12/22/11 1:15 pm EST
Wednesday afternoon 76ers President Rod Thorn was a call-in guest for “The Mike & Ike Show” on 94WIP. Thorn was upbeat, seemed confident that the 7-6 are going to have a very good year and to our surprise, was very candid about the Sixers roster.
Rob Ellis was in for Michael Barkann yesterday. Ellis and Ike Reese (The Show’s NBA “head”) did a solid job of peppering Thorn with a variety of Sixers topics including the development of Spencer Hawes, “Big Nik’s” role, the inconsistent play of Mo Speights, why the Sixers didn’t make any moves in the recent NBA “off-season” and potential on-the-court chemistry issues for the Sixers.
Some of the answers Thorn gave made us cringe a little, but again, overall we were impressed with how honest Thorn was in answering questions from Reese and Ellis.
We transcribed two of our favorite clips and provide you with a link to the full interview with Collins after the jump.
Ike Reese: Who caught your eye early in training camp on the positive side where their game has really improved?
Thorn: On guy that I think is taking a step towards being a real star in this League is Jrue Holiday. Now he’s in his third year and you need a good point guard. He obviously was a good one last year, but I see him maturing and developing into the type of leader that we need to really be successful in this League.
Reese: Are you expecting more consistent play from Hawes this year so that he and Elton Brand can form some kind of presence down there on the low blocks?
Thorn: If Spencer plays the way he did the other night (preseason opener: 14 & 9), then we are going to be really good…Spencer accepted the qualifying offer which means he has a one year deal, which showed me a lot. His thing was, ‘I’m not getting offered enough and I am going to prove to everyone that I am a better player then maybe the League thinks I am right now’. So far in practice he’s been making his shots, but he’s really slowed down (In a good way.). He always tried to get ahead of himself I thought last year and now with a little more experience he’s slowed down…That’s a key for us, if we get solid play from our bigs, we’re going to have a real good year.