As part of NBA Europe Live, the Philadelphia 76ers are in Barcelona for the first stage of training camp. They will practice at the Palau Sant Jordi arena and take on Winterthur FC Barcelona in a preseason game on Oct. 5. On Oct. 8, the Sixers will travel to Cologne, Germany where they will meet with the Phoenix Suns and two other Euroleague teams in a two-day, four-team tournament.
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Rookie forward Rodney Carney will be blogging from camp on a daily basis from Europe.

That's a Wrap
COLOGNE, Oct. 11 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 11, 2006, 6:25 p.m. ET

Coach wanted to make a statement tonight. We wanted to come out, play hard and win. And I think we did that. I played a little bit, not as many minutes, but I think I contributed.

It was a really good trip, because we learned a lot about each other. We got better as a team and the chemistry is good. Now, we'll get a couple of more practices in and we'll be good. We have seen how we can play against some of the best teams out there. The Suns are one of the best teams in the NBA and Moscow won the Euroleauge championship last year. So, the trip was ultimately a success.

My favorite part of the trip was just hanging around with the guys all the time. It has been fun. Everyday, we're laughing and joking. That's the best part.

Thanks for reading. There's much more to come from Rodney Carney.

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Me and the MVP
COLOGNE, Oct. 10 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 10, 2006, 6:15 p.m. ET


That's me!
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The following is a transcript of a conversation I'm about to have with my friends on the phone:

Me: Hey man. Yo, did you watch that game?

Friend: Nah man. I didn't see it.

Me: Yo man, I played the whole fourth quarter, I played good, I guarded Steve Nash and when it came down to it, I hit the game-winning shot!

That's what I'm gonna say.

Tonight was a lot of fun to get out there and play with the Suns and the league MVP. Steve Nash is incredible. Once I saw him and the passes he was making, I was like "Yeah, I'm in the league now."

Even before the game-winning shot, I felt pretty good about my game. I wasn't really nervous at all, because I know I'm gonna come and set the pace off the bench, get riled up and get some tip dunks like I did. I know I'm gonna come in and do my job. I try not to mess up and just go in and play well.

I haven't really thought ahead to tomorrow. I just think about playing. If I think ahead, I'll probably mess myself up. I just take it one step at a time.

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Next Stop: Cologne
COLOGNE, Oct. 9 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 9, 2006, 7:00 a.m. ET

After our day off, we had a nice little practice yesterday. We got some running in, worked on some pick-and-roll defense and got some shots in before we got on the plane.

I thought it was gonna be a better plane, but it was like a regular plane. I was saying we should be on something better. But it was cool. We had a nice plane ride and got to Germany.

The hotel looked like some kind of fortress. It's better than that hotel that we were at in Barcelona.

After we got there, we went to Champps to watch the game. The game was real live. It went back and forth. We got a lot of Philly fans and a lot of Dallas fans on our team, so every play was excrutiating. There was a bunch of yelling going on. So, it was funny to me, because I'm a Colts fan. Indianapolis could beat both Dallas and Philly.

I'm excited to play against the Suns. They run and I want to see what everbody's talking about. Everybody's like, "It's hard to play them." I'm ready to get the rebound and just toss it up and run. I want to get out there and feel it.

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A Day Off
BARCELONA, Oct. 7 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 7, 2006, 10:05 a.m. ET


The new Temptations
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The alarm clock went off at eight this morning. I was supposed to lay back down for five minutes, but it ended up being 40. I rushed downstairs to get something to eat, got dressed and got on the bus ready for practice. We got to the top of the mountain to take a picture and Gerald (Green) was like, "I talked to Bern. Bern said we ain't got practice." Now, he said that to a vet and I knew he wasn't going to play with a vet, so I kinda knew then before they told us all.

But it was a nice view up there and it'll be a good team picture. But C-Webb made us redo our little rookie stuff that we did. We had to sing "Lean On Me," but we did a different verse this time. I guess the rookie staff had to do something too, but there's wasn't as organized as ours. They did some crazy stuff and I don't even know what they sung.

