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Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked Thursday where Wilson Chandler was in his rehabilitation. The 76ers reserve forward hasn’t played or practiced since straining his left hamstring against Melbourne United on Sept. 28. “He’s a ways away,” Brown said of the 31-year-old Chandler. “My experience with hamstrings is … that rarely is it less than a month [recovery], rarely. It’s not like he’s 20 years old … We don’t want to rush him back into doing anything.”

Before a few days ago, Wilson Chandler would have had a tough time recalling the last time he cried. But tears welled up in his eyes when he realized his season, this season, was over before it ever began. “In the past when I’ve had surgery I’ve been down, but never got teary eyes like this,” said Chandler on Thursday, one day after the Nuggets made it known the veteran forward needs season-ending surgery to repair a labral tear. “It’s like ‘Man, it’s always something.’ Definitely heartbreaking, especially after the summer I’ve had.”
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Storyline: Frank Ntilikina Trade?
Q: What are Fred Hoiberg’s prospects for another N.B.A. head coaching job? How much can the Bulls’ roster chaos of the last few years really be held against him? Marc Stein: “By all accounts, Hoiberg prefers to stay in the N.B.A. if he can rather than return to college coaching. But N.B.A. interest, I fear, is going to be limited. That’s my read even if you factor in the belief that, as his Golden Warriors counterpart Steve Kerr recently put it, Hoiberg “never really had a chance” to succeed in Chicago because the personnel for much of his stay so poorly meshed with Hoiberg’s preferred offensive approach. In the Nov. 13 edition of this very newsletter, some three weeks before Hoiberg was fired in Chicago, I wrote about the deep fondness Minnesota owner Glen Taylor still holds for Hoiberg. It stems from Hoiberg’s stint as a Timberwolves player and front-office executive before moving into college coaching at Iowa State. The Wolves, though, are the only known team to rate Hoiberg so highly.”
A new​ figure has​ emerged​ to​ lead​ the Trail Blazers in the wake​ of owner​ Paul​ Allen’s passing:​ his​ sister,​​ Jody Allen. The Athletic has learned that Ms. Allen has been decisive in ruling on a variety of major decisions for the team, which as of now, she has no intention of selling. “Nothing is for sale right now,” said Chris McGowan, the Blazers president and CEO of Vulcan Sports and Entertainment, which also includes the Seattle Seahawks. “We are operating business as usual and Neil and I are collaborating regularly with her on all major organizational decisions.”