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October 21, 2014 Updates
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"Here, you have some pretty good players for sure," Turner said. "Most of the guys in Philly are young, young, young, young dudes, unfortunately. Sometimes, we're a step ahead from that aspect in terms of the leadership here. Their leaders over there are MCW [Michael Carter-Williams] and Jason Richardson, who's not really around the team, 'cause he's hurt right now. It's way different." NBA.com

October 19, 2014 Updates

Drew, a 24-year-old journeyman hoping to make the Sixers’ roster, and Aaron, a 19-year-old prized rookie for the Magic, were on the same court together at the NBA level on Saturday night in Allentown, Pa. The two were first on the floor together late in the first quarter, but weren’t guarding each other because of their position differences. Saturday’s game marked a moment that the two highly competitive brothers have dreamed of and discussed since they used to battle in the backyard of their San Jose, Calif., home years ago. Drew got the upper hand on Saturday, scoring 16 points and grabbing six rebounds in Philadelphia’s 95-84 defeat of the Magic. Aaron, who played extended minutes the night before in a defeat of Detroit, played just five minutes on Saturday and did not score. ``I’m really proud of (Drew) because he’s going through a lot of trials in his life and to see him out there with a NBA jersey on, it means a lot to me,’’ Aaron said. NBA.com

October 18, 2014 Updates

Brown confirmed that Embiid flew to Africa yesterday to be with his parents. "We're just trying to make sure that he's got a team and people to care for him," Brown said. "It's a horrific tragedy in his family and, for him to be away from his country and to be away from his family in a time like this, you just try to do your best to help him to get through this. Only time will have a chance to heal it. [Thursday] was a long day." Philadelphia Inquirer

October 17, 2014 Updates

Sixers head coach Brett Brown gathered his team on Friday afternoon before practicing at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. He said he talked "very quickly" about Thursday's preseason loss to Boston before moving on "to the most important thing." He told all the players that they needed to find a way to reach out - on their own terms - to Joel Embiid. Brown told the team that "their friend, their teammate" had went through an "incredible, personal tragedy." The rookie center left the team on Thursday after learning that his 13-year-old brother Arthur had died in Cameroon. Arn Tellem, Embiid's agent, said Embiid's brother died in a car accident. "The motive is to just do the right thing," said Brown. "It's just trying to help him in a terrible time. To see a young man have to go through that and to be with him while he's going through that initial news, there are no words that you can choose to describe that." Philadelphia Inquirer

The following is a statement from Philadelphia 76ers President of Basketball Operations and General Manager Sam Hinkie on behalf of the organization: "Our thoughts and prayers are with Joel and the Embiid family. "To learn that you have lost a sibling or a child is unfathomable. We are poorly designed for that kind of loss. To receive that news while 6,000 miles away from your family is more than any of us are equipped to handle alone. Joel is not alone. "Joel's sister was able to travel to Philadelphia last night and the two of them are currently on their way to Cameroon." NBA.com

For Saric to be able to play for the Sixers before he fulfills two of the three seasons of his contract, all three parties involved - Anadolu Efes, Saric and the Sixers - would have to come to an agreement. Anadolu Efes paid a lot of money for the 6-10 forward's services, "so just letting him go isn't probable," according to a source. After two seasons, if Saric wants out and the Sixers agree to help with the buyout, then Anadolu Efes really is no longer in play, so only two of the three parties need to be on board. "He is still a very young player in a league that is a lot older, older than the NBA," the source said. "It isn't uncommon that he sat. He could play the next few games and be one of the best players on the team, and all will be well again." Philadelphia Inquirer

Dubbed the “Rhino,” Smith is on a mission to resurrect his career and has no problem bullying whoever gets in his path. He was a force for Nes-Ziona earlier this week, tallying 19 points on 9-for-11 shooting from the floor, in addition to drawing eight fouls and grabbing six boards against reigning European champions, Maccabi Tel Aviv. “I still have NBA aspirations and know I can play at a high level,” Smith said. “Whether it be the NBA or in Israel, I’m always out to prove myself.” Basketball Insiders

The family suffered a major loss yesterday and it had nothing to do with basketball. Arthur Embiid, the younger brother of Sixers rookie center Joel Embiid, died yesterday in Africa. There were no details of how he died, from the Sixers or elsewhere Joel Embiid is from Cameroon and the family still lives there. Brown, general manager Sam Hinkie and teammate Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, also from Cameroon and a mentor to the rookie out of Kansas, skipped last night's preseason game against the Boston Celtics to be with the 20-year-old. Philadelphia Inquirer

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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