Archive: February, 2013
Last year, even though it was clear that the 76ers were not a good team, I advocated for them to reach the playoffs, which they did.
I thought it was the right thing at that time. They had young players whom I thought would benefit from the experience, and I think they have.
However, they have changed the roster so much – and I still contend that right now making the deal for Andrew Bynum was the right move – and, unfortunately for them, they have not had the key piece to this roster that they envisioned they would have.
One of the positive developments in a 76ers season with very few is that forward Thaddeus Young was on schedule in returning from his hamstring injury.
Young was back in the lineup for Sunday’s 99-93 loss to the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden after missing six games.
He suffered the injury on Feb. 4 in a 78-61 win over the visiting Orlando Magic. At the time, Young was expected to miss three weeks.
When Andrew Bynum talks it makes news and when he doesn’t speak, it also finds its way into the headlines.
Bynum was supposed to give a progress report to reporters before Tuesday’s game with the Orlando Magic at the Wells Fargo Center.
With the usual large weekly crowd waiting by his locker, Bynum never appeared.
The 76ers put up a tough fight, but ultimately fell to the streaking Miami Heat at home in a 114-90 loss. The Inquirer's John Mitchell reports from the Wells Fargo Center.
Sixers center Andrew Bynum indicated today at practice that he could be on the floor soon, adding that he is getting to the point that he may just have to accept that playing with pain will be something he has to.
Bynum does continue to ramp up his workouts. However, there is still no timeline for his return. Bynum said he will return after the All-Star break (which leaves him 31 games).
In Doug Collins eyes, his 76ers team should be 26-24 instead of 22-28. That doesn’t make the current record any easier to take.
Collins understands the Sixers are still fortunate to even be chasing a potential playoff berth. They are currently three games out of the No. 8 and final Eastern Conference seed and visit the team that occupies that spot, the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday.
This is the third game between the two teams. Milwaukee has already won two of the first four games. A win on Wednesday would give the Bucks the all-important head-to-head edge, which would give them the tiebreaker.
Would the 76ers trade guard/forward Evan Turner?
Of course they would, especially if the right deal comes down the pike. And the Sixers will continue to engage in the trade talks that all teams engage in as this time of the year as the trade deadline approaches (Feb. 21, 3 P.M.).
The Sixers, however, might not do anything at the deadline – in fact, I don’t think they will - and this includes dealing Turner. I don’t know how many times people need to hear this, but here it comes again: The Sixers want to see what this team looks like when Andrew Bynum is on the floor.
Jason Richardson will be out perhaps almost a full year recovering from what he says is a cartilage tear the size of a quarter in his left knee.
“It’s pretty tough news to hear,” Richardson, 32, said earlier today following the 76ers practice this afternoon at Philadelphia College of Medicine. “I’ve been to four different doctors and they pretty much all said the same thing.”
Richardson, who has never missed extensive time before in his 12-year career, sought three different opinions from outside doctors before deciding to have the surgery. All of the doctors who examined his left knee suggested he have the surgery.