Doug Collins On Elton Brand's Return to Philly: 'We Miss That Soul'

Doug Collins On Elton Brand's Return to Philly: 'We Miss That Soul'

Last year the Sixers had the Old School Chevy. This season they have Swaggy P. The clash in styles will face off tonight at the Wells Fargo Center in South Philadelphia as Elton Brand and the 7-7 Dallas Mavericks take on the 8-6 Sixers..

Doug Collins was asked about his former big man who was amnestied this offseason which helped the Sixers take their team in a new direction. Collins showed nothing but love for Elton.

"You think back to how blessed I've been as a coach to coach certain people," Coach Collins said. "I wish that I could have coached Elton one year in his prime, just one, one year when he was young and healthy and doing the things he can do. I saw him every single day, this guy is as professional as anybody I've been around. I see him with those hands that are banged up, squeezing a basketball before the game to get himself ready. Walking around with his leg weights, doing his exercises, drinking his bear juice. This guy was so regimented. We miss him. WE miss that soul because EB was all about winning. The thing I'm happy about is the two years I was here with him, after all the injuries and the things he went through here, I think he left on a high note. He helped take us into the playoffs. Both he, Dre, and Lou Williams were critical to getting us to where they did in the playoffs. When I see EB, I give him a big hug and be thankful for my time with him."

Expect nothing but 100% effort from Elton tonight. And keep an eye out for O.J. Mayo who Coach Collins says may be the most improved player in the NBA this season with the way he's shooting the ball and getting out on the break.

7:00 start time from the Well.

Former Eagles QB Tim Tebow hits home run on first pitch in first pro at-bat

Former Eagles QB Tim Tebow hits home run on first pitch in first pro at-bat

Well, heck. Look at that.

Tim Tebow, former NFL quarterback prospect for many teams including the Philadelphia Eagles, hit a home run in his first at-bat as a professional baseball player.

And not only did he hit a home run in his first at-bat, it was on the FIRST PITCH he saw in a game for the Mets team in the Port St. Lucie instructional league in Florida.

I wonder if Phillies' reliever David Hernandez saw Tebow's dinger.

You think the Mets can call him up for the postseason or what?

TEBOW TIME! In his first live-action AB, Tim Tebow hits a solo HR to left-center.

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First instructional league at-bat. First pitch. First HOME RUN. @TimTebow, everybody.

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NFL Notes: Texans place J.J. Watt on IR; Dez Bryant misses practice

NFL Notes: Texans place J.J. Watt on IR; Dez Bryant misses practice

HOUSTON — The Houston Texans placed star defensive end J.J. Watt on injured reserve on Wednesday.

The move came one day after a person familiar with Watt's condition told The Associated Press he had re-injured his back and that the Texans expect him to be sidelined until at least December — and possibly the entire season. The person spoke on condition of anonymity because the team hasn't discussed his injury.

Watt, who has won Defensive Player of the Year for the past two seasons, missed training camp and Houston's four preseason games after surgery in July to repair a herniated disk in his back. He started each of the team's three regular-season games and got hurt again Thursday against the Patriots.

The Texans signed veteran defensive end Antonio Smith to take his spot on the roster.

The team was still exploring the injury and it's unclear if it will require surgery.

It's a major blow for Houston, which selected Watt with the 11th overall pick in the 2011 draft. Watt has played 83 consecutive games for the Texans despite various injuries, including torn core muscles and a broken hand last season.

This was a tough offseason for Watt, who had surgery in January to repair five torn core muscles before going under the knife again in July to repair his back.

Watt, who led the NFL with 17 1/2 sacks last season, has 1 1/2 sacks this season to give him 76 for his career.

The 27-year-old is a three-time Defensive Player of the Year and a four-time Pro Bowler. He's been a force since entering the league not only because of his pass-rushing prowess, but also because of his uncanny ability to swat down passes. He has 45 passes defended in his six-year career. He has forced 15 fumbles and recovered 13.

Cowboys: Dez Bryant (knee) misses practice
FRISCO, Texas — Dallas receiver Dez Bryant won't practice Wednesday after injuring his right knee in last week's win over Chicago.

Bryant injured the knee on his first catch early in the game but came back in the first quarter. He caught his first touchdown of the season in the fourth quarter of the 31-17 win.

Coach Jason Garrett said the team didn't have results of an MRI, and Bryant tweeted, "We'll find out today," to a fan who asked about his status.

Bryant missed seven games last year after breaking his foot in the opener. He also dealt with ankle injuries last season.

The Cowboys visit San Francisco on Sunday.

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