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Archive: December, 2008

The Only Question Was When

Saturday, December 13, 2008, 8:14 PM
The clues were all there. For as much time as I spend around the 76ers, I knew those clues rapidly accumulating. Not just the losses, although losing 8 of 10 games, including 5 straight at home, just added to the morass. It had reached a point where it wasn't a question of whether Maurice Cheeks would... Read more

Cavs Lack Z Factor Tonight

Friday, December 12, 2008, 12:06 PM
CLEVELAND--You say you need some good news about the 76ers? Something to help get you past the facts that they're just 9-13 and have lost 7 of their last 9 games? Something to help support you as you realize they're playing the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight in Quicken Loans Arena (heretofore known as... Read more

Dalembert is No. 2

Thursday, December 11, 2008, 3:58 PM
The first results in fan ballotting for the All-Star Game were released today and only one Sixer is among the top players at his position. Yes, center Samuel Dalembert. This might say more about the Eastern Conference than Dalembert, but he is second among centers with 116,708 votes. That puts him... Read more

Waiting For LeBron

Tuesday, December 9, 2008, 5:46 PM
Asked Monday who would guard Cleveland's LeBron James tomorrow night, 76ers coach Maurice Cheeks smiled wryly and said ''All three of them.'' He didn't name names. Asked about that today, Cheeks said ''I could've said all five of them.'' But which three? This time, Cheeks laughed openly and said... Read more

Brand Aiming For Wednesday Night

Sunday, December 7, 2008, 1:44 PM
Elton Brand came out of the 76ers' Dec. 3 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in the third quarter with a strained right hamstring. But, listening to him Saturday night, that isn't necessarily when he was injured. That was just when it got worse. ''It happened a few games ago, and has been an ongoing thing... Read more

Speights To Start Against The Pistons

Friday, December 5, 2008, 1:18 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.--Rookie Marreese Speights will step in to the 76ers' starting lineup tonight against the Detroit Pistons, filling in for the injured Elton Brand. Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks said at this morning's shootaround at The Palace Of Auburn Hills that Speights will open at power forward... Read more

We're Talkin' About Practice . . .

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 5:44 PM
AUBURN HILLS, Mich.--We're talkin' about practice, but not the way you might think. We're talkin' about the Detroit Pistons' Rasheed Wallace, who spent two seasons at North Carolina after a terrific career at Simon Gratz High, celebrating the Tar Heels' 98-63 victory over Michigan State Wednesday... Read more

Brand out for Detroit

Thursday, December 4, 2008, 4:09 PM
Sixers forward Elton Brand did not make the trip with the team to Detroit for Friday night's game and is listed as day-to-day with a strained right hamstring. Brand had an MRI this morning. Brand left the Sixers' loss to the Lakers on Wednesday night with 4:49 remaining in the third quarter and was... Read more


Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 10:40 PM
Maybe you can home again After all, it has been seven seasons since Kobe Bryant said he wanted to "cut the heart" out of Philadelphia and then actually did during the 2001 NBA Finals. That's a long time to hold a grudge against a guy. Wednesday night's crowd at the Wachovia Center was not... Read more

Is This Any Way To Get Ready For The Lakers?

Wednesday, December 3, 2008, 10:51 AM
CHICAGO--The 76ers watched the Derrick Rose highlights from Sunday's home loss to the Chicago Bulls, and they laughed and joked about the way the rookie guard used Andre Miller as an unwitting foil. Miller said he hadn't taken it personally. But he he had. They all had. Even though they didn't... Read more
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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at cooneyb@phillynews.com and follow him on Twitter.

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