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Joshua Harris Donates Biggest Gift Ever to Philadelphia PAL

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

For all Joshua Harris and his ownership partners have done for the Sixers – and depending on whom you ask that’s either a lot or nothing at all – there hasn’t been much word of them helping Philadelphia outside of cheap tickets on the secondary market. Sure, they run basketball camps and donate food and all of that standard stuff, as basketball teams do, but they’re building their practice facility in Camden, and some people can’t get it out of their head that they’ll just dump the team to the highest bidder as soon as they can. Maybe part of the reason that thought remains prevalent is that they still don’t feel Philadelphia. Harris does all this stuff, but it’s almost like he needs some kind of big donation to a local non-profit to really embrace the Philadelphia-ness of it all. That’s probably not how he saw it, but he wrote a big check anyway.

Harris will reportedly donate $3.5 million to the Philadelphia Police Athletic League, or PAL, the biggest gift in the organization’s history. According to the Inquirer, “the donation is being made through a family foundation affiliated with Harris.” And it’s a huge deal. The 2013 revenue for PAL was only $2.2 million. So Harris’ donation is “Name One After Me” kind of money. Maybe they can switch my old neighborhood PAL, the Rizzo PAL, to the Harris PAL. That’d be cool. I’d love to be a billionaire’s PAL.


Sixers Press Release Details Super Team of Surgeons Who Worked on Embiid

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Yesterday, Joel Embiid sent everyone a quick post-surgery update while still in his hospital bed. A couple of hours later [editor’s note: at 9:34 p.m.], the Sixers sent out some actual details on the procedure, including naming the supergroup (or boy band) of doctors involved in the procedure. Each doctor was selected for what they could brought to the operating table. It was the 2Gether of surgeon teams. There was Dr. Martin O’Malley (the Heartthrob), Dr. Richard Ferkel (the Shy One), Dr. Dufetti Fufa (the Cute One), Dr. Jonathan Glashow (the Bad Boy), and Dr. Christopher Dodson (the Older Brother type). Also, the time to decide how much you trust the Sixers is right now because all of those names sound made up. Dick Ferkel and Dufetti Fufa are future second round draft picks.

Dr. Martin O’Malley, an Aaron Sorkin character, said that they replaced the two screws previously placed in Embiid’s foot and performed a bone graft using a bone from his hip. Dr. David Martin, the Sixers’ new sports science guy, detailed the next steps:

“Moving forward, our sports performance staff will work with Joel to guide his return to play and monitor his progress against targeted benchmarks. Our team will work with Joel to create the best possible environment for healing so he can achieve his goals.

We will now move into the first phase of the recovery process, which will include a focus on general health and fitness, as well as non-weight bearing movement for the injured limb. We will incorporate a broad network of resources into Joel’s return to play program, one that we believe will give him the best opportunity to make a complete recovery.”

Going forward, it would benefit the Sixers to be a lot more open about Embiid than they have been in the past, or we’re gonna have to go right to Dufetti Fufa for our information. [Note: In trying to get contact info for a direct line, it looks like the doctor’s name is actually Duretti Fufa, which is no less fun to say, and she’s a 10.]


Joel Embiid’s Second Surgery Was Successful, Countdown to Third Surgery Begins

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Joel Embiid’s second foot surgery of his professional career was a supposed success earlier today, according to Embiid himself. The first surgery, after which Embiid played zero games, was about 14 months ago, so expect the third surgery to be sometime next October, right around the start of the season. So either the pattern sticks and he’s under the knife again, or JoJo will hit the court. That’d be nice.


Joel Embiid’s Injured Foot is not Part of Sixers’ Insurance Policy

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

Photo Credit: Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports

As mentioned in the roundup, Joel Embiid’s much-hyped second foot surgery will finally be taking place tomorrow. He’ll miss the entire upcoming season. Over his first two inactive seasons, he’ll earn roughly $9 million from the Sixers… and they’ll be on the hook for all of it. According to ESPN, Embiid’s contract is insured, but his foot is not:

Although Embiid’s contract is insured, since it is among the five highest salaries on the team, sources say Embiid’s right foot was excluded from the policy because it was a pre-existing injury. Embiid first had surgery on the foot the week before the 2014 NBA draft, in which he was taken by the 76ers with the third pick.

If JoJo’s foot was included in the insurance policy, $5.4 million of Embiid’s roughly $9 million salary would be coming back to the Sixers [editor’s note: like Bynum– whose injury was covered by insurance]. Instead, like with your crappy insurance you had to buy yourself [editor’s note: …], that’s all coming out-of-pocket.

