The Philadelphia 76ers are coming off a very embarrassing loss at home to the New Orleans Hornets 111-99 in which the team was never in the game to begin with. From falling behind 7 by the end of the first quarter to the Hornets out-hustling the team in the 3rd quarter when the 76ers finally tried to make a run in the 4th quarter thanks to Nick Young it was too little too late. There could be some hope on the horizon.
It was reported today that Andrew Bynum was shooting today in practice while Head Coach Doug Collins watched. It’s still weeks away before Bynum will be able to take the court at the Wells Fargo Center and if the team continues on it’s current path it’s not going to matter much. If Bynum is able to come back and provide something to the team and show he wants to play for the team it’s likely the 76ers will pursue an extension regardless of their concern of his chronic knee issues and it’s not likely the other teams in the league will want to pay what the 76ers can pay him.
In other 76ers injury news (and also on injured knees) Jason Richardson had his knee drained and is questionable for tomorrow’s game at home against Toronto. The Raptors are coming into the game with a worse record than the 76ers (14-25 compared to the 76ers 16-23) and they took the Bulls to overtime last night before finally losing 107-105. The Raptors are the only team behind the 76ers in the Atlantic Division but they’re high scores averaging 97 points a game but they allow 99 points a game with their defense. DeMar DeRozan is the team’s leading scorer with 17.7 per game.
The 76ers’s 10 Day contract with Maalik Wayns has expired and this is the 2nd time he’s now been off the 76ers roster. The Villanova grad played in 21 games and averaged 7.9 MPG and 2.7 points per game. No word yet on if the team plans on bringing him back at some point in the future.
To replace Wayns the 76ers picked up former Washington Wizards guard Shelvin Mack. The 23-year-old guard played in 7 games for the team averaging 20 MPG and 5.3 points per game but was waived twice by the team this year and now will be on the 76ers bench. The former 2nd round pick out of Butler played 64 games with the team last year and is in the bottom rung of shooters from beyond the 3 point arc.Tags: Andrew Bynum, Doug Collins, Jason Richardson, Maalik Wayns, NBA, Nick Young, Philadelphia 76ers, Shelvin Mack