Dwight Howard, Doc Rivers give thoughts on Sixers rookie Paul Reed

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Philadelphia 76ers rookie Paul Reed has endeared himself to the City of Brotherly Love with his work ethic and the way he plays with an edge every time out. He also has a rallying cry, “out the mud”, that has become popular with everybody in the city.

Reed has boosted his popularity after he won G League MVP down in the Orlando bubble with the Delaware Blue Coats and he has also been able to show flashes up with the Sixers that makes people excited about his future in the league.

Veteran Dwight Howard has a special relationship with the man they call “Bball Paul” and it started during a basketball camp from Howard’s Orlando Magic days.

“The crazy part about Paul and I is he went to my basketball camp when I was in Orlando as a kid,” Howard smiled. “For him to be my teammate is I feel like I’m like ancient. I’ve been here for a long time, but he’s just been amazing.”

Coming into training camp back in December, Reed had a request for Howard and the rest of the Sixers as a new nickname for himself.

“The first day he came into training camp, the first thing he said was ‘Call me alley. Throw me alley-oops’, and I’m like, ‘Who in their right mind comes in and says call me alley?’” Howard recalled with a laugh. “You at least say your first and last name and where you’re from, but he told us what he wanted and how he wanted it so I love it. I’m really happy for him and he and I love him like his little brother.”

Reed has a bright future as a rookie, but he is also on a team that is chasing a championship and he has some veterans ahead of him at the moment.

“I think he’s got a fantastic future, but he also has Tobias Harris in front of him and Ben Simmons and some pretty good players so you obviously can’t play everybody,” said coach Doc Rivers. “What I love about him is how hard he plays, and, and he has a competitive gene that can’t be taught. He has it, it’s in him so you feel comfortable throwing him in any situation. He may make mistakes, but he’s going to compete, and sometimes, that is an edge that may take you over the top so we’ll throw him in there at times.”

Obviously, Reed has a long way to go, but it does help that he has a veteran like Howard around. The 17-year veteran will be in his ear and he is willing to hand down any wisdom to try and help the rookie continue to push forward in his career.

“Every day, he’s asking questions,” Howard finished. “He’s wanting to get better, he’s full of energy, he’s said some of the craziest things, but he’s Paul. We all love him. His work ethic is great is. His energy is always amazing, especially when he’s playing so I’m really happy for young fella. I just want him to keep going.”

The Sixers will continue the road trip on Tuesday against the Denver Nuggets over at Ball Arena.

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