Your Thursday Morning Roundup
Show me the money. Robert Covington has plenty of it now as the Sixers’ sharp shooter from beyond the arc got the rumored big contract extension, per ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. According to the Woj bomb, RoCo’s deal is four years, $62 million and will keep him under contract in Philly through the 2021-22 season.
Derek Bodner of The Athletic gave a breakdown of the yearly money:
Rough numbers for the Covington extension:
— Derek Bodner (@DerekBodnerNBA) November 16, 2017
Covington’s salary increases this year as he was slated to make just $1.57 million in 2017. The fifth-year player averaged just under 17 points per game and was shooting 50 percent from beyond the arc heading into last night’s contest against the Los Angeles Lakers.
That game against the Lakers? Details after the jump.
If you didn’t stay up for this one, you missed out. The Sixers earned a 115-109 win and Joel Embiid had himself a night. Embiid dropped a career high 46 points and matched it with 15 rebounds for a double-double. His 46 is a career high and the most markers by any Sixer in 11 years (!!). Also, he is the first player in the NBA to record at least 40 points, at least seven assists, and at least seven blocks in a single game since Dr. J back in 1982.
Post game, he had a tremendous interview with Molly Sullivan, featuring a Kevin Hart cameo.
Speaking of Hart, he sat courtside and T.J. McConnell found him:
TJ McConnell nails three, daps Kevin Hart on the way back pic.twitter.com/h2Kk4Jh5DL
— CJ Fogler account may or may not be notable (@cjzero) November 16, 2017
After such a tremendous night for The Process, you know Embiid couldn’t leave without mentioning Hassan Whiteside:
Sixers’ Joel Embiid on his 46P/15R/7A/7B effort: “I wish I could have had the quadruple-double with blocks. Shout out Hassan Whiteside.” pic.twitter.com/9mOzxnoNZJ
— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) November 16, 2017
The best part of this all is that it happened on national television, ESPN. The Worldwide Leader’s Ramona Shelburne is buying in:
But after the way they’ve played on this West Coast trip, particularly in Joel Embiid’s historic 46-point, 15-rebound, seven-assist, seven-rebound game Wednesday night in a 115-109 win over the Los Angeles Lakers, how can you question Brown’s goals for this season and beyond. Whatever stage of the process this is, the Sixers look ready to win — now.
Chris Broussard is feeling it too:
As for the Sixers, I haven’t been this excited about a young duo since Shaq & Penny. Both Simmons & Embiid can be all-time greats (yeah, I said it!) & their games complement one another’s perfectly.
— Chris Broussard (@Chris_Broussard) November 16, 2017
Philly returns home to face the Warriors on Saturday night at 7:30 pm.
This seems like the PERFECT time to snatch up this tremendous Joel Embiid Christmas sweater:
While all of this is success is happening, Nerlens Noel is riding the bench in Dallas.
Thankfully the Flyers were not in action last night to bring our spirits down as the Fly guys have gone 120 minutes of game action without scoring. Our Flyers writer, Anthony SanFilippo, tried to answer the question of why the team is shooting blanks:
Seriously, the real problem at hand that needs to be addressed is the state of the Flyers in general.
How is it that the team has a (cough) .500 record (cough) and is in worse shape than it was at this time last season? How is it that the offense is completely non-existent? How is it that questionable coaching decisions continue to get shrugged aside?
If this isn’t an organizational epidemic, it’s getting darn close and somebody needs to come in and fix it soon, or this will be a lost season before we reach Thanksgiving.
Heck, if my historical analysis is correct, it’s almost at that point now.
The Flyers face the Winnipeg Jets tonight at 8.
The RADIO WARS revved up again with the announcement of Jon Marks moving to drive time for WIP. Our Kevin Kinkead shares his thoughts on the move:
But does a Marks/Reese pairing move the needle during afternoon drive? I don’t know. I don’t know if anybody competes with Mikey Miss in that time period, but Mike has seemed a little tired and disinterested lately, so maybe you just wait it out here. Play the attrition game and win the other slots. WIP also has to consider Angelo Cataldi’s eventual retirement.
Roy Halladay’s Celebration of Life was earlier this week and this video of Chooch crying is unbearable.
The latest Crossing Broadcast talking proper ice and better ball came out yesterday.
The Eagles are back at it on Sunday, the day that was made for them:
Buy it. You know you need it.
Another turn in the Jerry Jones-NFL saga developed yesterday with the NFL sending a letter to Jones:
The Associated Press has obtained a letter sent by the NFL to Jerry Jones’ attorney accusing the Dallas Cowboys owner of ”conduct detrimental to the league’s best interests” over his objection to a contract extension for Commissioner Roger Goodell.
The letter accusing Jones of sabotaging the negotiations was sent to David Boies on Wednesday. Jones hired Boies and threatened to sue the NFL if Goodell’s contract extension was approved by the compensation committee, made up of six owners. All 32 owners voted unanimously in May to let the committee finalize a deal with Goodell.
Jon Gruden didn’t exactly rule out a return to coaching in his future, while on Mike & Mike:
I haven’t talked to anybody. All I really have in my life is my family and football. That’s about it. I’m real sensitive to the coaches that are out there coaching, so I don’t speculate. I just love football. I’m trying to hang onto the job I have. I’m very fortunate to be with the people I’m with. I don’t know what’s gonna happen in the future. I just know this: I’m gonna continue to give my best effort to the game, stay prepared, and I love Monday Night Football and don’t plan on leaving but, as you know in life, you never say never to nothing.
Our Kevin Kinkead asks if anyone in Philly cares about esports? My guess is probably not.
In non-sports news…
The House is voting on its tax reform bill today.
Google Maps is all new and fancy.
There’s a manhunt in Jersey for a murder suspect.