Tag:Elton Brand
Posted on: April 5, 2011 4:00 pm
 

Philly's best approach versus Boston? Run

Posted by Royce Young



The Celtics have slipped quite a bit in the last couple weeks. They've gone from the top of the East to now the three-seed.

And come April 16 when the playoffs start, they may really regret that.

There are a number of things for them to be a bit anxious about, most notably the health of Shaquille O'Neal, but setting themselves up for a first-round matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers is surely worrying Doc Rivers and Danny Ainge.

They lock up again tonight, but so far this season, while the Celtics are 2-1 against the pesky Sixers, the three games have been decided by a total of just eight points.

Why do the Celtics have such issue with the young 76ers? To me, it's simple: The Sixers can play any game the Celtics want.

What makes the Sixers so dangerous is that they're absolutely capable of beating the Celtics at their own game. Philadelphia can slow it down and play 48 minutes of grind-it-out basketball. The Sixers can put the weight on their defense to get stops. They can beat the Celtics in a 85-83 game.

However, I can't see the Sixers beat the Celtics four times at their own game. Once, yeah. Twice? Maybe. Three times is pushing it.

Philadelphia will have to make a tactical adjustment against Boston to really press last season's Eastern champs. The 76ers have the ability to speed up the older Celtics. Much in the same way Oklahoma City really pushed the Lakers by using their athleticism, versatility and speed, the Sixers need to make the old men in green move.

The Sixers are much more athletic than the Celtics with players like Jrue Holiday, Thaddeus Young and Andre Iguodala. And they've got to utilize that in order to push Boston. Like I said, Philadelphia is capable of playing the Celtics game, but the best approach for the Sixers if they truly want to challenge Boston it to make the Celtics adjust to them.

Philly doesn't play especially fast at a pace of 91.2, but that doesn't mean they can't go up tempo a bit. Finding easy baskets in the halfcourt against Boston isn't easy, so utilizing Young's versatility, Iguodala's freakish transition ability and a playmaker like Holiday is key.

What's really turned things around for the Sixers after an atrocious 3-13 start is a renewed committment to defense, but also coach Doug Collins trust of his younger guys. Collins knew Holiday had the ability to be a very good starting point guard, so he put the ball in his hands and let him go. He convinced Iguodala to settle into more of a role rather than playing the star. He started getting some production out of the awesome talents of Young. And Elton Brand has really rediscovered himself as a quality power forward.

(One thing that must be mentioned: The Sixers aren't going anywhere without Lou Williams. He provides such a punch off the bench and really gives Philly quite the second unit. He said he hopes to be ready for the playoffs and he better be if the 76ers have any dreams of actually pushing the Celtics.)

Across the board, the Sixers have the ability to match up with Ray Allen, Paul Pierce, Kevin Garnett and Rajon Rondo. Where they have struggled and will continue in the future against Boston is finding points. That's why playing a bit quicker and looking to move the ball up the floor rather than setting up in the halfcourt could help. Playing small with Brand at center, Young at power forward, Iguodala at the 3 and with Holiday and marksman Jodie Meeks really gives the Celtics a difficult matchup, especially if they want to play Shaq.

The Sixers could eliminate Shaq (though he might be eliminated because of a bum heel already) just by using their versatility. The Sixers kind of hold the cards in the matchups. But they can't beat Boston in a series playing in the halfcourt.

I get the feeling the Sixers have Boston's full attention and it would probably be in the Celtics best interest to go ahead and move up to the two-seed and avoid the young 76ers altogether.
Posted on: April 2, 2011 1:54 am
Edited on: April 2, 2011 3:49 am
 

Sixers clinch playoff spot, Pistons eliminated

Sixers clinch playoff spot as Detroit is eliminated. But why isn't Evan Turner playing?
Posted by Matt Moore




They were supposed to be an afterthought. Many, including this here blogger, thought it was time for a proper blowup. How far could they go with a broken down Elton Brand, a regressing Thaddeus Young, an inexperienced point guard in Jrue Holiday, and the ultimate jack-of-all-trades, master-of-none Andre Iguodala who had been on the trade block for what felt like a decade? 

Turns out pretty far.  As in, the playoffs. 

