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Agents Deride Way 76ers Have Operated During Rebuild

Nov 30, 2015 2:38 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers are in the third season of Sam Hinkie's rebuilding project with no turnaround in sight.

The way they have treated players, agents and possibly other teams may be the most problematic part of the process long-term.

"Their inability to establish a rapport with agents and probably with other teams is definitely going to lead to their demise," an agent said of the Sixers' regime.

"When you're building a business culture, you're dealing with human beings," another prominent agent said. "Especially with athletes, you've got to have a rapport with these guys. It's a culture of communication and transparency, and none of that exists."

"There's nobody there, and nobody will go there," an agent said. "Nobody. Cap space won't matter. You know who'll go there? Guys that are trying to steal money."

Ken Berger/CBS Sports

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Jahlil Okafor 'Not Proud' Of Off-Court Incidents

Nov 30, 2015 12:17 PM

Jahlil Okafor apologized for several off-court incidents in his personal life.

Okafor was pulled over about three weeks ago for driving 108 MPH in a 45 MPH zone. Okafor was also involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub.

"I hold myself to a higher standard than anyone else ever could and I'm not proud of some of my decisions over the last few months," Okafor tweeted. "I own my choices both personally and now publicly. At this point I am cooperating and respecting the process I have to go through."

Okafor declined to address the issues with reporters.

"I'm not talking about anything but basketball," Okafor said before Sunday's game against the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum. "I already made my statement."

Brett Brown said he's unsure if Okafor will receive a suspension.

"As an organization, anything like this is concerning."

"It's like any 19-year-old kid," Brown said. "You are trying to find ways to help him.

"He's knows he's made mistakes, and we know he's made mistakes. As an organization we will deal with them as we need to and should."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Tags: Jahlil Okafor, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Suspension

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JaVale McGee: I'm A Lot Smarter, More Patient In My Game

Nov 29, 2015 2:53 PM

JaVale McGee is trying to make the most of his opportunity with the Dallas Mavericks.

“I’m a lot smarter and I’m a lot more patient in my game,” he said. “In college, I was 38 percent from the 3 [point line], and when I came to summer league with the Wizards, I shot a three and made it. The next game, [coaches said], ‘Don’t shoot no threes. Just rebound and block shots.’

“I’m like, ‘Damn, y’all just limited what I have been doing my whole life.’ ”

McGee does not look back fondly on his years with the Washington Wizards.

“It was a real negative situation for me,” he said. “I’ve always been blessed to be able to go somewhere else positive. You definitely learn it’s a business. Even if it’s people ahead of you that’s playing that’s not better, they make more money than you, they’re going to play. It’s not anything personal.”

Gary Washburn/Boston Globe

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Brett Brown: Naive To Think There Won't Be Problems With Such Young Team

Nov 29, 2015 2:48 PM

Brett Brown talked about the potential for problems inherent in the way the Philadelphia 76ers' roster has been built around young players.

"To think that you are going to build the program that we have built that is dominated by 19- and 20-year-old kids and for there not to be problems is very, very, very naive," said Brown.

Jahlil Okafor had an incident this week outside a Boston nightclub, while a traffic violation from October came to the surface as well.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Jahlil Okafor Pulled Over For Driving 108 MPH On Ben Franklin Bridge

Nov 29, 2015 10:50 AM

Jahlil Okafor was pulled over three weeks ago for driving 108 miles per hour on the Ben Franklin Bridge.

Anything over 40 MPH is considered reckless driving.

Okafor had a gun pointed at his head on Oct. 4 near Second and Walnut Street in Philadelphia. Then there was Thursday's early morning fight outside of Storyville Nightclub in south Boston hours after Wednesday night’s loss to the Boston Celtics at TD Garden.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Jahlil Okafor Punches Man Outside Boston Nightclub

Nov 27, 2015 11:21 AM

Jahlil Okafor was involved in a fight outside a Boston nightclub early Thursday morning, according to a video obtained and published by TMZ.

Okafor is seen shouting at several individuals and then shoves a man to the ground.

Okafor then punches a man after at least one person tries to restrain him, knocking him to the ground again.

At the start of the video, Okafor can be heard shouting to someone, "We got money, you broke ass . . ." He utters a racial slur.

Boston police don't plan on investigating the fight unless someone involved comes forward to say they were victim of a crime.

"Apparently, they said: 'The 76ers suck and you guys are all losers. You'll never win a game,' " a source close to Okafor told ESPN's Jeff Goodman.

"I was around the corner when it happened. I saw him a minute after he knocked the dude out," the source said. "I think the guy was just talking s---. Saying the Sixers suck."

Mike Sielski/Philadelphia Inquirer

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GMs Cite Steep Learning Curve On Defense For Duke Players Coming To NBA

Nov 23, 2015 1:20 PM

Duke players who come to the NBA often have a big adjustment to make in terms of defense due to how Mike Krzyzewski teaches that side of the floor.

Jahlil Okafor came to the NBA with questions about his defense and he has predictably struggled.

"I have had several GMs who have drafted young Duke players tell me that the learning curve between the sort of defense Coach K teaches at Duke and what they're required to play at the NBA level is pretty steep," wrote Chad Ford.

Chad FordESPN

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Joel Embiid Showing 'New Level Of Maturity'

Nov 23, 2015 12:33 PM

Joel Embiid has been working more diligently on his conditioning as he rehabs from another foot operation this season.

