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News » 76ers and Young head to New York

76ers and Young head to New York

76ers and Young head to New York After yesterday's practice, 76ers coach Eddie Jordan said he asked Thaddeus Young how he felt about New York City.

Young responded that all cities are "about the same to me."

"Really? New York isn't more special?"

"Not really, they're all about the same to me," Young repeated.

Recounting the story, Jordan laughed.

"So, yeah . . . he's low-maintenance," Jordan said. "I don't worry about Thad."

Yesterday, the Sixers practiced at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine before traveling to New York, where they will play their fourth preseason game tonight against the Knicks at Madison Square Garden.

The Sixers are 3-0 in the preseason. Five exhibition games remain before the regular-season opener Oct. 28 at Orlando.

Young, in his third NBA season, is averaging 9.0 points and 3.3 rebounds per game. Last season, he averaged 15.3 points per game.

Still, Young seems about as low-maintenance on the court as he is off of it: snagging offensive boards, scoring in transition, picking up buckets on broken-down plays.

"I'm pretty good right now," said Young, the team's starting small forward. "I'm just going out there and trying to do the things I've been doing - rebounding, playing defense, getting steals. Doing the little things. My offense is going to come; I'm not worried about that too much.

Young's numbers aren't the only thing stalled at this early stage: Jordan's Princeton offense is in its infancy.

Young said that as each day passes, Jordan is adding more options and reads, expanding the offensive arsenal.

The forward has never had plays run for him; he's not the guy with the ball at the end of possessions. And that's how Young said he likes it. He prefers instead to contribute as he always has, through a mosaic of chip-in plays.

"There aren't really plays for a certain guy," said swingman Andre Iguodala. "There's so many different reads that you can have [that] anybody can be open. That's the biggest thing the starting five has to feed into. . . . My honest opinion is when my number is called, I'm not looking to shoot. . . . When it's a call for me, other teams know it and somebody else is open. . . . You're going to be open whether the play is called for you or not. "

Two players cut. The Sixers waived 6-foot-10 power forward Stromile Swift and 6-foot point guard Sean Singletary. Because of a strained left hamstring, Swift had not practiced since the first day of training camp Sept. 29. Singletary, a former Penn Charter star, appeared in only one preseason game, recording no points, one steal, and one turnover.

Injury update. Backup guard Royal Ivey, who missed Friday's game against New Jersey with a strained left hamstring, practiced yesterday and is making the trip to New York. Forward Rodney Carney, who has yet to play in a preseason game because of a strained left hamstring, participated yesterday only in noncontact drills and will not travel. Guard Willie Green missed yesterday's practice because of the flu but is still traveling with the team.

Contact staff writer Kate Fagan at 856-779-3844 or kfagan@phillynews.com.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 13, 2009


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