76ers Notes

Earl Boykins

apparently was loving life as

Allen Iverson's

teammate in Denver when he was traded to the Milwaukee Bucks without warning.

But the 5-foot-5 Boykins, who arrived at the Wachovia Center at 5 p.m. yesterday to prepare for his first game with the Bucks, is only looking ahead to helping his new team.

"I knew I was going to be traded eventually," Boykins said before last night's game against the 76ers. "It's part of the business."

In his ninth NBA season, Boykins thrived as Iverson's teammate, with more chances to score during the suspension of Carmelo Anthony. In 10 games with Iverson, Boykins averaged 22.6 points, as compared to 11.7 before Iverson arrived in a Dec. 19 trade with the Sixers.

Boykins, who said his time with Iverson was fun, noted that Iverson's "higher intensity" surprised him.

As for the scoring, Boykins said the explanation was easy.

"Whenever you play with other great players, that makes the game easier," he said. "I expect the same thing here when we get Michael Redd and Mo Williams back."

Redd, who has a strained left knee, and Williams, with a sprained left shoulder, are out for an extended period. Boykins is there to pick up the scoring slack and provide defensive pressure.

Although he doesn't know any plays, Boykins found himself in the starting lineup last night, and coach Terry Stotts said he would adjust accordingly.

"We're going to keep it pretty simple," Stotts said. "Simple pick-and-rolls, simple post-ups, a lot of transition, and make good basketball plays."

The Bucks also were missing forward Charlie Villanueva (right shoulder tendinitis) and forward Bobby Simmons (stress reaction, right heel).

New starter

Sixers coach

Maurice Cheeks


Willie Green

into the starting lineup at guard and moved

Andre Iguodala

to forward.

Green replaced rookie forward Rodney Carney, who had started 15 of the last 20 games. Carney scored 25 and 12 points in the first two games of the Sixers' recent seven-game road trip but had averaged only 5.3 points in the seven games since then while shooting 29.8 percent from the field.

Cheeks said he just wanted to show a different look and added it was "nothing [Carney] did" to lose the starting job.

No No. 3

Stotts likes the Sixers' addition of

Joe Smith

, who played for him with the Bucks last season, and

Andre Miller

, and admits it's strange not seeing Iverson in a Sixers jersey.

"The one adjustment for Philly is that they've had a star, a superstar, for the last 10 years," he said. "They have a lot of very good players that can complement each other. Before, you always focused on Allen Iverson. Now they have a lot of players that can hurt you."

- Joe Juliano