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November 26, 2014 Updates

Brown's team had just hung with Portland, one of the league's best teams. The Sixers stayed competitive even though they didn't hit a single three-pointer and grabbed just seven offensive rebounds. It was their 14th straight defeat. One more and the Sixers will tie the franchise's all-time mark for the longest losing streak to start a season. But Brown said he saw some light. "We're not that far away. I genuinely believe that," Brown said Monday. "I think that this team is starting to see bits and hints of a team. Nobody is rolling over or pointing fingers. These guys are great." Philadelphia Inquirer

Earlier this week, Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said that this year's No. 1 Kentucky Wildcats team would "definitely" win a seven-game series against the Philadelphia 76ers tank squad. On Thursday, Bledsoe's teammate at UK, Demarcus Cousins, backed up his former Wildcat teammate. "I'mma roll with Kentucky as well," the Kings big man said. "Honestly I don't know much about the 76ers. I'll probably go with Kentucky." CBSSports.com

November 25, 2014 Updates

The Sixers have agreed in principle to a deal that will bring Turkish forward/center Furkan Aldemir to the NBA this season, league sources confirmed to CSNPhilly.com on Monday. Aldemir’s intention to leave his Turkish team, Galatasaray, was first reported by Sportando. CSNPhilly.com

Furkan Aldemir is set to become a 76er this season. The Turkish power forward/center had his Turkish league contract terminated. Aldemir, a 6-foot-9, 230-pounder, confirmed on his Facebook page Monday afternoon that he's heading to the NBA, where the Sixers hold his rights. That statement came hours after his agent told CNN Turkey that Aldemir will join the Sixers. "Playing in the NBA is one of my greatest dreams, just like all the basketball players," wrote Aldemir, who is regarded as one of Europe's top rebounders. "I had some positive conditions to realize this dream in [the] last couple of days. We have considered those conditions with my family and my agent, and we have decided that an experience in USA will be much efficient for my personal career and development." Philadelphia Inquirer

This context might explain the combative opening to Friday's Suns-Sixers game. On Phoenix's first possession of the game, Bledsoe drove to the hoop after receiving a pass in transition. He was fouled hard by Nerlens Noel at the rim and fell to the floor. Bledsoe took offense and got in Noel's face, although things didn't escalate beyond a yelling match. Yahoo! Sports

November 24, 2014 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers today announced that they have recalled forward JaKarr Sampson from the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League. Sampson has appeared in nine games with two starts for the Sixers this season. He appeared in two games for the Sevens, averaging 15 points and 5 rebounds. NBA.com

An elderly man has the floor. "Do we root for the team to win, or lose?," he asks. "Win," O'Neil says. "That contradicts everything you just said," the man replies. "I don't understand; how does that contradict what I just said?" O'Neil continues. "We want them to win. I don't think there's any doubt in that. I'm not sure we're equipped to win a lot of games. I think we can all agree on that." "But the goal is to lose games to get a better Draft pick," the man replies. "I'd rather say it this way," O'Neil says. "I'm not trying to be, like, nuanced around words. But the way we talk about it is, we want to make sure that the young players get playing time and can develop, lift this franchise up. One of the results of that is what we'd like to have a high Draft pick." NBA.com

O'Neil says the team has sold 1,700 more full-season ticket packages this season than last, and that sponsorships are up 30 percent. "The way we communicated was, and part of the reaction nationally, is very different from the reaction locally," he said. "Part of the reaction nationally is, 'How could you? How dare you?' And the reaction locally is, 'Thank you. Thank you for telling us what you're doing. Thank you for articulating a plan. Thank you for telling us that you want something as much as we do.' We're really passionate, emotional people, and most of us have our hearts on our sleeves." NBA.com

Furkan Aldemir announced on Facebook his decision to leave Galatasaray to join the Philadelphia 76ers. The big man is headed to the NBA to continue his career. "I would like to make a statement about the news concerning my conclusion. Playing in the NBA is one of my greatest dreams, just like all the basketball players. I had some positive conditions to realize this dream in last couple of days. We have considered those conditions with my family and my agent, and we have decided that an experience in USA will be much efficient for my personal career and development. But i just want everyone to know that; during my career in Galatasaray, i always fighted for my team, i made many sacrifices for those colours. Sometimes i played despite my injuries, as my teammates did as well. I just sweat for this club’s success. Sportando

Before long players may refuse to go the 76ers as they’re becoming the butt of jokes even among players. Last week, Eric Bledsoe started a debate when he said Kentucky would defeat the 76ers. Someone checked with Las Vegas oddmakers, who ventured the 76ers would be 11-point favorites. But that’s what happens when your plan is as egregious as the 76ers’ You get your players labeled losers and jokes, and those reputations become difficult to shed. I’ve heard GMs say they can’t afford to take 76ers players now the way they’re being tainted with defeat. NBA.com

THE TOP 50 PLAYERS IN SIXERS HISTORY

The 76ers have more MVPs than any other franchise outside of Lakers and Celtics, so the team's Top 50 is obviously stacked with talent.

   

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