Philadelphia 76ers Head Coach Doug Collins is known to tell it like it is before and after games. He's not one to sugar coat anything and he often delivers lines that have the press corp laughing. Sometimes he cracks on his own players, and other times like on Saturday night, he has some fun at the expense of his opponents. But beware when you basically call Kevin Garnett and his teammates old.
From ESPN Boston via CelticsBlog:
While meeting with the media 75 minutes before Saturday's back end of a home-and-home, Collins noted, "There's no reason [the Celtics] should be fresher than us. Not with the amount of playoff games, the amount of minutes they've put into this league."
Not exactly the worst thing in the world to say, but then Doc Rivers passed the info along to his team:
And asked after the game how Garnett and his 51,152 minutes responded to
the news, Rivers noted, "Kevin reacted the way you think he would
react." Which is to say that Garnett was essentially enraged.
Yeah, you don't really want to do that.
The Sixers went on to get beaten rather handily on Saturday night. KG had a team-high 19 points and shot an efficient 9-11 from the field. And he's a scary human, so there's that.
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It looks like point guard Chasson Randle has earned himself some more time in Philadelphia.
The Sixers on Friday announced that they signed Randle to a second 10-day contract.
Randle was first signed by the Sixers on Jan. 9 and has appeared in two games, thanks in large part to a wrist injury that forced starter T.J. McConnell to msis some time and pushed backup point guard Sergio Rodriguez into the starting lineup.
Randle scored a career-high 10 points in 16 minutes in Monday's win over the Bucks, shooting 50 percent from the field (3 for 6) and beyond the arc (2 for 4), while also adding two rebounds and an assist.
He played in 19 games this season for the Westchester Knicks of the NBA D-League before signing with the Sixers, leading the team in scoring with 21 points per game, including back-to-back games of 38 and 36 points in December.
Randle went undrafted in 2015 after a four-year career at Stanford.
Updated: 6:13 p.m.
Mo Williams was barely a Sixer.
The Sixers on Friday claimed the 34-year-old point guard, then waived him, a league source confirmed to CSNPhilly.com's Jessica Camerato. The Sixers followed it with the re-signing of guard Chasson Randle to a second 10-day contract.
ESPN's Marc Stein first reported the news of the Sixers' claiming Williams.
Per the report, the Sixers made the claim in order to get $2.2 million closer to the salary floor while preventing the Nuggets from doing so after Denver acquired Williams in a trade with the Hawks.
It's been a whirlwind two weeks for Williams, who was traded from the Cavaliers to the Hawks as part of the Kyle Korver deal. Williams was then shipped to the Nuggets, who then waived him.
Now he's been claimed and waived by the Sixers in the same day.
Williams, a veteran of 13 NBA seasons, last played for 2015-16 championship-winning Cleveland, where he played 41 regular-season contests and averaged 8.2 points and 2.4 assists per game.