Sep 282010
Sixers G Evan Turner

Sixers G Evan Turner

by Justin Adkins:

Today the Philadelphia 76ers start their training camp for the 2010/2011 campaign.  A new coach, Doug Collins, leads an extremely young squad loaded with potential, highlighted by second year point guard Jrue Holiday and rookie number 2 overall pick Evan Turner. 

Returning veteran Lou Williams, who will only be 24 entering his sixth NBA season, already likes what he sees in Collins.

“I think last year was an eye-opener for everybody,” said Williams.  “It’s good to have such a young group, where we can forget about bad things more easily. We came in last week [for workouts], and the only thing we’ve talked about is just winning, getting on the same page and listening to coach Collins. I think that’s important for us. I’m ready to win. I know how it feels to lose, and it’s an awful feeling from last year, and I don’t want that again.”

Williams is already benefiting from Collins’ coaching touch.

“He’s great, because he doesn’t try and take away what we do,” said Williams.  “He understands what kind of players he has and he tries to maximize that. He knows I’m a scorer, so since I’ve been with him, he’s putting me in the right positions to score. During pickup games, he’s telling me that he wants me to think about this and he wants me to think about that, but it’s all stuff that’s within our realm. It’s not taking guys out of their comfort zones for the sake of saying he’s a great coach for doing it. He’s a great coach by utilizing the guys that he has and going to their strengths. That’s what we all like about him.”

The team also features newly crowned World Champion Andre Iguodala, who won a gold medal with Team USA this summer.   While he’s excited about the new season, the veteran forward could also benefit from a lighter workload in training camp.

Said Iguodala, “I can understand why some guys need a little bit of time after that because it’s a quick turnaround.  But I’m excited about the season.”

While he may be tired from the summer grind, Iguodala did take away more than just shiny awards.

“The biggest thing I learned is the small things,” he said. “I noticed what some of the guys were doing over there — things that no one will see.

“I clicked with Rajon Rondo, Chauncey Billups — the point guards — and I saw of lot of things they do that I normally wouldn’t have seen that makes those guys great players.””

The Sixers held their media day on Sept. 27 in advance of opening training camp today at 10 a.m. at Saint Joseph’s University’s Hagan Arena. Camp runs through Oct. 2.

Practice Schedule:

Tuesday, Sept. 28
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 29
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Thursday, Sept. 30
5 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 1
10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

Saturday, Oct. 2
10 a.m. – 1 p.m.
6 p.m. – 8 p.m.

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