Here's the latest from the Air Canada Centre where the 76ers played the Toronto Raptors at noon today.
1.) The Sixers started a lineup of Jrue Holiday, Lou Williams, Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, and Elton Brand. Usual starting center Samuel Dalembert was out of the lineup for disciplinary reasons. Sixers announced the move after Eddie Jordan's pre-game availability, so specifics about the reason for Dalembert's benching will be asked of Jordan sometime after the game. We do know that the Sixers had a team meeting this morning at 8 a.m., but no word on whether that had anything to do with Dalembert's status. Update: Dalembert was penalized for arriving late to this morning's 8 a.m. meeting. Dalembert said he awoke at 6:30 a.m., but then forgot to re-set his alarm and fell asleep again. Dalembert said he was about 10 minutes late to the meeting. Jordan said the benching would only last that one game, he would return Dalembert to the starting lineup on Tuesday against the Indiana Pacers.
Before today's game, spoke with former Sixer forward Reggie Evans, who was traded to the Toronto Raptors for shooter Jason Kapono this past summer. Here's what Evans said about all things Sixers ... from why the team was good after the All-Star break in the past two seasons, about the leadership while he was there, etc ...
"We just had a great leadership, good work ethic, even with me and Andre Miller there, I thought we were a big help to the team," Evans said. "Now they have a lot of new faces there with the coaching staff and even some of the players. Things just look different over there now, players are so offensive minded, there’s no defensive discipline. When were there, an Andre Miller would be like, ‘OK, Iguodala, you haven’t had the ball, I’m going to give you the ball.’ Or, 'Reggie, you’ve been working too hard, I’m going to give you one of these balls.’ It was a balance out there with defense and offense. We stayed focused, we stayed poised. We never got too high, we never got too low. We had faith and stuff like that.