The second day of 76ers training camp is in the bag after yesterday's practices. We're just five days away from the first preseason game! Get excited. Here's some of the highlights from yesterday:
Good Embiid News
Anything that doesn't sound disastrous in regards to Joel Embiid's rehabilitation and the possiblity of him one day taking the court for the Sixers can be construed as positive. Sam Hinkie said yesterday, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey, that Embiid would only have a cast on his right foot for a "few more weeks." While it may be too optimistic to expect Embiid to take the court this season, it's refreshing to hear he isn't being sent to the glue factory just yet.
Sauce and Hollis Have Wet Jumpers
Nik Stauskas and Hollis Thompson circling the arc while Jahlil Okafor bruises his back into a defender and hits one of the two shooters with a no-look, one-handed pass for a quick three? That warms my 2009 Magic-loving heart. Standing around in an empty gym unguarded aside, the forms of Sauce and Thompson look fantastic. Poor J.P. Tokoto has to follow their performance with constant bricks. He may be too 2014 Sixers for this year's squad, which seems to have multiple reliable deep threats. Here comes a non-historically awful offense!
Christian Wood Impresses Brett Brown
Brett Brown loves gushing about his players, even the ones that don't exactly seem to be true NBA rotational players. That's become fairly obvious ever since he called Tony Wroten a "LeBron James-Tyreke Evans wannabe," his first year as the Sixers' head coach and then that summer when he talked about how Jerami Grant, the 39th pick in the 2014 draft, reminded him so much of Kawhi Leonard, the reigning NBA Finals MVP.
So it's no surprise that Brown has taking a liking to Christian Wood, an undrafted big man out of UNLV. Wood, despite possessing first round talent, didn't hear his named called on Draft Night likely due to some questions regarding his maturity and attitude. Brown, however, still has hope for Wood:
... Let’s start with he is a really, really gifted athlete. Second, he can shoot an NBA three."— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) September 30, 2015
Let the Mike Levin-headed hype train get started!
Stay tuned later for more updates and news about today's training camp action.