How 'Bout Meeks for the Three-Point Contest?

How 'Bout Meeks for the Three-Point Contest?

When Jodie Meeks arrived in Philly at the trade deadline in 2010, it felt like some kind of joke. The Sixers were still stuck in neutral, or more aptly in reverse, and all the front office could come up was an exchange of bench warmers with the equally pitiful Milwaukee Bucks.

Two years later, I couldn't tell you what Royal Ivey is up to, but Meeks has carved out a role in the Sixers' starting lineup as a three-point specialist. The 41st pick out of Kentucky in the 2009 draft is tied for seventh with Ray Allen for the most long-distance buckets with 53, hitting at an impressive 43% from beyond the arc. When he gets going, he can shoot with the best of them.

Which is why if Meeks is invited to take part in the Association's All-Star festivities this month, it will be no joke.

When pressed about the possibility of participating in the three-point shootout, Jodie responded he would "love to" take part. So far, only the Magic's Ryan Anderson -- the NBA leader from beyond the arc by a healthy margin, and a player for the game's host city of Orlando -- is reportedly confirmed for the contest.

Meeks would be a nice addition though. As CSN's John Finger points out, the Sixers have not had many players compete in the event through the years, only Kyle Korver in recent memory. It would also be a great way to give one of the top teams in the league some additional representation at the event.

And Meeks would certainly be a threat to win the thing. He's a demon once he gets hot, like he did when he went 6-for-7 against the Wizards on January 13, or when he set the NCAA record for three-pointers in a game with 10 exactly three years earlier.

We're fairly confident our unassuming Meeks will get the invite, but even if for some reason he doesn't, he's changed a lot of minds about the value of that trade. Royal Ivey is somewhere filling garbage minutes, and Primoz Brezec is out of the NBA, but Meeks is an integral part of a first-place club. Who would've thunk it?

>> Meeks shooting for three-point contest bid [CSN]

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

Watch: Malcolm Jenkins saves Jon Dorenbos, who can't work his magic with bow tie

The magician himself needed help on this one.

His bow tie.

Hey, this is what teammates are for, right?

On Monday night, Eagles longsnapper and NBC's America's Got Talent star Jon Dorenbos emceed safety Malcolm Jenkins' third annual Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event, which raises money for Philadelphia's youth and underserved communities.

Dorenbos, quite the wizard with his hands and card tricks, couldn't solve the bow tie.

“I had no clue,” Dorenbos said in an interview with CSN's John Clark. "In fact, this is the first bow tie I’ve ever worn.”

Jenkins had his back. Watch the Eagles' leader go to work and save Dorenbos in the video above.