'Tis the Season for Excuses

'Tis the Season for Excuses

Lost in the holiday shuffle this week was a little gem from Sheldon Brown, in which he indicated that the atmosphere around the Eagles was too tight before they were eliminated from the playoffs, and that it stemmed from the coaching staff and trickled down. As reported by Kevin Roberts:

"We all played tight -- you know what I mean?" Brown told reporters
Sunday. "The last two weeks it was like: Let's just go play ball. We
should have had that attitude from day one."

Someone asked Brown why that didn't happen.

"It's a trickle-down effect," Brown said. "If the coaches feel tight,
it trickles down to the players. They're like: Oh, I can't make a
mistake. I can't make a mistake.

"Now the coaches are relaxed, the players are relaxed and we're having
fun playing and that's how it's always been since I've been here. I
don't know why it wasn't that way from the beginning."

I don't think the coaching staff was by any means perfect this season, but this is a weak excuse for a team underperforming in key games, even if it's true. Worse than believing it, however, is saying it. Nothing good can ever come of blaming your coaching staff for losses (see: Giants 2006), and with what Big Red's been through this year, it's like rubbing salt in a pretty deep set of wounds. 

Some sobering stats after the jump. 

Also reported by Roberts:

The Eagles are the only NFL team to have outscored their opponents and
still have a losing record. The Eagles are one of only four teams
ranked in the top 10 in the NFL in both total offense and total defense
-- and they're the only one of the four not leading their respective
division.

Ouch.

>>Eagles cornerback points finger at coaching staff [Courier Post Online]

Sixers sign Chasson Randle to second 10-day contract

Sixers sign Chasson Randle to second 10-day contract

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. 

Source: Sixers claim, then waive Mo Williams

Source: Sixers claim, then waive Mo Williams

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.