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A Spate Of Speights Questions

Thursday, October 30, 2008, 5:58 PM
My email bin was bulging with questions about why rookie Marreese wasn't on the active roster for Wednesday night's 76ers opener. And beyond that, why he wasn't playing. A couple were already touting Speights as the guy who should be starting at center in place of Samuel Dalembert. My response: Lighten... Read more

The Focus Of Opening Night

Wednesday, October 29, 2008, 5:57 PM
This is a Sixers opening night with no surprises, at least none so far. The starting lineup is as has been advertised: Thaddeus Young, Andre Miller, Samuel Dalembert, Elton Brand and Andre Iguodala. The inactive list is as expected: The injured Jason Smith and rookie Marreese Speights. Royal Ivey... Read more

Learning From Uncle Charlie

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 4:02 PM
Maurice Cheeks spent five rain soaked innings watching the Phillies and the Tampa Bay Rays Monday night. What he came away with was an appreciation for the camraderie. ''That's what I was really looking for, the electricity that was out there,'' Cheeks said. "I get chills when I look at the camraderie... Read more

Sixers change start time

Tuesday, October 28, 2008, 2:22 PM
As expected, the Sixers have moved the start time of Wednesday's season opener to 6 p.m. to accommodate fans wishing to watch the World Series game across the complex. The Sixers and Toronto were scheduled to tip off at 7 p.m. The Sixers said the AT&T Pavilion at the Wachovia Center will remain... Read more

Cheeks Feels World Series Vibe

Monday, October 27, 2008, 8:14 PM
Maurice Cheeks was the point guard with the 1982-83 76ers who swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four games to win the NBA championship. He knows, he really knows, what it's like to be sooooo close to a title. He also knows what it's like to come agonizingly close and not make it. That's what happened... Read more

Thad And Sam Are Back

Sunday, October 26, 2008, 2:35 PM
Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks admitted to a fleeting moment of serious concern last Friday when Thaddeus Young, his starting small forward, had to leave practice with a mid-back strain. ''But KJ (head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson) said it wasn't going to be that serious,'' Cheeks said today. ''But... Read more

World Serieous Move

Friday, October 24, 2008, 5:40 PM
You can catch up with some material in my previous post about Marreese Speights and some fun stuff from around the NBA later. Right now, in the midst of the World Series, this takes precedence. If the Phillies are involved in a Game 6 with the Tampa Bay Rays in Florida Wednesday night, the Sixers... Read more

The Case For Speights

Friday, October 24, 2008, 5:09 PM
Marreese Speights, bless his rookie heart, is making Maurice Cheeks make a decision. Could Speights, the 6-0 forward/center from Florida, the No. 16 pick in the June draft, force his way into the 76ers' regular season rotation? Could be. Statistics aside, the Sixers' coach has liked the way Speights... Read more

Sixers set Opening Night roster

Thursday, October 23, 2008, 1:10 PM
I said last night that things didn't look good for Jared Reiner in terms of making the 76ers' opening night roster. I don't feel good about being right, but I was. The Sixers waived the backup big man today, leaving the roster at 14, one under the NBA limit. And that counts Jason Smith, the second-year... Read more

One Last preseason Game

Wednesday, October 22, 2008, 7:17 PM
Hello from East Rutherford, N.J. to the few of you who might not be mesmerized by the Phillies in the World Series. I was always taught not to write about travel experiences, because you want to know about the team. But I'll share tonight's adventure on the off-chance any of you might have plans to... 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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