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Ian Thomsen
February 11, 2002
On the 76ers, who at week's end had won 12 of their last 16 games to climb above. 500 for the first time in two months.
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February 11, 2002

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On the 76ers, who at week's end had won 12 of their last 16 games to climb above. 500 for the first time in two months.

"It's taken them awhile to get it together, but the Sixers are the team to beat in the East. They changed a lot of pieces from last year, but the chemistry seems to be coming back. In fact, they can be better than they were. The trade for Dikembe Mutombo was the key last season, and this year it's the acquisition of Derrick Coleman [above]. He's putting up good numbers [averaging 14.9 points and 8.8 rebounds through Sunday, second on the team in both categories], and he's in much better shape than he was in the last two years. I have no idea how he's getting along inside their locker room, but I noticed he's the only guy not afraid to tell Allen Iverson he's taken a bad shot. Let me ask you: Whom you would rather have at power forward, Tyrone Hill or Derrick Coleman? From that standpoint, bringing him in was a no-brainer."

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