Drew Gordon has fought hard for every opportunity that’s he’s been afforded since going undrafted out of New Mexico in 2012. The 24-year-old big man has appeared on the summer league rosters of four teams, most recently the Sixers, and has played stints in Serbia, Italy, and Turkey in between. He was subsequently picked up by the Sixers’ D-League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers.
Gordon was prepared to travel with the Sevens to Westchester, New York for the team’s preseason opener against the Knicks, but a call from the Sixers led to a change of plans.
“I really wasn’t expecting anything,” he said of his mindset before being called up by the Sixers on Monday. “My job was playing for the 87ers, and that’s what my main focus is. I got the call up, and now my main focus is playing for [the Sixers] once again.”
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Agent: Gordon Hayward Unlikely to Return this Season Following Surgery
Celtics All-Star forward Gordon Hayward is unlikely to return during the 2017-18 season, his agent, Mark Bartelstein, told ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
Hayward underwent surgery to repair a dislocated left ankle and a fractured tibia in Boston on Wednesday night, a procedure that Bartelstein labeled a success.
“We expect him to make a full recovery and return to his All-Star form,” Bartelstein said.
Ben Simmons on NBA Debut: ‘It felt like I was playing 2K’
Ben Simmons finally made his long-awaited NBA regular-season debut against the Wizards in Washington on Wednesday night. And after his extended wait to wear the Philadelphia 76ers jersey in a meaningful game, he said he felt initially like he was in a video game.
“It felt like I was playing 2K, honestly,” Simmons said postgame.
“Just looking at Joel Embiid out there with the lights on his jersey. I was like, ‘man, I’m actually here.'”
Simmons was drafted with the first overall pick by the Sixers in the 2016 draft, but he missed the entire 2016-17 season while recovering from foot surgery to repair a Jones fracture. He suffered the injury on Sept. 30, 2016, less than a month before the start of the regular season. The Australian was originally expected to miss three months, but was eventually ruled out for the entire season.
Source: Nick Metallinos of ESPN