Lavoy returns to practice

76ers' Lavoy Allen. (Yong Kim/Staff Photographer)

Sixers forward Lavoy Allen was back on the practice floor Sunday, a day after he missed the team’s open practice at the Palestra. On Saturday, coach Brett Brown said that he heard Allen had overslept and that the ramifications of Allen’s actions would be taken care of.

“We will handle it internally and it has been handled,” Brown said. “I expect more. He expects more of himself. We need more and it’s in him. It’s really that simple. I’m going to give him the benefit of the doubt and it’s [due to] injury and a new system and his time is coming.”

Allen provided little information as to why he missed practiced, repeating the line: “I met with coach before practice, addressed the team about it and we’re moving on from there.” He then added: “We’re moving on.”

It has to be a frustrating situation for Brown as he is counting on Allen for a much needed physical presence in the lane. But Allen showed up to training camp having not played in two months due to a knee injury suffered in July. Though he has now shed 20 pounds and says he is in playing shape, his fouling out in 13 minutes on Thursday in Charlotte was a stark contrast to that statement.

“It’s going to come back,” Allen said. “Right now I’m just trying to get better every game and trying to improve. If I can remember, that’s the first practice that I have missed. I didn’t miss practice in college or high school. It was a mistake and I’ll learn from it.”

Time will tell.


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