76ers Blog: New Signing Understands Role, NBA Life
10/16/2013 8:00:00 PM
'You've got to stay ready' - Daniel Orton
The 76ers worked out for a little more than two hours on Wednesday, practicing from the late morning into the early afternoon. They then caught a flight to Charlotte, NC. The team's trip won't be a long one, as the Sixers face a quick turnaround for the Bobcats' Cool School Field Trip morning game that tips off at 11:00 AM.
A few hours before the Sixers took the court at PCOM, the front office announced that it had come to terms on a reported multi-year deal with center Daniel Orton. Orton - who measures 6'10", 255 pounds - is heading into his fourth professional season; he was originally selected by the Orlando Magic 29th overall in the 2010 NBA Draft, and went on to appear in a total of 29 career regular season NBA games between stints with Orlando and Oklahoma City. He indicated he was approached by the Sixers this past weekend, after the Thunder waived him on Thursday, October 10th.
'It's stressful,' said Orton about trying to cope with being unemployed for the last few days. 'It's part of the system. It's part of everything that everybody goes through. It is stressful not knowing where you're going to be next, where your next home is going to be.'
Orton (pictured in the image in the upper right corner of the article) took part in Wednesday's practice, and said that head coach Brett Brown will look for him to 'rebound and run the floor.' Brown himself said that Orton will be available to play in Thursday's exhibition versus Charlotte, which marks the fifth of the Sixers' seven pre-season games.
'I'll be ready. That's the number one thing in this league,' Orton said. 'You've got to stay ready. The main thing for my career is probably those two words: staying ready.'
Orton recently turned 23 years old, during the first week of August. He spent one season playing for John Calipari at the University of Kentucky, where he averaged 3.4 points and 3.3 rebounds before declaring for the NBA Draft. A roster spot opened up for Orton when the Sixers released power forward Tim Ohlbrecht.
Some other items from a 76ers' pre-season get-away day...
- Head Coach Brett Brown - shortly after discussing his initial impressions of C Daniel Orton - offered a wry smile when deadpanning the following report on what the Sixers worked in practice Wednesday. "We have this special offense called 'run,' and then we have this real intricate defense called 'rebound,' and that's what we put in today."
- The Sixers - beginning with Thursday's stop at Charlotte - open a stretch during which they play their final three exhibition games in the span of seven days. Even with the regular season two weeks away, Brown said the 'big picture points' of emphasis he's stressing to the team haven't changed. He did acknowledge that he was considering resting veteran starters C Spencer Hawes, SF Evan Turner, and PF Thaddeus Young versus the Bobcats, due to the game's early start time.
- G Vander Blue was signed by the Sixers in September as an undrafted rookie free agent. He decided to leave Marquette following a junior season that was highlighted by a deep run in the NCAA Men's Basketball Championship. Ironically, Blue now finds himself in the close company of a player that helped oust him from the tournament. PG Michael Carter-Williams and Syracuse defeated the Golden Eagles 55-39 in an Elite Eight match-up; Carter-Williams finished with 12 points / 8 rebounds / 6 assists / 5 steals in the game, while Blue scored 14 points. With Carter-Williams being his current roommate, Blue said the two of them 'always go back and forth and kid around about that.'
** Audio links located beneath image in upper right corner of article **
- Head Coach Brett Brown: On getting 76ers ready for morning pre-season game against Charlotte Bobcats
- PF Thaddeus Young: On 76ers looking to move past 127-97 pre-season loss to Brooklyn Nets
- G Vander Blue: On he and Marquette having faced current teammate Michael Carter-Williams and Syracuse in NCAA Tournament