May 30, 2012 9:35 AM EDT
The Sixers have elected to not pick up their option on the third-year contract of Craig Brackins.
By not picking up the third-year $1.5 million option, Brackins becomes an unrestricted free agent.
Brackins was acquired by Philadelphia in September of 2010 in a trade with the Hornets.
Brackins played sparingly for the Sixers as he preferred playing on the perimeter rather than the role of a more traditional power forward.
May 28, 2012 5:31 PM EDT
Tyler Zeller’s shooting and passing abilities remind one Western Conference scouting director of Spencer Hawes.
"This is a safe pick," the scouting director said. "You're not going to hit a home run, but you know you're at least going to get a single out of this deal. He'll make some elbow jumpers and he's got some low post moves. You've got an accomplished player. At the least, he should be no worse -- ever -- than Spencer Hawes, and probably better."
Zeller, a 7-foot, 250-pound center out of North Carolina, may not have the requisite strength to contribute right away.
"He seems to be a hard working kid, so you don't worry about that," an Eastern Conference VP said. "That'll happen naturally. He's 22. By the time he's 25 he'll be all right."
May 28, 2012 12:01 PM EDT
Sixers managing owner Josh Harris plans to give a contract extension to Doug Collins.
Harris confirmed his plans after conducting individual exit interviews on Sunday.
"We haven't sat down and had that discussion yet, but we want Doug to be here a long, long time," Harris said. "We consider Doug a real asset of the organization."
Collins' contract is guaranteed for one more year and contains a team option for the 2013-14 season.
"I'm totally committed," Collins said. "As long as Josh wants me here, I'll be here for him."
May 24, 2012 10:41 AM EDT
Kevin Garnett finished 9-of-20 shooting for 20 points in Boston’s Game 6 loss to the Sixers.
All 20 of Garnett's field-goal attempts were from 10 feet or beyond, with an average distance of 17 feet.
"We've got to do a better job, offensively,” Doc Rivers said. “I thought we had a lot of empty possessions, offensively. We played in random a lot tonight. [We] really never established Kevin [Garnett]; even though Kevin had points, it wasn't the type of points that we needed. So, we have to do a better job there."
Philadelphia outscored the Celtics in points in the paint, 42-16.
"He's been playing so great this series, we were just trying to limit his easy shots," Elton Brand said. "Twenty field-goal attempts, 20 points -- shot-per-point for any guy that shoots a lot during the game, that's what you want. We tried to contest his jumpers, but he started knocking them down late. The easy ones, the post-ups, the putbacks, the dunks -- him and Brandon Bass -- we wanted to take that out of the game, and we felt that we really gave ourselves a shot to win if we did that."
May 23, 2012 11:15 PM EDT
Allen Iverson attended Game 6 of Philadelphia's series against the Celtics and presented the game ball to referee Joey Crawford before tip-off.
The home crowd at Wells Fargo Center erupted when Iverson came out of the tunnel.
Iverson was interviewed by ESPN during the game and he stated that he wants to continue his playing career.
"I just want to play basketball," Iverson said.
May 23, 2012 10:51 AM EDT
Doug Collins has encouraged Jrue Holiday to be more aggressive in looking for opportunities to score.
"He's our leading scorer," Collins said after a team film session Tuesday. "He was 3 for 4 at the end of the first quarter and shot just two more shots the rest of the game. I've got to have him in the mode of looking to shoot the ball."
Holiday attempted just six shots in Philadelphia’s Game 5 loss to the Celtics.
"I thought there were a couple of times where he penetrated looking to pass that I would rather he had shot the ball," Collins said. "I mean, at least it gives us a chance to offensive-rebound the ball. To get the ball up there on the rim, it at least gives us a chance. He knows I need him to think 'score' because we bleed sometimes out there to get a hoop. I need him to get to that basket."
May 22, 2012 3:19 PM EDT
Kyrie Irving, Ricky Rubio, Kenneth Faried, Klay Thompson, Iman Shumpert, Kawhi Leonard and Brandon Knight have been voted to the 2011-12 NBA All-Rookie First Team.
On the All-Rookie Second Team is Chandler Parsons, Isaiah Thomas, MarShon Brooks, Derrick Williams and Tristan Thompson.
The following players also received votes:
Markieff Morris, Phoenix, 7 (1); Kemba Walker, Charlotte 7; Alec Burks, Utah 2; Norris Cole, Miami 2; Bismack Biyombo, Charlotte 2; Enes Kanter, Utah 1; Greg Stiemsma, Boston 1; Gustavo Ayon, New Orleans 1; Nikola Vucevic, Philadelphia 1.
May 20, 2012 12:27 PM EDT
Lavoy Allen has refused to engage in a war of words with Kevin Garnett.
“Even though people are yapping at him and saying all kinds of crazy stuff, he’s not listening to it. He’s just playing,” Sixers forward Thaddeus Young said. “That’s the good thing about Lavoy. He’s one of those guys who’s just going to go out there and play regardless and not listen to all the junk people are talking to him.”
Allen has held Garnett to 43 percent shooting through the first four games of the Eastern Conference semifinal.
“Just not letting him get too close to the basket to post up,” Allen said of the key to guarding Garnett. “Hitting him early and pushing him off the block. When I’m out there that’s my main goal, just to contain him.”
May 19, 2012 12:37 PM EDT
Rajon Rondo took responsibility for allowing the Sixers to speed up the pace during their 15-2 third quarter run.
“They sped us up a little bit,” said Rondo. “They took some quick shots, we had some turnovers in that stretch, and they made shots.
“In that stretch I had to do a better job of slowing us down and getting us into the next set. I had to demand that guys get into the right spots offensively. It’s a calculation for me of when we’re doing a good job in random and when we’re not in that stretch. And in that 15-2 run we didn’t do a good job.
“But in the first half we did make those shots. In the second half when we weren’t making those shots we had to slow it down. But it all comes down to defense. We may have lost our composure, but we’re a veteran team and we’re better than that. We should have responded better.”
May 19, 2012 11:43 AM EDT
The Sixers limited Kevin Garnett to just nine points on 3-for-12 shooting from the floor.
Lavoy Allen defended Garnett for much of the game.
“Lavoy, once again, defensively just did a tremendous job,’’ Doug Collins said.
Philadelphia has been successful in taking away Garnett's deep post-ups.
“He’s an amazing guy,’’ Collins said. “There’s never a change with him. He’d be the greatest poker player in the world, because you never know whether it’s going good or bad for him. He is very, very smart.’’
Collins added, “My goal in life is to have one Lavoy Allen day. Just one. Just not give a [expletive] about anything.’’
Philadelphia Sixers Archives
May 18, 2012 | Boston Herald
Kevin Garnett is shooting 63.3 percent through the first three games series of Boston's Eastern Conference semifinal series against the Sixers.
May 15, 2012 | ESPNBoston.com
Paul Pierce is playing despite a sprained medial collateral ligament in his left knee.
May 14, 2012 | CSNPhilly.com
The Sixers are content to allow Kevin Garnett open shot attempts from the perimeter.
Boston led the league in defensive field percentage, while Philadelphia ranked third.
Julius Erving has been hired as a strategic adviser to the 76ers.
May 01, 2012 | DimeMag.com
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