Nightcap

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.

Of note: Kareem Rush, who looked to be on the "first team" during the morning session, also played with that same unit tonight. When asked if Rush was out there "with the four starters," Cheeks said there "are no starters yet."

When asked if Cheeks had relayed that messaged to Elton Brand, Cheeks relented, smiling, and said, "Oh, Elton is a starter."

That's not breaking news, by any means, but Rush playing with that first group is a good indication that the coaching staff is seriously evaluating his potential within this roster.

Other than that, Cheeks said, the team went through plays, a few revolving around Brand, a couple incorporating center Sam Dalembert.

If you're looking for more detailed info from Day 1, posted below is a video, the chat transcript from earlier today, and quotes from the morning session.

Now I'm going to go eat a steak at Outback. Until tomorrow ...

-- Kate

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