As Terrence Williams heads north--amid new details on his problems, the rest of the Nets head south along the Turnpike to their first of four meetings with the 76ers. On arrival, the story line will shift from T-Will to homecoming. Billy King, dumped by Philly in 2008, will be bringing his new team to the newly renamed Wells Fargo Center for the first time. Awaiting him, ironically enough, will be the guy who hired him in New Jersey, Rod Thorn, and the guy who replaced him in Philadelphia, Ed Stefanski.
As for Williams, there are new reports of him being late for a team plane, a team bus, a game, and new spin about his demotion, uh, evaluation. Look for Damion James, coming off a nice performance vs. the Celtics, to get more minutes in Williams' absence, along with Stephen Graham, who beat the Sixers with a buzzer beater in preseason. Troy Murphy may also play.
The 76ers are a miserable 3-13, two and a half games behind the Nets in the Atlantic Division. They have other problems, too. Doug Collins, their new coach, has been troubled by vertigo. They have the worst attendance in the NBA, rumors are swirling about an Andre Iguodala trade and just last night they returned home from a nine-point loss in Miami vs. the Heat, their third straight and eighth in their last nine games. Statisically, they're not particularly bad at anything, just mediocre at everything. Expect Thorn to be questioned about T-Will. Don't expect him to say much.
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