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Elton Brand Hired By 76ers As Player Development Consultant

Dec 6, 2016 1:11 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have hired Elton Brand as Player Development Consultant.

“We are extremely excited to bring Elton Brand back into the organization where he will be a valuable resource to our young and developing team," Bryan Colangelo said. "Elton’s leadership and character displayed throughout his playing career align perfectly with our vision, direction and culture of this basketball team, coaching staff and management group."

In this role, Brand will be heavily involved in assisting the players in every facet of their on- and off-court development, in addition to other responsibilities within the basketball operations department.

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Joel Embiid Interested In Participating In Three-Point Contest

Dec 2, 2016 5:41 PM

Joel Embiid has made 15 of his 30 three-point field goal attempts so far this season and he was asked if he'd have interest in competing in the three-point contest during All-Star weekend.

“It would be nice,” Embiid said with a smile. “It would be nice. I don’t know.”

In the three-point contest, participants have one minute to make as many shots as possible from five positions behind the arc.

“If I have a chance to be in it, I have to practice all that,” Embiid said of getting shots up quickly.” But I think I can get it. I got to work on my quick release and you know most of the shots I take from three, I always hold my follow through.

“So in an all-star game, it’s about getting it up. So I have work on that.”

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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76ers To Use Ben Simmons As Point Guard

Dec 2, 2016 10:58 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers plan on making Ben Simmons their point guard when he returns from injury.

“When he’s ready to go to the court, my intention is to give him the ball and let him be the point guard,” Brown said. “That’s the plan. That doesn’t just happen. It takes a little bit of time to introduce him.”

The 76ers will slide Jerryd Bayless off the ball but he would still defend opposing point guards.

Simmons suffered a Jones fracture in his right foot during the final day of training camp in September.

“It wouldn’t surprise me, if you fast-forwarded all this a few years where we may sort of declare him a point guard,”  Brown said last week on NBA.com’s Hang Time Podcast. “Sometimes in my aggressive wishes, dreams, I say why don’t you just give him the ball?"

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Jamal Murray, Joel Embiid Named Rookies Of The Month

Dec 1, 2016 4:41 PM

Jamal Murray and Joel Embiid have been named the Rookies of the Month for October and November.

Murray is averaging 10.4 points, 2.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists in his first 18 games. Murray is shooting 41.6 percent on three-pointers.

Embiid is averaging 18.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 2.3 blocks per game. Embiid missed the first two seasons of his career due to injury and is a rookie despite being in the 2014 NBA Draft class.

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Nerlens Noel Assigned To 87ers To Continue Rehab

Nov 30, 2016 4:41 PM

The Philadelphia 76ers have assigned Nerlens Noel to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League.

The assignment is part of Noel's ongoing rehabilitation program for his left knee.

Noel will be a restricted free agent this offseason.

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Sam Hinkie Treating 16-17 As His 'Gap Year'

Nov 30, 2016 1:21 PM

Sam Hinkie is on a noncompete in his contract until the end of the 16-17 season, which is causing him to treat it like a "gap year."

Hinkie relocated from Philadelphia to Palo Alto where he's staying busy with afternoon meetings and reading as much as possible.

“When I meet someone out here, I’ll say, ‘I’m kind of between gigs,’ ” Hinkie says in a length profile by Chris Ballard in Sports Illustrated. “Or, if I’m being cute, sometimes I’ll say, ‘Oh, I’m like a founder that got pushed out for professional management,’ and they’re like, ‘Oh, first time? That happened to me in ’85 and ’93 and ’02.’ ” He pauses. “There’s not the sense of shame for failure here that there is some other places.”

Hinkie compares taking over the Philadelphia 76ers in May of 2013 to joining a game of Monopoly midstream.

“You don’t have any real estate, all the hundreds are gone, and they’ve got Park Place,” said Hinkie.

After stepping down as general manager of the 76ers in May, Hinkie kept a low profile for several months but is beginning to go public again.

“I can’t afford to be quiet all the time. I learned that.”

Hinkie never liked the public part of his job with the 76ers. For this profile, Hinkie denied requests to talk to his wife and parents.

“The worst part of [a general manager’s] job is that it’s public,” he says. “And so I do as much as possible to protect the people I love because they didn’t choose this life, I did.”

“There’s a huge disconnect between who Sam is and who the world thinks he is,” says Than Powell, a grad school friend. 

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Nerlens Noel Anticipating Return Within Next Few Weeks

Nov 22, 2016 10:52 AM

Nerlens Noel believes he will soon ready to return from his minor knee surgery.

Brown re-joined the Philadelphia 76ers over the weekend.

"As of right now, I'm still feeling it out myself, probably around a couple of weeks," Noel said Monday. "I think I'm in a good place right now to start building back into game shape."

Brett Brown doesn't want to rush things. Brown thinks it will be more like a few weeks.

"I think realistically he hasn't done anything," Brown said. "To think that he's going to come back and play NBA basketball, to me, any sooner than that is a little bit far-reaching."

Brown said it would be very hard to get Noel minutes. He noted that the Sixers have Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, Richaun Holmes, and Noel as centers all battling for playing time.