From the Philadelphia Inquirer's Deep Sixer blog: 
With tonight’s 115-90 win over the New Jersey Nets, the Sixers have clinched a playoff berth with exactly six games remaining in the NBA’s regular season schedule. Considering the Sixers are multiple games ahead of the New York Knicks and multiple games behind the Atlanta Hawks, it’s safe to assume they’ll end up with the sixth spot in the Eastern Conference. Their opponent, likely either the Miami Heat or the Boston Celtics, is yet to be determined.

Part of the interesting part of this game was the reaction from the Sixers. There wasn’t much celebration, which is a good sign. And there was much talk about ending this regular season quite well, something the 2008-09 team did not do.

“I think the biggest thing is for Elton and myself to really stay on the guys as far as having a purpose every night,” said swingman Andre Iguodala. “We got there, but we still have a purpose. We still have to go out there and play hard.”
via Deep Sixer: Inquirer Sports.

The Sixers are in, Detroit is out. The Pistons were eliminated with the Pacers win over Milwaukee (which pretty much, but not officially sunk the Bucks as well). The Pistons never got it together this season, despite some promising young players, mostly because their older players undermined their coach, who also did a pretty terrible job. The roster needs a major overhaul, and fast. The entire team needs a new coach, a new identity, and a new emphasis on the young core they have. Oh, and a new owner. That'd be good, too. 

Back to the Sixers, Philadelphia is as playing as well right now as any team outside of the elite teams in either conference. While Boston is their likely opponent, and will likely dispatch them post-haste, the Sixers do have some matchups they can throw at either Boston, Chicago, or Miami. Perhaps most importantly, the Sixers are getting even contributions from multiple sets of players, from the bench, from the bigs, from the guards, and the wings. The team believes in itself, and that can be a scary thing to try and overcome for a favorite in the first round. Throw in some Coach of the Year quality work from Doug Collins, and the Sixers haven't just assured they'll be in the dance, they're goin to be a tough out. 

Lost in all this is the fact that Evan Turner yet again did not play Friday night. Turner has been DNP-CD'd multiple times down the stretch, in favor of... Andres Nocioni. Doug Collins is the guy who turned this team around and got them into the playoffs, so you have to extend a modicum of respect for his decisions which have gotten them this far. But the absence of the Sixers' second overall pick remains a curious question mark for the team going forward. 

The Sixers are very near a mathematical certainty to play as the sixth seed in the Eastern Conference. For more on the playoff picture, check out Royce Young's comprehensive look
Posted on: March 21, 2011 10:15 am
Edited on: March 21, 2011 10:17 am
 

Rose says Duke comments 'taken out of context'

Jalen Rose says his critical remarks about Duke University were taken out of context. Posted by Ben Golliver. jalen-rose

In this week's edition of the "story that won't go away", former University of Michigan basketball player and current NBA television analyst Jalen Rose has written a Wall Street Editorial in response to the criticism he received for making statements critical of Duke University in a recent documentary.

In case you've been living in a bunker for the last two weeks, Rose said in a documentary about Michigan's Fab 5 that he thought Duke's players were "Uncle Toms" when he was a teenager. 

That led former Duke basketball player Grant Hill, who was called a "bitch" in the movie, to respond in a New York Times editorial by calling the movie was "a sad and somewhat pathetic turn of events." Hill didn't, however, acknowledge that Rose was speaking about his past feelings rather than his current feelings. Former Duke player Elton Brand also weighed in, calling Rose's comments "ignorant" although he appeared to realize that Rose was speaking about his past feelings.

In his Wall Street Journal editorial, Rose said that his comments about Duke "were completely taken out of context", although he didn't specify by whom or call out Hill by name.
Addressing the elephant in the room, comments from the documentary regarding Duke University were completely taken out of context. I respect the success of Duke’s program and stated this was my opinion as a teenager growing up in the inner city of Detroit. I also acknowledged that Grant Hill had something I wanted growing up – a successful family. It’s a bit disappointing some people insinuated I think black people from successful families are Uncle Toms. What made the documentary must-see TV is the fact we showed brutal honesty and addressed every topic head on and without reservation.
This clarification wasn't really necessary for those who paid attention to what Rose said and actually watched the documentary, but after this story took hold and picked up sensationalistic steam Rose likely felt that he had no choice.

