Dalembert Booed de Retorno para Philly, folhas com uma vitória
- Segunda-feira 28 março, 2011 08:30
Samuel Dalembert (C-SAC) entrou no Wells Fargo Center, na Filadélfia, pela primeira vez como membro da equipe de visita, no domingo.
After spending his first eight years, calling Philadelphia home, he returned confidently to his former home court to find out that he wasn't so familiar as he first tried to enter the locker room for the Flyers, Philadelphia's professional hockey team. "I got lost for a second," Dalembert said. "I was following my own people. I've been here so long that I should have known where the guest locker room is. It's kind of weird."
On the court, Dalembert was received with a mixed welcome of some cheers but a lot of boos when he was introduced before the game. As the game continued he would receive more and more boos from Sixers fans, as he led the game in rebounds with 19. Dalembert was asked by reporters if he was expecting such a cold recetions, to which he said "oh, yes. If it wasn't like this, I would be surprised. I would be like, 'What's going on here?'"
Trade and upcoming free agency.
The Sixers traded Dalembert last summer to the Kings in return for Spencer Hawes and Andres Nocioni.
"There was no bridge breaking," Dalembert said about the possibility of returning. "It was nothing personal. It was a business decision. I experienced a new side of the NBA. I'm always open to come back. I have a good relationship with the guys. I don't think it should be a problem."
Dalembert has not ruled out returning to the Sixers next year, as he will become an unrestricted free agent at the end of this season. Scouts believe he will be the hottest center on the market, averaging 15.6 points, 12.4 rebounds, and numerous block and deflections in the middle.
Dalembert explained the reason for his rise in productivity:
"Since the trade (deadline) -- my playing time increased a little bit... I'm taking advantage of that. I'm trying to be a big part offensively. We weren't doing really well on the inside, so I decided to say, 'Hey, why not change my role and contribute more on the offensive end?' I've been doing that since then."
114-111, Kings get 20th win.
Dalembert would get the last laugh as he would score two free throws and snag the final rebound from the Sixers that would seal a 114-111 Kings' overtime win. Dalembert added 13 points. Demarcus Cousins poured in a dozen points, to help the two-big-man tandem to victory
Dalembert has had to get used to losing as the Kings are 20-52 on the season. Dalembert would later say, "I said to the young guys, "I'm not used to that...'" "I try not to get used to that because it could become a rolling snowball."
The Kings will not make the playoffs this year and the Sixers are holding on to the 6th seed in Eastern Conference playoffs.