THE SMATTERING of boos that welcomed Evan Turner back to the Wells Fargo Center on Friday night turned into a rumble, then a roar and finally into a thunderous union of displeasure rained down upon someone who was the 76ers' No. 2 overall selection in 2010. Some of the reaction was simply fun, as Sixers fans are riding a four-year high right now with the team playing the best basketball of that time and Joel Embiid sparking comparisons to Wilt Chamberlain.
THE CAROUSEL of players who have whirled in and out of Brett Brown's coaching world with the 76ers would make anyone's head spin. For a man who came from the model of stability in San Antonio for 12 seasons, Brown has had more than 60 players, sent out 17 or so different starting point guards, a horde of players who came, played, left and were never heard from again.
AFTER GETTING retweeted by WWE superstar Triple H on Thursday night, 76ers center Joel Embiid decided to have a little fun before Friday's game against the Charlotte Hornets. When it was time for Embiid to be introduced, the entrance music used by Triple H blared, and Embiid used the wrestler's signature entry move by spitting water high into the air.
THERE HAS NEVER been any sleight of hand or cryptic talk by Brett Brown since he took the job as 76ers coach in May 2013. The former San Antonio Spurs assistant knew full well what he was getting into - a massive rebuild, the likes of which had never been
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NEW YORK - The transformation takes place about an hour before each game. The trip is made from the practice court to the locker room and then to the bathroom, where 76ers guard T.J. McConnell applies the gel. Floppy-haired in his pre-, pregame warmup, the second-year guard out of Arizona then comes out with hair slicker than any style Pat Riley wore in the Lakers' Showtime era.
CARSON WENTZ has played 16 games in his rookie season with the Eagles and his potential has more than scratched the interest of sports fans in this city. He certainly has shown flashes of being capable in becoming The Franchise, with his cannon arm - albeit inaccurate at times - ability to escape the pocket and veteran approach to the game. He is a player you most likely can wrap your arms around and ride into the foreseeable future.
PHOENIX - The Suns went into Friday's game against the 76ers ranked 29th in the league in points allowed. They were, however, facing one of the worst offensive teams in the Sixers, who were near the bottom, at 98.1 a contest.
PERSONALLY, those who run the 76ers appear to be not all that happy with some of the decisions Nerlens Noel has made of late, particularly his staying away from the team during the offseason as he conducted his own workouts - both with his personal trainers and with those on the Sixers staff - and his penchant for professing to the media his displeasure with the organization.
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THE FUTURE of the 76ers apparently will not include Nerlens Noel. That appears to be the decision that has been made by the brass without seeing Noel paired with Joel Embiid at all this season; with him sharing the court only briefly with Jahlil Okafor a year ago; and rarely, during his two full seasons of playing, having a true point guard to help him grow his offensive capabilities.
Bob Cooney has been the 76ers beat writer for the Daily News for the last seven years. Prior to that, he covered anything and everything, including a lot of college basketball. A lifelong resident of the area, he has a good idea of how Philly fans think and loves the passion they have for their teams. He's here to ask the questions that you want answered.