HoopsHype Michael Carter-Williams rumors

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Michael Carter-Williams scored 20 points, grabbed eight rebounds and handed out 15 assists in the 76ers' overtime win over the Pistons. MCW has scored at least 16 points, hauled in at least seven rebounds and handed out seven or more assists in each of his last five games. Only one other player in the history of the 76ers/Nats had a streak like that. Wilt Chamberlain had three streaks like that in a 76ers uniform, with a career long of 14 consecutive games in 1967-68. ESPN.com

December 2, 2014 Updates

After Monday’s loss to the Spurs the Sixers sit at 0-17 to start the season; one game away from tying the NBA’s all-time record for worst start to a season, two away from breaking it. While the Sixers flirted with the history books last season by embarking on the record-tying 26-game winless streak, they were ultimately happy to avoid the distinction of longest losing streak. “It’s not something I wanted to be part of,” Michael Carter-Williams said at the time, “so it’s great we got that win.” Philadelphia Inquirer

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“I actually like what they are doing,” Barkley said recently. ”They have got a bright future. They got the Rookie of the Year (Michael Carter-Williams), they got (Nerlens) Noel back, I think he is going to be a good player. I am not playing (Joel) Embiid this year, I am not playing him. I am going to get another lottery pick next year, and I got four studs going forward — I’ve got a point guard, I’ve got a power forward, I’ve got a legit center. They’re hoping, in three or four years, they can be what Oklahoma City is now.” Sporting News

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When specifically asked if had seen or heard Smith's comments, Carter-Williams said, "I came across it because people told me about them. I have seen things on Twitter, but again, none of that fazes me too much." The reason Carter-Williams wrote the article in the first place was to express himself in a way he doesn't feel he can when he answers questions from the media. "I just felt I had something that I needed to say," Carter-Williams said. "I can't really say it too much in the media. It is hard for me to form my words when I don't have the time to think about it and really express myself." CSNPhilly.com

Michael Carter-Williams: The media creates this narrative and repeats it over and over. That’s how Stephen A. Smith ends up in our locker room with a big smile on his face. I’m not picking on him. I know he’s playing a character. He knows he’s playing a character. But what happens when we break the streak by going out and beating Detroit that night? Now it’s another story. After the game, a lot of the reporters didn’t even stick around. The ones that did weren’t prepared. They didn’t ask us about the specifics of the game. They made up questions on the spot, like, “Uh, hey, you guys won … so how do you feel?” The Players' Tribune

November 13, 2014 Updates

Michael Carter-Williams: You can question my shooting. You can question my ceiling. Just don’t question if I’m giving my all every single night. Don’t talk to me about tanking. The media creates this narrative and repeats it over and over. That’s how Stephen A. Smith ends up in our locker room with a big smile on his face. I’m not picking on him. I know he’s playing a character. He knows he’s playing a character. But what happens when we break the streak by going out and beating Detroit that night? Now it’s another story. After the game, a lot of the reporters didn’t even stick around. The ones that did weren’t prepared. They didn’t ask us about the specifics of the game. They made up questions on the spot, like, “Uh, hey, you guys won … so how do you feel?” The Players' Tribune

Michael Carter-Williams: In the middle of the playoff race, a race we were decidedly not in, it seemed like the entire media spotlight was on us. And trust me, I get it. We had lost 26 games in a row. Of course, our roster had lost a combined 200-plus games to injury and we had used more than 20 different players in the lineup since opening night. That didn’t seem to be a part of the conversation. All anybody was talking about was “tanking.” We knew it was going to be a circus when ESPN flew in Stephen A. Smith to Philadelphia for the 27th game against Detroit. In the locker room before shootaround, we got swarmed by reporters. You could barely move around the room. Somebody actually asked, “So how does it feel to be a part of the most losing team in NBA history?” Which was really funny because we hadn’t even played the game yet. Everybody just expected us to lose and set the record. The Players' Tribune

Michael Carter-Williams: Here’s the thing: I can understand why the media seized onto the story. My problem is that it was missing a lot of context. We didn’t even have the worst record in the league at the time, but the average person watching on TV probably didn’t know that. The media spin was that we were tanking the season so we could get the number one draft pick. Now, let’s break that down for a minute. First of all, there’s a lottery system. As players, we all know the math. The last place team only has a 25 percent chance of winning the lottery. Grown men are going to go out and purposely mail it in for a one-in-four shot at drafting somebody who might someday take their job? Nope. The Players' Tribune

Michael Carter-Williams: And then there’s the hype surrounding the No. 1 pick. Even before the season started, TankingForWiggins.com was a real thing. Once the narrative picks up, it’s over. We wished we could come out and say how ridiculous it was for people to think the players were tanking when there were guys on the team playing for their livelihood, but that only would’ve made it worse. Nobody took the losses harder than we did. We deserved plenty of criticism, but we all put in too much work to be treated like a joke. The Players' Tribune

November 10, 2014 Updates

The Sixers depart later this week for a three-game road trip that begins on Thursday in Dallas. When asked if that game will see the season debut of reigning Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams and the return of Nerlens Noel from a nagging ankle sprain, head coach Brett Brown expressed optimism. “It’s fantastic,” he said of getting the two 2013 lottery picks back on the floor. “I feel like the team got a little bit of a bounce [with both players practicing today], and we needed that.” NBA.com

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Brown credited point guard Michael Carter-Williams’ first scrimmaging of the season as being the primary reason why. Carter-Williams, who underwent surgery on his right shoulder six months ago, admitted he was a bit winded but thrilled this day finally arrived. “I feel great,” Carter-Williams said. “It’s good to be out there again with the guys.” The Intelligencer

Brown has said Carter-Williams could play as soon as next Thursday in Dallas if all goes well. Carter-Williams would only say that he’s “real close.” When he makes his season debut, Carter-Williams might look a little different than a year ago. Via weight lifting and his diet, he’s added 15 pounds to his lean 6-foot-6 frame. “He looks good,” Brown said. “He feels good. He likes putting on tank tops, singlets — whatever we call them nowadays.” The Intelligencer

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