Lynam: Risk on Faried could pay off big for Sixers

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Lynam: Risk on Faried could pay off big for Sixers

Wednesday, June 1, 2011
Posted: 11 a.m.

By Dei Lynam
CSNPhilly.com

Alas, the NBA Finals have arrived. While Dallas and Miami duke it out to win a championship, the Sixers will spend the next three weeks trying to figure out if they can add a piece to their puzzle in the upcoming draft that puts them one step closer to title aspirations.

The Sixers currently have the 16th pick in the draft. Soon they will be bringing in potential draftees to their practice facility, though much of their homework has been done through scouting, video and the pre-draft camp recently held in Chicago.

Its in Chicago that Kenneth Faried was able to showcase his athleticism and personality that could catapult him from a late first-rounder to as high as No. 16.

Faried just completed his fourth year at Morehead State. He finished his career as the NCAAs all-time leading rebounder with 1,643 boards and an average of 12.3 per game. He surpassed the mark set by Tim Duncan, who left Wake Forest in 1997 after pulling down 1,570 rebounds in his four years with the Demon Deacons.

That elite status would not have been possible had Faried not revoked his decision a year ago to be in the NBA draft.

It was a great decision for me, Faried said. I think just breaking Tim Duncans record and being able to go to the NCAA tournament and upset Louisville, it was a great team and a great fit. Everything happens for a reason, so I guess it was for a great reason I went back.

That Faried is a fierce rebounder with a nose for the ball is undisputed. That he has tremendous energy and aggressiveness in his approach to the game is also a known fact. But he is 6-foot-8 and weighs 225 pounds both numbers that make him an undersized power forward at the NBA level.

Furthermore, while Faried led the Ohio Valley Conference in field goal percentage (64), scoring (17.6), rebounding (14.5) and blocks (2.4) this past season, people question if his numbers just reflect being a big fish in a small pond.

A lot of people say my offensive skills can be of concern, the Newark, NJ native said. But I am working at it and they accept me for that and they say be able to play a great role.

Part of the reason Faried shot such a high percentage in college is that he went after the ball. His mantra is in order to shoot the ball you have to rebound it.

Most players arent going to make every shot, Faried said. I would just go get it and score it and figure my numbers would speak that way.

Faried doesnt focus on the where he is drafted, but he absolutely thinks about the when.

Personally, I dont see myself any particular place right now, he said. I just see myself being a great player and going out there and giving my all, and hopefully falling somewhere in the first round. But if I dont I am still going to play hard and try and make a team.

He can rebound, but the rest of his game obviously has questions marks. Still, imagine picking midway through the first round and landing a specialist. That people would use Farieds name is in the same sentence with Dennis Rodman certainly pique ones interest. Rodman, who is a Hall of Famer, was selected with the third pick in the second round of the 1986 NBA draft at just 6-foot-7. Rodman led the league in rebounding seven consecutive years with 18.7 per game being the pinnacle in the 1991-92 season.

Elton Brand is the Sixers current starting power forward and he led them in rebounding with 8.7 per game this past season. Thaddeus Young would appear to be Brands successor when his contract is up two years from now. Young is part power forward, part small forward and while his rebounding improved (a career high 5.3 per game last season), it will never be his strength. Young makes people pay with his quickness at the offensive end of the floor.

Selecting Faried as of this day and watching the mock drafts would be taking someone higher than the player is projected. Lest we remember where there is risk certainly there is the chance of disappointment, but there is also the chance of reward which can be oh so great with the right risk.

E-mail Dei Lynam at dlynam@comcastsportsnet.com

Report: P.J. Carlesimo won't join Sixers' coaching staff

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Report: P.J. Carlesimo won't join Sixers' coaching staff

It doesn't sound like the Sixers' replacement for Mike D'Antoni will be the most rumored name for the position.

NBA coaching veteran P.J. Carlesimo has decided to not join Brett Brown's staff as associate head coach and instead will remain a television analyst, according to tweets Sunday night by ESPN's Mark Stein.

Stein added that despite "strong mutual interest," Carlesimo made the decision for family reasons.

The 67-year-old Carlesimo has spent parts of nine seasons as a head coach in the league and five more as an assistant. He was last on a NBA bench when he took over as the Brooklyn Nets' interim head coach in 2012-13.

So the Sixers still have a vacancy on their bench after D'Antoni, who joined the Sixers in the middle of last season after Jerry Colangelo joined the organization, signed on to become head coach of the Houston Rockets last week. Who the team's next choice for the role is remains to be seen.

NBA Notes: Grizzlies hire Heat assistant David Fizdale as head coach

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NBA Notes: Grizzlies hire Heat assistant David Fizdale as head coach

MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- The Grizzlies have hired David Fizdale as their new coach and will introduce him in Memphis at a news conference Tuesday.

Memphis announced the move Sunday. The hiring was first reported Thursday by The Associated Press and others. The Grizzlies did not disclose terms, but Yahoo! Sports reported Fizdale agreed to a four-year contract.

General manager Chris Wallace said in a statement that the Grizzlies are confident Fizdale is the right person to help Memphis build on its success.

Fizdale has spent the past eight years with the Miami Heat, the past two as assistant head coach to Erik Spoelstra.

The new Grizzlies coach says he feels fortunate to have worked with some of the NBA's greatest coaches and players and believes he's ready for the challenge of being a head coach (see full story).

Antetokounmpo brothers combine for 133 points in charity game vs. Porzingis
ATHENS, Greece -- NBA stars Giannis Antetokounmpo of the Milwaukee Bucks and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks battled it out in Athens in a game of streetball Sunday, watched by a crowd of 5,000.

Played in an open court in Greece's largest public high school, the "Antetokounbros Streetball Event" ended 123-123. No overtime was played.

Porzingis scored 21 points but was overshadowed by team member Thanasis Antetokounmpo, Giannis' older brother, who scored 69. The two had played for a few games together last season, when Thanasis was signed by the Knicks on a 10-day contract. Giannis Antetokounmpo led the other team with 64 points. The other players were a mixture of veteran pros and amateurs.

On Saturday, Porzingis and the Antetonkoumpo brothers were given a private tour of the Acropolis Museum (see full story).  

Sixers to host 6 more prospects for pre-draft workouts Monday

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Sixers to host 6 more prospects for pre-draft workouts Monday

After attending private, agency-run pre-draft workouts, the Sixers will host six players Monday at their practice facility for more workouts.

Joel Bolomboy, James Webb III, Tim Quarterman, Brannen Greene, Danuel House and Isaiah Taylor are all members of the third group of prospects to participate in team-run workouts in Philadelphia.

Bolomboy, a power forward, averaged 17.1 points, 12.6 rebounds and 1.2 blocks his senior season at Weber State.

Quarterman entered the draft following his junior year at LSU, where he played with Ben Simmons. The point guard averaged 11.2 points, 4.6 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game last year in Baton Rouge.

Webb, a forward, left Boise State following his sophomore year. He averaged 15.8 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.4 steals last season.

Greene declared for the draft after his junior year at Kansas. The guard averaged 5.4 points and 2.1 rebounds while shooting 49.2 percent from three last season for the Jayhawks.

House, a guard, transferred from the University of Houston to play his junior and senior seasons at Texas A&M. He posted 15.6 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists last season.

After three seasons at Texas, Taylor, a point guard, declared for the draft. He averaged 15.1 points, 2.8 rebounds and 5.0 assists this past season while helping the Longhorns reach the NCAA Tournament.

The Sixers hold the first, 24th and 26th picks in the draft, which takes place on June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.