Brown, Sixers working to fix offensive 'mess'


Brown, Sixers working to fix offensive 'mess'

The Sixers will wake up a little earlier than usual for Thursday’s 11 a.m. exhibition game against the Charlotte Bobcats. After Wednesday’s practice, Brett Brown said he was mulling over resting some of his veteran players after four games. Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner are averaging more than 30 minutes a game so far and Spencer Hawes is playing 26 minutes.

Thursday’s game might give the young Sixers a chance to work on some of the new plays Brown introduced in practice on Wednesday.

“We have a special offense called, “run” and a defense called, “rebound.” That’s what we put in today,” Brown said.

That was in response to the 30-point loss to the Nets on Monday night where the Sixers were manhandled in the paint, struggled to get out on the fast break and had very little going in the half-court offense.

There was a good reason why the Sixers couldn’t manage against the Nets’ size and speed.

“We’ve spent so much time running and for the first time we weren’t getting stops and they were getting back,” Brown said.

Rebounding and offense were the focus of the Sixers’ work on Wednesday and it’s going to take some time to get it clicking. So far, the offense has been “a mess,” Brown said.

“We’re not as organized as we need to be in the half-court game, obviously,” Brown said. “Personally, I feel naked. I’m a little bit lost along with them because we haven’t invested the time. We’ve spent so much time trying to put our defense right and running. After that, it’s a possession game like most NBA games are and I felt naked. I felt like that had a lot to do with our lull. We couldn’t get stops and we weren’t organized on offense.”

Moreover, much of the offense hasn’t even been introduced in practice yet, according to Young. With so many young players and a new coach and staff, the playbook has been opened very slowly.

“I probably wouldn’t even say 25 percent,” Young said when asked how much of the plays have been introduced. “With us having such a young team, we have to take the time and have a lot of patience and take it day-by-day and step-by-step. You can’t put in lumps of new plays and different schemes and stuff like that.”

Either way, the Sixers will try to incorporate “run” and “rebound” on Thursday morning against the Bobcats.

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

The Kings and Pelicans made waves after Sunday's NBA All-Star Game with the huge trade that sent superstar DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

Sacramento sent Cousins to New Orleans for a package that included rookie Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round picks this in this year's draft.

But the Sixers and Pelicans reportedly were very close recently on deal for a "similar" package in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne.

That "similar" package was reportedly minus Hield.

So while the Pelicans are now almost certainly out of the running for Okafor, they've still made an impact on the Sixers in the near future.

Remember, the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings in this year's draft via the Nik Stauskas deal in 2015.

So with Sacramento's brightest star now gone, that pick swap could be looking better and better for the Sixers.

As for Okafor, what does all this mean for his status with the Sixers?

Reports: Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

Reports: Kings trade DeMarcus Cousins to Pelicans

NEW ORLEANS -- The Sacramento Kings have agreed to trade DeMarcus Cousins and Omri Casspi to the New Orleans Pelicans in exchange for Tyreke Evans, 2016 first-round draft pick Buddy Hield, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round draft picks this summer, a person familiar with the situation said Sunday night.

The person spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity because the trade is not official and has not been announced by either team.

The deal pairs the 6-foot-11 Cousins, a frontcourt All-Star from nearby Mobile, Alabama, with the 6-11 Anthony Davis, who on Sunday night was the All-Star Game MVP after scoring 52 points, breaking Wilt Chamberlain's 1962 record of 42.

The move also sends a message that the Pelicans are committed to a push for a playoff spot.

New Orleans (23-34) went into the All-Star break 2 games behind Denver for the eighth and final playoff seeding in the Western Conference.

Cousins, like Davis a former collegiate star at Kentucky, is averaging 27.8 points and 10.6 rebounds this season. But he is due to become a free agent in 2018 unless the Pelicans can sign him to an All-Star caliber extension.

The Kings get a player with a lot of potential in Hield, although he has been inconsistent during his rookie season out of Oklahoma, where as a senior he was one of the best players in the nation.

Hield is averaging 8.6 points but has been explosive at times, with a season high of 21 points. The 6-6 Evans, who can play point guard, shooting guard or small forward, will be entering a second stint in Sacramento, where he was drafted in 2009 and went on to be Rookie of the Year. Galloway has been a solid reserve, providing scoring punch from the perimeter.

The 6-9 Casspi has been playing about 19 minutes per game for the Kings this season, averaging 5.9 points and 4.1 rebounds.