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."

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

Matt Rhule's first Baylor hires include 4 Temple assistants

WACO, Texas -- New Baylor coach Matt Rhule has made some immediate Texas connections by hiring the president of the state's high school coaches who is a former Bears receiver.

Rhule announced his first five hires with the Bears on Friday, three days after being named Baylor's coach. They include four members from his staff at Temple and David Wetzel, the head coach and athletic director the past 13 seasons at Ronald Reagan High School in San Antonio.

Sean Padden will serve as Baylor's director of football operations, similar to his role at Temple the past four years.

Rhule didn't immediately announce the titles and job duties for Wetzel, Francis Brown, Mike Siravo and Evan Cooper. There was also no indication of when the rest of his staff would be completed.

Brown and Siravo were defensive assistants at Temple, and Cooper was director of player personnel for the Owls.

Wetzel, who has coached in the state high school ranks for 25 years, was serving as president of the Texas High School Football Coaches Association. He lettered at Baylor in 1990 and 1991 while playing for Grant Teaff, and also earned a master's degree from the school in 1994. Before Reagan, he was head coach at schools in Killeen and Austin.

Wetzel told the Waco Tribune-Herald that he expects to play a major role in recruiting, but didn't know yet if he'd be coaching offense or defense.

"Given the opportunity, it's really a unique deal," Wetzel told the newspaper. "I feel like it's God's timing for me to be in the right place at the right time."

When Rhule was introduced Wednesday in Waco, he said he had already received about 480 text messages, many from coaches. He also didn't rule out the possibility of some of the current Baylor assistants staying, but said he hadn't had a chance to meet with them. Those assistants were retained from former coach Art Briles' staff with Jim Grobe as acting head coach this season.

Note
Baylor announced Friday that Jalen Pitre, a defensive back from Stafford, Texas, signed a financial aid agreement that will allow him to enroll for the spring 2017 semester after graduating from high school early. Before Rhule was hired, Pitre was the only player verbally committed for Baylor's recruiting class in February. He had 83 tackles, six interceptions and four forced fumbles as a senior.

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham fined by NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats

Dorial Green-Beckham didn't support any charity with his cleats last Sunday.

In reality, he was funding the NFL.

The Eagles' receiver was fined $6,076 by the NFL for wearing Yeezy cleats (Kanye West's shoes), which had no affiliation to a charitable organization or cause, CSNPhilly.com has confirmed. Players around the NFL last weekend wore decorative spikes supporting a charity or cause they felt passionately about as part of the league's My Cleats, My Cause promotion. Green-Beckham was fined because his cleats were unapproved by the league; earlier this season Houston receiver DeAndre Hopkins was fined for wearing Yeezy cleats. 

Green-Beckham told NJ.com’s Eliot Shorr-Parks he was supporting the "Yeezy Foundation." ESPN's Tim McManus first reported the fine on Friday. 

Bradham fined for tackle
Speaking of fines, Eagles linebacker Nigel Bradham was hit with a $18,231 fine for his horse-collar tackle last Sunday on Bengals running back Jeremy Hill in the third quarter.

The first-year Eagle finished the game with five total tackles and a forced fumble.