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Jakarr Sampson gets the start with the Sixers, a prediction for Harrison, Felipe Lopez, Dr. J - PM Rumble

John Alber

This is the quiet part of the season - players, busy with practices, don't have many boast. There are no games to talk about. There are no coaches being hired or fired...

It's all preparation time in the "lab", on the practice courts, in the film rooms.

Rumble tiny iconJakarr Sampson gets a chance to start for Philadelphia in preseason action against the New York Knicks with the Sixers' Alexey Shved sitting out. The game tonight is in a familiar venue - Syracuse's Carrier Dome.

What can Jakarr do with his chance?

Rumble tiny iconD`Angelo Harrison is predicted to score 18 points per game this season, by Dan Hanner and Luke Winn's model in Sports Illustrated.

Also of interest: the prediction is that he'll be slightly more efficient than he was last year, to boot.

Rumble tiny iconJulius Erving - Dr. J, the Hall of Fame forward with the Sixers and the Nets (during the ABA days) will be the featured speaker at St. John's Tip-Off Gala.

Rumble tiny iconSt. John's forward Felipe Lopez - one of the most decorated high school players in New York and star at St. John's in the 1990s (and NBA player) received a community service award last night from the Knicks - the Sweetwater Clifton "City Spirit" Award for his effort to use basketball to improve lives in the five boroughs through his foundation.

And here he is putting a hat on Nat Sweetwater Clifton. Man, I just pass on the news. I don't know what's going on there.

On other tracks

Around the Big East: Former Providence forward Brice Kofane is taking on a leadership role with the Monmouth Hawks after his graduate transfer. Creighton is looking for some impact from a seven-footer who's spent his career on the bench.

Chicago's red light cameras are very Chicago - just a little on the edge of the rules with an eye towards making the city more money.

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