These numbers from True Hoop shouldn't surprise you.
The numbers from Philadelphia are depressing. The Sixers rank at the bottom of the league in attendance – 14,499 per game, down from 16,518 last season, the biggest drop-off in the league. With an average of 69% capacity, they're the only team averaging less than 75%. The only other team that has lost 1,000 per game is Charlotte.
Since I don't have anything all that exciting for you this morning, I'll throw some links your way.
- Andy Reid won't be far, don't worry, he'll call if he needs someone. Except of course if it's under 5 minutes left in the game. [Fanhouse]
- I'm really hoping the Celtics can reach 20. [Fortress of Pillows]
- Get your NBA All Star Beer! [AA]
- If you were going to spring training in Clearwater, would you take advice on the hot spots from Bill Conlin? [Daily News]
- Some Brian Westbrook highlights after the jump.
CLEVELAND — Chicago Cubs slugger Kyle Schwarber's rehab finished just in time for the World Series.
Schwarber will bat fifth and be the designated hitter for the National League champions in Game 1 on Tuesday night against Cleveland's Corey Kluber. Schwarber hasn't played in the majors since tearing ligaments in his left knee on April 7 in a collision with teammate Dexter Fowler.
Dallas Cowboys orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Cooper operated 12 days later to repair torn anterior cruciate and lateral collateral ligaments. He was expected to miss the rest of the season but was cleared to return on Oct. 17.
Schwarber played a pair of games in the Arizona Fall League, going 1 for 6 with a double and two walks, and flew to Cleveland on Monday.
Nerlens Noel has had surgery on his sore left knee, and the Sixers have not disclosed a timetable for the disgruntled center's return.
Noel has been out since the team's first preseason game. He initially had a left groin strain before experiencing soreness in the knee during rehab, and it was discovered he had an inflamed plica.
The team is calling the surgery a "minor elective arthroscopic procedure." It was performed in New York by Dr. Riley J. Williams at the Hospital for Special Surgery.
Noel eventually will travel to Birmingham, Ala. to rehab with associate clinical director Kevin Wilk at Champion Sports Medicine.
The Sixers expect to have a timetable for his return once Noel returns to Philadelphia. According to Keith Pompey of The Philadelphia Inquirer, Noel is expected to miss three to five weeks.
This has been a rough preseason for Noel, who hasn't hidden his displeasure with his role on the Sixers' jammed frontcourt. The team has until Oct. 31 to extend his rookie contract but, per a report in the Inquirer earlier this month, the two sides have yet to discuss it.