But ESPN points out another super-interesting Embiid-related insurance tidbit:

One policy that didn’t exclude Embiid’s right foot was a permanent total disability policy the center signed in November 2013 while at the University of Kansas. A source familiar with the policy said Embiid first could collect a tax-free $5 million if he calls it quits three years after signing the policy — November 2016 — and can always collect as long as he doesn’t play 20 NBA games.

It’s (hopefully) unlikely Embiid will never play 20 NBA games, and less likely he’ll just call it a day next November, but that is gonna really fuel some conspiracy theories.


Malik Rose Makin’ like Drake and Droppin’ the Mic on That Philly Squad

pic via the recently married (congrats!) Molly Sullivan's Twitter

pic via the recently married (congrats!) Molly Sullivan’s Twitter

Malik Rose better blast that Michael Bolton, because he’s getting some office space.

Front office space, to be exact.

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Rose, made famous by #ShitMalikSays, is reportedly leaving the Sixers’ broadcast perch curiously located in the lower level so Josh Harris can sell, like, three extra courtside seats and is headed to the Atlanta Hawks’ front office.

Rose had reportedly turned down a coaching gig at Alabama earlier this summer.

Like you’re a single woman, we’ll be missing you, Malik.


Brett Brown and Jay Wright are Trying to Bring Peace to the Middle East, At Least on the Court

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Brett Brown has traveled the world coaching basketball, while Jay Wright has spent most of his coaching career in the American northeast. Still, they’ve both led and mentored young players from all over, and had to bring them together to play as a team, regardless of personality, beliefs, or background. They have experience. But all of that isn’t much compared to what they just did by conducting “basketball clinics and conflict-resolution seminars” in Jerusalem and West Bank for PeacePlayers International.

According to a Catholic News Service report, both Wright and Brown connected with PPI via Pistons president Arn Tellem, who is on the board. Brown sounded moved by the whole situation:

“The history is breathtaking, so when PPI offered me the opportunity, I accepted immediately … The concept of teamwork and playing together are common areas that cross-pollinate both coaching basketball and the PeacePlayers’ initiative … It was a first-time opportunity for these kids to learn skills and play basketball … and it was jaw-dropping for me. Their eyes and expressions left an imprint that will not go away soon.”

Brown joined Wright – who brought his wife and kids along to help – in coaching a clinic of “Palestinian, Israeli and American high school players.” The goal of the whole thing was to foster and encourage peace, but that’s not always as easy as it sounds. Violence in Jerusalem and the West Bank broke out while the coaches were there, but Wright was happy to have helped the kids in any way:

“The goal was to use the sport to enable Arabs and Jews to concentrate on the game of basketball — their skills and the needs of each other as teammates — and to look past the conflict and see each other as human beings, with the ultimate goal being to transform the relationships of Jews and Arabs in the younger generation … We all realized how complex issues are in Israel and Palestine, how a majority on both sides wants peace … yet volatility and politics allow any incident, at any time, to escalate into war.”

These are the kinds of guys you want guiding young players on the court, so it’s good that Brown’s players are – on average – barely older than Wright’s.


Not to be Outdone, Sam Hinkie’s Making Trades Too


Sam Hinkie, on baseball trade deadline day, wants you to know he has no off switch … even if the deals are minor. According to a press release, “the Philadelphia 76ers today announced they have acquired forward Gerald Wallace and a draft consideration from the Golden State Warriors in exchange for power forward Jason Thompson.” What that draft consideration could be is unknown at this moment, since the Warriors don’t have a second-rounder until 2019 (according to Derek Bodner).

Wallace arrived in Golden State via the David Lee deal, and Thompson came to the Sixers in the Stauskas deal. It’s expected Wallace will be cut. We’ll have more here when more is known.


Video: Manute Bol’s Son, Bol, is a Lottery Bust Waiting to Happen

Dateline Philadelphia, April, 2020: Second-year wing-forward Bol Bol still hasn’t been cleared for 5-on-5 practice, this nine months after an undetected foot injury left Sixers fans shaking their damn heads over reports that the team’s first round draft pick would have to sit out his entire rookie campaign. Now, it appears, his second season may be in jeopardy as well. Even if he does play, scouts say Bol doesn’t really have a position. He’s tall, but too thin to play center, doesn’t have the post skills to be a power forward, and his handle is merely adequate and not up the caliber of most swing players. And then there’s that overactive pituitary gland…

Yeah, that sounds about right.

via USA Today

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