07/07/09 10:50 am EST
We’re recovering from a long weekend so it’s slow going here at the Philadunkia headquarters. So while we recover, we’re going to supply you with a nice link dump to catch you up on all the 76ers news that went down over the 4th of July holiday weekend.
But before we get to that, we wanted to let you know that starting today Philadunkia will be down in Orlando covering the 76ers / Nets squad in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Expect game recaps, interviews and a few features.
Speaking of the strange arrangement between the Sixers and the NJN, Ross Siler of the Salt Lake Tribune has a great story on the unusual union between the 76ers and the Nets that is their co-op team in the Orlando Po Summer League. It seems “the economy” was a big factor in establishing this summer basketball conglomerate.
In their first game together, the Sixers / NJN squad suffered a 75-67 overtime loss to the Pacers’ summer league team. Marreese Speights led the Nets/Sixers split squad with 28 points and 11 rebounds, while Nets guard Chris Douglas-Roberts added 20 points. Brandon Rush hit two free throws to give Indiana a 69-67 lead with 1:34 left in overtime, and reserve guards Will Blalock and Trey Johnson added the final three points at the line. 76ers rookie guard JrueHoliday had a turnover and a shot blocked in the final minute. Pacers lottery pick Tyler Hansbrough, who was limited to three points in the first half, finished with a team-high 17. Hansbrough and went 5-for-6 on free throws in overtime. Rush added 15 for the Pacers.
Here’s the Sixers / NJN box score from Game 1 of the OPSL. Former Temple star Dionte Christmas played 16 minutes and went 1-3 from the field and 0-1 from 3-land for 2 points total. Christmas also grabbed 2 boards.
Marcus Hayes of the DN has a solid recap of their first outing in the OPSL.
Kate Fagan of the Inqy reports that the Rockets passed on “Big” SammyDalembert. Smart move Houston.
The Blazers are reportedly very interested in Andre Miller
Allen Iverson is still unemployed.