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Archive: September, 2008

Maureece Rice wants his shot

Tuesday, September 30, 2008, 5:00 PM
STATE COLLEGE ­-- The training-camp invitations the 76ers issued to Philadelphia native Maureece Rice and former Temple forward Antywane Robinson probably were for courtesy purposes only. Oh, sure, 17 players gathered here on the Penn State campus, but virtually all of the 12 active roster spots... Read more

One man is an island

Monday, September 29, 2008, 10:56 PM
Sixers center Samuel Dalembert makes millions of dollars playing basketball in the United States. He recently became a citizen of Canada. But a big part of his heart still resides in Haiti, the place he was born and spent the first 14 years of his life.. So it was with a heavy soul that Dalembert... Read more

Gentlemen, Start Your Engines

Sunday, September 28, 2008, 2:32 PM
The 76ers are heading for training camp at Penn State, where workouts begin Tuesday morning. I know coach Maurice Cheeks has a laundry list of things he'll be looking for. And I have mine. I'm ready to see . . . Elton Brand draw double-teams, even in scrimmages. Perimeter players, including--especially--Andre... Read more

Missing playoff experience

Friday, September 26, 2008, 10:41 AM
With the Sixers opening training camp at Penn State on Tuesday, I like the changes president/general manager Ed Stefanski has made to the roster. Obviously, signing free-agent forward Elton Brand was the big move, but the bench is more solid with the additions of guard Kareem Rush, veteran forward... Read more

Boston Still Best

Thursday, September 25, 2008, 5:48 PM
Well, there is nothing like the realism of a coach to knock you off a cloud of optimism. We had a media lunch with Sixers coach Maurice Cheeks and naturally, I asked his assessment of the Eastern Conference going into the upcoming season. He told me what I already knew. "Boston is still the... Read more

Putting A Brand on the Sixers

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 11:14 PM
Fact: Even with the addition of Elton Brand, the Sixers -- Donyell Marshall and Kareem Rush off the bench notwithstanding -- still aren't blessed with an array of knockdown shooters. Fact: Despite that, the plan is to generate a significant portion of their offense from the perimeter. In a lengthy... Read more

Projecting A Lineup

Wednesday, September 24, 2008, 12:28 PM
I just finished reading Marty Burns' interesting take on the top 10 battles for starting spots in the NBA, and -- surprise -- none of those involved the Sixers. But, at least from where I sit, only 60 percent of the Sixers' lineup is set in stone: Elton Brand at power forward, Andre Miller at point... Read more

Smith out for season, rehab begins

Tuesday, September 23, 2008, 11:08 AM
The 76ers have confirmed that Jason Smith is out for the entire season. But, truthfully, didn't we already know that? Isn't that how long it long it takes to fully recover from surgery to reconstruct a torn anterior cruciate ligament in a knee? Smith, the Sixers' second-year big man, underwent the... Read more

Andre Miller Climbs The Priority List

Sunday, September 21, 2008, 3:40 PM
Welcome to Sixerville, a blue-collar community founded on fundamentals, integrity and a willingness to work and improve. Shooting is optional, but that's an issue for the town fathers. Has been for years. The economy in the outside world is sliding disastrously. But the morale and the level of optimism... 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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