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Sixers Notes: Let’s Start Playing Basketball Again

Kevin Kinkead - February 21, 2018

If we’re being honest, there really wasn’t much to report from Sixers practice today.

The All-Star Break is over, there really aren’t any pertinent questions to ask, and I think media and fans alike just want to get on with the Sixers’ first postseason push of the Brett Brown era.

But first – let’s start with Markelle Fultz.

He didn’t do anything differently out there today, working with Billy Lange on a far court. Fultz shot layups and short-range jumpers and didn’t look any better or any worse than anything I’ve seen in the previous three months. For that reason, there wasn’t any merit to shooting video.

JJ Redick spoke to the media and offered an unprompted follow-up to the statement he made Sunday regarding the video in which he accidentally voiced a slur:

Deliver us to the Playoffs

For Brett Brown, this is new territory. Never before in his Sixer tenure has the team been in a post-All Star break playoff race. He’s been there plenty of times as an assistant, but not as a head coach, and not with this young group of players.

The Sixers are 30 and 25 and currently in 7th place in the east. They’re two games back from fourth-place Washington, so home court is certainly attainable if they navigate a road-heavy start to the final third of the schedule.

The most interesting thing is what the Sixers do with Joel Embiid down the stretch. Do they push him in a home court bid or focus on just getting into the playoffs with a healthy 7’2″ center?

Brown says it’s more of the latter:

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Report: Alshon Jeffery Played the Entire Season With a Torn Rotator Cuff

Kevin Kinkead - February 21, 2018

Remember how Alshon Jeffery wasn’t really making a ton of contested catches at the beginning of the season?

“That’s what he was brought here to do!” everyone shouted in unison.

Opinions varied. Was he not that great? Was he not on the same page as Carson Wentz? Was he not a bona fide WR1?

Well, Jeffery apparently played hurt all year long, according to Ian Rapopopoport:

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The Minnesota Vikings Foundation Sent Eagle Fans a Gift

Kevin Kinkead - February 21, 2018

Looks like the bad blood between Minnesota and Philadelphia is starting to subside.

Over on Eagles Reddit, there’s a post from a fan named ‘EYEsoar’ who says he/she received this in the mail from the Vikings Foundation:

The message reads:

Congratulations on your Super Bowl win Eagles fans!

To show our appreciation of your donation to the Minnesota Vikings Foundation we are excited to present you with this jar of authentic Eagle’s (sic) confetti from Super Bowl 52. Your positive attitude and great sportsmanship toward the Minnesota Vikings did not go unnoticed or unappreciated.

Thank you and SKOL!

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Crossing Broadcasts – Everything You Might Have Missed

Kevin Kinkead - February 21, 2018

It’s been a somewhat hectic week as Kyle tries to get shirt orders in the mail and Russ assumes lead podcast duties.

We did three of ’em in the past few days, but didn’t get them up on the website until… right now.

Enjoy:

 

February 21st – ACLs, Bucher the Butcher, Flyers Win (Russ)

February 20th – All-Stars, Tongue-Twisters, Flyin’ & Fightin’ (Russ/Kevin/Bwanks/Anthony)

February 16th – Crossovers and He’s Only 19 (Russ/Kevin)

(all of the links on iTunes and the other platforms should be working as intended)

Report: Mike Groh Promoted to Eagles’ Offensive Coordinator

Kevin Kinkead - February 20, 2018

With Frank Reich taking the Colts’ head coaching job, Doug Pederson needed to find a new offensive coordinator this offseason.

It looks like wide receivers coach Mike Groh will get the gig, according to ESPN’s Tim McManus:

T-Mac reports that Duce Staley, who was also considered for the job, will remain in his position as the Birds’ running backs coach. Press Taylor, who served as assistant QB coach and an offensive quality control assistant, will be promoted to QB coach as a replacement for John DeFilippo, who joined the Vikings as their offensive coordinator.

Groh only joined the Eagles in 2017 but has a lengthy coaching resume dating back to 2000. Staley, a former Bird and Steeler, had a 10 year playing career but has only been coaching since 2011, when Andy Reid brought him on as a special teams quality control coach.

Here’s how their resumes stack up:

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The LeBron James/Malvern Prep Thing Was Never a Thing

Kevin Kinkead - February 20, 2018

I don’t know a ton about Barstool Sports, but apparently one of their guys, “Smitty,” posted last night that LeBron James visited Malvern Preparatory School in advance of perhaps, possibly, maybe taking his talents to South Philadelphia next season:

Hmm.. interesting.

Smitty followed up 26 minutes later:

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Report: The Phillies Are Having Discussions With Jake Arrieta

BWanksCB - February 20, 2018

The Phillies’ starting rotation is littered with several question marks, but they’re reportedly having discussions that could lead to one emphatic answer:

Do. The. Deal.

This isn’t a signing that should be made at all costs, but if the market comes back to the Phillies and presents a pitching-needy team with an opportunity to snag Arrieta, who will turn 32 in early March, then they HAVE to do it. A deal valued at $28-32 million per year over three years seems fair. Arrieta would become one of the highest-paid starting pitchers in terms of annual value, and the Phillies get markedly better in the short-term without having to worry about the dead weight of a mega-deal hampering their financial flexibility five years down the road. Such a deal would not compromise the team’s financial flexibility to jump into a loaded free agent market ahead of the 2019 season.

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Wayne Simmonds Ruled Out 2-3 Weeks

Kevin Kinkead - February 20, 2018

Anthony wrote about the Flyers this morning and alluded to a forthcoming injury for a top-six forward.

Sure enough, Wayne Simmonds is now ruled out 2-3 weeks with an upper body injury, while goaltender Michal Neuvirth will miss 4-6 weeks with a lower body.

Brian Elliott is already about 5-6 weeks after underdoing core muscle surgery. Ron Hextall went out and traded for Red Wings’ goaltender Petr Mrazek last night to plug the gap in net.

Oskar Lindblom was called up to replace Simmonds for the time being. “Simmer” has 20 goals and 17 assists this season.