Former 76er Elton Brand has fond memories of the four years he played in Philly, and even though the team parted ways with Brand by using the amnesty clause on him, Brand, who now plays for Dallas, has no hard feelings.
“They are great players, great coaches and, even more important, they are great people,” Brand said this morning at the Mavericks’ shootaround in preparation for Tuesday’s game at Wells Fargo Center against the Sixers. “And you hope that doesn’t change because that could bring a team down.”
“But as long as they have great guys who are willing to grow, willing to get better and willing to listen the franchise will be alright,” said Brand, who averaged 13.3 points and 7.4 rebounds in four seasons with the Sixers. “I still root for the franchise and I want them to do well – but not tonight,” laughed Brand.
Brand never totally recovered from the ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered while with the Los Angeles Clippers to became the player the Sixers thought he would become when they signed him to a five-year, $80 million deal in 2008.
Brand said he has been watching the Andrew Bynum situation closely – Bynum is in the final year of his contract – and had some advice for him and his troublesome knees.
“It’s tough as a player,” Brand said. “I came here with high aspirations similar to Bynum, and being hurt it was tough but you’ve got to try to keep grinding and trying to get out there. I think it will turn out well for the city and well for the fans,” Brand said. “Hopefully he can get out there, maybe not this season but next season, and add his low-post presence with all of those shooters they have out there.”
Brand advised Bynum to do what is best for himself in the long run.
“It’s tough,” Brand said. “You have to weigh what is best for your future because if you come back too early you can complicate things even further and there won’t be any contract at all, so you definitely have to weigh that when you are an injured player.”
Here's video of Thaddeus Young talking about his memories of playing with Elton Brand in Philadelphia.