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Brett Brown Says His Focus Is On 'What Works In The Playoffs'

May 16, 2020 2:58 PM

Brett Brown admitted he often thinks about his future with the Philadelphia 76ers, especially if the season didn't resume.

“I mean, you’re human. You think about it all the time. I wouldn’t say you think about it to the point where it weighs you down, but I get it," said Brown about his future with the team if the season was canceled.

Brown said he feels "respectfully cocky" about the work he and his coaching staff have done during the stoppage in play. 

Brown said that his main focus is on the playoffs, adding that the Sixers' length could match up with any opponent.

“All of our attention during the regular season, and when we meet even now on the phone, is ‘what works in the playoffs’? I think if you took a ruler, a measuring stick, and you measured us wingspan to wingspan, we have the tallest team in the NBA. I think that we have opportunity to guard because of that length, and spirit, as well as anybody.”

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Brett Brown Recalls Ben Simmons 'Vomiting' From Back Pain Earlier In Season

May 16, 2020 11:51 AM

Brett Brown recalled Ben Simmons' struggles after leaving a game against the Milwaukee Bucks in February with back pain, calling the experience “as disturbing a memory as it relates to a player that I can think of.”

Simmons was diagnosed with a lower back impingement.

“He’s lying on his back, he’s vomiting primarily because of pain, and trying to get him back on the plane and build him back up to some level of health where he can play basketball with us again,” said Brown in an hour-long conference call on Friday.

Elton Brand said earlier this month that Simmons will likely be ready if and when the season resumes. 

Brown complimented Simmons' approach to rehabbing his back.

"He’s been outstanding. It could be a little bit of a silver lining of this pandemic, being able to get somebody as important as Ben back into our team.”

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Tags: Ben Simmons, Philadelphia Sixers, NBA, NBA Injury

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RealGM Radio: Derek Bodner On The 76ers

May 15, 2020 2:13 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) goes in-depth on the Sixers with Derek Bodner of The Athletic (@DerekBodnerNBA).

They discuss a hypothetical first round series with the Celtics, ownership’s willingness to spend long-term, status reports on their young players, the viability of Simmons and Embiid as a pairing and much more.

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Ben Simmons Likely Ready To Return From Back Injury

May 5, 2020 4:08 PM

Ben Simmons has been allowed to rehab his back injury at the Philadelphia 76ers' practice facility during the entirety of the COVID-19 pandemic.

"Ben and others have been given permission to use our facility," said Elton Brand. "It is essential that they can get the proper equipment to work out and rehab. So that’s where he’s been. He’s been doing that ever since the first week. We were able to get him access there."

Brand believes Simmons would be ready to play if the season resumed.

"We've took our time, we've been methodical and thoughtful about his recovery and rehab, just to make sure, because we weren't in a rush," Brand said. "It's hard to speculate. He's been working hard and I know he'd be close or ready."

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RealGM Radio: Yaron Weitzman On Tanking To The Top and the 76ers

Apr 23, 2020 2:02 PM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Yaron Weitzman of Bleacher Report (@YaronWeitzman) go in-depth on his new book Tanking to the Top.

They discuss how The Process happened, why Sam Hinkie was forced out prematurely, the insanity of Burnergate and much more.

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Ben Simmons Expected To Be Healthy If Season Resumes

Apr 22, 2020 1:41 AM

Ben Simmons is expected to be healthy if and when the season resumes, team sources told Jackie MacMullan of ESPN.

Simmons was diagnosed with a nerve impingement in his lower back in late February.

The Sixers had hoped that Simmons would be healthy by the playoffs. 

ESPN added that the back injury has "all but dissipated." 

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Bryan Colangelo Interviews For Top Job With Bulls

Apr 8, 2020 2:33 PM

The Chicago Bulls have interviewed Bryan Colangelo for their top basketball operations position.

Colangelo has previously be a lead executive with the Phoenix Suns, Toronto Raptors and Philadelphia 76ers.

Colangelo resigned as president of the 76ers following a Tweeting scandal linked to his wife.

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Knicks Interested In Elton Brand As General Manager

Apr 1, 2020 9:18 PM

The New York Knicks have interest in hiring Elton Brand as general manager.

Brand is currently under contract with the Philadelphia 76ers in the same position for the 20-21 season.

Brand replaced Bryan Colangelo in 2018.

Leon Rose wants to see if Brand could be fired by the 76ers after the playoffs. Rose has worked with Brand when he was agent for Joel Embiid.

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76ers Cancel Plan To Reduce Salaries For Employees Due To COVID-19

Mar 24, 2020 4:06 PM

The owners of the Philadelphia 76ers and New Jersey Devils have canceled plans to impose temporary salary reductions of up to 20 percent upon employees who earn at least $50,000 due to COVID-19.

The initiative was reported by the New York Times on Monday evening and was met with criticism on social media.

“After listening to our staff and players, it’s clear that was the wrong decision,” Josh Harris said in a statement. “We have reversed it and will be paying these employees their full salaries. This is an extraordinary time in our world — unlike any most of us have ever lived through before — and ordinary business decisions are not enough to meet the moment. To our staff and fans, I apologize for getting this wrong."

Before the 76ers' reversal, Embiid had announced Tuesday that he would donate $500,000 to COVID-19 medical relief efforts and said he planned to provide financial assistance to 76ers employees affected by salary reductions.

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Joel Embiid Pledges $500k To COVID-19 Relief, Additional Money To 76ers' Employees Taking Paycuts

Mar 24, 2020 12:12 PM

Joel Embiid has pledged to donate $500,000 to COVID-19 health and medical relief. 

Embiid also will help employees of the Philadelphia 76ers who have been temporarily forced to reduce their compensation by ownership during the ongoing pandemic. The amount Embiid will give to employees will be determined based upon who is affected.

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76ers Institute 15 Percent Reduction In Salary Of Employees April 15-June 30

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76ers Have Three Members Of Franchise Test Positive For COVID-19

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76ers Tested For COVID-19 On Monday

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Ben Simmons Out At Least Three More Weeks With Back Injury

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Joel Embiid, Josh Richardson Return To Sixers Practice

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Josh Richardson Ruled Out For Tuesday Game Against Lakers

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Joel Embiid Out At Least One Week With Left Shoulder Sprain

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Joel Embiid Leaves Game With Sprained Shoulder, To Have MRI On Thursday

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Joel Embiid Fined $25,000 For Obscene Gesture, Profane Language During TV Interview

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Ben Simmons Out At Least Two Weeks With Nerve Impingement In Lower Back

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Ben Simmons Will Miss Some Time, Still Evaluating Course Of Action On Back

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Ben Simmons Out For Monday Game, Will Undergo Further Tests On Lower Back Injury

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Ben Simmons To Undergo MRI On Back On Sunday

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Joel Embiid Declares Himself 'Best Player In The World'

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Jay Wright Won't Leave Villanova For Any NBA Job

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Joel Embiid Says Sixers' Offense Is 'Definitely Going To Be Better After The All-Star Break'

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76ers Had Interest In Re-Signing Jimmy Butler On Max Extension

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