700 Level Readers, It's Been Real, But I'm Leaving To Become Malik Rose's Head Writer

700 Level Readers, It's Been Real, But I'm Leaving To Become Malik Rose's Head Writer

One of the great developments here in the early part of the Sixers season, aside from their play, has been the color commentary of Malik Rose. Rose, who is the fifth person in five years to hold the Sixers color commentator job (Steve Mix, Bob Salmi, Ed Pinckney and Eric "Snooze Button" Snow preceded him) has been an incredible addition to Sixers telecasts. 
He's refreshingly honest, incredibly funny, and has developed an instant chemistry with play-by-play man Marc Zumoff. He's also displayed a wicked sense of pop culture. In response to a recent Evan Turner drive into the paint he dropped an Animal House reference by asking "Mind if I dance in your paint?". He also hit us with a Chappelle Show "Negrodamus" line.
Another reason to love Malik is that he is active on Twitter (@MalikRose). I've had a few Twitter exchanges with him, but nothing topped last night. See, Malik actually used a line I came up with on Twitter during the telecast.
The story begins on Tuesday night, just after Jodie Meeks hit a jumper to push the Sixers point total for the night to 100. Whenever the Sixers hit the century mark all fans in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center win a McDonald's Big Mac. Malik, being Malik, casually dropped a McDowell's Big Mick "Coming To America" reference to commemorate the occasion of fans winning free Big Mac's. 
In disbelief that Rose mentioned Coming to America Matt P. and I exchanged tweets confirming what we'd heard. Here's the exchange:

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@Rev215
Rev@mattp700level Kind of sounded like it. I thought @MalikRose was going to go with "MeekDonalds" when Jodie hit the hundo.
Jan 11 via Tweetbot for iPhoneFavoriteRetweetReply

Rose, clearly appreciating comedy genius when he sees it, tweeted back to me.

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@MalikRose
Malik Rose@Rev215@mattp700level that would've been AWESOME!!! I'll keep that in mind!
Jan 11 via EchofonFavoriteRetweetReply

Which brings us to the video below. The Sixers were blowing out the Wizards. The game was well in hand. The crowd was hungry. Hungry for more Big Mac's. But which Sixer player would oblige them and send them home with the promise of free two all beef patties, special sauce, lettuce, cheese, pickles, onion on a sesame seed bun? 
Hmmm, Jodie Meeks would be a good candidate. I mean, he was in the midst of tying a career high with 26 points. The planets were aligning, my friends. Meeks collected a pass from Lou Williams, gathered himself, and launched a three...buckets! Let the Big Mac's flow like the salmon of Capistrano. The crowd goes bonkers, drunk on the promise of free food, and Malik Rose hollers "MeekDonald's!!!"

Needless to say, I lost it as soon as I heard it. I immediately head to Twitter to a) put it on record that I heard what I heard and b) to let Malik know I heard it. 

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@MalikRose
Malik Rose@Rev215 Thank you Bro!!!!
Jan 14 via EchofonFavoriteRetweetReply

No, thank you, Malik. I hope it's cool that I put this on my resume and use you as a reference. Yeah, so, no big deal really. I am just a television writer now. It was great knowing you guys. Enrico, Matt, Kulp, Andrew, Nick, I'll try to stay in touch, but I can't promise anything.
Malik, I'll have my people call your people.

Instant Replay: Flyers 3, Canucks 2

Instant Replay: Flyers 3, Canucks 2

Box Score

VANCOUVER, British Columbia -- The Flyers passed a freshness test Sunday night — barely.

After building a 3-0 lead in the first 23 minutes, the Flyers held on for a 3-2 victory over the Vancouver Canucks 3-2 at Rogers Arena.

The Flyers were the more rested team. They had two days off here following Thursday’s loss in Edmonton — and a three-day break before the start of the trip.

But they almost allowed the Canucks to come back in their second game of back-to-back home games with only a day’s rest following a grueling six-game United States road trip.

The Flyers (28-24-7) moved within a point of the eighth and final playoff spot, currently shared by Florida and Boston, in the Eastern Conference. The Canucks (26-28-6) were denied a chance to gain ground on the final postseason berth in the Western Conference.

Wayne Simmonds, Jakub Voracek and Brayden Schenn — who added the goal that proved to be the winner — scored for the Flyers. Two of the three goals came on the power play. Both teams failed to score in the third period.

Markus Granlund and Jannik Hansen replied for the Canucks.

With the win, the Flyers avoided going winless on a three-game tour through British Columbia and Alberta. They posted their first victory in Western Canada in the past nine attempts.

Goalie report
Coach Dave Hakstol showed loyalty in goaltender Michal Neuvirth, after he allowed four goals on his first 12 shots in Thursday’s one-sided loss in Edmonton. The goaltender started off much better Sunday, as he got his toe on Markus Granlund’s dangerous chance from in close early and stopped all eight shots that he faced in the first period.

Power play
Hakstol was looking for the Flyers to rediscover their “swagger” on the power play. He got his wish early as Simmonds jammed in a Shayne Gostisbehere rebound only 5:45 into the game. The puck barely crossed the line but was clearly in, as confirmed by a video review. Vancouver winger Alex Burrows was off for hooking at the time. In the second period, Schenn padded his NHL power-play goals lead as he gave the Flayers a 3-0 lead at 2:38. Schenn scored his 14th power-play goal of the season on a shot from the slot as Simmonds screened Canucks goaltender Ryan Miller. With his goal, Simmonds moved into a tie for second in NHL man-advantage markers with Washington’s Alex Ovechkin. Both players have 12.

Voracek busts his slump
The drought is over for Voracek. The winger busted his scoring slump as he gave the Flyers a 2-0 lead at 2:38 of the second period. The goal was Voracek’s first in 10 games. He had not scored since Jan. 25 against the New York Rangers.

Shayne the unfriendly ghost
Gostisbehere did not live up to his nickname. Ghost was quite visible as he assisted on all of the Flyers’ goals. The Flyers started scoring as Simmonds tipped in Gostisbehere’s point shot during a power play.

Did you notice?
Defenseman Michael Del Zotto had a chance for a rare breakaway with about five and a half minutes left in the first period, but missed a well-placed lead pass as he was coming out of the penalty box. Instead of a scoring opportunity, the missed pass led to an icing call and a face-off in the Flyers’ end.

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

Report: Sixers, Pelicans had 'similar' package to DeMarcus Cousins deal in place

The Kings and Pelicans made waves after Sunday's NBA All-Star Game with the huge trade that sent superstar DeMarcus Cousins to New Orleans.

Sacramento sent Cousins to New Orleans for a package that included rookie Buddy Hield, Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway and first- and second-round picks this in this year's draft.

But the Sixers and Pelicans reportedly were very close recently on deal for a "similar" package in exchange for Jahlil Okafor, according to ESPN's Ramona Shelbourne.

That "similar" package was reportedly minus Hield.

So while the Pelicans are now almost certainly out of the running for Okafor, they've still made an impact on the Sixers in the near future.

Remember, the Sixers have the right to swap picks with the Kings in this year's draft via the Nik Stauskas deal in 2015.

So with Sacramento's brightest star now gone, that pick swap could be looking better and better for the Sixers.

As for Okafor, what does all this mean for his status with the Sixers?