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Brandon Williams Promoted By 76ers To Chief Of Staff

Feb 4, 2016 11:35 AM

Brandon Williams has been promoted by the Philadelphia 76ers to the newly created position of chief of staff.

Williams will report to Sam Hinkie.

Williams' role will have broader oversight on matters that include player development, agent relations and recruiting.

Jerry Colangelo has sign off on organizational moves involving basketball operations.

Williams worked eight years in the league office, including a stint as the associate vice president of basketball operations. He played parts of three seasons with the Golden State Warriors, San Antonio Spurs and Atlanta Hawks in the NBA from 1997-2003.

Williams earned a law degree at Rutgers.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

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Sam Hinkie Views Jerry Colangelo As Colleague Rather Than Mentor

Feb 2, 2016 8:30 PM

Sam Hinkie has become more accessible to the media since the Philadelphia 76ers hired Jerry Colangelo.

Hinkie spoke of Colangelo more as a co-worker than a mentor.

"He's already proven to be helpful," Hinkie said. "I'd be surprised if he can't be at least as helpful, if not more helpful, over time. I think he's brought a different perspective that's been good. I think he's brought a different level of gravitas and experience. Our discussions have been richer because he's been here. I don't see that changing."

Hinkie was asked if he sees the presence of Colangelo as a threat in any way.

"I'm a big believer in the meritocracy of ideas," Hinkie said, "and your idea had better stand up to scrutiny from all sides. You'd better know your opponents' arguments better than they do if you want to truly understand what's best. So I don't mind the thought that there might be debate about any particular topic."


Mike Sielski/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Jahlil Okafor Has TS% Of 58.5 Percent Since Ish Smith Trade

Jan 21, 2016 5:52 PM

Jahlil Okafor has become a far more productive player since the Philadelphia 76ers acquired Ish Smith.

Okafor has now scored 20 or more points in three straight games and four of his past five.

Okafor now has a True Shooting Percentage of 51.8 percent for the season.

Since Smith was added on December 24th, Okafor has a usage rate of 28.4 percent and a true shooting percentage of 58.5 percent. 

There have been 9 rookies who have had at least a 27 percent usage rate in their rookie season since the start of the 2000-01 season, and Okafor's 51.8 percent true shooting percentage places him just about right in the middle of that pack, just barely below Kevin Durant's 51.9 percent and ahead of Carmelo Anthony (50.9), LeBron James (48.8), and DeMarcus Cousins (48.4).

Derek Bodner/Philly Mag

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Jerry Colangelo: No Change Of Course For 76ers' Plan

Jan 14, 2016 12:46 PM

Jerry Colangelo believes the Philadelphia 76ers will improve their record sooner rather than later. Colangelo also admitted that Sam Hinkie has done a good job of accumulating assets.

"There's no guarantee, but the thing you have to do is give people hope," Colangelo said to reporters after attending the Sixers practice at PCOM. "This isn't like, let's look down the road five years and see where we are. No, I don't see that at all. I see the opportunity here to get some big things done over the next year."

Colangelo was hired to help Hinkie accelerate his timeline.

"There's one way to go here and that's up," Colangelo said. "I'm very optimistic [and], you've got to be a little bit lucky, too, in terms of all the things I'm talking about. I use the expression, 'The stars have to be aligned,' and if we have a good alignment, it could happen in '16. So, we could have a turnaround in one year that would surprise people."

Hinkie has been to Phoenix several times to confer with Colangelo.

"As far as the plan, whatever people think the plan is, nothing is changing as far as a course," Colangelo said. "The reality is, and I've come to understand this, that Sam has really done a great job of accumulating assets. Now, it's a matter of when do you pull the trigger on using all those assets. So, as I look at the board, if you will, I see some things that could happen sooner than later."

Bob Ford/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Joel Embiid Leaving Wasserman For Leon Rose

Jan 13, 2016 3:48 PM

Joel Embiid is leaving Wasserman Media Group for Leon Rose.

Rose is based in New Jersey and represents Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul, amongst others.

Rose was also the agent for Allen Iverson.

Jake Fischer/Sports Illustrated

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Christian Wood Clears Waivers, Joins 87ers For D-League Showcase

Jan 6, 2016 5:21 PM

Christian Wood has cleared waivers following his release this week by the Philadelphia 76ers.

Wood was released to clear a roster spot for Elton Brand.

Wood has joined the Delaware 87ers for the D-League Showcase.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

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Kendall Marshall's Father Criticizes 76ers' Playing Time Decisions

Jan 5, 2016 1:30 PM

Kendall Marshall's father, Dennis Marshall, wrote on Twitter that white players are getting more chances on the Philadelphia 76ers.

Marshall's playing time has been significantly reduced.

"I always said there was racism in sports," Marshall tweeted on a Twitter account that has since been deleted.

Dennis Marshall went on to say, using an expletive, that white players are getting more chances even when they aren't playing well. He also took a not-so-veiled shot at struggling Nik Stauskas and his firm spot in the rotation.

"How are you a 'shooter' and shooting 27 percent from three?" Marshall tweeted. "Can't guard but play a lot. What do you think the reason is?"

"That's not coming out of my mouth. That's not my social media," he said. "He's a grown man. It was obviously the wrong time and place to say it, but he said it. He's apologized for it since."

Dennis Marshall later apologized on Twitter.

"I am ashamed and embarrassed by my actions. I have sent a letter of apology to the Sixers," he wrote.

That was good enough for his son.

"Me and him, we go at it sometimes," Kendall Marshall said. "He knows he was wrong. He apologized for it. Coach already told me that he understands it has nothing to do with me. We're good now."

