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News » Sixers Notes: Idle Holiday learns lesson on dress code

Sixers Notes: Idle Holiday learns lesson on dress code

Sixers Notes: Idle Holiday learns lesson on dress code 76ers Notes On Wednesday night in Orlando, 76ers rookie point guard Jrue Holiday had to borrow teammate Jason Kapono's sports coat for the game against the Magic.

Holiday, unaware of both the NBA's quota on activated players and its dress policy for those inactive, was surprised when Sixers coach Eddie Jordan told him he wouldn't be suiting up for the season opener.

"I didn't know about the whole 'you can only have 12 people' thing," Holiday said. "I went out there and cheered on my teammates. It was all I could do."

Before last night's home opener against the Milwaukee Bucks at the Wachovia Center, Jordan activated Holiday and deactivated center Primoz Brezec.

Under NBA rules, a team can have 15 players on a roster, with only 12 activated. The Sixers have a roster of 13.

On Wednesday night, in a 120-106 loss to the Magic, Holiday was the odd man out. But first, to comply with the dress code, Holiday borrowed Kapono's jacket.

"He was kind of like, 'What? Huh? I didn't know that,' " said Sixers forward Jason Smith, adding that the team didn't deliver much grief because deactivation was unpleasant enough.

"I'm excited," Holiday said before last night's game. "I'm not sure if the atmosphere is going to be as crazy as Orlando was, but it's going to be fun."

Then Holiday, standing in front of his locker, pointed to a hanging suit coat. "But I brought my own this time, just in case," Holiday said.

He scored two points in 6 minutes, 31 seconds, making his only shot.

Tough matchup Bucks starting point guard Brandon Jennings, the team's first-round draft pick in 2009, recorded 50 assists and 23 turnovers in the preseason. He finished with 17 points and nine assists last night.

"We have to see him close-up; I saw him on tape," Jordan said before the game. "He's very fast, he's very confident, he's playing with a lot of what I like to say 'swag.' When you have the speed and the quickness, you have the confidence you can change the pace of the game."

No love All eyes are not on the Sixers , not with the Phillies and Yankees playing in the World Series. Jordan, though, took a realistic approach. "After the way we played the other night, we don't want a lot of attention," he said.

-Kate Fagan

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Added: October 31, 2009


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