bash in Avalon, N.J. is this Saturday. In past years, there would always be at least two or three players present. Obviously, this summer is different. Sixers coach Doug Collins is expected to attend, but because of the lockout there will be no player representation. Season ticket holders will have to make due with Hip-Hop and perhaps a minute of Collins' time. We'll be attending and, hopefully, getting some insight into how everyone is handling this summer.
2.) Don't expect the coaching staff to replace assistant coach Quin Snyder (he moved to the Los Angeles Lakers) until early September. There's little reason to move quickly on the hire so expect news of the addition the first week or so of September, which is when the coaching staff reconvenes in advance of training camp's opening. All of this is assuming the current lockout is resolved, which is quite an assumption ...
3.) As for the lockout ... the Associated Press is reporting that the first "real" meeting between the two sides is scheduled for Monday. Since the lockout went into effect on July 1, representatives from the two sides have met, but none of those meetings have included NBA commissioner David Stern and the union's executive director Billy Hunter. Monday's meeting is supposed to include both and be the first real step in negotiating the next collective bargaining agreement. During the league's last work stoppage, 1998, the first real meeting also came in early August.