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News » Former Owl Christmas, Bowman cut by Sixers

Former Owl Christmas, Bowman cut by Sixers

Former Owl Christmas, Bowman cut by Sixers Dionte Christmas' hopes of making his hometown team ended yesterday when the former Temple scorer was one of two free agents waived by the 76ers .

The 6-foot-5 Christmas, a shooting guard who played at Fels High and Philadelphia Lutheran Christian, was invited to the Sixers' camp after being bypassed in the June NBA draft. He played in four preseason games, averaging 1.8 points and 1.3 rebounds in 7.5 minutes per outing.

Also cut was Brandon Bowman, a 6-9 forward who went undrafted out of Georgetown in 2006 before spending time playing overseas and in the NBA Developmental League. He also played in four preseason games and averaged 3.3 points and 2.3 rebounds in an average 8.5 minutes.

With Sixers president and general manager Ed Stefanski taking care of other business, it was up to first-year coach Eddie Jordan to break the news to Bowman and Christmas.

With 13 guaranteed contracts, the Sixers are two below the NBA maximum of 15 players.

"It's the hardest part of the job," Jordan said about having to make cuts. "You guys thought talking to [the media] was the hardest part of the job. My job was to get 10 guys on the floor meshing together, if not 13. Then, there were the undrafted players that we had in for spot duty, and we evaluated them in that process. Nobody really knocked our socks off. Certainly, if there was a case where we as an organization decided, 'Let's keep 15,' those two guys would have stayed. They are good enough to be in the NBA, but not good enough to make a 13-man roster in our case."

Stefanski expressed optimism about the prospects of Christmas, who played for the Sixers /Nets entry in the Orlando Summer League.

"Is he an NBA player?" Stefanski said. "I think eventually he will be an NBA player. I can't say enough about the kid. That's why we brought him to our summer-league team, and that's why we brought him here. He has to get seasoning. He has to get experience. But it takes time to get that in when you're talking about putting guys on the roster. We want to keep those spots available if we find someone who we think can help the team. That's what we'll do. But he had a very good camp, and he and Bowman went down to the bitter end."

While Christmas and Bowman are gone, forward Rodney Carney returned to the practice floor for the first time since he suffered a sprained left hamstring over two weeks ago.

"He's looked good in the offense," Jordan said after the team practiced at the College of Osteopathic Medicine yesterday. "He's a little behind in the offense, but I was surprised with where he was."

Carney will suit up for the first time this preseason when the Sixers (5-2) play their final exhibition game against the New Jersey Nets tomorrow at St. John's University in Queens, N.Y.

The Nets were 0-5 going into their game last night against the visiting New York Knicks.

Notes. The Sixers are offering specially priced $10 tickets, courtesy of McDonald's, for all home games during the 2009-10 season. The tickets are available through Comcasttix at Sixers .com; by calling 1-800-298-4200, or in person at the Wachovia Complex box office.

Contact staff writer Kevin Tatum at 215-854-2583 or ktatum@phillynews.com.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website: http://www.foxsports.com
Added: October 22, 2009


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