Archive: September, 2008
Okay, so the 76ers are about 50 minutes into their first practice of the season here at Penn State. Doors are closed until about the last 30 minutes, but I'll be sure to get some details up as soon as I have them.
In the meantime, here's the link to an online chat we'll be having about the Sixers at 1 p.m.
The 76ers just finished their night practice, which was closed, for the most part, to the media.
We spoke with head coach Maurice Cheeks afterwards.
Most importantly, there were no injuries. Cheeks said it was a good, hard practice with a lot of running. While there was no official scrimmaging, there was plenty of 5 v. 5 in controlled settings.
We're in the middle of the first day of the 76ers' season ...
The end of morning practice (10-12) was open, after which we held an hour-long Live Chat. For anyone who missed the discussion, have no fear, I have your link. Click here.
We'll have a video posted at approxiamately 4 p.m. of the end of today's morning session as well as interviews.
- Brand: On July 9, the Sixers committed nearly $80 million to this two-time All-Star power forward. Through his nine-year career, Brand has been a workhorse down low, averaging a double-double with 20.3 points and 10.3 rebounds a game. What should be interesting at training camp is seeing if Brand is fully recovered – as has been the mantra all off-season – from the ruptured left Achilles tendon that sidelined him for all but eight games last season with the Clippers.
- Chemistry: Six of the 13 healthy, contracted players wore a different jersey last season. Cheeks has said he plans to scrimmage more than usual at training camp in order to allow the players to build an on-court rapport with one another. Cheeks said he knows how important incorporating these new players will be.
- The wing spots: General consensus has been that second-year player Thaddeus Young will be the starting small forward with Andre Iguodala moving to shooting guard. Cheeks refused to pencil either player in at either position. While it is common for a coach to keep competition open during training camp, watching how Iguodala adapts to the two spot should prove intriguing.
- Odd man out? The NBA roster size is 12 active players and up to three on injured reserve. With big man Jason Smith, who tore his anterior cruciate ligament in August, already claiming a spot on IR, the question now becomes, which of the remaining 13 contracted players will be left off the active roster? At first glance, it would seem the crunch could come in one of two places. Guards Kareem Rush, Royal Ivey, and Willie Green could be playing musical chairs for two roster spots. Or center Theo Ratliff and rookie center-forward Marreese Speights could be playing for one open roster spot behind starting center Samuel Dalembert.
- More on Speights: Since every other new face on the Sixers’ roster is a known NBA commodity, much should be learned during camp about the 6-foot-10 rookie from Florida. With his rebounding and eager play, Speights turned heads during the NBA Las Vegas Rookie League in July, but a week of grueling two-a-days should give a better impression of what to expect.
The 76ers will bring back former player and coach Aaron McKie as an assistant coach, this according to a source within the organization.
McKie, who was most recently released by the Grizzlies in May, will join a Sixers’ assistant coaching staff that includes Jim Lynam, John Loyer, and Jeff Ruland.
The Sixers are expected to make the official announcement on Monday.
The 76ers officially announced their Training Camp roster. The final tally? Nineteen players will be at Penn St. from Sept. 30-Oct. 5 ... and possibly beyond. The two surprises here are Andre Emmett and Justin Reed. The full roster, including all 19 players, is listed below. Also, I posted at length earlier this afternoon about today's luncheon with coach Maurice Cheeks. (Can't let that work go overlooked!)
Here is the official release from the Sixers, written not by me, but by the Sixers. Roster below.
Just finished with the 76ers Media Luncheon at the Wachovia Center. Head coach Maurice Cheeks talked about all things Sixers. The thing about this year's team -- and you can even pick up the vibe at events like this -- is the level of excitement about what the Sixers might become this season. I wasn't at last year's media luncheon, but someone sitting near me who was remarked that the energy had done a 180-degree switch.
I wanted to get Mo's thoughts up here on Deep Sixer ASAP.
Topic: How does last year's success, the run to the playoffs, help this team?