Philadelphia 76er’s Head Coach Brett Brown placed a call to Jahil Okafor’s former college coach, Mike Krzyzewski to get a little more insight into the young center whom he selected with the third pick of the draft.
“I had a fantastic conversation with Coach K and when we hung up, I knew Jahlil had great potential and is a terrific, young prospect, but I hadn’t realized what type of person we had, as well,” Brown said. “The more I learn about Jahlil, the more you respect his upbringing value and love of the game. I was in the office at 6:30 the other morning, and he’s in the gym working with a trainer. You then go upstairs and get ready for a day’s work and you feel great. I’m really excited to coach him, and the program is going to realize very quickly how special he is,” Brown told Bob Cooney of the Daily News.
Do not expect the Sixers to make any splashy moves in free agency as the franchise is committed to Brown and his long-term plan to turn the team around. When signing on with the franchise, Brown made it clear that he was going to take three seasons of tinkering with the roster before making a splash move in the year Kevin Durant becomes a free agent.
“I think we’ll be out there and we’ll have discussions, but we’ll be discerning, too. We’ll have to be reasonable about it and about the kinds of players we want to go after,” GM Sam Hinkie said. “We want players who would fit with our group over a long period of time. If we were to make some big investment in any free agent, it needs to be someone who might fit. And you might guess, like if we come to the conclusion that that’s a player that can really help us, other teams might too. Other teams might too, right?”
Dallas Forward Monta Ellis scored 13 third quarter points en route to 24 total points in a 94-97 loss to the Dallas Mavericks. The Sixers had opportunities and were down by six with thirty seconds remaining when the Mavericks turned it over, one of 20 in the game. Philadelphia was unable to capitalize and the game ended with a Shawn Marion dunk at the buzzer.
”I thought we battled and showed a lot of heart to come back from arguably our worst performance in New Orleans, and we lost to a good team,” Philadelphia coach Brett Brown said.
Philadelphia faces the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday. Great seats and tickets are still available.
“We like playing against Boston. We think we match up well against them.” PG Jrue Holiday
The Philadelphia 76er’s used thier final nine possessions to score 17 points leaving the Celtics scrambling to come back as they did in game one, but the Sixers held them at bay for the one point 82-81 victory.
“Our young guys keep growing,” Philly coach Doug Collins said post game, “and they’re really becoming men.”
For Celtics head man Doc Rivers, the fact that the team took three quarters off (with the exception of the first 9 points in the game scored by the Celtics) for the game plan to actually materialize on the floor left him disappointed.
“I don’t like the fact that we took, to me, almost three quarters to play the right way, offensively,’’ Celtics coach Doc Rivers said postgame. “Listen, we knew the blueprint before the game. It took us three quarters to get into it.’’
The Celtics had a chance to win the game as they went on to score 32 points in the 4th but down by one point with 1:44 left, they allowed Holiday to dribble the ball until Ray Allen finally fouled him with 14.4 seconds remaining.
“My thinking was it’d be a four-second differential,’’ Rivers said. “There’s no guarantee you’re going to get the rebound – by the time you got the rebound it’s probably three seconds. And then they have a foul to give, so they foul and now you’re down to two seconds. That’s a tough way to score. So, you know, I was hoping we could foul – I wanted to foul two seconds earlier than that, but we didn’t.’’
Be sure to catch Game Three Wednesday at 7 p.m. Eastern time.