We went sight seeing this afternoon. We went to a couple of churches and I got some souvenirs for a lady friend. I would have taken some pictures, but I forgot my camera back at home. It was a nice camera too and I got it just for this trip, but I rushed out the door and forgot it.

So it was nice having the day off, but after a couple of days, I wasn't sore anymore, so I was ready to practice and get some shots up. We'll go at it tomorrow and then we leave for Cologne. I don't know what it's going to be like there, but it should be cool.

More: NBA.com's John Schuhmann blogs from Barcelona


Not What We Expected
BARCELONA, Oct. 5 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 5, 2006, 6:35 p.m. ET

Tonight's game wasn't really to our pace. They got up and down, they made shots and we played into their hands a little bit. But, if we had just made free throws, we would have been good.

I think I did alright. I missed two easy shots, but ultimately, I helped the team. I got some good minutes and Mo kept me out there for defensive reasons. I think I did a good job for him and he congratulated me for a good game afterwards. So, I think I did alright, but we still lost the game.

I banged knees with a guy in the second quarter and had to come out of the game. It was pretty hard, and it still was tender after the game, but it really hurt at that point in time.

We we're picking each other up afterwards, saying that if we make our free throws, get a couple of stops, do this or do that, we can win that game. We were never down on each other. Everybody stayed positive.

Obviously, free throws are something we need to work on. But their kind of game was not like the NBA. They drove and kick, and you're supposed to stop the ball. We'd rather give up a jump shot than a layup. They knocked down shots.

When we get to playing NBA teams, I think it will be a little different. We weren't really prepared for how they played.

More: NBA.com's John Schuhmann blogs from Barcelona | Back to Basics


New Practice Digs
BARCELONA, Oct. 4 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 4, 2006, 8:50 a.m. ET

Last night, the team went out to a nice dinner. It was a little out of the ordinary, but it was still good. They had shark and bass and some sushi, and I ain't never had that before ... and I still haven't. I had regular chicken and some shish kabobs. We had fun though. We connected as a team, telling jokes and listening to AI. It was a real good experience.

Today, we practiced in the arena to try and get a feel for it. The floor is tough though. In NBA arenas, there's the cement floor and then there's a cushiony support underneath the court. There's none of that underneath here. It's just plain cement, so you feel like you're playing on hard ground. But you get adjusted to it and, anyplace we are, we're just gonna try to go out and play.

Mo has come to me a lot, like yesterday at the dinner to tell me I'm doing a great job. And he said it today again, so I think I'm doing the right things, but there are a lot of other things I need to improve, like stopping the ball defensively instead of jabbing and retreating. I need to stop the ball first.

With the offense, I think I'm getting a little more comfortable. I just need to take better shots. I think I'll be good, though. I think I'm gonna get some PT.

I'm anxious to play a game tomorrow. I actually felt a little weak stepping onto the floor today. I felt the adrenaline rushing and I felt a little jumpy getting ready for the game. From what I hear, they're going to be a great shooting team, so we're gonna have to play some tough defense.

More: NBA.com's John Schuhmann blogs from Barcelona


Getting Acclimated
BARCELONA, Oct. 3 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 3, 2006, 10:45 a.m. ET


Visiting the hospital.
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We scrimmaged today a little bit more than last night. Last night, we had three teams of five and our team won most of the time. Same with today.

It's good playing with C-Webb. He's a very crafty player. You give him the ball, cut through and he'll find you. He'll also make the shot, so he makes you good and he makes himself look good. And KO (Kevin Ollie) is a good leader. He puts you in the right position to score and he has confidence in you.

I could be doing a lot better, but I'm gelling with the team. I'm trying to figure out the offense and everything. I think I'll be acclimated in a couple of days. There's a lot of things I gotta tighten up like being in the right spots at the right times and rotating on defense.

The floor we're playing on is kinda slippery though. I'm trying to drive to the hole and I'm slipping and falling.

