At the conclusion of Sixers practice on Sunday, players huddled up with Lavoy Allen -- unlike Saturday, when Allen missed practice because he overslept.
Allen, who is soft-spoken, shared little about what led to his absence Saturday or how it was handled 24 hours later.
“I met with Coach [Brett Brown] before practice, I addressed the team about it, and we are moving on from there,” Allen said. “It is a thing of the past.”
Mistakes happen but, given how poorly Allen has played this preseason, the timing of his missed practice looks bad. Couple that with Allen’s reputation of having a low motor, and some would question his desire to improve as a pro.
Lucky for the Temple product, his coach is not among the doubters. Brown believes Allen has potential and can reach it.
“I am going to give him the benefit of the doubt and say that it is injury and a new system and his time is coming,” Brown said. “Look at some of the performances he has had in the past. So I expect more. He expects more of himself. We need more and it is in him.”
A year ago, Allen had 42 games in which he pulled down between five and 11 rebounds. He actually grabbed a career-best 22 rebounds in a win against the Bobcats last season.
But a sore knee kept Allen from playing basketball for two months this summer, leaving him out of shape and overweight when training camp began.
Allen has lost about 18 pounds since getting back on the court, and he says his knee feels 95-percent healthy.
“I have to continue to get in better shape, run the floor,” Allen said. “I have to rebound, set good screens, do whatever I have to do out there.”
Allen’s next opportunity to show improvement is Monday night when he and his teammates play the Cavaliers in a preseason game in Columbus, Ohio.