Brown on Thad Young's return to Sixers
In Spanish cuisine, Tapas is described as an array of appetizers and snacks. Probably a good thing to serve up this day after Thanksgiving.
• As of this writing, the 11th pick in the draft leads all NBA rookies in scoring, rebounding, assists and steals. Michael Carter-Williams is that guy. Malik Rose said on our telecast from Orlando Wednesday night he is turning heads in the NBA, or most certainly the heads of the general managers who passed him up on draft night.
• The character of Thaddeus Young was never more evident than Wednesday night when he returned from a three-game absence after a personal tragedy to lead the team in scoring (see story).
• The Sixers’ inability to stop the other teams from shooting and hitting three-pointers is actually due in part to their inability to stop penetration in the paint. Allowing their defense to collapse has, in turn, allowed the other teams’ shooters to get open beyond the arc.
• It’s not often a head coach appears on the court pregame to tutor a young player, but that’s exactly what Brett Brown’s been doing. Reprising the player-development skills he showed while an assistant with the San Antonio Spurs, Brown has been helping rookie Nerlens Noel with his shot. Brown’s teaching technique has Noel shooting with only one hand, and the coach has said the big man out of Kentucky won’t be allowed to use his guide hand for at least another month or so.
Whether or not we see Noel this year is still very much up in the air. Indications are he’ll have to pass a substantial number of tests on his surgically repaired left knee before team officials will even consider allowing him to suit up.
• Other best guesses on two other injured Sixers: Arnett Moultrie could return late December/early January after left ankle surgery and Jason Richardson “at some point this season” following left knee surgery.
• With “Together We Build” being this year’s theme, it should come as no surprise that Darius Morris and Kwame Brown were recently waived in order to make room for third-year guard Elliot Williams and rookie point Lorenzo Brown. With those two on the roster, every Sixers guard is at least 6-foot-5 or taller.
• In last Friday’s win against Milwaukee, reserve rookie swingman Hollis Thompson had a breakout game with career-highs in scoring (16 points) and rebounding (7). Thompson’s performance is not only a tribute to his own work ethic, but also an example of the opportunities available with the Sixers for players like him.