AP

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Christian Wood Released By 76ers To Create Spot For Brand

Jan 4, 2016 12:57 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers will release Christian Wood to create a roster spot for Elton Brand.

Wood went undrafted out of UNLV in 2015.

Wood made 14 appearances for the 76ers and nine in the D-League with the 87ers. In the D-League, Wood has a PER of 20.1.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Elton Brand Signs With 76ers

Jan 4, 2016 11:51 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers have signed Elton Brand.

Brand signed with the 76ers during the 2008 offseason.

Brand spent the past two seasons with the Atlanta Hawks and announced his retirement in August.

"I think Jerry Colangelo pushed this forward the most," said Brett Brown.

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Noel-Okafor Position Formula Remains A Mystery To 76ers

Dec 31, 2015 11:08 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers had Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor switch roles in their 110-105 win over the Sacramento Kings.

Noel started at center with Okafor coming off the bench. Noel had 20 points on 8-for-12 shooting to go with nine rebounds, two assists and four steals.

Okafor added 10 points and 10 rebounds in what was his first game back after missing the previous two with a sprained right knee.

"I think that lineup really worked for us," Noel said of Wednesday’s lineup. "I think we were able to get up and down the court, and Jah brought his post-playing just rebounding especially. And I think this team can really go in a lot of different ways. We have a lot of different dynamics, especially with Jah coming off [the bench] and Ish running the point."

Jerian Grant started at power forward.

"For me, when we split up Jahlil and Nerlens, because of how they played, they didn’t go backwards in their numbers although they went backwards in their minutes," Brett Brown said. "Jah with more minutes would have scored more. But he ended up with a double-double."

Noel is more effective and comfortable as a center than a power forward. Meanwhile, Brown believes that Okafor is a natural power forward.

"The four-five, five-four you know it’s still a mystery right now," Brown said of deciding where to play Noel and Okafor. "It really is. And I think we are going to have this conversation throughout the whole year.

"Trying to grow those two guys is a challenge. So for me, it ends up more matchups than this overwhelming responsibility where it hurts the team. You know we want to win games. How I navigate that is a challenge."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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76ers Weren't Permitted To Interview Kristaps Porzinigs During Predraft Process
Sam Hinkie wasn't permitted to interview Kristaps Porzingis during his predraft workout in Las Vegas.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Sam Hinkie Admits Making Mistakes As GM Of 76ers
Sam Hinkie received a lot of criticism for not being available to the media during the Jahlil Okafor situation, leaving Brett Brown to be the spokesman.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

76ers Acquire Ish Smith From Pelicans For Two 2nd Rounders
Ish Smith was previously with the 76ers and he will help the team at the point guard position.

Marc J. Spears/Yahoo! Sports

Carl Landry Makes 76ers' Debut, Embracing Leadership Role
Carl Landry gives the 76ers another frontcourt option and also a veteran presence.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

76ers' Young Players Support Idea Of Adding Veterans
Chuck Hayes and John Lucas III recently met with Brett Brown.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inqurier

Brett Brown: Joel Embiid 'Mentally Leaps And Bounds Ahead' Of Last Season
Joel Embiid is still recovering from multiple foot surgeries.

Tom Moore/Courier Times

Adam Silver Says 76ers 'Resetting' Right Now, Denies Intervening
The 76ers recently hired Jerry Colangelo and Adam Silver says it was Josh Harris' decision to change course.

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76ers Hire Mike D'Antoni As Associate Head Coach
Mike D'Antoni has served for 12 seasons as an NBA head coach.

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Mike D'Antoni Meeting With 76ers In Philadelphia
Mike D'Antoni would give the 76ers another experienced coach on the bench.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Nerlens Noel's Eye Injury Not As Bad As Feared
The Sixers said Nerlens Noel suffered a corneal abrasion.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

76ers Discussing Hiring Elton Brand, Shane Battier
Both Elton Brand and Shane Battier have excellent reputations as recently retired former players and would serve as role models for the 76ers' young players.

David Aldridge/NBA.com

76ers Claim Mike D'Antoni Interest Predates Jerry Colangelo Hire
The 76ers insist they're interest in Mike D'Antoni is unrelated to the recent hiring of Jerry Colangelo.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Nerlens Noel: Brett Brown Has Been The Foundation Of Us
Nerlens Noel spoke out in support of Brett Brown's extension with the 76ers.

Dan Gelston/AP

76ers In Talks With Mike D'Antoni To Become Associate Head Coach
Mike D'Antoni has been in talks with Jerry Colangelo and Brett Brown about a position that could begin later this month.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Sam Hinkie Has No Plans To Step Down, Remains Confident In His Power
Sam Hinkie says the 76ers are "planting seeds to have an orchard. Some would have us go out and buy apples. But we want to build the whole orchard."

Zach Lowe/ESPN

Brett Brown Agrees To Extension With 76ers Through 18-19
The 76ers had wanted to extend Brett Brown before Bryan Colangelo became involved.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

76ers Deny Report Franchise Could Soon Be Up For Sale
The Forbes story states that Josh Harris and David Blitzer are "gunning" to own the first NFL team in London and "want to flip the Sixers."

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Brett Brown 'Loves' Being In Constant Touch With Jerry Colangelo
Brett Brown has already developed a solid relationship with Jerry Colangelo.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Brett Brown, 76ers Discussing Extension
Brett Brown has a 38-147 record over more than two seasons with a depleted roster.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

Jerry Colangelo Hired By 76ers
The 76ers have hired Jerry Colangelo Special Advisor to the Managing General Partner and Chairman of Basketball Operations.

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