Lavoy Allen is entering his third pro season with the Sixers. (USA Today Images)
One day after admitting he has not played particularly well this preseason (see story), Lavoy Allen missed Sixers practice, which was open to the public and held at the Palestra.
“We got word that he overslept,” head coach Brett Brown said. “That is part of the culture we are trying to get right. I will deal with him. What else can I say?”
The Sixers are already depleted on their front line. Nerlens Noel, Arnett Moultrie and Kwame Brown are all sidelined with various injuries.
Even before Allen missed Saturday’s practice, decisions about who will make the Sixers' 15-man roster has had the head coach thinking long and hard.
“Right off the bat you start the season with four of them out: Nerlens, Kwame, Arnett and J-Rich (Jason Richardson). And there is no daylight, except Kwame at some point. The other ones are done,” Brown said.
“Do you go small ball and just take the best players?” Brown suggested. “Do you calculate that you need bigs and maybe good players get pushed out who are wings?”
No matter which way the Sixers' brass goes in determining who makes the team, Brown demands his players will be of high character -- on that he is unwilling to budge.
“You can build skill, (but) it's hard to build DNA character qualities,” Brown said. “And that needs to be the foundation, the bottom line, number one. We need the right competitors who want to get better.
“There is no one whose skills stand out that significantly more than others, and so it's people. Who are the people we are going to keep here or that Sam is going to bring in? What makes them tick? That is what is crucial in year one. You can’t get tricked.”
The Sixers will play the Cavaliers in Columbus, Ohio on Monday night in their penultimate preseason game.