"It's going to be hard," he said. "You can talk about playing two of those guys together to free things up."

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Nerlens Noel To Resume Rehab Under 76ers' Supervision

Nov 18, 2016 8:42 PM

Nerlens Noel will return to Philadelphia this weekend to work out under the supervision of the Philadelphia 76ers.

Noel had surgery to repair inflamed tissue above his left knee on Oct. 24. He has been rehabilitating under the supervision of Kevin Wilk, the associate clinical director at Champion Sports Medicine in Birmingham, Ala.

Noel said his knee is to the point where he can resume his rehabilitation with the Sixers.

Noel has been sidelined since Oct. 6. 

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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76ers Recall Jerryd Bayless, Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot From D-League

Nov 16, 2016 2:42 PM

The 76ers recalled Jerryd Bayless and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot from the Delaware 87ers on Wednesday.

Bayless, who’s overcoming a wrist injury, practiced with the Sevens on Monday and Tuesday.

The Sixers played the Houston Rockets on Monday in Texas and were off on Tuesday. Instead of taking Tuesday off, the seldom-used Luwawu-Cabarrot practiced with the Sevens.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

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Joel Embiid Leads NBA In Three-Point Shooting Percentage

Nov 7, 2016 3:57 PM

Joel Embiid leads the NBA in three-point shooting at 66.7 percent, hitting six of his first nine attempts.

Embiid went 1-for-5 on three-pointers during his 28 collegiate games at Kansas.

With Embiid out for two seasons, he was able to improve his shooting.

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Joel Embiid To Remain On Minutes Restriction Until At Least Christmas
The 76ers are holding Joel Embiid at 24 minutes or less per game.

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Raptors Interested In Nerlens Noel
Nerlens Noel will be a restricted free agent in the 2017 offseason.

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Celtics Tried To Trade Up For Joel Embiid In 2014
Boston has since been linked to trade scenarios with the 76ers involving both Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor.

Bill Simmons/The Ringer

Thunder Acquire Jerami Grant From 76ers For Ersan Ilyasova, Future First Rounder
The Thunder have acquired Jerami Grant from the 76ers for Ersan Ilyasova and a protected first round pick.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Jahlil Okafor Believes He And Embiid 'Can Really Dominate Together'
Jahlil Okafor is backing up Joel Embiid and both players are on minutes restrictions, but they are looking forward to having the opportunity to share the court together.

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Joel Embiid Embracing 'The Process' Nickname But Didn't Originate It
Joel Embiid has come to best represent the plan of Sam Hinkie, who guided the 76ers on a multi-year rebuild.

Jessica Camerato/Comcast

Ben Simmons Hasn't Considered Sitting Out Entire Season
Ben Simmons doesn't have a return date set as he recovers from his foot surgery.

Nick Metallinos/ESPN

76ers Exercise 17-18 Options On Joel Embiid, Jahlil Okafor, Nik Stauskas
Joel Embiid was the third overall pick in 2014 while Jahlil Okafor was picked third overall in 2015.

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Joel Embiid Considered Quitting Basketball Last October
In a Lee Jenkins profile, Joel Embiid talks about growing up upper middle class in Cameroon and learning how to shoot by watching videos of regular white people online.

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76ers Sign Dionte Christmas
Dionte Christmas last played in the NBA during the 13-14 season with the Suns.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Nerlens Noel To Miss 3-5 Weeks With Left Knee Surgery
Nerlens Noel's surgery will address an inflamed plica above his left knee.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Wolves Still Exploring Tyus Jones Trade Scenarios
The Wolves have received interest on Tyus Jones from the 76ers amongst other teams.

Adrian Wojnarowski/The Vertical

Nerlens Noel To Undergo Minor Surgery On Left Knee
The source of Nerlens Noel's soreness in his left knee was identified as inflamed plica.

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Elton Brand To Retire After Preseason
Elton Brand announced his retirement in 2015 but was signed by the 76ers in January of 2016 to give the franchise a veteran presence.

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76ers, Pelicans Express Interest In Trading For Tyus Jones
The Timberwolves are open to moving Tyus Jones.

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Dunc'd On: Philadelphia 76ers Season Outlook w/ Derek Bodner
Derek Bodner of PhillyMag and Draft Express joins for the Philadelphia 76ers season outlook, including Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons

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Joel Embiid Asks 76ers To Introduce Him As Joel 'The Process' Embiid
Joel Embiid sat out the first two seasons of his career due to a recurring foot injury and perhaps represents The Process that was practiced by Sam Hinkie.

John Smallwood/Philadelphia Daily News

Ben Simmons Undergoes Surgery For Jones Fracture
It is not yet known how long Ben Simmons will be sidelined.

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Joel Embiid Thought First NBA Training Camp 'Went Great'
Joel Embiid will make his preseason debut on Tuesday.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Inquirer

Ben Simmons To Undergo Surgery Next Week
The 76ers and doctors involved believe Ben Simmons suffered an "acute injury" unrelated to his weight gain of muscle mass.

Marc Stein/ESPN