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76ers try to foster winning attitude
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On October 6, 2013 @ 2:29 pm In Wirenews | Comments Disabled
by Jason Wolf, USA TODAY Sports
PHILADELPHIA – Sometimes the locker room conversation sounds a little bit different.
And sometimes, Thaddeus Young starts to feel old.
“The young guys will talk about some young-guy stuff,” the 25-year-old Philadelphia 76ers forward said, “and me and Spencer [Hawes] will sit around the locker room talking about managing our money and stuff like that. It’s definitely a big difference.”
Entering his seventh season in the league, Young is a landline in a room of smartphone prototypes and various newfangled gadgets, reliable and necessary given the spotty reception, but anything but the new thing. Sixers ownership might as well have used grenades to reduce their mediocre and frustrating product to ashes this offseason – leveling the front office, coaching staff and much of the roster – and began construction on a research and development lab in its stead.
The bulk of Philadelphia’s training camp roster is a collection of inexperienced players and projects, most notably fresh-faced first-round draft picks Nerlens Noel and Michael Carter-Williams, but overwhelmingly comprised of lottery tickets – other teams’ castoffs, career Development League and international league players and undrafted free agents. Fourteen of 20 guys on the roster have two or fewer years of NBA experience, and those considered veterans include mega-bust Kwame Brown and hobbled Jason Richardson.
It’s no secret the Sixers are well on their way to drawing a top pick and potential franchise-altering talent in next summer’s loaded NBA draft.
But in the meantime, something wretched is brewing on the Bunsen burner.
“It’s really important that our guys know we care about them and that we want them to be better players,” Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie said. “What they want, we want. We want to be able to show the world how good they are and to be able to have a platform to do that, and this will be a good place for them to do that.”
In the sense of actually providing these young guys playing time, he’s right.
But there’s little doubt the Sixers are going to stink like flat skunk on a tire.
“Obviously, there’s going to be some growing pains,” fourth-year Sixers swingman Evan Turner … [For more on Philadelphia 76ers try to foster winning attitude, click here.]
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