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March 16, 2014 Updates

Arnett Moultrie’s assignment to the D-League has more to do with getting minutes for the forward than getting him in shape. The 76ers sent Moultrie to the Delaware 87ers, their D-League affiliate, prior to Saturday night’s game against Memphis. For all intents and purposes, Moultrie was sent down Friday. He was inactive against Indiana, and was not present on the Sixers’ bench. Delaware County Daily Times

The motivation for Moultrie’s assignment, according to Sixers coach Brett Brown, is giving the second-year man an opportunity to earn extensive playing time. Moultrie is averaging 15.6 minutes over 12 appearances. Left ankle surgery in training camp caused Moultrie to miss the first 50 games of the season. And, at times, Brown has said Moultrie’s months of inactivity put him behind the 8-ball physically. “He needs to play basketball. I was not giving him the minutes here, and he needs to go play extended minutes,” Brown said. “It’s not really a fitness issue entirely. It’s a tiny bit that. I’d say that about anybody. What it is is he needs to play. He’s a young player. He was a first-round draft pick. He needs to play. If it’s not happening here, it’s got to happen somewhere else and that’s why we’re so lucky to have our D-League team 40 minutes down the road.” Delaware County Daily Times

Mike Conley scored 19 points and Zach Randolph had 14 to lead the Memphis Grizzlies to a 103-77 win Saturday night, sending the 76ers to a franchise-tying 20th straight loss. The Sixers, who scored a season low in points, can set the team mark with a loss Monday night at Indiana. The Sixers also lost 20 straight games from Jan. 9, 1973-Feb. 11, 1973, in a 9-73 season. The NBA record for consecutive losses in a season is 26 set by the 2010-11 Cleveland Cavaliers. "We have to come out swinging," coach Brett Brown said. "We've got to compete." USA Today Sports

Brown is repeatedly asked if a losing atmosphere will adversely affect the likes of Michael Carter-Williams, Thaddeus Young or any of the other players the Sixers deem as keepers. “That is the en vogue angle,” Brown said. “I think if you ask Kevin Durant about the 20-win season he had, he seems to be doing just fine. I think when you look at those teams that have had a chance to rebuild, losing is a long-gone memory. “To truly rebuild and grow something is going to take three to five years. That is just the way it goes. It is too talented a league and too well-coached. The experiences we are going through now will be distant memories when these guys start getting older. They will find positives in this season and Michael Carter-Williams will be better for it.” CSNPhilly.com

March 15, 2014 Updates

The Philadelphia 76ers assigned forward Arnett Moultrie to the Delaware 87ers of the NBA Development League on Saturday. This marks Moultrie’s second assignment to the Sevens. He appeared in three games during a stretch from Feb. 4-9. Basketball Insiders

March 14, 2014 Updates

Let Noel talk to the media. Per a policy agreed upon by the NBA and professional basketball writers, Noel is not obligated to talk until he is practicing full time with the team. The Sixers have held true to that for the whole season. But with interest in this organization sinking to alarming levels, why not have the 19-year-old talk about how excited he is to put on the uniform and predict what he can do in the league? Really, what is the harm? Without Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes, there aren't any players in the locker room comfortable talking to the media, so no one who can really relate to the fans. Let Noel talk. Philadelphia Inquirer

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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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