Philadelphia: As we open the month of July, the eyes of the NBA will be getting ready to take part in one of the most unique ways to finish the 2019-20 season by finishing the regular season & playoffs from ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando.
Recently there have been concerns if this will work as COVID19 cases have spiked in Orlando.
On Wednesday, Sixers head coach Brett Brown held a Zoom call as the Sixers get ready to head to Orlando on July 9 for the NBA Restart and covered a series of topics
Does Coach have any concerns about the restart:
Brett Brown on NBA Restart Concern
“What they’re to do to ensure people’s safety is off the charts. I hold a high-level of optimism, but I also feel like I live in reality… nothing’s safe… I hold faith in our league… [but] if we have to pivot, I’m sure we’ll pivot”@6abc pic.twitter.com/NhO6ejWUdC
— Jeff Skversky 6abc (@JeffSkversky) July 2, 2020
Is Ben Simmons ready to play from the back injury:
76ers coach Brett Brown says Ben Simmons is "good to go" for the restart.
— Dan Gelston (@APgelston) July 1, 2020
How will the team look for the first training camp practice in Orlando:
#Sixers coach Brett Brown: 'I haven’t seen these guys for five months. The beginning of training camp is going to be eye-opening.'
— Tom Moore (@TomMoorePhilly) July 1, 2020
Have any players tested positive or said they will not play in the restart:
No Sixers tested positive for Covid. None have opted out of Orlando.
— Jon Johnson (@jonjohnsonwip) July 1, 2020
Is this team build for the grind of the NBA Playoffs:
Brown: “Do I feel like we’re built for the playoffs? Yes I do.” He believes this team is still well constructed and there is a enough time to get this done in Orlando. #Sixers
— Ky Carlin (@Ky_Carlin) July 1, 2020
Who will be taking the backup PG when Ben Simmons goes to the Bench:
Brown asked about who is going to take the backup PG minutes when Simmons has to sit. “Shake has put his hand up in a pretty definitive way initially,” but he will see how everyone comes into camp. Excited to lean into Ben’s versatility and seems bullish on Shake’s general role
— Kyle Neubeck (@KyleNeubeck) July 1, 2020
What Role will Al Horford play on the team:
Sixers coach Brett Brown when asked about Al Horford’s role moving forward: “There is kind of like a team Al and team Joel and and there’s an integration of the two of them to the team.”
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) July 1, 2020
On signing Ryan Broekhoff:
On Ryan Broekhoff, Brown says he was "shocked" that he agreed to come. He's known him from his Australian team connections going back a long time now.
— Kevin Kinkead (@Kevin_Kinkead) July 1, 2020
What type of work has Joel Embiid done to get ready for the Restart:
#sixers HC Brett Brown Speaking to media and during call after we had same suspects “thanking him for doing this” (it’s his job), tell me if you believe him when talking about shape of Joel Embiid. @SportsRadioWIP pic.twitter.com/FjqqZmxNkX
— Howard Eskin (@howardeskin) July 1, 2020
About Shake Milton:
Brown on @SniperShake: "I’m excited b/c I’m counting on him to continue on, I don’t believe that what we saw is that much of an outlier…If he can capture a large portion of what we saw, he really has the chance to play a significant role in a rotation capacity in the playoffs."
— Serena Winters (@SerenaWinters) July 1, 2020
The Sixers will return to game action on August 1, schedule below