PHILADELPHIA – Joel Embiid passed the ball effortlessly, the navicular bone in his broken left foot hardly seeming to present a problem. His endearing smile lit up the place and thrilled the crowd, happy to see their hoops savior looking well and wondering if the civic basketball nightmare was about to finally end. Don’t worry, Sam Hinkie. Nobody’s raining on your “parade,’’ which continues to look more and more like the only celebration Philadelphia 76ers fans will ever see — if
The Ice Bucket Challenge has been a tremendous success in raising money for ALS research. To date, a total of $88.5 million in donations — a full $85.9 million more than was raised during the same time period last year (July 29 to August 26) — has been raised. There are still plenty of challenges being issued for the cause, drawing plenty of attention to the terrible disease that is amyotrophic lateral sclerosis. There have also been a number of challenges issued bringing
“I told him I want him to take over my Twitter,” Philadelphia 76ers General Manager Sam Hinkie joked to reporters about Joel Embiid’s Twitter feed in a Tuesday afternoon conference call. “I need to get my follower count up.” Hinkie addressed the media to discuss the recent three-team trade involving Kevin Love that saw Philadelphia acquire Luc Richard Mbah a Moute, Alex Shved and Miami’s 2015 first round pick (top 10 protected) in exchange for Thaddeus Young. Embiid has gained a lot
Over the weekend, Kevin Love was officially traded to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The trade brought an end to more than a month of media speculation. While the trade signifies potential championship contention for LeBron James and his new running mates, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, it also brings with it a new era in the Minnesota Timberwolves’ franchise history. The Wolves future cornerstones will be athletic rookies Andrew Wiggins and Zach LaVine, a 26-year-old forward entering his prime in Thaddeus Young, a
Philadelphia 76ers forward Thaddeus Young’s name has been attached to the Kevin Love and Andrew Wiggins trade since the initial rumors. With the 30-day moratorium that’s prevented Wiggins from being traded until Saturday, the Sixers have emerged as legitimate suitors in the deal. The Love for Wiggins trade has been anticipated for weeks. While a verbal deal has been made, the exact details were always open to change. As a third team giving up the last veteran asset on the roster, the Sixers
Last week we chronicled the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge as it it began to sweep through the NBA. Well, the challenge is still going strong, with many of the league’s top stars (like LeBron James) having participated — both in getting splashed with icy cold water and giving money to the cause. There are a number of players still taking on the challenge even today. Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard took the challenge in stride, facing it like few have before. He
The newest craze to hit social media everywhere — Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, YouTube — is the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge. What is the Ice Bucket Challenge? Well, assuming you haven’t heard of it yet, it is a choice, whereby someone either donates $100 to the ALS Association or they accept the challenge and dump a bucket of ice water on their head. Many people are opting to do both, making a donation and taking the proverbial plunge. The purpose of the challenge is
J.R. Smith, like Philadelphia Sixers rookie Joel Embiid of recent memory, has been a frequenter of the Tweet of the Day. From making fun of an Appalachian State center’s failed free throw attempt back in December of 2012 to being accused of partying too hard in May of 2013, he has routinely been among the most entertaining NBA tweeters. The New York Knicks shooting guard captured the hearts of his followers Wednesday with an endearing look into his family life.