When the 76ers open Training Camp the morning of Sept. 30, three guys, two with Philadelphia connections, will be -- in theory -- competing for roster spots.
The Sixers have extended invitations to former Temple star forward Antywane Robinson, former Iowa big man Jared Reiner, and former Strawberry Mansion standout guard, Maureece Rice, a source within the organization confirmed.
Robinson, 6-foot-8, averaged 8.0 points in his Temple career, which ended after the 2005-06 season. During that senior season, Robinson averaged 12.7 points and 5.0 rebounds. He spent the 2006-07 season with Sioux Falls of the NBA Development League, where during 49 games he averaged 6.4 points in 16.7 minutes per game. Last season he spent mostly in France, playing for the club Pau-Orthez.
Rice, a 6-1 guard, was most recently (March, 2008) dismissed from the George Washington University basketball team. Before that, though, Rice scored 2,681 points to break Wilt Chamberlain's (2,206) Philly high school scoring record. Rice also played one season at Lutheran Prep, where he averaged 32 points, before he enrolled at GW.
The 6-11 Reiner led the Big 10 Conference in rebounding when he was a junior at Iowa. Undrafted out of college, he played 19 games with the Chicago Bulls in 2004-05. Since, he's been cut by three NBA teams (Clippers, Suns, and Spurs), including getting cut by the Clips while he was "still on the tarmac." (I found a great blog, penned, presumably -- for one can never be too sure these days -- by Reiner himself. Check it out.) Reiner, per this blog, spent some time in the aforementioned D-League, as well as in Spain and Germany. Incidentally, after losing in the playoffs with his German team three months ago, Reiner wrote this:
"You know the feeling like you want to just lock yourself in a room and burn past lovers’ items while Melissa Etheridge is crying out her music in the background? That is how I felt sitting on the bus after we lost. I had the worst taste in my mouth as I looked upon our faithful ‘Freaks.’ Crying wasn’t in the cards for me though. Tom Hanks said that “There’s no crying in Baseball,” so why would there be crying in my sport.
Our team just couldn’t get things going in the playoffs, for whatever reason. We were the exact opposite of John Mayer’s love life. Really, he always overachieves with the ladies, and we underachieved in the postseason."