76ers Blog: Media Day News and Notes
9/27/2013 6:02:00 PM
'This year is about development.'
Brett Brown could not have been more clear when stating the mission for his first season as head coach of the Philadelphia 76ers. In a question-and-answer session with a group of reporters earlier this week, Brown regularly alluded to the theme underscored by the above quote. Whether talking about ways to max out the talent of his roster, or convincing his group to buy into a new, demanding fitness program, Brown's focus seems to - and has to - be on the future.
What's now in the past for the Sixers is an off-season of enormous change; new general manager, new president, new head coach, and a slew of new players. With those pieces in place, and training camp set to open tomorrow at Saint Joseph's University's Hagan Arena, the team's focus for the season shifts from the planning stage to the practical stage. The expectations - based upon recent management and player comments - sound realistic, and reasonable. Not only do both general manager Sam Hinkie and Brett Brown sound like they understand the team-building process won't necessarily come with a quick fix, they also appear to be embracing the steps of a long-term project.
As much as patience could be helpful when following the Sixers this season, the same could be said for following this blog; the presentation and content will definitely be works in progress, and hopefully evolve as the year goes along. Figured that with training camp set to start, now would be as good a time as any to take up some space on the Fanatic's website to try and offer up some additional coverage on the team. The goal will be to update the blog as regularly as possible with key news and notes items, plus first-hand audio perspective from members of coaching staff and roster.
So, thanks for taking the time to check out post number one. Hope the blog can be another resource that can keep you up-to-date about the team, and all the storylines surrounding it.
- The 76ers announced this morning that two members of the front court are hurt. The most significant injury loss is F Arnett Moultrie, who underwent left ankle surgery yesterday, and will be sidelined until 'some time in the new year,' according to the team. Entering his second year, Moultrie's development could have been in line for a regular rotation spot at the start of the season. C Kwame Brown has been diagnosed with a right hamstring strain; he's seeking a second opinion.
- One player offered no specific projection for his return-to-play date, while another gave a more definitive prognosis. C Nerlens Noel continues to rehab his way back from a February ACL tear, but declined to specifically state when he'd begin on-court activities. G Jason Richardson - dealing with a meniscus injury - is hoping to be available at the end of January or early February; said a lot will depend on his physical and mental state at that point in time.
- G Royce White said that he'll travel with the Sixers overseas to England and Spain when the team takes part in the NBA's Global Games series. White was originally selected by Houston in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft, but did not play a single game with the Rockets due to fallout from his anxiety over flying.
- Head coach Brett Brown told reporters the other day he challenged players to report to camp in the best shape of their lives. Rookie G Michael Carter-Williams said he definitely has a sense of the type of conditioning program Brown is trying to put in place. 'Since being here, we've done a ton of running, and fast-break drills to try and get us out and running. He wants a running, good conditioned team, and that's the way we're going to win, to wear people down and put more pressure on the defensive end.'
* Audio clips below should be linked below photo in upper right hand corner of article *
- General Manager Sam Hinkie: On ideal goals of 76ers' training camp
- SF Evan Turner: On make-up of 76ers' youthful team
- C Nerlens Noel: On impressions of head coach Brett Brown