J-Roll Says Potential Trade Deadline Blow Up Is a Reality While Ruben Downplays It

J-Roll Says Potential Trade Deadline Blow Up Is a Reality While Ruben Downplays It

Things have been quiet on the South Philadelphia front. The Phillies had a rare two off-day week and have mostly been kissing babies (and puppies) the past few days. But while the chatter on the wires has been minimal there was an interesting story from Todd Zolecki over at MLB.com where he caught up with and got some candid thoughts from the longest tenured Phillie.

It is a State of the Team conversation of sorts with Jimmy Rollins. The reality that the last remnants of the 2008 WFC team could be dismantled come July is discussed, the similarities to 2007 are noted, among other things. But at the end of the day, Jimmy basically says they've got to step up and deliver.

Rollins said the offense will need to step up and take over like '07, but is that even possible? Philadelphia's offense has been in decline the past few seasons.

"We're healthy enough to be that good," Rollins said. "We're starting to have more good days than bad days. And that's where it starts. Everybody likes to talk about little things, but what's small and what's little is actually big. Scoring runs, getting two-out hits, etc. -- those are things we're starting to do better, more efficiently. And over the course of the season, as the season gets even deeper, that's going to be even that much bigger. So just because the record is where it sits now, those things get overlooked. But when you look at baseball, those are things that start turning and going your way."

Rollins has never been one to sugar coat how things are going for the Fightins, so it's definitely worth checking out all of his quotes.

There is a very real possibility this team could be blown up come the end of July. But that's not something J-Roll is going to worry about now. And the Phillies GM is already downplaying it.

Ruben Amaro reacted to Jimmy's comments last night and said that blowing it up is not a likely solution.

"I don't think that blowing it up is going to be a solution for us because we expect to be contending pretty much every year," Amaro told Michael Barkann. "That's my job to make sure we're contending every year. There may be some difficult decisions we'll have to make but I don't think those are decisions we have to make in the next ten days."

"Hopefully we're adding at the deadline rather than subtracting. We're still in the mode that we're going to have to add some pieces. Maybe they're pieces that are internal from our minor league systems, maybe they're pieces from outside the organization. Right now I feel like we're in it and we're going to fight to be in it."

>>Rollins aware this could be last ride for Phillies [MLB]

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple Men’s Basketball adds two players to 2016-17 roster

Temple men’s basketball coach Fran Dunphy announced that the team has added two players to its 2016-17 roster. 

The Owls will announce the two new transfers, junior’s Isaiah Lewis and Steve Leonard, Thursday night at the Liacouras Center at the team’s Cherry and White Night. 

Lewis comes to Temple after playing for Casper College in Wyoming last season, where he averaged 5.5 points and 2.2 assists per game. Before his stint at Casper College, the 6-4 guard also played at Lee Junior College in Texas, and averaged 10.0 points and 4.7 assists per game.

Leonard, a 6-6 guard from Collegeville, Pa., played two seasons at Ursinus College. He averaged 5.6 points over 43 games during his career at Ursinus. 

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

Brett Brown: Sixers' Nik Stauskas set for 'breakout year'

CAMDEN, N.J. — The irony of Nik Stauskas’ reputation as a three-point shooter is that he doesn’t view himself that way.

Stauskas was drafted eighth overall by the Kings in 2014 after shooting 44.1 percent from three over two years at Michigan. But that’s not how he envisioned himself being in the pros.

“It’s crazy,” Stauskas said after practice Thursday. “I know I was a great shooter coming out of Michigan, but I don’t consider myself a shooter. I consider myself a gamer. I don’t think I’m an effective NBA player when I just stand and spot up and shoot threes. That’s really not my game.”

Stauskas has struggled to find offensive consistency in the NBA. The third-year two-guard averaged 32.4 percent from long range in his first two seasons. He wasn’t reliable as a knockdown shooter and bounced in and out of the starting lineup last season.

Rather than being a finesse player, Brett Brown encouraged Stauskas to get aggressive. Brown wanted to a see an edge from Stauskas and not hold back at the basket.

Stauskas displayed that side to his game on opening night against the Thunder. In 23 minutes off the bench, he scored 13 points on 5-for-6 shooting. His only miss came on a three-point attempt. His 83.3 shooting percentage was a single-game career high.

“He was cocky,” Brown said. “He was in attack mode. He was not afraid to put it to the floor and get to the rim. I feel like he’s got a real chance to have a breakout year. We need him to have a breakout year.”

The Sixers picked up the options on Stauskas, Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor on Thursday.

“I think the statement the club made on his contract lets him probably have a little bit more comfort on what we think of him,” Brown said. “I was really happy with his swagger last night.”

Stauskas is figuring out his role on the Sixers this season. It is one that can change often given injuries. A key to being successful, whether he is on the perimeter or at the rim, is feeling confident and in a rhythm on the floor.

“I had fun out there,” Stauskas said. “More than anything, I think yesterday was the first time in a while that I’ve really enjoyed myself out there and had a smile on my face.”