Video: Adrian Wojnarowski Weighs In On Bynum Saga, Evan Turner's Ceiling

Video: Adrian Wojnarowski Weighs In On Bynum Saga, Evan Turner's Ceiling

Adrian Wojnarowski, the great NBA writer for Yahoo! Sports, was a guest on Daily News Live on Thursday evening and touched on pretty much every Sixers issue out there. From Andrew Bynum's knee to his mental makeup, from the Sixers being a .500 team without him to Evan Turner never fulling living up to the hype of being the second overall draft pick, to his thoughts on the Atlantic Division, there's plenty here to chew on. Watch the video above and read some excerpts below:

On the Sixers without Andrew Bynum:

"I think even without Bynum this team can certainly compete in the East and fight to be around. I think they're a .500 team in the East without him, and that's good enough to make the playoffs. There's no question that the Andrew Bynum injury hangs over this franchise and not just this season. There's real question whether he'll not only play this year but whether his career is in jeopardy."

On the Perspective of Bynum from the Outside:

"He was excited about the trade to Philly and playing for the Sixers. A lot of the people in the Lakers organization thought he would thrive playing away from Kobe Bryant, away from Pau Gasol, where he was the guy. He desperately wanted to be the guy. They thought he would thrive in Philly, the injuries not withstanding. There are people who believe he doesn't love to play and it isn't that important to him. I don't believe that. He's eccentric. He will do his own thing. You saw him acting out last year. He's an intelligent guy, he does like to do his own thing, but I do believe he loves the game and wants to be a great player and had worked real hard at it in L.A."

On Evan Turner Ever Living Up to Being the No. 2 Overall Pick

"I think the feeling is he's never going to live up to being the second overall pick. I think what happens for young players is they have to get past that and realize that maybe I can't be that guy, but that doesn't mean I still can't still be a productive player in the league. I think the feeling is certainly he can be that and is starting to show that. For what you expect for No. 2 overall, which you'd like to believe is an All-Star player, I don't think Evan is going to be an All-Star player in his career and I don't get the sense others feel that either."

Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

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Malcolm Jenkins is prepared for both a zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump as president

A zombie apocalypse or Donald Trump becoming the President of the United States of America are both nightmare scenarios for many people. But Eagles safety Malcolm Jenkins is prepared in the case of either.

At least that's what he says.

The Philadelphia Eagles have a bye this week, so Jenkins found the time to post the below video to Twitter, teaching us a little bit about his quirks.

"Something you might not know about me is that I'm a half-hearted doomsday prepper. For the last two or three years I've been silently preparing myself for a zombie apocalypse... or Donald Trump becoming President, whichever comes first. Communications, food, protection, everything, I've been stockpiling. I took a zombie survival course a couple of years ago," Jenkins said.

"Hopefully I won't have to use my skills."

 

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tonight's lineup: Tommy Joseph's last start of the year?

Tommy Joseph, who has been missing from the lineup lately, starts at first base and bats fourth tonight.

Joseph will most likely be making his final start of the season with Ryan Howard expected to start the final games of the season. Joseph is batting just .235 against the Braves this season, but does have two home runs. The rookie first baseman has 21 home runs and 15 doubles in 104 games during his first season in the majors. 

Howard will be playing what are almost definitely his final games in a Phillies uniform this weekend vs. the Mets.

Maikel Franco bats fifth and plays third base. Franco, who has been hot lately, has three home runs and is batting .320 over his last 25 at-bats. He will look to continue his success against the Braves, as five of his 25 home runs this season have come against them.

Cameron Rupp gets a day off behind the plate and will be replaced by veteran catcher A.J. Ellis. Ellis has exceeded expectations in a short sample since coming over in the Carlos Ruiz trade last month. Ellis is 8 for 28 with a home run and nine RBIs in 10 games with the Phils. He's batting .285, which is astronomically better than his paltry .194 mark with the Dodgers. 

Part of the reason for Ellis' start could be his history against Braves starter Josh Collmenter. He is 4 for 11 with two home runs and four walks against the former Arizona Diamondbacks pitcher.

Here is tonight's lineup:

1. Cesar Hernandez, 2B
2. Freddy Galvis, SS
3. Odubel Herrera, CF
4. Tommy Joseph, 1B
5. Maikel Franco, 3B
6. Cody Asche, LF
7. A.J. Ellis, C
8. Aaron Altherr, RF
9. Jeremy Hellickson, P

And for the Braves:

1. Mallex Smith, CF
2. Dansby Swanson, SS
3. Freddie Freeman, 1B
4. Matt Kemp, LF
5. Nick Markakis, RF
6. Anthony Recker, C
7. Jace Peterson, 2B
8. Rio Ruiz, 3B
9. Josh Collmenter, P