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Tuesday, November 20, 2012


(Associated Press)
Temple coach Fran Dunphy is a regular visitor at PCOM, the 76ers’ practice facility.

The Owls’ ties to Philly’s professional team are deep. One of Dunphy’s current players, T.J. DiLeo, is the son of Sixers general manager Tony DiLeo. And one of Dunphy’s former players, Lavoy Allen, is in Sixers coach Doug Collins’ rotation.

Collins said recently that he seeks the input of Dunphy in attempting to get the most of Allen, whose laid-back demeanor and cool personality on the floor doesn’t always lead to the best performances.

“I always try to pick people’s brains,” Collins said recently. I try to reach out and have people help me be a better coach. If someone has a way of handling a guy or just knows him, I mean, Fran comes to our practices all the time. (Dunphy) will say to me, ‘That’s Lavoy. I was on his tail and this, that and whatever. But that’s Lavoy.’

“Today, I’d like to go home and have a Lavoy Allen day one afternoon. I kid him about that. I wish my brain could shut off and just go, ‘Hey, good day.’ It’s all good. The flipside of that is under pressure, he’s a tremendous player. That personality, under pressure in the playoffs, when (Boston’s) Kevin Garnett is screaming in his face, he just sort of looks at him like, ‘No big deal.’ And that’s a good thing. Can we have that energy and that nice demeanor? That’s the perfect fit for him.”

Whatever Dunphy has said to Collins about Allen may have triggered something, because the second-year forward – who got off to a rocky start this season – has played with a renewed sense of worth lately. His season-best totals in minutes (29) and rebounds (8) came Nov. 16 against Utah, his season-best tallies in field goals (6) and points (14) were against Detroit Nov. 14, and his season-high in blocked shots (2) occurred Nov. 18 against Cleveland.

The Sixers need more from Allen, especially with so much uncertainty surrounding Andrew Bynum.

“Lavoy is a huge part of our team. Without Andrew Bynum being able to play, Lavoy Allen and Kwame Brown are essential for our team to have a chance about being a winning team,” Collins said.

“All of a sudden, I’m starting to see the Lavoy from last year, and that’s exciting. … When you’re a high-motor guy like I am, it’s hard to look at somebody and say, ‘How can they be low energy?’ It’s sometimes the way people are wired. That isn’t bad. I’m not asking him to crash off walls, just bring that energy – get loose balls, make that extra play. Lavoy wants to win. He’s as good of a teammate as we have on this team. I told Lavoy, ‘The curse of showing me how good you can be is a curse because that’s now what I expect.’ That’s all I ever ask. My job is to try to be the max of what he can be and fit it all together.”

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