July 13, 2020
Brett Brown was coy about his potential rotations and lineup decisions before the team departed for Orlando, suggesting there would be an open battle for spots on the floor once they began their mid-summer training camp. It appears one big decision has already been made: Ben Simmons is moving up the lineup to the forward spot, with second-year guard Shake Milton sliding into the starting lineup for the Sixers.
July 12, 2020
It sounds insane to say about a group of professional athletes whose whole job is to be in good shape, but physical conditioning will likely be a defining story of the NBA's Orlando restart. With limited access to gyms around the country and plenty of excuses for rust to build over four months, showing up in decent shape may end up being half of the battle.
July 11, 2020
Unprompted, one Sixers player's name continued to come up throughout interviews with players prior to their departure for Orlando. Not because they were putting in insane workouts at the gym, not because they claimed to have added muscle on their frame, and not because they suddenly had a clean bill of health after a four-month hiatus.
July 10, 2020
Former Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins weighed in on the DeSean Jackson controversy on Friday afternoon, calling the ongoing dialogue a "distraction" in an effort to re-center the conversation around the fight for racial justice in America.
July 9, 2020
Joel Embiid told reporters prior to the Orlando restart that he was worried about potential complications from participating in the bubble. It appears he has taken the proper precautions to minimize risk as much as possible.
July 7, 2020
When Joel Embiid speaks, everyone in the Sixers' orbit listens. There have been few quips and quotes to parse through from the big fella during the COVID-19 pandemic, save for the message he sent with a sizable donation to relief efforts, but he returned Tuesday afternoon to speak with reporters for the first time since the NBA suspended the season.
July 7, 2020
DeSean Jackson shared anti-semitic quotes attributed to Adolf Hitler on his Instagram story over the July 4th holiday, and continued to use the quotes as a conversation piece during several posts on the social media network on Monday afternoon.
July 6, 2020
Mike Scott is typically the guy you turn to when you want a no-nonsense quote about the event of the night — an in-game fight, a huge late-game shot, or an uninspired performance he won't make excuses for. Monday morning, he was frank on another subject, criticizing the NBA's list of approved "activist" messages players can wear on the backs of their jerseys during the NBA restart.
July 2, 2020
Most of the headlines regarding the Sixers over the past two weeks have been focused on developments on the basketball side of the NBA world. Schedule releases, hotel arrangements, and the creeping return of pro sports. But privately, that has not been the first, second, or even third thing on the mind of the head coach and the players who will head down to Orlando a week from Thursday.
July 1, 2020
There are a number of rotation-based questions the team has to answer between now and early August (or mid-August at the very least), so let's take stock of a few major points a month out from the team restarting their season.