While in the midst of my daily media consumption, I came across some interesting notes from noted Boston super fan Bill Simmons. Near the end of a rather lengthy post on The Ringer, Simmons cited recent buzz of LeBron coming to the Sixers:
“The Sixers have enough cap space and trade assets to accommodate LeBron and the likes of, say, PAUL GEORGE; Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are two of the league’s best under-25 blue-chippers (young legs!); Klutch represents LeBron and Simmons (hmmmmm); and NBA insiders have been gossiping about an increasingly cozy Philly–LeBron’s circle connection since November.”
This blurb, in which Simmons argued that Philadelphia could provide LeBron the perfect narrative to end his career, was music to my ears.
“In 2018, LeBron James signed with Philadelphia to build one last mini-dynasty with Embiid and Simmons. He vowed to play seven more years, until he turned 40, and vowed to make it his last stop. Just as important, he wanted to be closer to New York City and to his goal of becoming the first active billionaire athlete, with an eye on building his business empire and eventually owning an NBA franchise.”
Let’s not forget that Bovada listed the Sixers as the 5th most likely destination for the four-time league MVP and three-time NBA Finals MVP to land this offseason.
Per Bovada, the #Sixers are tied for the 5th best odds (with the Pistons) to sign LeBron James at 10/1. Trails just Warriors (6/1), Lakers (5/1), Cavaliers (11/4) and Rockets (5/2).
— Zack Rosenblatt (@ZackBlatt) February 9, 2018
Ultimately, LeBron may end up signing a multi-year deal with a team he believes has long-term potential. While recent contracts for James and Kevin Durant have amounted to one-year deals with a player option for a second, the optics of team-hopping to chase Michael Jordan’s ghost wouldn’t be in the best interest of LeBron’s image.
Although many in the national media believe James will land in Los Angeles to lead a young Lakers team, it could very well come down to two teams: Houston and Philadelphia.
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The Sixers are 31-25, in the midst of their longest winning streak since January of 2012, and haven’t lost at the Wells Fargo Center in over two months. In fact, Philly sports teams are straight up kicking ass right now. Check out this neat little factoid, courtesy of Crossing Broad’s own Anthony SanFilippo:
@JoyOnBroad Philadelphia professional sports teams since 2/4/18:
The Eagles officially ripped a hole the size of Texas in the space/time continuum.
— AntSanPhilly (@AntSanPhilly) February 23, 2018
If all of that wasn’t reason enough to make you feel, uh, firm—there’s now also this:
Carson Wentz will be ringing the bell at the Sixers-Magic game tomorrow night. Pro tip: Hit it with the cane and let freedom ring.
— Kyle Scott (@CrossingBroad) February 23, 2018
Carson Wentz to ring the bell?! Let freedom ring, indeed. It should make for yet another awesome night in the midst of what is, by far, the greatest month in the history of Philly sports. Good luck, Orlando.
I imagine when the lights drop and Wentz walks onto the court tomorrow night that the noise generated by what should be a boisterous and eager crowd might blow the top off the Wells Fargo Center, but what the hell do I know? That’s why I asked 76ers game day presentation crew member Dan Sieck–the guy who actually rolls the bell onto the floor–what he expects.
Back in 2012, I sent an email to a contact I had within the Phillies organization that included an odd request. Could he get me more information, and possibly the location, of the old Veterans Stadium Liberty Bell?
Six years later, after countless emails, dead ends, contradicting accounts, and one extraordinarily helpful South Philadelphia food distributing company president, I’ve learned the Veterans Stadium Liberty Bell has found a permanent home back with the Philadelphia Phillies.
“I wanted to let you know that we are no longer in possession of the Liberty Bell. A while back we were contacted by the Phillies organization about reacquiring the bell. After discussing it internally, we decided that the plans we had to display the bell were too ambitious for now, and returning the bell to the Phillies provided the best chance for it to be ‘resurrected’ and given a chance to be displayed and appreciated by Phillies fans again,” Sean Scollon, chief business intelligence officer at C.W. Dunnet and Co., told me.
