September 29, 2015
On Tuesday afternoon, the Sixers were officially back on the court at Stockton University for the first day of training camp. The session, which was closed to the media until the very end, lasted a little under three hours. Here are some of my takeaways:
• We have already talked quite a bit about Nerlens Noel and Jahlil Okafor’s on-court fit, but many of the questions today were centered around how they get along off the court. Do they need to be best friends for their partnership to work?
• Brett Brown had an interesting answer to that question: "If you gave me a choice, I wish they could hang out. But if they don’t, I don’t see it being as important as probably five years ago. On the court, for sure. You reference some of those great Chicago Bulls teams, [Dennis] Rodman never spoke to anybody and they had great chemistry as a team. They played hard, they played together. I’ve been on lots of good teams and they don’t necessarily have to hang out. I think it’s easier for [Okafor and Noel] to because they’re 20 and they have video games, no wives and children, and home responsibilities that can get people away from you.”
• Nerlens on the same question: “Most definitely. We’ll be around each other regardless no mater what. You know, regardless if we go to the movies or just team events. I think you know we will be spending a lot of time in the locker room as well, so I think it’s just going to grow from here.”
• Here are a couple of crappy videos of the big guys going through shooting drills:
That’s about it for today. The Sixers will go to two-a-days tomorrow starting at 10 a.m.
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