Archive: August, 2009
He was a one-year star at Villanova, a transfer from Kentucky averaging 20.8 points and 9.8 rebounds.
From there, 6-10 Michael Bradley became a first-round draft choice of the Toronto Raptors in 2001, the No. 17 overall pick.
He logged time with five NBA teams, including 46 games with the 76ers in 2005-06, then went overseas to play in Spain, Germany and Lithuania.
The Sixers have signed free agent center Primoz Brezec to a 1-year contract worth $1.1 million.
The 7-1 Brezec, who entered the league with the Indiana Pacers as a first-round draft choice in 2000 (No. 27 overall), is the fifth big man on the current roster, joining Dalembert, Elton Brand, Marreese Speights and Jason Smith.
The signing was first reported last week in the Daily News.
Royal Ivey is officially back with the 76ers. The 6-4 guard, who agreed to terms last week, passed his physical examination this afternoon and signed a contract.
The deal is believed to be for one year, for slightly more than the minimum. In Ivey's case, that should bring him within shouting distance of $1 million.
Ivey had opted out of the second leg of his original contract, but remained interested in returning.
The Sixers’ eight-game preseason schedule will take them to Mexico, Canada and a pair or games at the Wachovia Center.
The Sixers open the preseason with a pair of games against Toronto on Oct. 6 and 7, with the first game in London, Ontario and the second in Toronto.
They host New Jersey at the Wachovia Center on Oct. 9 and Washington on Oct. 20, as new Sixers coach Eddie Jordan faces his former team.
News item: Radny Ayers is back for a second stint with the 76ers. He spent six seasons as the lead assisdtant to Larry Brown, then succeeded him in 2003-04.
Reaction: I thought Ayers did his best work under Brown, particularly in helping develop young players. Ayers and then-Sixers assistant John Kuester (now the head coach of the Detroit Pistons) spent countless hours drilling guys before and after practices and shootarounds and in pre-game sessions.
As expected, former Sixers head coach Randy Ayers is rejoining the team as an assistant to Eddie Jordan.
Here is release from the team this afternoon:
The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that Head Coach Eddie Jordan has named Randy Ayers as an assistant coach. Ayers joins a staff comprised of Associate Head Coach Mike O’Koren and Assistant Coaches Jim Lynam and Aaron McKie.
The 76ers have reached an agreement in principle to sign veteran center Primoz Brezec, according to multiple sources.
The deal is supposedly for one year at the minimum for a player with seven seasons of service in the NBA.
The 7-1 Brezec, 29, is expected to come to Philadelphia sometime next week. He is currently playing with the Slovenian National Team.
The 76ers will open their season the same way last season ended — against the Orlando Magic.
The Sixers visit Orlando on Wednesday, Oct. 28, in the opener, according to the NBA schedule released today.
The home opener at the Wachovia Center is two nights later against Milwaukee on Oct. 30.