Chase Utley's Knee Doesn't Prevent Him From Painting Murals

Chase Utley's Knee Doesn't Prevent Him From Painting Murals

From a media release:

As you know, Chase and Jennifer Utley are active animal advocates. This year they launched the Utley Foundation to not only raise funds for the PSCPA, but also help break the cycle of abuse by educating children. They have been working on a project with the Mural Arts Program to teach the community of Anna B. Pratt Elementary School (22nd and Dauphin) about how to treat animals with kindness. This Thursday, they will head to the school for an assembly, and then to paint a "kindness to animals" mural with the students. The mural will later be unveiled on a wall across the street from the school at 22nd and Dauphin.

We're assuming the school will provide him with a stool. Oh, and also that the mural will pretty much be the complete opposite of this.

Ben Simmons wants to play this season but says 'no timetable on getting healthy'

Ben Simmons wants to play this season but says 'no timetable on getting healthy'

Ben Simmons wants to play this season.

He expressed his interest to get back on the court while speaking to the media for the first time since undergoing surgery on a right acute Jones fracture. Dressed in a suit, he addressed his injury before the tip-off of opening night Wednesday.

There had been rumblings that Simmons’ agent, Rich Paul, wanted to keep him out this season. Both Simmons and Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil debunked that thought (see story).

“I’d love to play, definitely,” Simmons said of the 2016-17 season. “As soon as I can get out there, I’d love to play."

Simmons did not give an anticipated return date. He is expected to miss three months with the injury, which involved one screw in the injured bone. Neither the team nor the rookie are in a rush. 

“There’s no timetable on getting healthy,” he said. “I’m working every day to get back and as soon as they tell me I can play is when I’ll be out there.”

Simmons has been rehabbing at the Sixers' training complex in Camden, New Jersey. He is able to work on upper-body training and massage to help the blood flow. He is focused on maintaining his strength, and noted his playing weight did not factor into the injury as some speculated. Simmons also has been watching game film and would like to improve his shot during the recovery period. 

“It’s a blessing and a curse,” he said. “Obviously it’s not the best start of my career as an NBA player, but I’m looking at it as a positive.”

New to the league, Simmons reached out for insight from other players. The first person he spoke to was Kevin Durant, who suffered the same injury. 

“He just said get advice from everybody and I’ll be good,” Simmons said. “It’s good to just reach out to people like that who have gone through it.”

Simmons watched the Sixers' home opener from the locker room, observing with a mix of patience and desire to suit up. 

“It was tough just knowing what happened,” he said. “But I’ll have my first game eventually and my time will come.”

Report: Kings called Flyers about 'bad goalie' Steve Mason

Report: Kings called Flyers about 'bad goalie' Steve Mason

Dealing with injuries in their crease, the Los Angeles Kings called the Flyers to check in on the availability of bad goalie Steve Mason, according to's Elliotte Friedman.

Kings starter and otherwise really good goalie Jonathan Quick is out up to three months with a groin injury, while backup Jeff Zatkoff is currently on injured reserve with a groin injury too.

Before eventually brining in former Predators and Coyotes goaltender Anders Lindbach, Los Angeles called around the league to see if any teams might be able to help them find a replacement for Quick. Mason was one of the potential candidates, Friedman said, but Mason's $4.1 million cap hit couldn't fit into their cap situation. Plus, the Flyers don't have any cap flexibility, either.

Mason is 4-2 with a 2.77 goals-against average and .901 save percentage in six games this season.