This afternoon, we went to a hospital here in Barcelona. When we got there, we immediately went to the intensive care unit, which was very sad to see little babies just getting out of surgery and sixteen-year old kids barely moving. That really hits you. You just hope they get better.

There was one little baby that we met that was in his room kind of waving. And then when we went in, he started smiling, kicking his feet and everything. We gave him a little bear and that kind of brightened up my day.

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Put Me In, Coach
BARCELONA, Oct. 2 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 2, 2006, 7:45 a.m. ET

This morning's practice was a little walk-through basically. We got a good sweat in. We did some defensive shells and put in some plays. It was a mental practice, all getting ready for tonight. Tonight, we're gonna scrimmage a little bit and get a chance to go up and down. Hopefully, I can get in. The last time, I didn't get in. But it's gonna be a fun practice to get a chance to go up and down with the guys.

Last night, we went out to watch football. There's one game in specific that I want to talk about: the Colts game. We watched the final drive when Peyton Manning threw the winning touchdown. And then, the Jets came back and they were doing all types of lateral passes and I started to get excited like my Colts were gonna lose and then ...

Chris Webber accidentally unplugged the TV. So, we didn't see what happened until after it came back. The Colts won, but that was kinda stressful right there because the Colts are my team. I'm from Indiana.

After that I went to sleep. But it was good to go out and see the town a little bit. But I didn't want to stay up too late. I wanted to get some sleep and get ready for practice since we had two-a-days starting today.

Two-a-days back in school were crazy.

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May I Help You With Your Bags?
BARCELONA, Oct. 1 -- posted by Rodney Carney on October 1, 2006, 5:55 a.m. ET


Rookie duties.
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After practice last night, I had to do all the rookie stuff. I had to take bags over to the bus. Then I had to get off the bus to get AI's shoes and bring them back to him. We went to the hotel to take a shower and I had to get three vets' clothes and take them to Scott so he could wash them. It all comes with the job.

I was gonna go out and watch some college games last night (because of the time difference), but I fell asleep. Then I meant to get up at eight this morning, but I slept a little late. I was a little groggy. I went downstairs to get something to eat, got taped, stretched out, got a neck massage and got ready for practice.

We had a good practice today. The focus was mainly defense again, and then we put in some quick-hitter sets on offense at the end. Gotta get ready for tomorrow and two-a-days. It's going to be offense for the first practice and defense at night. This is a defensive-minded team this year and that's how we gotta play.

Tonight, I'm gonna go out at hit the sports bar to watch some NFL games. That's what we're going to do. I ain't trying to explore the city that much. It's a beautiful city and all, but I won't be doing much exploring.

More: NBA.com's John Schuhmann blogs from Barcelona


First Day
BARCELONA, Sept. 30 -- posted by Rodney Carney on September 29, 2006, 2:00 p.m. ET


Finishing off the break.
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Hey, this is Rodney Carney over here in Barcelona. It's been a fun time here. It started off at media day back in Philly. It was a good experience for me. The media came out, got some stories and took some pictures. I had some fun with my teammates and I met Chris Webber finally.

Then we got on the plane ... I thought it was gonna be one of those two-floor planes, but it wasn't. But it was pretty nice. We had our own little section where we could watch six different movies. It was kind of a long flight. When got here around 8 o'clock in the morning, we came to the hotel and I got like four hours of rest before practice. I got something to eat, got taped and got ready for practice.

Everybody came back in shape for the first day of training camp. I thought I was a little off today, but I feel like I'm in pretty good shape. I competed out here with these guys and I know now that I'm quick enough and skilled enough to play with them.

The focus today was defense. We can run and we got scorers, but we need to defend better. Coach Cheeks made a point in our meeting earlier that our offense was seventh in the NBA last year, but our defense was like 23rd. And that's not good enough. That doesn't cut it.

Our offense is good enough. We just gotta fix a few things on the defensive side. We gotta help more and we gotta trust each other more. I can see the trust now. We just gotta get it down in these next few days of practice.

I just can't wait to get at it. The first day was fun. We're out here bonding. I can see it's going to be a much better team this year.

And that's it in a nutshell.

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