Sixers player evaluation: Royal Ivey


Sixers player evaluation: Royal Ivey

Note: Over the next couple of weeks we will recap the Sixers’ season by evaluating each member of the roster.

Royal Ivey

Position: Point guard

Status: Unrestricted free agent

Signature game of 2012-13
Ivey scored a season-high 17 points on March 2 to lead the Sixers to a 104-97 victory over Golden State. Ivey’s 17 points game on a perfect 6-for-6 shooting, including four of those from behind the three-point arc.

Ivey in 2012-13
The Sixers signed Ivey to a one-year minimum deal to provide support to Jrue Holiday for a few minutes a night. For the most part, that’s exactly what Ivey provided. A nine-year vet, Ivey provided experience, quickness and solid outside shooting. His 42-percent shooting from three-point range was a career best.

Ivey struggled with some injuries during the first half of the season and was often in, and then out, of head coach Doug Collins’ rotations. He started five games, including four in a row during March. But during April, Ivey couldn’t get on the court.

An unrestricted free agent, it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Ivey return to the Sixers on another one-year deal. However, if Ivey is going to have to sit on the bench for long stretches -- he was a DNP-CD in six of the last seven games -- why not do it for a winning team?

On Royal Ivey
“He brings an energy and toughness that we have to have -- his up-the-floor defense, his ability to make the open shot. What I try to do is, I don't play him as a point guard offensively. He guards the points but somebody else out there will handle the ball and get us out there into our offense. We need him.”

--Doug Collins, Dec. 31, 2013

Sixers fan apologizes to Russell Westbrook for flashing middle fingers

Sixers fan apologizes to Russell Westbrook for flashing middle fingers

Richard Harkaway, a urologist from North Philadelphia, has been identified as the Sixers fan who flashed a double middle finger to Thunder star Russell Westbrook during opening night on Wednesday night.

Harkaway on Thursday issued an apology for his actions and revealed a new detail about the confrontation with Westbrook.

"As a part-time comedian I realize that my words and actions are sometimes inappropriate," Harkaway said in a statement to issued by a personal representative.

"In this instance, after standing up to boo and being provoked by Russell Westbrook calling attention to my being overweight, my action in response was clearly inexcusable and I am embarrassed. I sincerely apologize to my fellow Sixers fans, the Sixers organization, my colleagues and patients, and to Mr. Westbrook for my behavior."

The story gets a little weirder with the allegation that Westbrook poked fun as Harkaway's weight, but at least he apologized for his actions. 

The incident, coinciding with the controversy over the national anthem, put a black eye on an otherwise fun night for the Sixers and their fans. 

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

Best of NBA: Dwyane Wade hits dagger 3-pointer in Bulls debut

CHICAGO -- Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in a triumphant Chicago debut, Jimmy Butler had 24 and the Bulls won their season opener, beating the Boston Celtics 105-99 on Thursday night.

Wade nailed a 3 from the corner in the final minute to make it a five-point game. Taj Gibson added 18 points and 10 rebounds, and the new-look Bulls got off to a winning start after missing the playoffs last season for the first time since 2008.

Isaiah Thomas led Boston with 25 points. Avery Bradley had 16, and Jae Crowder 14 points, but the Celtics came up short after opening with a win over Brooklyn the previous night.

The Bulls remade their roster in the offseason, jettisoning one hometown superstar and welcoming another when they traded Derrick Rose to New York and signed Wade to a two-year deal worth about $47 million in a move that stunned Miami.

The three-time NBA champion and 12-time All-Star is off to a good start with the Bulls after 13 seasons with the Heat.

Wade hit 4 of 6 3-pointers in this game after making just seven all of last season (see full recap).

New-look Hawks roll past Wizards
ATLANTA -- Dwight Howard dominated the boards in his Atlanta debut, Paul Millsap scored 28 points and Tim Hardaway Jr. ignited the new-look Hawks to a 114-99 victory over the Washington Wizards in their season opener Thursday night.

Howard grabbed 19 rebounds to go along with 11 points, just what the Hawks expected from their new center, and it certainly wasn't unusual for three-time All-Star Millsap to lead the way in scoring.

But Hardaway's performance was totally unexpected given the way he struggled in his first season with the Hawks, when he was largely confined to the bench and even forced to spend time in the D-League.

He scored 21 points, matching his high in an Atlanta uniform, and broke open a close game with back-to-back 3-pointers in the fourth. The Hawks, who led only 81-80 heading to the final period, outscored the Wizards 33-19 over the final 12 minutes (see full recap).