Oct 262010
 
Sixers G Jrue Holiday

Sixers G Jrue Holiday

October 26:

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No-star Sixers face Miami’s superstar constellation

October 26 Philadelphia Daily News:

“THE TALK of the NBA offseason, of course, was “The Decision.”

While many of us were nauseated by the overkill of what team free agent LeBron James would choose, it was undeniably the biggest offseason story in a very, very long time – no matter the sport.

James, of course, is down in Miami, having joined forces with Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh to form the NBA’s newest version of a Dream Team.

It won’t take long for the 76ers and Philadelphia fans to get an upclose look at the threesome as they will visit the Wells Fargo Center tomorrow night. It will be the season opener for the Sixers. The Heat opens tonight in Boston.

While coach Doug Collins was still trying to decide on a starting five as of yesterday’s practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, the Heat seem primed to make a run at a record season. How about come tomorrow night, Sixers swingman Jason Kapono, expected to be in the starting lineup, will be matched up defensively with Heat point guard Mario Chalmers?

That kind of shows a bit of the gap between the teams.

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Why Doug Collins thinks he’s right man at right time for Sixers

October 26 Philadelphia Daily News:

“HE WAS 6-FOOT, 135, a wiry kid who revered his high school coach in Benton, Ill. His plan was to emulate his coach, Rich Herrin, the dedicated way that he saw Herrin work and live. He would go to college and major in psychology and education, then carve out a career as a coach and a guidance counselor. That was the plan.

“The miracle,” Doug Collins was saying recently, “is that if you had told me then I would ever play one game in college, one game in the NBA, I’d have taken it.”

The plan changed.

This isn’t truly in the category of miracles, but seemingly just like that, Collins was nearly 6-7, accepting the first-ever full scholarship to Illinois State, playing for the legendary Will Robinson, the first African-American coach in the NCAA’s Division I.

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Jrue Holiday had a hard-working summer

October 26 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Jrue Holiday is all about ball.

The kid, and that’s still what he is, is sponsored by adidas, and after games he’s often wearing the three stripes. Maybe a sporty hoodie with jeans or a sweater with name-brand kicks.

What Holiday has yet to adopt, like so many in the NBA do, is the high-end fashion sense that transforms a player from gym rat to polished banker.

You almost expect Holiday to leave the arena with a ball under his arm, which you can imagine is how you’d find him most summer days in Southern California.

Holiday is the 76ers’ starting point guard, a 20-year-old caught between two worlds: the uphill battle faced by most lower-first-round picks, and the bright future this organization has claimed is his destiny.

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Sprained wrist won’t keep Andre Iguodala out of Sixers lineup for opener with Miami Heat

October 26 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“Continuing to nurse a sprained right wrist, 76ers swingman Andre Iguodala was limited to noncontact drills Monday as the team prepared for the season opener Wednesday against Miami.

The sprain – believed to be a lingering injury for Iguodala, who played this summer on the USA Basketball team – kept him out of practice Sunday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The Sixers went through drills Monday but did not scrimmage.

Iguodala said he expects to play against the Heat.

“That’s the plan,” he said. “I haven’t been able to shoot the ball for a couple days, just trying to get it better. I had a problem with it this summer. It wasn’t this bad, so I played through it a little bit and wore a little device to help me out.”

Iguodala said he aggravated the injury in the preseason finale on Wednesday but did not feel the effects of it until the end of Friday’s practice. The Sixers had the day off on Thursday.”

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