New Sixers executive Bryan Colangelo believes that instilling the right culture is just as vital as finding talent in building an organization, pointing to the success that the Spurs have had using that formula, Keith Pompey of the Philadelphia Inquirer writes. “You win with talent,” Colangelo said. “But you also win with talent plus chemistry plus culture. Those are all the things that are put in place here and that we really look forward to building.” The executive said he would pick the brain of coach Brett Brown, who was a longtime assistant coach with San Antonio, for tips on how that franchise operated, Pompey adds. “I want to know more about that San Antonio … perhaps we can call it that secret sauce,” Colangelo said. “What creates that environment? I can tell you that, over the years, I understand a lot of what drove that was their thought process, but also the type of people that they had involved.”
Here’s more from the Atlantic Division:
- Celtics rookie Terry Rozier has impressed many around the league with his rebounding ability and he hopes to garner more playing time from the exposure, Chris Forsberg of ESPN.com writes. “I think it’s a start. I think I can impact the game in a lot of ways and I appreciate a lot of people saying I’m getting better,” said Rozier. “I just feel I’m getting more comfortable. I know I’m capable of a lot of things [and] rebounding is definitely one of them. So if that’s going to help me get me in the game, help me with playing time, help this team out, then I’m all for it. It’s something that I’m always going to do, it’s an effort thing. It’s always going to be in me.” The 6’2″ point guard is averaging 1.6 rebounds in just 8.0 minutes per appearance on the campaign.
- Raptors coach Dwane Casey believes his roster is better constructed to advance in the playoffs than previous seasons, Ohm Youngmisuk of ESPN.com relays (ESPN Now link). “I am not predicting what we will do differently but … physically, we are better built for the playoffs with Bismack Biyombo, Cory Joseph, DeMarre Carroll is coming back,”Casey said. “Last year, we were a strictly offensive-driven team with Greivis Vasquez and Lou Williams, who were great one-on-one offensive players but didn’t give it to us on the defensive end with the physicality. But we still have to go out there and do it … Everybody is curious and anxious [about how the Raptors will do]. A different feel with this year’s team [is we are] more confident in the grittiness and toughness of our team.“