Brand Ready To Rebound?

18 08 2010

Elton Brand has three years and $51 million remaining on the 5 year contract he signed in the summer of 2008 with the Philadelphia 76ers. The

Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers

first two seasons were less than memorable, riddled with injuries and substandard play on the court.  He finished last season averaging career-lows in scoring, rebounding and minutes.

This season, however, the team would have us believe (they have to attempt to sell tickets after all) that we should be prepared to see the Elton Brand of old (long before he joined the 76ers).  According to the Philadelphia Intelligencer, Brand has been in regular communication with the team’s new head coach, Doug Collins, during the offseason. “I’ve talked to Elton numerous times on the phone and we’ve texted,” said Collins. “He’s in shape and his legs feel good. He feels like he’s getting more lift. In his words, ‘I’m ready to go.’ ”

In addtion, Brand visited Philadelphia two weeks ago to train with Jesse Wright, the team’s strength and conditioning coach. “He had a great workout,” said Collins. “More importantly, he weighed 255. That’s the weight I want him. I said, ‘Elton, I’d like to see you at 255.’ Here it is early August at 255. It’s going to take all that stress off his legs. To me, that’s an incredibly positive sign to what Elton would like to see happen this year.”


Philly Sports: Quick Scoops

5 01 2010

EAGLES:  A few days back I told you to keep an eye on TCU’s Jerry Hughes as a potential draft selection of the Philadelphia Eagles.  In last night’s Fiesta Bowl, Hughes went without a sack but did apply constant pressure on Boise State’s quarterback Kellen Moore.  Hughes forced a fumble in the game and deflected a pass from Moore.  We’ve got a long way to go until the combine and draft, but Hughes name will likely be in play for the Philadelphia Eagles, who will draft towards the bottom of round 1 (maybe not too far to the bottom considering last week’s performance).

PHILLIES:  According to’s Todd Zolecki the Phils have extended a minor league offer to relief pitcher Scott Eyre.  In other news, the team has agreed to a contract with Danny Baez pending a physical.  Baez has the highest ground ball to fly ball ration of all available relievers and thus should be a good fit for Citizen’s Bank Park.

76ers:  The team finished up a 5 game West Coast road trip with a victory over the Denver Nuggets.  The team went 3-2 on the swing and may be turning the corner now that Lou Williams and Mareerse Speights are healthy and the players’s roles are becoming more clearly defined in new head coach Eddie Jordan’s system.  Elton Brand continues to impress as the most overpaid 6th man in the NBA.

Sixers Just 3.5 Games Back In Playoff Race

29 12 2009

by Michael DeLuca

It may be an odd headline and, sure, we’re only a little over a third of the way through the NBA season but something grabbed me after viewing the standings this morning following the team’s Monday night comeback victory over the Portland Trailblazers.  The Philadelphia 76ers, despite their woeful start, are still very much alive in the Eastern Conference.  To begin, more than 50% of the teams in the league make the post season.  In addition, the Eastern Conference is top heavy, with the Boston Celtics, Cleveland Cavaliers, Orlando Magic, and Atlanta Hawks all playing .720+ ball!  The 7th and 8th spots are currently occupied by the Charlotte Bobcats and Milwaukee Bucks, both with records of just 12-17.

Are the 76ers good…no.  Are they talented…yes.  I see only one direction for this team to go and last night’s game might be an indication that they are beginning to head in it.  The team is healthy for the first time in quite a while, Elton Brand is beginning to make solid contributions for the first time as a 76er and the team seems to be grasping Eddie Jordan’s system a bit better.  In addition, you can credit Jordan with loosening the reigns a little bit and allowing the team to do a bit more of what they do best…ATTACK.

Some Names to Watch in 76ers Free Agency Search

2 07 2009

With the free agency period under way since yesterday, the 76ers have been relatively quiet, other than to temper everyone’s enthusiasm in regard to bringing back Andre Miller. They are looking for other options, however and have targeted a few players who could be A.) Andre Miller’s successor and resident mentor to Jrue Holiday and B.) bench players who can score or defend. Some names to consider : Read the rest of this entry »

Some Sixers Solutions For Thought

23 06 2009

by John Ryan

With the annual NBA draft just days away, here are some of my thoughts on what the 76ers should be doing to fix their current roster. As it’s currently constructed, the 76ers have a glut of power forwards (Elton Brand, Maurresse Speights, Jason Smith), their two best players playing the same position (Thad Young and Iggy both are 3’s), and have no legit point guard on the roster. Side Note: Louis Williams is NOT a point guard, but he will start there if not better option is found in the draft or free agency.

1.)    Trade Samuel Dalembert at all costs: Yes, even if it means taking the talked about rumor of Radmonovich and Nazr Mohammed’s corpse. It adds money in the short term, but it fixes a few problems:  1.) It gives you another shooting option besides Jason Kapono. Vlad Rad has always been a good shooter, it’s just that recently he is an over paid shooter. 2.) It gives you a back-up big that can still block shots (think about Theo Ratliff’s role on the team last year) and a back-up plan in case Brand just can’t perform as a starting center. 3.) It moves you up 5 slots in a weak draft that is said to have 12 sure fire players, albeit players with no real high upside. The pick they’d get? 12. 4.) While it adds short term money like Kapono did, it doesn’t matter. All the contracts end in two years when Dalembert’s would have ended, and they have no cap space until then anyway. 5.) Dalembert can’t be popular in the locker room: he talks about every coach he has, he’s lazy, and is pretty much ineffective for a team that favors to his playing style. Read the rest of this entry »

Philly Rumblings

25 05 2009

by Michael DeLuca

There have been rumblings of an Elton Brand for Kirk Hinrich & Tyrus Thomas trade, but Mike McGraw of the Daily Herald argues that Thomas will not be traded.

Mark Eckel of the Newark Star Ledger thinks Jeff Van Gundy is the right choice for the Sixers head coaching vacancy now that Jay Wright is out of the picture.

Chuck Gormley of the Courier Post Online links the Flyers to trade talks for goaltenders Carey Price and Roberto Luongo.

Peavy in, Brand out?

22 05 2009
Peavy to the Phils?

Peavy to the Phils?

By Mike Gill

Rumors are starting to circulate around town that the Phillies could be interested in getting Jake Peavy from the Padres, while the Sixers might be ready to send Elton Brand packing to the Chicago Bulls.

There are a couple of things to determine here, first on the Peavy front.

1. Peavy does not want to pitch in Philadelphia, from what I know, he is not willing to come to Philly.
2. Are the Phillies willing to move young pitchers like Carlos Carrasco, JA Happ, Kyle Drabeck or Joe Savery? Read the rest of this entry »