Molly French: Brett Brown on the trade: “I’m happy for Jahlil and Nik. They’re going into a good situation to get more of an opportunity to get on the court.”
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Tom Moore: Brown says there’s ‘Human disappointment’ it didn’t work out with Okafor. #Sixers
Brian Seltzer: Brown says Okafor starting to feel more comfortable, empowered w/ chance to start, get regular minutes. Has had “excellent” trip, per Brown.
76ers coach Brett Brown has much respect for Jahlil Okafor. Brown is especially impressed by the center’s attitude amid the uncertainty that hovers over his 6-foot-11, 265-pound frame. Barring a sudden change of plans, it appears that Okafor’s days as a Sixer could be about to expire.
“He has been a star,” Brown said of Okafor following Monday’s 113-96 setback to the Detroit Pistons. Brown’s level of respect has a lot to do with how well Okafor has handled his situation. Okafor has remained a good teammate and continued to work hard on his game despite the trade talk. And he continues to hold his head high. “We remind him, ‘Go read your resume,’ ” Brown said. ” ‘You go have a look at who you are.’ And he’s got a lot to be proud of on the court.”
Tom Moore: #Sixers Brown: ‘It’s just part of the fluid part of NBA basketball.’ Okafor starting
Kyle Neubeck: Brett Brown’s explanation for Okafor not playing tonight was basically that he wasn’t in game shape, which is, uh
Charles F. Gardner: 76ers say Nerlens Noel is out with a left ankle sprain, so Jahlil Okafor should get minutes off bench. Okafor played well Sat. vs. Wash.
Tom Moore: #Sixers Brown: ‘Jahlil Okafor is going to be just fine.’
“It’s not ideal to put anybody in it,” Okafor said of not playing. “Obviously, it’s a funky situation. Funky for all of us. Right now, I’m the person who’s sitting out.”
“Obviously, it’s not what I want to be in a position,” Okafor said. “I know I’m not the type of player that’s DNP. But that’s what it is right now. Coach Brown has been phenomenal with communicating with me. I know in the long run, I’ll be fine.”
Tom Moore: Okafor calls his situation ‘funky.’ #Sixers
Tom Moore: #Sixers Brown says Okafor came in late last night to shoot.
Brian Mahoney: Sergio Rodriguez back but McConnell remains starter at PG for 76ers. Brett Brown vague when asked if Okafor would play.
Meanwhile, Okafor didn’t play at all vs. the Celtics, as Brown inserted Noel into the rotation and moved Okafor out, at least temporarily. That marked the first time in Okafor’s 1½-year pro career he was a “DNP-CD (Did Not Play-Coach’s Decision).” Okafor needs to be a starter, but that won’t happen with Embiid here. Noel is better than Okafor in a reserve role because of his defensive work. “We are learning,” Brown told reporters afterward. “It’s difficult to play three ‘bigs’ in a 48-minute window.”
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December 10, 2017 | 9:55 pm EST Update
Chris Forsberg: Kyrie Irving asked if he maybe missed the mask. “Nah, I was happy to see the whole arena. I was excited to be able to see everything.” Did lament misses. “Make a damn shot. I got in the paint as much as I would have liked and my left hand just wasn’t doing it for me tonight. “
Gina Mizell: #Nuggets Will Barton on his missed pull-up jumper at the end of regulation: “I felt like I could have made it. I felt like I could have gotten a better shot. I pride myself in those moments, and tonight I didn’t deliver. I wish I could get it back and close it.”
December 10, 2017 | 7:22 pm EST Update
Jay King: Kyrie on clutch Tatum: “Some people have it and some people don’t. It’s just as simple as that. I think he’s pretty much shown that he can play, as people say, with the big boys at the end of the game.”