The third day of Sixers Training Camp is in the books, preseason is now just four days away and the glorious JaKarr Sampson dribble-drives you and your friends rave about every Friday night are right around the corner. Heck, they're in plain view. Now let's break down some of the major headlines from the team's day over at Stockton College Thursday.
One of Your Bi-Annual Josh Harris Pressers
Principal owner Josh Harris has spoken sparingly since purchasing the team - typically on media days, during exit interviews and at the occasional Constitution Center press conference. We got to listen to Harris elaborate on his thoughts on the team going forward, and although most of it was business as usual, there were some noteworthy takeaways.
Harris followed in Hinkie's footsteps in heaping some praise onto Coach Brown's work in Philly over the past two years, giving Brown an "A" for the job he's done. Of course, he wouldn't publicly air any dirty laundry, but the team's braintrust clearly thinks very highly of the third-year head coach. Extension talks may be a topic of discussion going into year three of a four-year agreement, but barring any major changes, I'd expect Brown to be taken care of; he's here for the long haul.
#Sixers Harris on $70 million practice facility: 'Shockingly, we're on time and on budget. It couldn't be going any better.'— Tom Moore (@tmoore76ers) October 1, 2015
Ah, you remember the $70 million, 120,000 square-foot practice facility set to open this summer on the Camden waterfront. Although a major project staying on-track doesn't exactly sound like earth-shattering news, the organization's plans for the facility haven't necessary always been on this path. It's an arduous process, but by the looks and sounds of it, it should be in place as a potential marketing piece come 2016 and beyond.
Sauce Castillo's Ringing Endorsement
Michigan head coach John Beilein stopped by Stockton College today, and offered a seal of approval for his former Wolverine because nepotism is dead.
#Michigan coach Beilein on Stauskas: 'When he has consistency & is playing every single day, he's the best (shooter) I've ever seen.'— Tom Moore (@tmoore76ers) October 1, 2015
Coaches love to gush about former players, but you could do worse than a Final Four head coach and Big Ten champion putting you up on that pedestal. Stauskas really started heating up late last season, connecting on over 42 percent of his triples in 19 minutes per game post All-Star. It's going to be fascinating to watch him develop in a larger role with what should be major minutes consistently for the first time in his career.
Holmes, Jackson Injury Updates
On the first day of camp on Tuesday, Holmes, who recovered from a fractured elbow back in August, appeared to roll his ankle and has been held out since. It doesn't sound too serious, and Holmes reportedly informed Brown Thursday that he was feeling better, so expect to see the rookie forward back on the floor today.
Pierre Jackson was also not a full participant today due to an undisclosed groin injury, per Keith Pompey. The team didn't divulge much about what the situation was for Pappy Jack, but we should hear more today. It's worth monitoring as the six point guards in camp continue to battle for roster spots.
We've got one day to go before we're really in the swing of things and you can take a break from reading about Why Miles Austin Maybe Isn't Really This Bad. He is this bad, but the Sixers are back, guys.