The Sixers' big men were on display Friday. Andrew Bynum, sporting cornrows and a brace on his right knee, was doing his daily ritual of shooting drills, though his movement across the lane was definitely greater.
At the other end of the floor, Spencer Hawes came through the gymnasium door riding a Segway. It was clear the seven-footer had used such a two-wheeler before.
Hawes and company will take on the Atlantic Division-leading Knicks on Saturday in hopes to snap a two-game losing skid.
"We have to taste winning," Sixers head coach Doug Collins said. "I told our guys today that Boston is 20-22 and the difference between their record and ours is they had a six-game winning streak and we have had a one-game winning streak since Nov. 30."
“We have to take advantage of having our legs back and being at home,” Hawes added. “And try to string together a group of games and remember that it is one game at a time, not to look ahead or past anybody or look forward past the games in front of us.”
Jason Richardson will sit for a third consecutive game because of a sore knee. Various injuries will now have sidelined him for 10 total games this season, a situation that is frustrating for the 12-year veteran.
“Me being out there right now, I would be hurting the team more than helping the team,” Richardson said. “I can’t really run. I can’t get my legs turned over, so it is just best for me to sit down and try to get right.”
Richardson said he started feeling pain in his knee two weeks ago when it swelled for no apparent reason. He has the knee drained a couple times since, but for a guy who has played 838 games over his NBA career, this is unfamiliar territory.
“I have been pretty much healthy my whole career,” Richardson said. “I had one surgery, but for basketball that is pretty good. I never had anything wrong for a whole season, but the back and the ankle and now the knee ... it is just a part of getting older. I have been taking care of my body better since I have been getting older, but it is just one of those things.”
Nick Young also missed practice Friday with a sore hip.
“Swaggy is starting to come around, and today he wasn’t able to practice because his hip was sore,” Collins said. “That has been the theme of our season -- the minute you start feeling something, someone else gets an ache or a pain. That is why the news on Jrue [Holiday] was so good for our franchise. On a 17-degree day it was warm."
The Sixers hope Holiday being named to his first All-Star game can warm up his teammates and get the group on a roll heading into the break.