Archive: July, 2010
Bob Cooney of the Daily News reports from Orlando on the Sixers Summer League and discusses the state of the team heading into the upcoming season. Watch the video below.
New Sixers guard Evan Turner says in his bio that he likes to golf during his off time. In golfing terms, then, Turner is probably going to take a mulligan on his play this week down here in the Orlando Summer League.
The second pick in the draft had a tough go of it again last night, making just 1-of-6 shots from the floor, scored 5 points, committed five fouls and had three turnovers in his 19 minutes of play. So frustrated is he with his play that he has gotten into the bad habit of showing it with his body language and, at times, not hustling up and down the floor at time.
Last night, towards the end of the third quarter, Turner failed to run hard down to the offensive end after a Bobcat turnover. At the end of the quarter, coach Doug Collins, seated at the end of the Sixers bench with assistants Michael Curry and Brian James, seemed a little upset. He then talked to assistant Aaron McKie, who is running the team, and McKie removed Turner from the game. He didn't go back in at all in the fourth.
Sixers point guard Jrue Holiday will not play in tonight's Summer League game in Orlando against the Charlotte Bobcats due to a strained left hamstring. Holiday has been tearing it up down here in the three games that he has played.
Also, center Marreese Speights is no longer with the team after playing in the first three games. It was agreed before the league started that Speights would only be staying until yesterday.
It will be interesting to see how rookie Evan Turner will play without Holiday in the backcourt. Turner has struggled mightly down here so far.
Bob Cooney of the Daily News discusses Evan Turner's conditioning struggles and whether or not Doug Collins and the Sixers staff are concerned.
The Sixers lost their first game of the Summer League in Orlando today, 89-80, to the Oklahoma City Thunder as rookie Evan Turner struggled again, shooting just 1-for-6 from the field and scoring four points. He committed six fouls in his 27-plus minutes and still seems a step slow.
Coach Doug Collins and general manager Ed Stefanski both said they are not surprised by Turner's slow start. Both point to the fact that he hasn't played organized basketball since his Ohio State team was ousted in the NCAA Tournament in late March. Playing in games was not recommended to Turner by his handler for fear of injury.
As much as Turner has struggled, his backcourt mate, Jrue Holiday, has shined. Holiday posted 25 points and five assists yesterday. He is absolutely oozing with confidence and is shooting the ball extremely well and getting to the basket with relative ease. He is as quick as any point guard down here and is much stronger than most. His ability to finish around the basket has been very impressive.
ORLANDO - For the first game of the Summer League here in Orlando, coach Doug Collins sat across the court from the bench while assistants Aaron McKie and Quin Snyder ran the club. Collins could hardly contain himself being out of shouting distance from his players, so during today's game he was seated near the end of the bench.
He is a players' coach. He continually shouted words of instruction and praise. He called players over just to give them a slap on the hand, or give them a thumbs up. Though prized rookie Evan Turner struggled again initially, Collins knows that he is struggling because of fatigue and the fact that he hasn't played organized ball since late March.
Turner scored 13 points, turned the ball over and four times and, at times, seemed confused with the referees' calls during the Sixers' 86-69 win. But he shrugged it off and acknowledged that he's a little bit up from all the practices and games that the team has gone through. The assembled group has been down here since Thursday and has been practicing and playing games since.
Evan Turner played his first organized 5-on-5 basketball game on Monday night for the first time since his Ohio State team lost in the Sweet 16 to Tennessee. On March 26th.
The rust was certainly there. Turner often dribbled too much, at times showed frustration with the referees and didn't seem to have the smoothness to his game that helped him become the consesus college player of the year last season. But, he also didn't force things, taking just five shots, went to the glass (getting eight rebounds), and improved as the game went on to help the Sixers defeat the team representing the New Jersey Nets.
"Rusty is a good word," Turner said after the game. "I was trying to get acclimated to playing off the ball. I'm still getting used to cutting quicker off ball screens and stuff like that. It's going to take time to pick up the offense. But I competed and I think my teammates competed and we got the job done."