Sixers Head Coach Doug Collins said recently that F Elton Brand has proclaimed himself “ready to go’ for the 2010-2011 season. Collins says he has kept in touch with Brand, and is very happy with his off-season conditioning program, as well as Brand’s weight loss.
Brand never seemed to have fully recovered from a ruptured Achilles tendon he suffered four years ago. It’s been widely felt that his weight contributed to the slow recovery. The 6’9” power forward has competed at a playing weight in the mid-upper 260’s, and says he’s currently weighing in at 255 lbs. Collins believes that’s an ideal weight for Brand, and will take a lot of stress off his legs.
Brand, who has 3 years and $51 million left on his contract, has averaged 19.3 points, 9.7 rebounds, and 37.2 minutes during his 11 year career which began with Chicago in 1999. For the 2009-2010 season, those averages plummeted to 13.1 points, 6.1 rebounds, and 30.2 minutes.
A question still remains regarding where Brand fits in Coach Collins system. However, a healthy Brand is something Sixers fans have yet to see. Hopefully, his health remains intact over the span of 82 games.