I'm not sure what the lesson here is except that Rose demonstrated that he is much more equipped to get his message out now as a media professional than he was 20 years ago as a young player. Deadspin summarized it nicely by concluding that the entire series of events simply proves that Rose is "part of the system now." On some level, that represents progress.
Category: NBA
Posted on: March 17, 2011 3:59 pm
 

Brand: Jalen Rose made 'ignorant' Duke comments

Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brandon calls Jalen Rose's comments about Duke "ignorant". Posted by Ben Golliver. elton-brand-duke

As noted on Wednesday, Jalen Rose and his former University of Michigan teammates made some disparaging comments about Duke University and its African-American plays in a recent documentary about the Fab 5. Rose, who was speaking about his feelings at the time he was in college, referred to Grant Hill and Duke's other black players as "Uncle Toms" and Rose's teammate, Jimmy King, called Hill a "bitch." 

Hill responded in a New York Times editorial saying that the comments were "sad and somewhat pathetic."

Hill's fellow former Dukie, Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76ers, also responded on Wednesday, telling Philly.com that he thought Rose's comments were "ignorant."
"You know, I just know that it sounded kind of ignorant, but at that time he's 17 years old, that's how a lot of young adults are. I know people from where I was from felt the same way, you know? But I knew it wasn't true and guys using those words are kind of harsh: sellout or Uncle Tom. Just because their parents stay together or worked hard? That doesn't make sense."
"It was a difference in cultures. Duke was a prestigious school and Michigan, well it's pretty academically sound itself, so, you know what I mean? But I think that was just the rivalry, he might have said that on the court to those guys and he definitely felt that way and if that's his opinion, then that's how he felt."
CBSSports.com's Ken Berger pointed out nicely that the one failing of Hill's editorial was to distinguish between Rose's thoughts as a 17-year-old kid and Rose's comments as an adult. Indeed, Rose took to Twitter on Wednesday to write, "For those MOANING about how something or someone was portrayed in the doc note that it was FRAMED from 1991-1993 not 2011, quit crying."

Unlike Hill's editorial, Brand's comments show that he understands that Rose was speaking about the past, not the present. That's certainly helpful in bridging what has become a contentious debate when it probably shouldn't have been that big of a deal.
Posted on: March 15, 2011 12:07 pm
 

Former Clipper players stepped up in crunch time

Posted by Royce Young



The story of former Clipper assistant and one time interim coach Kim Hughes was highlighted in the Journal Times today, and in that is the fact that after Hughes was diagnosed with prostrate cancer, the organization wouldn't pay for his treatment.

"I contacted the Clippers about medical coverage and they said the surgery wouldn't be covered," Hughes said in the story. "I said, ‘Are you kidding me?' And they said if they did it for one person, they'd have to do for everybody else."

Of course this spawned a good amount of "Oh the Clippers" type of comments, even though they might not be entirely fair. (I mean, the Clippers do have a point.) But it made me think: Shouldn't the Clippers be the kind of organization that does the exact opposite of what happened here and go above an beyond? With the type of reputation the franchise has for screwing things up and doing things the wrong way, wouldn't they see this as an opportunity to make a statement the other direction?

But then of course, here's where you remember that Donald Sterling owns the franchise and he cares not for going above and beyond or the "right way".

The story doesn't end there though. Good thing, because I was depressed. In fact, it ends with some inspiration.
When Dunleavy learned the Clippers wouldn't cover the cost of Hughes' surgery, he mentioned it to his players.

Several of them, including now Milwaukee Bucks forward Corey Maggette, Chris Kaman, Elton Brand and Marko Jaric, were taken aback by the news and decided to offer their assistance.

"Kim was one of our coaches and he's a really good friend of mine, too," Maggette said. "He was in a situation where the Clippers' medical coverage wouldn't cover his surgery. I thought it was a great opportunity to help someone in need, to do something that Christ would do.

"It shows your humanity, that you care for other people and not just yourself. Kim was in a life-and-death situation."

It was indeed a dicey time for Hughes. After a biopsy was taken, he learned his prostate cancer was much worse than he believed.

The cancer had quickly spread and was on the brink of moving to other areas of his body.
Players stepped up, in a big way. The organization wouldn't cover the treatment so a couple players raised their hand. So while you can point at the Clippers and make a joke or two, the moral of the story is, you can still step up when someone else doesn't. That's what Maggette, Kaman, Brand and Jaric did for Hughes.

