On the darkest days of the NBA lockout, Elton Brand believed the season would be totally wiped out.
''So I got a burger, had some wine, and went to sleep,'' Brand said, laughing.
He no longer needs his late-night splurge to cope with life without basketball.
Brand has the game back - and all his Philadelphia 76ers teammates and coaches along with him.
The Sixers opened training camp Friday night with a flurry of moves, including one big splash that brought their first practice to a halt. Coach Doug Collins took a brief break from the three-hour session to announce top reserve Thaddeus Young, a restricted free agent, had been signed to a five-year contract. One more key piece from a team that high-jumped from the draft lottery to the playoffs in Collins' first season was back.
''We had to have him,'' Collins said. ''I was so scared that someone was going to throw some ridiculous crazy money out there at him.''
The Sixers threw more than $40 million at Young, who finished third ...