Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Brand to come off the bench

It seems as if Saturday is, finally, the day for Elton Brand's return. I only say "finally" because it seems Brand has been a game-time decision for a while now. Okay, actually, he has been a game-time decision for a while: For the last three games.

Brand to come off the bench

0 comments

It seems as if Saturday is, finally, the day for Elton Brand's return. I only say "finally" because it seems Brand has been a game-time decision for a while now. Okay, actually, he has been a game-time decision for a while: For the last three games.

The 76ers have kept him sidelined an extra week or thereabouts to allow that dislocated right shoulder to receive the "optimal" recovery time, which is around 6 weeks.

Today, the Sixers held an "optional" practice at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Brand participated. Tomorrow, the Sixers will return to regular practice, where Brand is expected to scrimmage full-court, 5-on-5 for the first time since his injury on Dec. 17 against the Milwaukee Bucks.

Brand has been practicing since early last week. Today, though, Sixers coach Tony DiLeo said tomorrow would be the first time Brand would be full-court, 5-on-5. Interesting. We know he's been playing 1-on-1, 2-on-2, 3-on-3, and 5-on-5 ... half-court. I was surprised to find out this would be his first time scrimmaging full-court. They have definitely been protecting that shoulder and making sure it's fully healed.

About Saturday, which is against the New York Knicks at the Wachovia Center, DiLeo said he was "planning" on having Brand. He also said Brand would come off the bench in "short stints" of four, five, maybe six minutes. Brand said he understood this role coming off the bench. He said he understands that run-and-gun has led to this turnaround (from 13-20 to 20-21). He said he's all about winning.

In case we've forgotten -- it has been a while -- Brand was leading the team in scoring at the time of his injury; he was averaging 15.9 points and 9.8 rebounds a game.

--Kate

p.s. A funny quote from Lou Williams today about yesterday's happenings in Washington: “It was kind of interesting to me because growing up it was kind of a joke to African-American people to have a black president. But then out of nowhere it’s like all of a sudden we have one. It was surreal to watch, just to look at the moment. The reaction from my peers, my best friends, people I grew up with was, ‘Is this really happening?”

Later Williams said, “I think the joke was Bill Clinton was the closest we were ever going to get to having a black president.”
 
Yes, we've heard this Clinton joke before. But does it get old? I think not.
0 comments
We encourage respectful comments but reserve the right to delete anything that doesn't contribute to an engaging dialogue.
Help us moderate this thread by flagging comments that violate our guidelines.

Comment policy:

Philly.com comments are intended to be civil, friendly conversations. Please treat other participants with respect and in a way that you would want to be treated. You are responsible for what you say. And please, stay on topic. If you see an objectionable post, please report it to us using the "Report Abuse" option.

Please note that comments are monitored by Philly.com staff. We reserve the right at all times to remove any information or materials that are unlawful, threatening, abusive, libelous, defamatory, obscene, vulgar, pornographic, profane, indecent or otherwise objectionable. Personal attacks, especially on other participants, are not permitted. We reserve the right to permanently block any user who violates these terms and conditions.

Additionally comments that are long, have multiple paragraph breaks, include code, or include hyperlinks may not be posted.

Read 0 comments
 
comments powered by Disqus
About this blog

Keith Pompey has been an Inquirer reporter since September 2004 and took over the Sixers beat in the summer of 2013 after covering Temple basketball and football for the previous three years.

Marc Narducci has served in a variety of roles with the Inquirer since beginning in 1983. He has covered the 76ers as a backup and a beat writer. In addition, Narducci has covered everything from the Super Bowl to the World Series and a lot in between.

Keith Pompey Inquirer Staff Writer
Marc Narducci Inquirer Staff Writer
Latest Videos:
Also on Philly.com:
letter icon Newsletter