Ryan Howard sat down for his Welcome-back-to-Clearwater-how's-the-Achilles? press conference this afternoon down in Florida and the Phillies slugger talked about many things. There were the standard baseball stuff but we also got to know a little bit more about the man behind the uniform.
After answering questions about the progress he's making with his Achilles -- he's feeling good! -- and how he is super excited to pick Jim Thome's brain, Ryan also revealed how he spent much of his downtime while resting his legs this offseason.
Howard spent a lot of time laying around on the couch watching a ton of television. Makes sense. He probably got through a couple of seasons of The Wire, Breaking Bad, or maybe even Hawaii Five-0 to support Shane. Wait. What's that? You watched what?!
Yes, Ryan Howard spent his offseason watching all of those "Housewives shows." At least he owns it. Don't go giving him those judgmental looks.
We're happy for the Level's own Rev who finally found something he has in common with the Philadelphia Phillies slugging first baseman. You guys should totally hang out.
Also of note: Howard found himself in the super market talking to fans about their own Achilles injuries, sharing stories and showing each other their scars. That's neat.
The Sixers are losing a top assistant coach just five months after he joined the team.
According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical, the Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. According to Wojnarowski, the deal is for four years, with a team option in the final year.
D'Antoni had been a Sixers associate coach since last December, when the team hired him after starting the season with a 1-26 record.
While he took a supporting role in Philadelphia, D'Antoni has 12 years of NBA head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Suns and, most recently, the Lakers. The 2013-14 Lakers went 27-55 under D'Antoni.
Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski reported P.J. Carlesimo could take D'Antoni's place.
Carlesimo, 66, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown were both assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs from 2002-07. Carlesimo also has previous head coaching experience with the Blazers, Warriors and Sonics/Thunder.
Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials.
Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.
A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” Terminal A at Philadelphia International is overseen by Tinicum Township Police in Delaware County, not by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philadelphia airport security notified Tinicum Township Police. Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning. He was later released on his own reconnaissance.
A Tinicum Township police spokesman said the investigation is on-going.
Morris, a Philadelphia native, is in his first full season with the Wizards, who acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in February. The Suns drafted him out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in 2011. Morris' twin brother Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets before being dealt to Phoenix, where played with his brother for a little more than two seasons. Marcus now plays for the Detroit Pistons.
Brian Dawkins, one of the most beloved Eagles off all time and a guy who clearly still hits the gym, was in Philadelphia on Thursday and was spotted at the NovaCare Complex to watch the team practice.
As you can see, Dawkins still has biceps as big as your waist. The team sharing a simple photo of Dawkins got fans all in a tizzy.
Was it a coincidence that Weapon X appeared just days before "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to hit theaters? Only he knows.
For his part, Dawkins acknowledged that it's better to stay in shape than become a fat old man.