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Sixers Draft Pick You Forgot About Will Play in League You Didn’t Know About

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan McRae, one of the 400 players the 76ers drafted in the 2nd round this year, is going to be playing pro basketball in Australia. McRae was the 58th pick of the 2014 draft and traded to the 76ers from the Spurs, and will now suit up for Melbourne United in the NBL. McRae was named to the Second Team of the Summer League’s All-NBA squad when he averaged 21 points on 50% shooting in four appearances.

One report thinks the Sixers retain the right to call McRae back to the NBA until January, but if not, he’ll spend the year playing in the same league as Josh Childress. And that is what Josh Childress is up to.

This Evolution of Madden Video Reminds You How Many Hours and Hours You’ve Played These Games

The video above, via Barstool, shows the evolution of every few years of the Madden video game franchise over the past 26 years. It’s gotten me excited to play Madden 15, but I’d also be fine pulling out Maddens 02/03/04.

Soothsayer Larry Mendte Says the Eagles Won’t Win the Super Bowl

Call of the parade, Eagles fans, the harbinger of Eagles success has announced that they will not win a Super Bowl this year, so let’s just pack it up. That Nostradamus of professional football is Larry Mendte, and he just knows this year is not the year:

After false prophets who came to Philadelphia and fell short of leading us to the Promised Land, Eagles fans believe they have found their Messiah. And I am now put in the unenviable position of having to yell at the Chipnotized, “Snap out of it! It’s not going to happen this year!”

That hurts to admit. There are just way too many questions. I believe Nick Foles can and will be a star in this league. But, the defense is still suspect, as is the kicker. Depth is also a problem. What happens if offensive linemen Jason Peters or running back LeSean McCoy gets hurt? Injuries at key positions are inevitable. The Eagles don’t have the depth at most positions to compensate.

The great prognosticator of the Philadelphia fan has spoken, and his will shall be done.

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Dario Saric is Also Quotable, Knows “Everything About Philadelphia” from PS4

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In all of the draft hubbub and big dick nonsense, I totally missed Dario Saric’s post-draft press conference, where Saric — who honestly sounds like a comedian imitating a bad Russian accent — said this of Philadelphia:

“Hi. My name is Dario Saric. My English is not so very well. I am happy because I feel they choose me the right way, and I’m happy because I will play with teammates like Michael Carter‑Williams, he’s Rookie of the Year, Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel is a great player, and I have pleasure because I’ll play with them.”

And then, when asked is he has any experience watching the Sixers, Saric said:

“Yeah, I know everything about the Sixers, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, and I love the team. I know it’s like fifth town in the USA, and I know everything about Philadelphia. Philadelphia, again, they are like most faster team in the NBA right now.

I really want to come here in Philadelphia to put my game on that team after two years.”

We definitely can’t put what Embiid said on a t-shirt, but maybe “It’s Like Fifth Town in the USA” can be the new official tourism slogan for Philly. And finally, when asked more about how he knew about the Sixers, Saric said:

“I learned so much like things like we have‑‑ like you have in America newspaper, Google, internet, things like that. We share NBA, my friends and I, we love so much to playing PlayStation 4 and NBA, and we know so much about Philadelphia, Iguodala, and so much guys from Philadelphia. I know everything.”

Quick, somebody has to get him an updated NBA video game. Jokes aside, I really like this guy, and can’t wait to see him on the court … in 2016. Shit.

h/t Yahoo Sports

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Joel Embiid Screws up on Twitter, Gets Mad

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Last night, the potential 76er Joel Embiid tweeted (in a now-deleted tweet) “I’m a laker.” He then tweeted that a friend had taken his phone — former friend we hope — and sent the tweet. The emoji-filled top tweet is in response to tweets such as this one:

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As far as we could tell, that’s as bad as it got. We’re sure there was some worse stuff, but that tweet above isn’t even Crossing Broad Comments Section level. If that what get’s Embiid mad, and he’s drafted by the Sixers, no one can tell him about WIP. No one.

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The Sixers Have Joel Embiid’s Medical Records and a Doctor Says He’d Avoid Him

Photo Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

We’re just about a day, a World Cup game, and some dinner away from the 2014 NBA Draft, and it seems like nothing is for certain. The Cavs are reportedly still taking legitimate offers for their top pick, but they also have this stylish hat for that dude to wear. And you can’t just GET RID OF THE HAT.

But the focus (for the Sixers at least) seems to be on Dante Exum, Andrew Wiggins, and Joel Embiid. It’s unlikely Wiggins would land here without Hinkie having to go get him, so it then comes down to Dante Exum (who the Sixers are reportedly high on) and Joel Embiid (whose high ceiling and talent level may be too much to pass on). The Sixers are even now in possession of Joel Embiid’s medical records, showing that they’re seriously considering grabbing him.

But one doctor doesn’t think they should. Doctor George Stollsteimer from the Trenton Orthapedic group, who “specializes in sports medicine,” told WIP’s Morning Show that Embiid throws up “major red flags.” Stollsteimer said, “Immediately, what I start thinking of is [Greg] Oden, Yao Ming–I know there’s comparisons, I think [Michael] Jordan had a similar injury when he was early in his career, but it’s a different animal [with guards].” The good Doctor also said he wouldn’t take Embiid until around pick 14 or 15, but that’s anything but a sure thing because doctors don’t make draft picks.

