CAMDEN, N.J. — NBA courts measure out 94 feet long and 50 feet wide.
For the Sixers, they’re making sure to use every inch.
One of the courts at the team’s training complex had all four corners marked with red boxes per the request of head coach Brett Brown.
“If you look at our court there are four distinct markings on the court that I have anointed things that are important to me. That’s one of them,” Brown said after Day 1 of training camp Saturday.
Brown explained the boxes are displayed as a reminder for players. Offensively, it’s to let them know someone must be in both corners in the first three to five seconds of the shot clock to jump-start the squad’s motion. On the defensive side, it serves as a hint to close out on shooters.
“Whether it’s defensive reasons or offensive reasons, those four spots, for me, have a reason,” Brown said. “We game-ify, we chart it, we talk about it, take the notes, film, success or failure. That’s how I communicate with the guys. It’s one of four floor spots that are important to me.”
Forgive Emeka Okafor if he’s a little bit off at the moment. It’s been a wild week.
The veteran big man was released Wednesday by the New Orleans Pelicans. He quickly landed a new deal with the Sixers and arrived in Philadelphia on … well, we’re still not sure.
“I found out Wednesday. I got here Friday,” an uncertain Okafor said. “Thursday or Friday. I’m all screwed up right now.”
Either way, Okafor was in uniform and went through practice Saturday as he tries to extend his career again.
Work to do
Talk to Landry Shamet for any amount of time and you would think he’s a fringe player trying to stay in the league, not a first-round rookie.
He often mentions areas that need improvement, mainly his body and ball-handling.
But no one would dare add long-range shooting to that list of question marks. The Wichita State product connected on 43.7 percent of his threes while in school.
Now he’s getting a masters-level education in jump shooting.
JJ Redick and Landry Shamet from deep at training camp. pic.twitter.com/2b6WcpqoXl— Noah Levick (@NoahLevick) September 22, 2018
“Of course we can accomplish it. This team is young, talented. Maybe a championship will not come this year, maybe next year. But I think this team has potential to show up on the court, enjoy and play tough both ways and win the games. Ben (Simmons), Joel (Embiid), Rob (Covington), T.J. (McConnell), Markelle (Fultz), the new guys – I think everybody’s excited about this season.”
- Dario Saric on goal of reaching the NBA Finals
“Let’s face it, my situation and our situation over the years that I’ve been here is kind of unique. Elton (Brand) and I are going to do this together. Elton’s gonna do what I read that he has said and what has been articulated to me. He’s the general manager of the team and he’s going to go do his thing. I’m going to coach basketball. I like how it’s played out.”
- Brown on Brand being named general manager