Saturday, July 27, 2013

Beach Bash 2013

The 14th annual Beach Bash commenced in Avalon yesterday. Check out exclusive interviews with Sixers rookies Nerlens Noel and Arsalan Kazemi, video recap.

Tuesday, July 23, 2013

Philadelphia 76ers introduce first-round pick Nerlens Noel

The Philadelphia 76ers officially introduced Nerlens Noel, acquired in the draft-day trade that sent All-Star Jrue Holiday to the New Orleans Pelicans, Tuesday afternoon at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Noel was joined on-stage by Sixers GM Sam Hinkie. A head coach was noticeably absent. Before addressing the addition of the 6-foot-11 center from the University of Kentucky, Hinkie discussed the departure of all-star point guard Jrue Holiday.

"To lose [Jrue] is not easy,” he began. “We wish him nothing but the best in New Orleans, and for the rest of his career.”

"With that being said, we're very excited,” Hinkie continued. “To acquire Nerlens and the [2014 lottery] pick that came with him, we think is a very big step for us."

Noel, who will miss substantial time this season recovering from an ACL injury sustained last season, said his weight is down to about 219 pounds, but assured fans that he has been rehabbing hard. "I'm doing six hours of rehab a day. I'm making a lot of progress," he stated.

Tuesday, July 16, 2013

Sixers Claim Swingman James Anderson and Center Tim Ohlbrecht off Waivers

James Anderson and Center Tim Ohlbrecht

The Sixers have claimed swingman James Anderson and center Tim Ohlbrecht off of waivers from Houston.

PHILADELPHIA, PA. – JULY 16, 2013 – The Philadelphia 76ers announced today that they have claimed swingman James Anderson and center Tim Ohlbrecht off waivers.  Both players were waived by Houston on July 15.

Anderson (6-6, 215) was originally the 20th overall pick by San Antonio in the 2010 NBA Draft.  In three NBA seasons with the Spurs and Rockets, Anderson has appeared in 116 games with six starts, averaging 3.7 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists in 11.1 minutes per game.

This past season, Anderson was a member of Atlanta’s training camp and preseason roster before being waived prior to the start of the regular season.  After a brief stint with the Rio Grande Vipers in the D-League, Anderson signed with the Spurs on Nov. 21 and appeared in 10 games before being waived on Dec. 20.  The 24-year-old returned to the Vipers before being signed by the Rockets for the remainder of the season on Jan. 2.