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Tuesday, November 17th, 2009 at 10:30 am  |  20 responses

Elton Brand to Lose Starting Gig?

There are some indications in Philly that Brand will not be the Sixers’ starting power forward tomorrow night: “It’s not a 100 percent, but if you read between the lines, it seems probable that Sixers coach Eddie Jordan might go with a different starting lineup on Wednesday night against the Charlotte Bobcats. And it seems power forward Elton Brand will be out of the lineup. There are a few options for who might be in (all speculation, really, on what the changed lineup might be). But we just spoke to Jordan. When the Sixers lifted the curtain on practice, they were running through 5-on-0 sets and Brand was working with the second team, Jason Smith with the first team … Then we asked Jordan about Brand working with the second team. Jordan said, ‘We have him playing some five with the second unit.’ Then we asked if that might mean a change to the starting lineup. Here’s where it gets interesting. Jordan said, ‘Ummm,’ then there was a long pause and he smiled and said, ‘Who knows? Nothing is going to change until Wednesday, if there is a change.”‘

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  • http://slamonline.com/ niQ

    I’m not liking this Eddie Jordan figure.

  • Clark

    Jason Smith over Brand? Umm… And c’mon, Boris Diaw is like the only PF that Brand is going to face where there is not height disadvantage. Start him and post him up.

  • http://fdjklf.com Jukai

    Isn’t Jason Smith a center?

  • http://www.sixers.com 360vue

    Eugh! Jordan is …….
    @ Jukai, Smith was PF originally I believe but played back up to Sammy most of the time
    With Speights out only real option would be throw Thad against the Cats, try Jrue at point, Lou is really not solution there from what he’s shown so far, move him to 2, Iggy back to his original 3 and considering that each game Sammy is either stalwart on the glass with blocks galore aswell or a drastic failure in every department, bring Brand in at 5 for most of the game. Small line up, but Cats are hardly giants either

  • you already know.

    Elton brand is lookin real old on the bball court have no lift.

  • kev

    elton doesnt look good at all, this is not the former mvp candidate from the clips. He is a shell of his former self. Jordan probably would be starting speights if he wasn’t injured. jason smith is more mobile and puts a shooter on the floor, good move

  • iLL wiLL

    EB fell off since last season.

  • Forrest Crunk

    If you are not playing well, you can’t start for a team that actually wants to win games. Elton is not a good PF right now and deserves the benching until he proves he can jump higher than an 80-year-old man again.

  • http://www.shawn-kemps-offspring.blogspot.com/ TADOne

    I thought he already wasn’t starting? It seems that way at least.

  • RickyRude

    Agree with TaddOne. Who knows, maybe this will provide him extra motivation to take that next step into being better.

  • Hoodsnake

    Man that contract is eye-watering. They must feel how the bulls felt when they threw all that dough at ben wallace. Hope he gets his game back soon

  • http://slamonline.com Brad Long

    Attention shoppers! J.C. Penny’s is having a sale in the basketball shoe dept.

  • http://slamonline.com Nima Zarrabi

    This will probably go down as one of David Falk’s most impressive free agent deals. To get nearly $80 million for a 30-year old player coming off an achilles rupture is unheard of. Very few athletes have been able to come back strong after that injury.

  • http://none The Philosopher

    It happens to the best of them.

  • http://none The Philosopher

    It happens to the best of them. He is among the classiest players in the league for a long time. When he retires, I can see him in management or still heavily involved in the game.

  • davidR

    maybe baron isn’t that pissed about brand leaving

  • tavoris

    is it just me, or are a heluva lot of coaches having extreme difficulties COACHING this season?

  • http://www.triplejunearthed.com/dacre Dacre

    i think alot of players are having trouble PLAYING.

  • http://slamonline.com Dave

    Somebody tell me what smart moves this team has made since it won the championship in ’83?

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