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News » New 76er Brezec makes like a veteran


New 76er Brezec makes like a veteran


New 76er Brezec makes like a veteran Aside from his noticeable height, Primoz Brezec's on-court role for the 76ers has been incognito - a rebound here, a handoff there, a little jumper in between.

The 7-foot-1 center from Slovenia, whom the Sixers signed in August, has been, according to head coach Eddie Jordan, "very veteran-like."

Jordan's Sixers opened the preseason last night in London, Ontario, with a 107-98 victory over the Toronto Raptors.

Point guard Lou Williams led the way with 17 points. Swingman Andre Iguodala finished with 15 points and eight assists.

The Sixers play Toronto again tonight at 7, with this game being played at the Air Canada Centre in Toronto.

Brezec, 30, spent last season overseas, playing for Lottomatica Roma in Italy. Before that, he spent seven seasons in the NBA with four teams: the Indiana Pacers, Charlotte Bobcats, Detroit Pistons and Toronto. In 321 career NBA games, Brezec has averages of 7.6 points and 4.1 rebounds a game.

Brezec said he isn't worried about his role with the Sixers , saying he'll play however many minutes in however many games.

"I'm happy to be back in the league," Brezec said. "Once you get used to it, it's tougher to leave. Hey, Rome is a great experience, but, you know, I'd prefer the NBA. I love the game; I love everything."

The game for these Sixers , and specifically Jordan, is a Princeton offense that seems to mesh well with Brezec's skill set.

"He really has been playing pretty well lately," Jordan said. "The fact that when things break down, he knows how to make a pass and how to create another action that's without clogging things up. He's very patient with the ball. He sees the angles. He sees where he has to go with the ball. What side of the floor. He's a good shooter, and his experience means a lot. He knows when to take a shot and when not to take a shot."

Brezec's international background seems to aid his ability within the Sixers' offense, as the European game tends toward ball movement and read-and-react ability.

"That's what they're taught," said Jordan of international players. "And that's what I want to teach our guys."

What will be Brezec's role this season? Spot minutes?

Said Jordan: "I'd like to think he might be a little bit more. If he can keep the hop in his step, for lack of a better term, then he's going to play."

Struggling Holiday. When asked about rookie point guard Jrue Holiday on Monday, Jordan said the Sixers' first-round pick was "going through some rookie pains."

"Man, you know, I'm feeling for him," said Jordan, adding that he would speak with Holiday and emphasize that most rookies struggle.

"I hope he doesn't feel that he's struggling. . . . Once he breaks through, he's going to run wild."

Free practice. At 11 a.m. Saturday, the Sixers will hold a free, open-to-the public practice at the Wachovia Spectrum as part of the arena's final farewell. Tickets are not required, and fans can enter the Spectrum up to an hour before the start of practice.

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 7, 2009

 

 
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