Jerryd Bayless is adamant that season-ending surgery will be his last option. For now, the 76ers point guard is listed as questionable for Monday night's game against the Denver Nuggets at the Wells Fargo Center. Bayless has already missed four straight games and 17 of the Sixers' 20 contests with a torn ligament in his left wrist.
Midway through his annual preseason media luncheon, Brett Brown was asked his expectations for the season. While the 76ers coach declined to disclose how many wins he expects, he revealed that this season will be sort of like the previous three - minus the tanking.
The business of basketball can be cruel. Just ask Ish Smith. The 76ers point guard has played on nine teams during his six-year career. You can also ask Jahlil Okafor. Eight months after selecting him third overall, the Sixers entertained conversations with other teams regarding his availability.
For the third consecutive season, every 76ers loss feels like a win. With every final buzzer that sends the players walking out of the arena with their heads hung low, supporters of "The Process" rejoice at the possibility that their team may finally get the first overall pick.
Brett Brown, the 76ers' third-year coach, held his preseason media luncheon at a Navy Yard restaurant on a tranquil and sun-drenched afternoon last week. He looked refreshed and relaxed while answering questions and even joked at the end with the assembled reporters.
The 76ers fleeced the Sacramento Kings last week in one of the most lopsided trades in recent NBA history. They acquired the shooter they coveted in Nik Stauskas, two veteran post players in Jason Thompson and Carl Landry, a 2018 protected first-round pick and the option to swap 2016 and 2017 first-rounders, all in exchange for recent second-round acquisitions Arturas Gudaitis (47th overall) and Luka Mitrovic (60th).
HOUSTON - After nine games, after two humiliating drubbings, after zero victories, the 76ers are battered and beaten. Michael Carter-Williams talks about the team's desire to continue to fight. Coach Brett Brown, who had a successful career as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, doesn't want anyone's pity.
What kind of asset builder is 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie? It depends on whom you ask. Old-school NBA types will tell you that he's making mind-boggling moves and doesn't know a lick about basketball. Forward-thinking folks believe he's taking a franchise out of the basketball stone ages and making necessary steps to build an NBA contender.