The 76ers practiced today at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. They play their fourth pre-season game tomorrow night against the New York Knicks at Madison Square Garden. Earlier today, the Sixers announced they waived point guard Sean Singletary and power forward Stromile Swift. Swift hadn't practiced since the morning session on the first day of training camp. Singletary was getting limited practice reps behind the stable of guards already on the Sixers roster. The team now has 15 players in training camp, with Dionte Christmas and Brandon Bowman being the only remaining free agent players trying to make the team.
Injury update: Swift might still be out with a left hamstring injury, although we wouldn't know if he practiced today because he's no longer on the roster. Royal Ivey (strained left hamstring) practiced today while "being monitored" and will make the trip to NYC. Rodney Carney (strained left hamstring) participated in non-contact drills and did some shooting. He will not be making the trip to NYC.
After practice, coach Eddie Jordan had four players playing 1 v. 1: Andre Iguodala vs. Thaddeus Young and Elton Brand vs. Marreese Speights. Afterwards, he said it was something new they were doing, to keep their individual skills strong within such a team offense. Each situation was like a Low 1-4 in an end-of-game or end-of-quarter situation. (In case you're wondering, Iguodala beat Thad .. I wasn't paying attention to the other end. Check out the video of AI vs. Thad in the video player on the right.) We asked Jordan about the Princeton Offense after practice; I think the specific question was whether this offense was a "no-ego" offense. I liked Jordan's response. He said he didn't agree. He said that he wanted his players to have an ego within the offense and to take advantage of the different post ups, pick-and-rolls, and cuts and to be confident in those situations that they could make a play: either for themselves or for a teammate.
Iguodala said afterwards that they're just working out which cuts and options are going to be open. He said that at certain times in the pre-season schedule he has thrown passes he knew would be turnovers just to show a teammate where something might be open. I like the idea that all pre-season turnovers are intentional. Intentional turnovers ... as opposed to mistakes. But, seriously, I get what Iguodala is saying. He referred to a specific cut on which he connected Friday night: it looked like a curl cut with Young. Iguodala said he threw it twice in Ontario to show how open it would be. On Friday night, I remember Iguodala and Young connecting twice on that cut.
We spoke after today's practice with Christmas. Because he's stayed so long at Sixers camp, and it's getting late in the European season to add players, Christmas acknowledged that he's "put all his eggs" in this basket, into making the Sixers roster. Jordan said he really liked Christmas, really liked what he's done, and really liked the kind of kid he is. Jordan said that it would be an "organizational" decision (keeping or not keeping Christmas), but that he would certainly have input.
Kapono was working on transition three-pointers yesterday after practice. He was coming in from half court, running the lane wide, catching a pass around the wing from a coach, and shooting threes.
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