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April 10, 2015 Updates

A week later, in practice, things came to a head. “I came down on a 3-on-1 and hit pull-up 15-footer off the glass and [Cheeks] stopped practice,” says Barnes. “He yells, ‘What are you doing? What are you shooting the ball for? You know that’s not your job, you gotta pass the ball!’” Barnes was shocked “What? But I made the shot.” Said Cheeks: “That’s why you don’t play.’” And then, Barnes says, he lost it. “I was going to chase him down and whoop his ass, so I took off after him and AI grabbed me and I got through him and Chris [Webber] grabbed me and bearhugged me and I said to Mo, ‘You’re lucky.’” Says Barnes now: “I hated Mo Cheeks. He was a dick.” Sports Illustrated

One early lesson came from Iverson, his teammate for half a season in Philadelphia. “Allen was the first guy that showed me how NBA players spend money in strip clubs,” Barnes says. “That guy went. HARD. He’d throw so much money, and this was when I was first in the league, that I used to take my foot and scoop the s--- under my chair and either re-throw it or put some in my pocket. He’d throw $30,000, $40,000 every time we went. I’m like, ‘You realize what I can do with this money?’” Sports Illustrated

April 9, 2015 Updates

Brown told me that, like every coach, he hates losing. Close losses keep him up at night. The team’s overall record bothers him less. “I knew what I was getting into when I left Disneyland,” he said, referring to his 12-year tenure as an assistant coach with the San Antonio Spurs, the defending champions and perennial winners. “What we’re doing here is we’re looking to become great. We’re trying to figure out how to build this thing, and it’s a process.” New York Times

Writers sometimes ask Brown if he thinks the team will want a different kind of coach when it gets good. This question bothers him, because of its implication that he should worry. “I absolutely love coaching this team,” he said in one of our conversations, “but believe me, I’ll be fine no matter what happens.” He and his wife own a beach house in Australia between Melbourne and Adelaide, not far from his in-laws’ cattle ranch. There’s a pub, a deli and a gym. “We’ll end up there,” he said. “I love to fish. I’ll be very happy.” New York Times

The practice that morning went for more than three hours and was loud and boisterous. Brown had them play a three-on-three tournament — the winners got to watch as the losers went through a short conditioning drill. The losers in a five-on-five scrimmage did push-ups. The players whooped and hollered when their teams made a shot, and argued over foul calls like they were in a playground pickup game. It was a happy gym. If you just listened to the sounds, you would have thought the Sixers were a winning team. And, in a way, they were. New York Times

I spent a good deal of time talking with Hinkie. He is an engaging man with a dry sense of humor who will enthusiastically share the thinking behind his moves — just not on the record. Like an operative in Washington, he wants to be understood but not quoted. New York Times

April 8, 2015 Updates

Coach Brett Brown was not quite on board with the deal that sent away Carter-Williams, and that’s led to rumors of tension between Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie. Sources around the league, though, say such tension has been minimal, and that though Brown would like to start winning sooner rather than later, he understands Hinkie’s focus on the long term. Brown refused to take the job in 2013 without a four-year contract to ensure security as the losses piled up, and it appears he is not going anywhere for now. Sporting News

Embiid took some standstill 3-pointers and worked on his mid-range shooting/low-post moves at less than full speed toward the end of Tuesday’s practice, which was open to select season-ticket holders. He hit eight of 11 straight-on 3s during one stretch. “Joel, when he’s out there dribbling the ball and shooting 3s like he is now, you’re just kind of in awe like, ‘Am I a step behind?’ ” said point guard Ish Smith. “He’s so far ahead of the curve.” The Intelligencer

“I see a bright future,” said Noel, who should finish in the top three in the Rookie of the Year voting. “I think Joel is very dynamic. “You do really start to see the pieces come together. It’s still early. Me and Joel have to continue to get more reps.” The Intelligencer

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Carter-Williams is starting over in his second year in the NBA. The Hamilton native is playing for one of the best point guards of all time in Jason Kidd and is trying to regain his confidence after being unnerved by the trade and thrown into a playoff situation with the emerging Bucks. “It was the first time I’ve ever been traded, I didn’t know how to handle things,” Carter-Williams said. “I was still having some feelings toward me leaving my old teammates. We got a lot of things out on the table. I think the guys here did a great job of helping me feel comfortable. Just talking to coaches and building a relationship with them and the players. It took a little bit, but it’s there now. We just want to win on the court and continue to build relationships.” Boston Globe

Despite rumors that the 76ers had been trying to deal him since the summer, the trade took Carter-Williams by surprise. The 76ers lost 63 games last season, but Carter-Williams, along with Everett native Nerlens Noel, had become potential cornerstones, and Carter-Williams felt comfortable being part of a growing organization. “I didn’t know it was coming,” he said. “But I’m in a good situation now. I’m trying to move on from it. It’s good to be stable and have teammates for more than however time. It’s good to know that I’m going to be here growing with guys and knowing the chemistry, just to build on relationships. [Losing in Philadelphia] was tough, but Philly treated me great. I’ve got nothing really bad to say about them. I’m a Milwaukee Buck now and I hope I’m here for a while.” Boston Globe

April 2, 2015 Updates

Nerlens Noel said that when he called Ish Smith the first "true point guard I ever played with," it was not a knock on Michael Carter-Williams. "Nah, I'd never do that," the 76ers rookie said Wednesday about his former point guard. "He's a playmaker. There are times when you need a scoring point guard that's going to get in the lane, create and make scoring opportunities. Philadelphia Inquirer

April 1, 2015 Updates

“I’m getting a lot of minutes and the coaching staff has shown incredible trust in me,” Robinson said. “I know we haven’t won a lot of games here, but I’m getting my chance. To get this kind of opportunity is a great feeling. I want to be as consistent as possible and hopefully be able to stay here for the long term.” NBA.com


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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