Archive: June, 2013
By now, most 76ers fans know Khalif Wyatt worked out on Saturday for the Sixers staff at PCOM.
But he wasn’t alone.
The former Temple guard said he was joined by Shane Larkin, DeShaun Thomas and Glen Rice Jr. in the unannounced workout. The Inquirer orginially reported Wednesday that Wyatt was scheduled to participate in the workout.
The 76ers have scheduled a workout with former St. Joseph’s forward C.J. Aiken on June 24, according to his agent.
The Sixers have a first-round pick (11th overall) and two second-round selections (35th and 42d) in the June 27 NBA draft. Aiken, a 6-foot-9, 216-pounder who left St. Joe's after his junior year, is projected to go undrafted.
The former Plymouth-Whitemarsh High School standout averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocks for the Hawks this past season.
Comcast SportsNet Northwest is reporting the Denver Nuggets have had serious recent discussions with former 76ers general manager Tony DiLeo about their general manager vacancy.
DiLeo, who was named the Sixers GM less than a year ago, was let go when the organization hired Sam Hinkie as the president of basketball operations and general manager last month. DiLeo has spent 23 years in the Sixers organization.
The Nuggets position became available when Masai Ujiri left to take over the Toronto Raptors basketball operations.
Talk about a solid birthday present.
On the day of his 23d birthday, it was announced Wednesday that Jrue Holiday will be one of 27 invited players competing at the USA Basketball men’s national team’s mini-camp. The camp will run July 22-25 at UNLV’s Mendenhall Arena in Las Vegas.
Dion Waiters, a South Philadelphia native who plays guard for Cleveland, is another one of the invited players.
The 76ers have moved up their scheduled workout with Temple guard Khalif Wyatt. The 6-foot-4, 205-pounder will partake in pre-draft drills at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday. The Sixers were originally scheduled to work out the Norristown native on June 20.
The franchise has a first-round pick (11th overall) and two second-round selections (35th and 42d) in the June 27 draft. Wyatt is projected to go undrafted, but could end up a second-round pick.
He is both the Big Five and Atlantic Ten Conference player of the year. Wyatt was also named honorable-mention all-American and was an all-district selection by both the USBWA and NABC.
Bob Vetrone Jr.
The Dr. J documentary (which debuted Monday night on NBATV) had people asking for a Dr. J BoopStat ... So, here you go ...
Julius Erving was one of only two players that scored 10,000 or more points in both NBA and ABA. Below are the 12 players that amassed scoring totals in five figures in the ABA along with their NBA career totals.
By the way, 320 players have scored 10,000 or more points in the NBA's history.
Starting next season the NBA will allow advertising on the court for the first time.
In an attempt to add additional revenue streams, teams will be able to sell add space on what is referred to as “the apron” of the court, along with on the top of the backboard to capitalize on overhead camera angles.
The apron is the area between the baseline and the coaches’ box where teams currently display their twitter handles, while the area above the backboard usually has the team’s website listed.
Imagine being given an annual award for excellence in your profession and then a few short weeks later being fired from that very same position. This is exactly what happened to the NBA’s current coach of the year, George Karl, who is now on the open market looking for work.
Karl led the Nuggets to the playoffs during each of his nine seasons in the Mile High City, but was released, along with reigning NBA Executive of the Year Masai Ujiri, in an apparent overhaul in Denver.
With the Sixers still searching for a coach, it only makes sense that some would suggest that the team consider Karl. Almost immediately upon Karl’s releases, Grantland’s Zach Lowe tweeted: