76ers Wilson Chandler: Still a ways away in rehab

76ers\ Wilson Chandler: Still \a ways away\ in rehab
Sixers Brett Brown says Wilson Chandler is a ways away
Head coach Brett Brown said Thursday that Chandler, one the Sixers new additions, is a ways away from returning to the court after suffering a left hamstring strain in the preseason opener vs. Melbourne United on Sep. 28. 

On Sep. 30, Chandler described the injury as a fluke situation that occurred on a play when his foot was awkwardly positioned as he chased his man around the screen. 

We dont need to rush him back into doing anything, Brown said. When his body says hes ready to play, thats when hell play. Theres no timeline on it from that perspective. I do think, backpedal or fast forward from that Melbourne game, look at a month (out), and I bet youre probably close.

A month out from the date of Chandlers injury would be Oct. 28. At that point, the Sixers would have played six regular-season games.

With Elton Brand making the step up from G League GM to Sixers general manager, the Delaware Blue Coats filled Brands old job on Thursday, hiring Matt Lilly as interim general manager.

Lilly was promoted from his previous role as Blue Coats director of basketball operations and scouting.

Our goal mainly is to have the guys in our program at the start of the year grow throughout the year and be in a better place at the end of it, he said. In addition to that, wed love to win some basketball games. Were looking for our first playoff berth here in Delaware. Were really developmental-focused and also looking forward to win some games.

One of the NBAs primary points of emphasis for officials this season is having tighter enforcement when defenders restrict movement, both in the post and on the perimeter.

If you watched the Sixers play in the preseason, you were already well aware of that. Whistles are being blown with much greater regularity for minimal off-ball grappling or fighting for position in the post. 

Whether this level of zealous officiating will persist throughout the season remains to be seen. 

Can this continue? It will for a while, Brown said. Is this sustainable and will it be called the same way in May?

Either way, were going to play toward how they call the games, Ben Simmons said. If they call it a certain way, were going to post up and get to the rim and cut — do what we usually do. It favors our team, the way we play. I dont mind. No matter how they call the game, were going to adjust.

On Friday, Havertown, Pa. native and longtime former NBA official, Joey Crawford, will visit the Sixers to further explain the new points of emphasis to the coaches and players.

Sixers coach Brett Brown was asked Thursday where Wilson Chandler was in his rehabilitation. The 76ers reserve forward hasnt played or practiced since straining his left hamstring against Melbourne United on Sept. 28.

“Hes a ways away,” Brown said of the 31-year-old Chandler. “My experience with hamstrings is … that rarely is it less than a month [recovery], rarely.

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