It feels like many Sixers teams ago since Lou Williams was our first man off the bench--even if he had resigned with the Sixers in the summer of 2012, he probably would have been traded by now anyway. But in a way, it feels like he's still buried on the bench somewhere, because he's played so few games so far with his new team, having gone down with a torn ACL midway through last season, and only playing against Philly in one of the four Hawks-Sixers games last year.
Well, at long last, the Sweetness has returned. Lou Will is active tonight for the first time since he got injured back in Brooklyn ten months ago, and wouldn't you know it? The Sixers just happen to be in town, their first of three matchups with the Hawks this season. Lou will join the 4-4 Hawks in a role much like that he had in Philly, and hopefully get to enjoy playing for his hometown for the rest of the season and possibly into the playoffs.
Meanwhile, the Sixers are coming off yet another emotional high after their unlikely 123-117 OT win against the Rockets on Wednesday, done on the backs of a career-high 36 points by James Anderson and a career-high everything from Tony Wroten in his first-ever start, filling in for an injured Michael Carter-Williams. Wroten will get the chance to follow his performance tonight in Atlanta, as MCW is again out with a sore foot arch. Still listed as day-to-day, so you hope this is more precautionary than anything, though you never like hearing about foot problems with your young guys.
7:30 tip from the Highlight Factory in Atlanta. You can vote for your favorite Sixers as All-Stars now, though no MCW or Tony Wroten on the ballot. Hopefully the #WriteInWroten movement gets some more ammo tonight.
Temple head coach Geoff Collins on Monday added two new members to his coaching staff.
Keith Gaither will take over as the wide receivers’ coach and Kyle Lane is the new video coordinator.
Gaither comes to Temple with 21 years of coaching experience. He spent last season as Army's wide receivers coach. Prior to that, he spent time with Tusculum College (1998-99), Thomasville City Schools (2000-04), Winston-Salem State (2005-08), Elon (2009-10) and Ball State (2010-14).
Gaither spent his collegiate career at Elon, where he was a four-year starter and voted all-region at defensive end before graduating in 1997. Collins originally had retained Frisman Jackson from the 2016 staff, but Jackson was hired by the Tennessee Titans.
Lane is a Temple alum who spent time with Kansas during the 2016 season as its assistant video coordinator.
The Soul on Monday signed two players from their recent open tryouts, defensive lineman John Sheehy and offensive lineman John King.
Sheehy (6-5, 260), primarily a defensive end at Western Texas A&M, appeared in 13 games with the Buffalos during the 2013 season recording 16.0 tackles, 2.5 tackles for a loss of 16 yards and 1.5 sacks. He spent his 2014 season and a redshirt because of injury. He returned in the 2015 season posting 25.0 total tackles, 2.5 tackles for a total loss of 10 yards and one sack.
“Finding guys like John is what makes hosting these tryouts well worth the effort,” head coach Clint Dolezel said in a statement. “Getting to the quarterback has to be a priority in arena football and I believe John has the skillset to be a great AFL pass rusher.”
King (6-8, 320) started 34 at Buffalo and was the Bulls' starting right tackle his last two seasons.
“With the addition of John to our offensive line, we will be able to continue our success of leading the league in fewest quarterback sacks," Dolezel said. “Each year we produce at least one All-Arena offensive lineman and I believe John has the qualities to reach that caliber.”