Maybe this is a good idea. Maybe it isn't. But let's talk:
If the Phillies get to Game 6 of the World Series in Tampa Bay, it would be the same night as the 76ers' regular-season opener against the Toronto Raptors. Sooooo . . . Suppose the Sixers--with cooperation from the NBA, the Raptors, Comcast SportsNet, whoever televises the Raptors' games, etc.--started their game at 6 p.m., then put the Phils-Rays up on the arena screens? That way, the fans could turn out for some hoops, but not miss the Series action.
''It hasn't come up, I haven't thought about it,'' Sixers' president/general manager Ed Stefanski said.
And then Stefanski, Philly guy through and through, said "It's not even going six. We're gonna sweep in four.''
Phillies chief executive David Montgomery is a close friend of Stefanski, which allowed Stefanski to also laugh and say: ''I asked David to push the Phillies back (Oct. 10) because of our preseason game. He said 'Yeah, it's at 4:30.'''
Say Hello To Elton Peace Brand:
That would be the son born to Shahara and Elton Brand last Thursday night.
Getting any sleep, dad?
''Little bit,'' the Sixers' power forward said. ''Every 2-3 hours, I've got to help. I'm the assistant, the feeding assistant. I made an omelette, which I hadn't made in a while. Dishwasher, too. I was very domestic.''
Had he considered getting Marreese Speights to help, as part of his rookie orientation?
'''He was on the road,'' Brand said, laughing.
More seriously, Brand said ''I appreciate the Sixers, (with) that family atmosphere they gave me a few days off. It was real cool, because they didn't have to. I called them and said, 'Hey, I'll take this day off, I'll be back tomorrow if you want.' They said 'Be with your family, report on Monday.' That was really cool.''
Brand was back at practice today, but said he had come to the practice site to train while the team played Saturday night in Cleveland.
''I don't want to let them down (after) such a great gesture,'' he said.
Coach Maurice Cheeks said he wasn't certain whether, or how much, Brand and Samuel Dalembert (sore knee, flu) would play tomorrow night against the Cavaliers in the Wachovia Center.
One Less On The Roster:
This isn't exactly a stunning development: The 76ers today released former Temple star forward Antywane Robinson, bringing their roster down to the NBA maximum of 15 players.
Robinson, a good shooter who played in France and in the NBA Development League last season, appeared in three of the first five preseason games, for a total of 15 minutes. He made it all the way through the preseason last season with the Atlanta Hawks.
For now, the only guy on the bubble is 6-11 Jared Reiner, who has 46 games of NBA experience with the Chicago Bulls and the Milwaukee Bucks. The 15th man is second-year forward/center Jason Smith, who is out for the season after undergoing surgery to repair a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks, though, would not commit to Reiner making the roster, although he very well might.
"He's been good,'' Cheeks said. ''Jared hasn't played a whole lot, but he's been around; he knows how to play.''
The Sixers will complete their preseason schedule with games tomorrow night against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the Wachovia Center and Wednesday night against the New Jersey Nets in east Rutherford, N.J.
Thursday is the official cutdown day.