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Archive: January, 2009

Ripley Might Not Believe This

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 10:28 PM
The numbers are true. The result bordered on the unbelievable. The 76ers, who led the New Jersey Nets by as many as 17 points in the third quarter and by as many as 12 in the fourth, spent the final 10:37 as if their game plan had been written in invisible ink. They missed their last 18 shots from... Read more

Sam's Streak Is Alive

Saturday, January 31, 2009, 6:55 PM
I guess Samuel Dalembert's sprained left ankle in the second period of the 76ers' victory over the washington Wizards last night wasn't nearly as severe as it looked. I say ''I guess'' because we won't really know until Dalembert steps on the court tonight against the New Jersey Nets. But the idea... Read more

Shooting Down A Brand Rumor

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 2:31 PM
HOUSTON--The response by's Chad Ford to a chat session question all but jumped off the Internet. Elton Brand, the player the 76ers signed for five years and $79.8 million, was available on the trade market? Already? Ford: "From what my sources around the league are saying, Brand is available... Read more

Young picked for All-Star sophomore team

Wednesday, January 28, 2009, 2:20 PM
Sixers forward Thaddeus Young was selected today to play for the sophomore squad in the rookie challenge game at All-Star Weekend. The game will be played on Friday, Feb. 13 in Phoenix. The squads are selected by the NBA's assistant coaches. “This is a definitely a great opportunity and I would... Read more

Cheeks turns down Grizzlies' offer

Sunday, January 25, 2009, 5:57 PM
Former 76ers guard Lionel Hollins, introduced today as the Memphis Grizzlies' coaching replacement for another former Sixer, Marc Ivaroni, wanted two former NBA head coaches on the bench with him. He has Johnny Davis, a former Sixers coach, as a holdover, but he doesn’t have close friend and... Read more

Mo Has An Offer

Friday, January 23, 2009, 3:34 PM
Maurice Cheeks has an offer to join the Memphis Grizzlies as an assistant coach, according to a source with knowledge of the situation. If Cheeks, fired Dec. 13 as the head coach of the 76ers, accepts the invitation, he will be joining new head coach Lionel Hollins. Cheeks and Hollins were teammates... Read more

No Brand Today, Either

Monday, January 19, 2009, 12:24 PM
No Elton Brand today, either. The 76ers have decided not to activate Elton Brand for this afternoon's game against the Dallas Mavericks, allowing more time for his injured right shoulder to heal. This is the 16th game the 6-9 power forward has missed since suffering a dislocation of his right shoulder... Read more

A Little Love For Sam

Thursday, January 15, 2009, 4:25 PM
This is for all of you emailers and commenters (you know who you are) who have gone to great lengths this season to bust on Samuel Dalembert. And, OK, there have been enough games when he has been a total puzzle, not just to you and me, but to the 76ers. His offensive game has all but disappeared... Read more

Brand Back On The Court

Monday, January 12, 2009, 4:43 PM
Elton Brand was back on the practice court today, involved in contact drills for the first time since suffering a dislocated right shoulder Dec. 17. He indicated that he has been told by the 76ers' medical staff that returning Wednesday night against Portland is pretty much out, but he's clearly getting... Read more

Would This Have Happened If . . .

Sunday, January 11, 2009, 8:53 PM
ATLANTA--There's a lot of time before my flight home tonight. Time to grab a quick airport dinner. Time to weigh some questions and answers. The other day, someone I respect asked whether the 76ers might be showing the same improvement had threy not fired Maurice Cheeks and brought in senior VP/assistant... 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 and follow him on Twitter.

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