Last Call for Lousy Ball, 2013: Sixers vs. Pacers in Season-Closer

Last Call for Lousy Ball, 2013: Sixers vs. Pacers in Season-Closer

Well, this is it, guys. The Pacers, who the Sixers visit on the road
tonight in Indiana, will be going on to the post-season, while the
Sixers themselves will not. It's been a lousy, joyless season with just a
few bright spots and a whole lot of questions for the future, and one
that has been inching me towards death for at least a month now. I'll
have a whole lot more to say later, but I have nothing to say about this
team at the moment except that I'm glad Jrue and Thad are for-real
good, I'm glad that Doug Collins isn't coming back as head coach next
year, and I'm glad that tonight is the last time I will have to watch
the Philadelphia 76ers play basketball this year.

One sub-plot
tonight of relative importance to the Sixers: With the Raptors' unlikely
recent hot streak and the Blazers slightly more likely recent cold
streak, all three teams are currently knotted at 33-48 in their overall
records, making a three-way tie for the #10 spot in the lottery this
season. All three teams are of course in action tonight, and all three
are facing playoff-bound opponents, though of the three, only the
Blazers are playing a team with anything left to play for, meaning the
Sixers and Raptors will likely be facing a good deal of second-unit guys
and bench scrubs, while the Blazers will have to earn a win (which they
probably don't even really want). Not sure how ties are broken in such
cases, but I think coin flips are involved. Worth keeping an eye on,
anyway.

8:00 tip from Indiana. A minor note of salutation to
Spencer Hawes and Evan Turner, who, if they play tonight as expected,
will have appeared in all 82 Sixers games this year, which despite the
two players' up-and-down play all season, has to count for something.
Thanks for showing up, guys.

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Yeah, Joel Embiid is healthy

Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?

Well take a look at this. 

Working on rips into quick spins with the brodie @joelembiid! #100skills100days #unseenhours @adidashoops

A video posted by Drew Hanlen (@drewhanlen) on

How about now?

Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.

 

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley: Sixers can be 'really good, really quickly'

Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.

"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."

Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley. 

Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.

"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. 

"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.

To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above. 

 

 

Sources: Eagles to sign former Villanova LB Don Cherry and former Alabama S Nick Perry

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The Associated Press

Sources: Eagles to sign former Villanova LB Don Cherry and former Alabama S Nick Perry

The Eagles have a serious depth problem at linebacker, and they're looking at a local prospect to try to fix it. 

The team will sign former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry on Sunday, pending a physical, a league source told CSNPhilly.com. ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the deal.

Cherry, 21, first signed with the Bears after going undrafted in the spring, but was cut by Chicago in June. 

The 6-1, 240-pound Cherry was an All-CAA selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. During his time on the Main Line, he was credited with 331 tackles, 46 1/2 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception. 

Even with Cherry, the Eagles are still light in the depth department at linebacker. After starters Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, the team has Najee Goode, Deontae Skinner, seventh-rounder Joe Walker and a couple of other undrafted free agents. 

After cutting wideout Jonathan Krause on Friday, the Eagles had three vacancies on their 90-man roster. They're filling another of those openings with former Alabama safety Nick Perry, according to a league source. The perry deal was first reported by Al.com's Matt Zenitz. The 6-1, 211-pound Perry spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad after going undrafted in 2015. 

Eagles training camp kicks off Monday, and the first full-team practice is Thursday.