"He just seems like (there's) a new level of maturity, a new level of seriousness in him," a source said. "The gravity of the situation is on him; it's on everyone."

The multi-season injury to Embiid has delayed the 76ers' timetable for their rebuild.


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76ers Considering Swap Of Positions For Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor

Nov 20, 2015 7:17 PM

Brett Brown and the Philadelphia 76ers are considering having Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel switch positions.

Moving Okafor to power forward would take advantage of his shooting touch from the elbow, while sliding Noel to center allows him to be more of a rim protector.

“It’s not even borne out losing,” said Brown. “It’s borne out of just having an opportunity to watch these guys play more and more.”

Okafor is more of a back-to-the-basket big man.

“It’s not even borne out losing,” said Brown. “It’s borne out of just having an opportunity to watch these guys play more and more.”

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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76ers Exposing Joel Embiid To Ilgauskas' Success Story

Nov 18, 2015 11:54 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have again asked Zydrunas Ilgauskas to meet with Joel Embiid.

Ilgauskas was able to overcome the foot injury that has forced Embiid to miss the first two seasons of his NBA career.

"His story is real," Brett Brown said. "And it really resonates with Joel on the pitfalls of it all and the mental side of it all and the discipline to take of your body to get back onto the court."

Ilgauskas missed 202 games and had three fractured navicular bone surgeries from 1998-2001. His final surgery included a bone graph and the reshaping of the first metatarsal and heel bone to relieve stress in his foot.

Brown said Embiid is progressing "great" and is "doing fantastic in his mind."

"He is so determined to do everything that he has to," Brown said, "everything that people are telling him that he has to do to get it right.

"There was a real progression in his maturity and seriousness to understanding truly what needs to be done for him to give him every chance to get back on the court."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Undrafted Players Getting 38 Percent Of 76ers' Minutes
Among the 29 other NBA teams, undrafted players have accounted for just eight percent of total minutes.

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Gregg Popovich: I'd Last About One Month Coaching 76ers
Gregg Popovich said Brett Brown is the most positive person he knows, which is a great attribute to have in his third season coaching the rebuilding 76ers.

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Dion Waiters Would Like To Play For Hometown 76ers
Philadelphia will have ample cap space to sign Dion Waiters to an offer sheet.

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76ers To Sign Phil Pressey
The Sixers get the extra roster spot due to the season-ending injury to Joel Embiid.

Bob Cooney/Philadelphia Daily News

Dario Saric To Join 76ers For 16-17 Season
Dario Saric signed a three-year contract with Anadolu Efes during the week leading up to the draft.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

76ers Trade Rights To J.P. Tokoto To Thunder, Will Join D-League's Blue
J.P. Tokoto didn't make the 76ers' regular season roster.

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76ers Exercise 16-17 Options On Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel, Nik Stauskas
Joel Embiid is out for the season with another foot surgery.

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76ers Waive Pierre Jackson, J.P. Tokoto, Scottie Wilbekin, Jordan McRae, Furkan Aldemir
The 76ers have waived Pierre Jackson, J.P. Tokoto, Scottie Wilbekin and Jordan McRae and Furkan Aldemir.

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Thunder, Celtics, Grizzlies Finish Preseason Top-3 In Efficiency Differential
The Thunder led the NBA in efficiency differential during the preseason with a mark of +12.5.

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Okafor-Noel Pairing Possible Due To Their Passing Ability
Brett Brown had Jahlil Okafor and Nerlens Noel practice against each other throughout training camp and the preseason.

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Dunc'd On Pod: Philadelphia 76ers Season Preview With Derek Bodner
Who on this team can be a part of the next good edition of the 76ers; the progression of Nerlens Noel, how Jahlil Okafor will translate this year, the Sixers' upgraded shooting, a season prediction, and Sam Hinkie's overall strategy.

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Jahlil Okafor, Brett Brown Figuring Out How To 'Quarterback The Gym'
Jahlil Okafor has struggled on offense during the preseason.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Josh Harris: Drafting Joel Embiid Was 'Reasoned, Smart Risk'
The 76ers don't regret drafting Joel Embiid in 2014 as he continues to be plagued by foot issues.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inqurier

76ers' Owner Wishes Rebuild Was Faster But Happy With Progress
Josh Harris remains optimistic that the 76ers are on their way to becoming title contenders as they begin Year 3 of their rebuild with Sam Hinkie in charge.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

76ers Waive Gerald Wallace
If Gerald Wallace clears waivers, he will become an unrestricted free agent.

Marc Stein/ESPN

Jordan McRae Signs One-Year Tender With 76ers
Jordan McRae will go to training camp with the 76ers.

Shams Charania/Yahoo! Sports

Brett Brown Intends To Finish Four-Year Contract With 76ers
If Brett Brown doesn't get an extension, he would enter 16-17 with lame-duck status.

Tom Moore/The Intelligencer

76ers Pursued Jimmy Butler, Kawhi Leonard In Restricted Free Agency
The 76ers almost entirely sat out free agency, not even pursuing younger players on cheap contracts.

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J.P. Tokoto Agrees To One-Year Deal With 76ers
J.P. Tokoto agreed to a non-guaranteed $525,000 tender offer.

Adrian Wojnarowski/Yahoo! Sports

76ers Sign Christian Wood
Christian Wood spent two seasons at UNLV, averaging 15.7 points and 10.0 rebounds per game while shooting 49.7% from the field.

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