View Count: 136 |  Publish Date: April 03, 2014
Casper's skills are no apparition
BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer Posted: Thursday, April 3, 2014, 3:01 AM
DIMINUTIVE 76ers guard Casper Ware has gotten a small taste of what the NBA life is like. Signed last week to a 10-day contract that expired today, the 5-10 guard has gotten a solid look from the organization as Brett Brown hasnt been shy about throwing him into games.
In four games heading into last night, Ware was averaging 16 minutes and 3.8 points. His speed and quickness make him a disturbing pain on defense and a decent threat offensively. He no doubt will be pursued by the Sixers to play in their Summer League appearances and then see where things go.
It tastes great, said Ware with a smile almost as big as himself. It is something special to be in this league. Its not much more different than I expected to be, really. I didnt put it too high up on a pedestal and I didnt underestimate, so its been about what I expected. It is what I thought it was. Its great to get an opportunity like this.
Not only is the situation here conducive for young players to get ample playing time, the wide-open, fast style is also welcomed. More coverageWATCH: Sixers-Bobcats highlightsSixers Insiders: 76ers feel relief after losing streakVOTE: Which freshman should the 76ers target?POLL: Who will have the best NBA career?Latest Sixers videos Forum: When will the 76ers be a threat again?
Hes been really cool with letting me play my game, said Ware of coach Brown. Some coaches will have you in and make you do whatever they want. Hes cool in that he lets you play to your strengths. He always tells us that if we have a good shot, take it and to just go out and play.
Rebuild update
We all know what has been preached over and over - that this season is only a building block for, what the organization hopes, are successful ones down the road. The biggest part of that is seeing what players may or may not be part of the process. With just seven games remaining, Brett Brown is still in full evaluation mode.
Its hard to point at somebody particularly [who has improved the most], Brown said. Theyve all just had their moments. I probably could answer that easier when you sit down and you look at stats and digest and take a deep breath at the end of the year. Look at, from time to time what all those guys have done. James Anderson is averaging 33 points against the Houston Rockets [laughs]. Look at Hollis [Thompson]. Cant you just see a change in Hollis the last few games? Hes coming out to mean it. Tony Wroten is up and down and up and down and he cant make a pass unless he looks the other way, it has to be the best pass ever. But hes starting to settle down some. And look at Thaddeus [Young] perimeter expansion and look at Michael [Carter-Williams] continue to grow. It goes on and on. You can point to a bunch of wins all across the board.
Wins in individual battles, not the ones they hope to rack up by outscoring the other team.
More Noel
Now that there has been a couple of Nerlens Noel sightings, the obvious question was put to Brett Brown again last night: Would playing him at some point this season be a good thing?
Ive been on record saying that I hoped to coach him, Brown said. Im ambivalent right now. Its just were so concerned about his health. Thats our biggest concern. There are times where you step back and you say, Well, now its really getting late and why? What benefit would there be? Are we hurting him?
We dont want to put him in a position where he hasnt played basketball in 14 months and we think hes going to come out and [play like] the sixth player chosen? I dont think so. I feel like in those situations you just have to be careful. We want to deliver him to the Philadelphia marketplace where hes playing and feeling good. Hes worked his tail off.
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