IT WAS TIME TO GO

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
06/18/10 9:13 am EST

While the actual trading of Samuel Dalembert to the Sacramento Kings came as no surprise to anyone, the timing of the deal was one of the more shocking Sixers developments in recent memory.  The disgruntled Dalembert has been asking for a trade for over a year now and it was well known around the League that the Kings were in hot pursuit of Big Sammy at the 2010 NBA trade deadline, but could not get a deal done.  Even though the deal has a long history, it comes as a bit of a surprise that with just one week remaining before the 2010 NBA Draft that the Sixers would ship Dalembert to Sacramento in exchange for forward Andres Nocioni and center Spencer Hawes and thus greatly alter their roster.  Typically deals of the nature would take place on Draft night or just after the NBA Draft.

Coming off of his eighth season with the Sixers, Dalembert had one of his strongest years in a Sixer uniform last season.  Dalembert put up 22 double-doubles and had the best field goal percentage of his career at 54.5 percent.  From January 5th to February 6th, Dalembert recorded 10 or more rebounds in 16 of the 17 games played during that time.  This great stretch of play is made even more impressive when you remember that the run came as his native country of Haiti was hit with a devastating earthquake which killed over 230,000 people and left the country in ruins.  Dalembert played a large role in the recovery effort and was given the NBA’s J. Walter Kennedy Citizenship Award in April.


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TALKIN’ KICKS & HOOPS WITH EB

Posted by: Jeff McMenamin
10/13/09 10:16 am EST

Converse Elton BrandOn October, 10th2009 All-Star forward Elton Brand headed down north Broad Street to Girard College high school to hand out his brand new Converse EB2’s to kids from many neighborhoods throughout Philadelphia.  Usually the only time Girard College high school is in the news is when highly rated senior guard and University of Pittsburgh commit John Johnson hits the court for the Cavaliers, but on this day it was Brand that brought the media out to the high school.

Brand has a special love for the Converse open gym and it is the second straight year that Brand is handing out his signature shoes to the kids.  Brand told us that he used to attend open gyms and thinks it’s a great thing for the game of basketball. “Basketball has a way of getting guys together to form comradery and form friendships,” said Brand.  “You can meet guys from different neighborhoods just by playing the game of basketball. That’s the love of the game and that’s what basketball is all about.”


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