Nov 072010
 
Sixers forward Andre Iguodala

Sixers forward Andre Iguodala

November 7:

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Iguodala to miss Sunday’s game

November 7 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“The 76ers will be without swingman Andre Iguodala for Sunday afternoon’s game against the New York Knicks.

Iguodala, who missed the second half of Friday night’s 123-116 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers, underwent an MRI on Saturday that revealed tendinitis in his right Achilles tendon.

The Sixers listed Iguodala as day-to-day but said he will miss Sunday’s game to rest the injury. Forward Andres Nocioni, who had an MRI on his injured left ankle, likely will be available against the Knicks in New York.

Neither player practiced Saturday.

Iguodala’s injury ends his string of 252 consecutive games played, dating from the 2007-08 season. Through six games this season, Iguodala is averaging 13.2 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 5.8 assists per game.

Without Iguodala, Sixers coach Doug Collins likely will use a starting backcourt of second-year point guard Jrue Holiday and rookie Evan Turner.

It will be Turner’s first career start.”

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A roster that is expensive and bad

November 7 Philadelphia Inquirer:

“There must have been a false bottom on the 76ers‘ tumble downward, a tumble which now seems very much still in progress.

Last season’s 27-55 record felt like a vertical drop, ending with – what appeared at the time, anyway – a thud onto the cave’s rock bottom.

The summer would be an opportunity for the Sixers to assess the damage, dust themselves off, and begin the climb upward.

How wrong we were.

Last season’sseems to have found only a temporary landing, with the bottom falling from under that floor, too. Through six games this season, the Sixers are on pace to finish 14-68, which makes last season’s results appear productive by comparison.

In the NBA, there’s nothing wrong with being bad. We all know that inadequacy and inferiority can be rewarded with the league’s top prize: the No. 1 selection in the NBA draft. Being bad is good and the good thing about being bad is that you can save money along the way.”

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Wall shows why he was No. 1 pick

November 7 Camden Courier-Post columnist Martin Frank:

“It’s going to be an issue because Evan Turner was drafted second overall, and that is where teams expect to get franchise players.

So despite the denials, both from the 76ers and the Washington Wizards, it was a big deal when Turner faced the Wizards’ John Wall, the top pick in the June draft, for the first time last Tuesday.

It wasn’t much of a matchup.

Wall clearly had the better of the play, and showed that he is the better player. Wall scored 29 points, with 13 assists and nine steals in the Wizards’ 116-115 overtime win over the Sixers.

Turner, meanwhile, had nine points and six assists.

The Wizards feel like they have a franchise player in Wall. The Sixers aren’t so sure with Turner.

Over the last decade of No. 1 and No. 2 picks, the second overall pick became a franchise player only once, and that was Kevin Durant in 2007.

The majority of No. 2 picks have become solid, if not unspectacular, players, such as Marvin Williams (2005), LaMarcus Aldridge (2006), Emeka Okafor (2004) and Tyson Chandler (2001).

There have also been some busts.”

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