October 19 Philadelphia Inquirer:
“The 76ers moved their practice on Monday from the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine to the Wells Fargo Center, where the team will play its final preseason game Wednesday against the New York Knicks.
“We don’t get to practice here much, and I wanted to get them down here so that we can come out here and start the season and be acclimated to this building,” Sixers coach Doug Collins said.
“Once the season starts, it’s too cold down here, usually, when you’re trying to put the floor down, and the Flyers have just played, or they’ve had an event. There is all kind of noise going on. We want to, anytime we get a chance early, to come down and do this.”
Before the Sixers get to the Knicks, they have a date Tuesday with the Cleveland Cavaliers in Cincinnati. A week from Wednesday, the Sixers begin their regular season when they host a Miami Heat squad that features the Big Three of Dwyane Wade, LeBron James and Chris Bosh.
After lengthy, intense practices over the weekend, the Sixers went through noncontact drills and did not scrimmage Monday.
“We had three hard days of work,” Collins said. “Guys were pretty sore, and we have a back-to-back [games]. So we came in today and really just tried to clean up execution. . . . I’d like for guys to play well the next two games. And we’re going to give them Thursday off, and now Friday rolls around, and we still have a lot of stuff we have to get in. Because once we start, it really doesn’t stop.””
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