Sixers forward Arnett Moultrie ‘sick of excuses’ for not playing

Sixers forward Arnett Moultrie ‘sick of excuses’ for not playing

Arnett Moultrie hasn’t played for the Philadelphia 76ers since last season. Offseason ankle surgery forced the 6’11” power forward to miss training camp, and he has yet to suit up in a game for the Sixers since returning to practice on December 31.

Conditioning undoubtedly had a lot to do with Moultrie not stepping right back into a role on the team, but over a month later, the 2012 first-round picks says his ankle is fine and he’s in basketball shape. What the big 23-year-old will not tell reporters is why head coach Brett Brown has yet to put him in the lineup.

Whatever the reason though, Moultrie is not happy. He spoke out about his lack of playing time to Christopher A. Vito for the Delaware County Times.

“It’s not my ankle. It’s not my conditioning,” Moultrie said. “But at this point, I really don’t care. I’m just sick of all the excuses. If it ain’t one thing, it’s another thing.

“It’s just (baloney).”

When pressed for the specific reason he’s been given for why he’s yet to play, Moultrie declined.

“I’d rather not say,” he said.

This is not the first time there have been questions about Moultrie’s playing time. During his rookie season, he was used sporadically by Doug Collins, some nights just a few minutes here or there, others upwards of 20. Finally, by the last few games of the season, Moultrie was playing over 20 minutes every night.

Moultrie averaged 3.7 points and 3.1 rebounds in 11.5 minutes per game in 2012-13. He was acquired in a draft day trade with the Miami Heat for Justin Hamilton and a first-round pick.

Whatever Brown’s reason for not dressing Moultrie now, he’s not saying and apparently nobody else is, either. CSN Philly insider Dei Lynam described Moultrie’s comeback as a “mystery” on Tuesday.

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

Tonight's lineup: WIth only RHP left, could Ryan Howard start every game?

If healthy, Ryan Howard is expected to start all three games in the Phillies' final series of the season Sept. 2-4 at home against the Mets.

He might also start the entire Braves series.

The Phillies' final six games are all against right-handed starting pitchers: Julio Teheran, Mike Foltynewicz and Josh Collmenter in Atlanta; Robert Gsellman, Bartolo Colon and Noah Syndergaard with the Mets. That could mean six starts for Howard before his time with the Phillies expires.

Howard's batting average has been below .200 for practically the entire season, but he's been much better since the All-Star break, hitting .259/.325/.598 with 11 homers, five doubles and 25 RBIs in 123 plate appearances (see game notes). He went 0 for 6 in his last two starts but homered in each of his two previous starts to reach 23 for the third year in a row.

Here's the Phillies' full lineup Tuesday against Teheran:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Roman Quinn, LF
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Maikel Franco, 3B
5. Ryan Howard, 1B
6. Cameron Rupp, C
7. Freddy Galvis, SS
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jerad Eickhoff, P

Matt Kemp is out of the Braves' lineup.

1. Ender Inciarte, CF
2. Adonis Garcia, 3B
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Nick Markakis, RF
5. Tyler Flowers, C
6. Jace Peterson, 2B
7. Dansby Swanson, SS
8. Mallex Smith, LF
9. Julio Teheran, P

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Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman makes complete 180 with latest roster move

Howie Roseman solidified his hold on Executive of the Year Tuesday when he re-signed guard Darrell Greene to the practice squad and released JaCorey Shepherd from the practice squad. Shepherd was signed on Wednesday when Greene was previously released.

The Eagles were undefeated with Shepherd on the practice squad this year.

But they're also undefeated with Greene on the practice squad.

Roseman did not return messages requesting comment about Shepherd's seven-day stint with the Eagles.

Once Roseman realized he had actually NOT signed Lito Sheppard, the deal was voided.

The Eagles don't play this coming weekend so we were hard-pressed for any actual news.