James Trout, director of marketing services and events for the Phillies, confirmed the organization has the bell. The Phillies plan to refurbish the approximately 20-foot high, 15-foot wide relic and put it on display for fans at Citizens Bank Park as early as the 2019 season.
He also noted that any additional plans or location for the bell at the stadium is unknown at this point.
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If Sixers rookie Markelle Fultz was hoping that we would stop talking about his broken jumper (and psyche), I think, and this is just a hunch, that he’s about to get his wish–for a day. Maybe.
An explosive(!) report dropped this morning by Yahoo! Sports cites hundreds of pages of FBI documents in detailing wide-ranging potential rules violations committed by some of college basketball’s biggest names and programs.
The report focuses on the dealings of former NBA agent Andy Miller, his ex-associate Christian Dawkins, and the ASM Sports Agency. The documents reveal what could be a major headache for up to 20 NCAA programs and up to 25 current and former players, which allege that ASM worked with programs and players to get them to sign with the agency. Among the players reported to have taken money? That’s right—you guessed it. Markelle Fultz. The top pick of the 2017 NBA Draft reportedly received $10,000 from ASM, but didn’t go on to sign with the agency. Boss move.
Other notable players accused of taking money who appear in the report include Dennis Smith Jr. ($73,500), Isaiah Whitehead ($37,657), and Kyle Kuzma ($9,500).
The Sixers were real damn close to ending their five-game winning streak against the Chicago Bulls.
But thanks to some late heroics and two clutch free throws from Ben Simmons, they began the unofficial second half of the regular season, one of the easier remaining second halves in the league, with a one-point win over the Bulls, 116-115.
The Bulls led by five with 1:02 to go after Zach LaVine drilled a three. Ben Simmons added a field goal while the Bulls missed three straight shots, before LaVine fouled JJ Redick, who made both of his free throws. Off the inbound, Joel Embiid stole the Valentine pass and gave it to Simmons who was fouled. He made both free throws, before a final defensive stand sealed the win.
Simmons finished with a career-high 32 points to go with 11 assists and seven rebounds, while Embiid scored 30 with 13 boards. Redick added 14 and Dario Saric added 13, but the secondary scoring did not make a huge impact.
LaVine had 23 point and David Nwaba had a career-high 21 points for Chicago, but it was Bobby Portis who put up a career-high 38 points. He wanted 40.
Bobby Portis is savage: “I’m getting 40!” 😂 pic.twitter.com/ezgbUissuB
— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) February 23, 2018
He didn’t get 40. Or the win.
The Sixers return home for one game to host the Orlando Magic Saturday night at 5 PM on NBC Sports Philadelphia. After that, it’ll be a nationally televised game Sunday in D.C. against the Wizards at 8 PM on ESPN.
As for the standings, the Sixers are now a half-game behind the idle Bucks for 6th and a game behind the Pacers for 5th. They have a two-game cushion on the Heat for 7th.
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It’s so fashionable in 2018 to say “I told you so!”
There’s always some creep on Twitter, lurking in the shadows, waiting for you to be wrong about something, just so they can flag down the “old takes exposed” guy and let you know just how big of an idiot you really are.
I’m not sure when it happened, but it seems like every opinion or every paragraph is viewed as a “hot take” these days. Maybe it’s because the idiocy of FOX News/CNN/MSNBC makes it really trendy to dislike the media in general, so when that “gotcha!” moment presents itself, you just have to go for it.
Anyway, I thought it might be fun to take a look back at some of the stuff I wrote about the Eagles earlier this season to see, number one, if I was off-base or dumb, and number two, to look at how far they came in fixing some of their issues en route to the first Super Bowl in franchise history.
Think about some of the things we were talking about back then. Remember the story about Jim Schwartz trying to usurp control of the NovaCare Complex? Remember the hand-wringing over 4th and 8 and Doug Pederson’s sketchy play calling? That all seems like ancient history.
I will say that I actively tried to stay away from dropping super hot opinions on Crossing Broad dot com. I didn’t want to go down the rabbit hole of “Doug Pederson is a moron,” or “Alshon Jeffery is overrated” or whatever. But I did come across some things that seem wildly dated now, probably good for some laughs after the Birds lifted the Lombardi trophy.