76ers Open Training Camp at StocktonPosted:
The Philadelphia 76ers take over Galloway this week as they hold training camp at Stockton University for the third year in a row.
The team won only ten games a year ago, but with some of the most exciting young players in the NBA, the Sixers hope to take a major step forward this season. With a preseason opener against the Boston Celtics, the Sixers look to make the most out of the six practice sessions scheduled at Stockton this week.
2014 lottery pick Joel Embiid is finally healthy after missing all of his first two seasons. And despite actually dealing with flu-like symptoms, the 7-foot Cameroonian will be practicing on Tuesday and expected to play opening game.
"Everybody is going out there. You got, we got a lot of big men, so everyone was going out there. I think everybody did pretty good. But it felt great. And you have Ben too, so the excitement about the run today was pretty fun," said Joel Embiid, Sixers' center.
2016 number one overall pick, Ben Simmons, is going through his first official NBA Practice. He has put on about 30 pounds of muscle since the start of his only college season at LSU last year. Simmons will handle the ball and play on the wing as the Sixers expect him to be the cornerstone of the franchise for a long time to come.
"As soon as guys lose on this court, you see how frustrated they get, so that's a good sign. And I think everyone is willing to put in that work and get to that next level, and I think we have a great team," said Ben Simmons, Sixers' guard.
However, the Sixers do have a bit of an issue with their big men with three starting-caliber centers on the roster with Nerlens Noel, Jahlil Okafor, and a healthy Embiid. Noel has recently voiced concerns that the team needed to address the situation via trade.
"This room is full of optimism, or this gym. It's a lot of fun. We are a bunch of young guys and we added some veterans and we had so much fun out here today. So we're all excited about it, we can't wait to start playing together," Jahil Okafor, also a center for the Sixers.
After three seasons of rebuilding, head coach Brett Brown's team hopes this training camp is the start of good things to come.
The difference between hope and hype sometimes is fine. And the fact that we all feel that today is a new day with a new team. We have a new home that we're about to go back to when we go back to Camden. They look around, they see what I see. We have talent, we have youth, we have positionally interesting players. There will be some challenges as we're all aware of how we construct this. But on the first day you can see a real bounce in the spirit of the group," said Brett Brown, Sixers' head coach.
The Sixers' training camp at Stockton runs through Friday and is closed to the public. They open against the Boston Celtics in Philadelphia on October 4th.