Sunday, March 29, 2015

Thad And Sam Are Back

Samuel Dalembert has resumed practicing. Thaddeus Young expects to be back tomorrow.

Thad And Sam Are Back

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 (Young) never gets hurt. I'm hoping he's going to be OK (for Wednesday night's opener).''

By happenstance, Cheeks had started Kareem Rush at small forward against the New JerseyNets in last Wednesday's preseason finale, bringing Young off the bench. But that was mostly to give Rush some extended minutes and allow him to relocate his rhthm as a three-point shooter. In Young's weekend absence, Rush stayed with the first unit and represents the contingency plan if Young is unable to play.

Young, though, felt as if he could have practiced today.

''They just wanted to take precautionary measures, to make sure everything is fine,'' he said. ''It's a little sore, but I'm fine. I should definitely be on the court Wednesday (against the Toronto Raptors) and ready to go. I hate to sit down. I'm not used to that. I'm used to always being on the court.''

Dalembert seems fine, too. He even stayed after practice today to go through an extended shooting drill with assistant coach Aaron McKie.

Oh, one other thing:

Kay Lynam, wife of assistant coach Jim Lynam, celebrated a milestone the other day.

Happy 65th birthday, Kay.

About this blog
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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