Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala Play the Dating Game on Jimmy Kimmel

Evan Turner and Andre Iguodala Play the Dating Game on Jimmy Kimmel

It's never too early in the NBA off-season for the 76ers to consider what needs to be improved upon for next year, and for the Sixers as any other team, chemistry is always an important concern. No doubt Andre Iguodala and Evan Turner, two key players on the team who struggled on occasion to congeal on the court at the same time, could use some work in that department. But just as important as getting the timing down on the court is making sure that the respect and trust is there off of it. And nowhere can the strength of that relationship be better tested better than on a fake game show held by a sarcastic late-night host.

'Dre and Evan represented the Sixers in a game of the "Team-Mating Game" on Jimmy Kimmel Live earlier this week, going up against LaMarcus Aldridge and Greg Oden of the Portland Trailblazers, in a spiritual rematch of the 1977 NBA Finals. The two Philly swingmen were quizzed on their knowledge of the other, on subjects ranging from their annoying habits, to their embarrassing on-court moments, to their taste in women. Over the course of the contest, we learned the following odd facts about the duo:

-Andre has an unhealthy obsession with Twizzlers

-Evan plays with his belly button too much in practice

-Andre has a bad habit of twisting people's words around

-Evan fancies himself a boob man, and everybody knows this

Ultimately, the two do show fairly good chemistry—up until the end, when the pair balk at chugging a ice cream soda together for fear of looking like their off-court chemistry is a little too good. Hey guys, nobody said that winning an NBA championship is easy. If that involves having to make googly eyes at each other over a tall fountain drink on occasion, that's just the price you're going to have to pay, isn't it?

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Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

Noel joins Sixers in New Orleans, may play Sunday in Detroit

NEW ORLEANS -- Nerlens Noel made another step toward his return from arthroscopic left knee surgery by joining the Sixers in New Orleans for their game against the Pelicans.

Noel arrived on Wednesday with Robert Covington, who is slated to start after missing the last three games with a left knee sprain. Noel is not cleared to play, but Brown doesn’t think it will be long until he suits up. 

“I don’t think far away,” Brown said of Noel’s regular season debut after shootaround.

When asked about the possibility of Noel playing this weekend when the Sixers face the Pistons on Sunday in Detroit, Brown replied, “Maybe.” 

Noel has missed the entire regular season recovering from elective surgery for an inflamed plica in October. He completed the first phase of his rehab in Birmingham, Ala. and has been continuing his work with the Sixers. This trip to New Orleans is the first time he has been with the Sixers on the road. 

“[He is] integrating with the team, studying a lot of tape, scripting with his teammates with the understanding that we have a chance to see him soon,” Brown said. “All that trying to ramp it up where he can go to an NBA court more comfortably.”

Noel spoke out about his displeasure with the Sixers crowded frontcourt at the start of the preseason. He recently stuck with his stance, saying, “I don’t think the roster’s changed.”

Brown is working to keep the team moving forward as a unit while still being aware of and recognizing Noel’s perspective. 

“It does,” Brown said when asked if Noel’s open frustration concerns him as it pertains to team cohesiveness. “But I feel like it’s so much a part of what we try do around here that it’s not like you’re going to blink and you’ve forgotten something that equals camaraderie, that equals team, that equals trying to keep this together, and you’ve left it for a week … 

“It’s a day-to-day focus for me and it’s a very candid conversation with me and the player. The team hears it, the individual hears it, we all understand it … We need to co-exist and we need to understand the reality of it all, too. There’s a human side you understand. It’s also pride, it’s competitiveness, it’s do your job, it’s nothing is given, you’ve got to take stuff, draw your own line in the sand, competitors rule the day.”

Last season Noel averaged 11.1 points and a team-high 8.1 rebounds per game. The Sixers will look forward to having him back on the court in that once-crowded frontcourt that is now shorthanded. Jahlil Okafor remained in Philadelphia with gastroenteritis. Ben Simmons still is rehabbing from a right Jones fracture. 

"Soon you’re going to see Ben Simmons coming to a team bench where he doesn’t come out with boots and have to push him in some type of wheely apparatus," Brown said. "We’ve dealt with so many injuries trying to find that balance of dealing with their health and so on, and then trying to integrate them back into a team is part of growing a program."

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

Flyers fans send amazing postcards to their beat writers

I like to give Flyers fans a bit of a hard time on occasion, but that's only because I love them.

One beautiful Flyers fan today reminded me of why I love them.

They took the time to send a postcard to CSNPhilly.com's Flyers Insider -- and hater of the woo -- Tim Panaccio with one single word written on it.

"Woo."

Panotch says "Someone wasted a stamp and post card on this," but I say we just generated at least 50 cents in ad revenue from those of you that are reading this right now.

Money and time well spent.

Now, if you're not up on your wooing, Panotch penned a piece on how some fans wooing at games started annoying some of the players. Panotch hates the woo. BUT... and this is an important but... the Flyers are 6-0 since this all started. 

Woo.