And by all accounts, Hughes is recovering well. Which in the end, is really all that matters.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 4:39 pm
Edited on: August 14, 2011 9:04 pm
 

Elton Brand suspended 1 game for flagrant foul 2

The NBA has announced that Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brandon has been suspended for one game for a flagrant foul. Posted by Ben Golliver The NBA sent out a memo this afternoon suspending Philadelphia 76ers forward Elton Brand for one game for a hard foul he put on Washington Wizards center JaVale McGee during a game Tuesday night. During the game, the foul was ruled a Flagrant Foul Two for being "unnecessary and excessive" and resulted in Brand's ejection. Brand will serve the suspension tonight as the 76ers face the Raptors in Toronto. Here's the release.
Elton Brand of the Philadelphia 76er’s has been suspended one game without pay for his Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two against JaValle McGee of the Washington Wizards, it was announced today by Stu Jackson, NBA Executive Vice President Basketball Operations.
The incident, in which Brand made contact by shoving McGee during a layup attempt and was ejected following the Flagrant Foul, Penalty Two call, occurred with 3:32 remaining in the 4th period of the 76er’s 116-114 overtime loss to the Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center in Washington D.C.
Here's a video of the play, courtesy of YouTuber user thehoopscene. As you can see, McGee is wide open in the paint when he receives a pass from point guard John Wall. He goes to dunk the ball with his right hand, and Brand rotates over late, using both arms to shove McGee in the chest. McGee finishes the dunk and crashes to the floor, and Brand was immediately ejected by official Tony Brothers. While laying on the floor, McGee smiled and briefly waved goodbye to Brand.
Posted on: November 24, 2010 12:04 am
 

Elton Brand may be gone for a bit

Sixers big loses his cool against JaVale freaking McGee, likely faces fine and/or suspension.Posted by Matt Moore

Elton Brand's been having a pretty decent year so far. Sure, the Sixers are a miserable collection of uninspired players with limited talent trying to find their way with a coach who isn't connecting with them. But he's playing allright. Not worth his contract, but pretty well. So it's high time he did something phenomenally stupid, right? That's how this works?

What's on the menu?

Let's see. "Develop addiction to Cheetos." No, that's Baron Davis' thing. Hmm, "Try and use steroids to help comeback." Nope, Rashard already did that. Ah, here we go. "Let JaVale freaking McGee get into your head and mess with you." Honestly. Brilliant.

During a tense back and forth game between the Sixers and Wizards tonight, Brand lost his cool in the midst of McGee's best night of the season (24 points, 18 rebounds) and committed a flagrant two which led to an automatic ejection. Brand faces a likely fine and possible suspension for the two-handed shove on McGee. Check it out.




Hope Elton didn't invite anyone to come see his next game. He may not be there. Whoops.

The Wizards won in overtime .
Posted on: November 1, 2010 2:03 pm
 

Sixers have no winners. Literally.

76ers are without a single player with professional winning record.
Posted by Matt Moore


The Sixers aren't really all that young. I mean, they're not old. But Andre Iguodala, their "star" is 26, entering his prime. Elton Brand is a dinosaur that never got to really rome the Earth, and they have five players 29 or older on roster. They have some young pieces in huge roles, like 22-year-old Thaddeus Young and 20-year-old Jrue Holiday, but in general, they're a pretty balanced squad, age-wise.

Which is what makes a fact Doug Collins relayed to the Philadelphia Inquirer 's Kate Fagan all the more stunning. From the PI :

In that vein, Sixers coach Doug Collins offered this statistic after the game (which he said he shared with his team as well): No player on the Sixers roster has a winning record as a professional. That actually struck me as quite amazing. Obviously there are the mainstays that you know don't have a winning record because they've been with the Sixers their entire careers (Andre Iguodala, Thaddeus Young, Lou Williams, etc.), but to think that even the added veterans and transplants (Andres Nocioni, Tony Battie) don't have winning records is amazing. It's a statistic that is common sense once you think about it, but still quite representative of the uphill battle this team faces.

Not one player. Not Andres Nocioni. Not former Western Conference Semifinalist Elton Brand, not Jason Kapono. Not "star" Andre Iguodala (I've overused the sarcastic quotes on the word star haven't I?). Nobody. That's impressive, in an opposite kind of way.

Philadelphia is currently winless, and third worst in efficiency in the league .After what many considered a promising preseason, the team has gotten blasted. Liberty Ballers, a Sixers blog, isn't freaking out three games in, being happy that the team is competing a full 48. That and a quarter will get the team exactly nothing, because you can't really buy anything for a quarter anymore. It may be time to start looking for more than effort. Like a trade. But theyr'e right. It's still early.

Unfortunately, history does not bode well for them either.
 
 
 
 
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