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The Bucks Won’t Draft Joel Embiid, and no one Knows who the Sixers Will Take

Photo Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

In the (not even full) five days since word of Joel Embiid’s stress fracture in his foot came out, and the first few picks of the draft went from “set” to “utter mayhem.” Embiid’s status as the #1 pick is more or less gone, and it looks likely that the Sixers will miss out on taking their man Andrew Wiggins or Jabari Parker unless they trade up. Why? Because not only will Embiid likely not be the top pick, according to the owner of the Bucks he won’t be the number two pick either.

That would seem to make the top two picks in the draft some combination of Parker/Wiggins, leaving the Sixers at number three with possibly the hardest decision in the top five. Do you take a PG like Exum? Do you make a trade and try to get up and get Wiggins? Or, as the latest report surmises, do you take Embiid, now that you know, for sure, that he will fall to you? Embiid’s injury is certainly a misstep and could cause issues for him for the rest of his career, but the dude was gonna be the consensus number one for a reason.

That amount of upside is a steal at number three, but do you take the injury risk? And do you really delay your rebuild another full year while you now wait for your other top draft pick to be healthy? The mock draft pros seem to lean towards the Sixers snagging Exum at three, but all that matters is what the Sixers actually decide, and at least Bob Cooney thinks that decision could be Embiid.

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Draft Rumor Mill Continues to Roll on, Says Sixers May Try to Get Another Top-Ten Pick

Slipped into the last graf of this Yahoo Sports piece about Embiid’s now draft-shattering injury, is this remarkable tidbit:

“Philadelphia has been intrigued with the possibility of drafting a point guard with one of its picks in the draft, closely studying Dante Exum and Marcus Smart, sources said. Smart wouldn’t be selected with Philly’s third overall pick, sources said, but Exum does become a candidate for the Sixers at No. 3. Philadelphia has had discussions with teams about gathering an additional pick between its two current choices at No. 3 and No. 10.”

If that has any truth to it at all, that would seem to point towards another large, unsubstantiated rumor: The one that says the Sixers are trying to trade Michael Carter-Williams. And maybe a package deal of MCW, Thad, and a meaningless second round (or future first) pick could get a deal like that done. These next seven days are lining up to be absolute mayhem. It’ll be like Christmas morning but with a chance that every toy your parents got you might break or not be nearly as great as you thought it’d be.

h/t Philly.com

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Reporter Demonstrates Complete Lack of Perspective When Complaining About the Sixers’ Lack of Perspective

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Ben Watanabe, the NBA editor for NESN, was not happy that the Sixers kept Andrew Wiggins from the media while he was in town. It’s an understandable frustration. Covering sports is his job (along with others, though they got doughnuts), and being denied access to a man who could be the biggest basketball story in this town in a decade isn’t an ideal working condition. But, he’s also not entitled to Wiggins, since he’s technically not even a pro yet. If this weird “Keep Wiggins Secret” thing goes down after the draft, then yeah that’s an issue, but for now, it’s not that huge of a deal.

Or, according to Watanabe’s tweet above, it is the hugest of deals. Because while he was trying to shame the Sixers for their behavior by basically claiming they are treating Wiggins’ visit like some grand national story of worldwide importance, he personally compared it to grand national stories of worldwide importance. It’s especially odd after Watanabe’s column took a different angle on it:

“When you are involved with professional sports, either covering it or running an organization, it can be easy to forget that it is only sports. It is only a business. No one’s life is at stake, and treating something as harmless as a draft workout as though it were a state secret shows an alarming lack of perspective.”

Oh, I get it. Right after he wrote that, he must’ve forgotten the “either covering it … ” part. Or he just keeps using the word perspective without knowing what it means. Either one.

h/t Deadspin

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ESPN’s Latest Mock Draft has Sixers Landing Both Wiggins and Randle

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We’ve got a more full outlook on the draft coming here sometime next week, but while we’re here, let’s look at the insane possibility — according to ESPN’s Chad Ford — that the Sixers would land both Andrew Wiggins and Julius Randle. Personally, I cannot see Randle falling down to the Sixers at ten, and think that’s a much more likely spot for bascially anyone but Randle, but they pay Chad Ford the BIG BUCKS to know this stuff, so he’s gotta know more than me about it, right? Maybe he’s right? Maybe we get them both? I’m trying not to get ahead of myself, but this is very exciting (though again, it’s probably not going to happen). Here are two simple reasons why both of these are possible:

1. The Cavaliers are weird, and could honestly take WHOEVER at #1 and I would not be surprised.

2. From picks four to nine, most teams have a specific need that would lead them to taking a certain player or position, and Randle’s injury history could make him slip a bit.

We’ll know next week, but for now, this rampant speculation and insane theorizing has got me all kinds of equal parts excited and worried. Ford says Wiggins/Randle, but it could very easily be Exum/traded 10th pick. As I said before, Hinkie, I want to believe.

h/t reader Eric, images via Reddit

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