The Sixers had just lost 107-99 to the Wizards dropping their record to 13-28. Unlike their previous two games, it was a competitive contest despite trailing by as many as 21 points.

Attending media were waiting in a hallway at the Verizon Center for Brett Brown to come out and talk about the game when a few Sixers' players came out of the locker room in practice gear and went through a door to the arena's practice court. A couple assistant coaches followed.

It is not an everyday ritual for a game to be over and practice to start, so I asked Brown about it.

“They want to do a little bit extra,” Brown said. “I have a great staff and I have said many times that I respect the work ethic of our players. I have development coaches in Billy Lange and Greg Foster who I think are A-plus. Players respect them, they trust them. There was no mandate. It wasn’t punishment. It is a part of the plan and the process of building a program from the ground up.

“I think it is one of the many examples of us just trying to put in extra work to do everything that we can to develop players."

The season is halfway over and the team has lost more then twice the number times they have been victorious. That is not easy to go through. The other team too often is making more shots or grabbing more rebounds. The opposition is stronger or has more talent and too often it adds up to being inferior on a given day.