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City 6 Stars of Old Team Up Tonight at SJU

City 6 Stars of Old Team Up Tonight at SJU

Anyone who reads our college coverage will realize this is pretty much a dream come true. Or, as Phil Martelli put it, "It's a concept basketball junkies will embrace."

Really, the chance to see guys who used to star on local teams reuniting for well-marketed summer league ball? How can we lose?

At 8 p.m. this evening at the Hagan Arena inside the Alumni Fieldhouse on the campus of Saint Joseph's University, Team Philadelphia takes on Team Washington D.C. in the second leg of a two-day showcase for the new Basketball Alumni Legends League (aka The-BALL).

Oh, and college kids -- you're getting in for free. Hit the jump for more...

The league, founded by a former filmmaker with a passion for basketball, is set to kick-off in Summer 2013, and will feature rosters comprised of former college stars from the competing cities.

Tonight's rosters feature the following names:

Philly: Curtis Sumpter (Villanova), Tasheed Carr (St. Joe’s), Pat Carroll (St. Joe’s), Dwayne Jones (St. Joe’s), Ryan Brooks (Temple), Dionte Christmas (Temple), Ramone Moore (Temple), Dustin Salisbery (Temple), Mark Tyndale (Temple), Rodney Green (La Salle) and Frank Elegar (Drexel). Nova's Allan Ray was originally part of the roster, but is now scratched.

D.C.: Chris Monroe (George Washington), Tony Taylor (George Washington), Jason Clark (Georgetown), Austin Freeman (Georgetown), Henry Sims (Georgetown), Chris Wright (Georgetown), John Gilchrist (Maryland), James Gist (Maryland), D.J. Strawberry (Maryland), Folarin Campbell (George Mason), Jai Lewis (George Mason) and Will Thomas (George Mason).

Procedural notes:
-- Game 1 was Saturday on the campus of GW, where D.C. won 111-93.

-- Comcast Sportsnet will be airing the game live at 8 p.m.

-- College students get in free with a school ID and their institution's team colors.

-- All other interested parties may purchase tickets in advance here.

-- Speaking of parties...

Player updates:
-- This evening marks the last game in the basketball careers of Pat Carroll and Curtis Sumpter. Carroll is moving on to the healthcare industry and Sumpter will apparently become a coach.

-- Dionte Christmas is, for now, your newest Boston Celtic and will have the chance to make the team out of camp.

-- Ramone Moore spent time with the Chicago Bulls in Summer League, but has signed on overseas in Italy to play on the same team, Angellico Biella, as Craig Brackins.

-- Maryland's D.J. Strawberry, who spent part of a season with the Phoenix Suns in 2007-2008, is indeed the son of the Darryl Strawberry.

For more:
-- Check out Dave Zeitlin's writeup on CSNPhilly.com and visit the league website at www.the-ball.com.

-- Follow along @cnmenta for the occasional update during the game.

CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

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CSNPhilly Internship - Advertising/Sales

Position Title: Intern
Department: Advertising/Sales
Company: Comcast SportsNet Philadelphia
# of hours / week: 10 – 20 hours

Deadline: November 20

Basic Function

This position will work closely with the Vice President of Sales in generating revenue through commercial advertisements and sponsorship sales. The intern will gain first-hand sales experience through working with Sales Assistants and AEs on pitches, sales-calls and recapping material.

Duties and Responsibilities

• Assist Account Executive on preparation of Sales Presentations
• Cultivate new account leads for local sales
• Track sponsorships in specified programs
• Assist as point of contact with sponsors on game night set up and pre-game hospitality elements.
• Assist with collection of all proof of performance materials.
• Perform Competitive Network Analysis
• Update Customer database
• Other various projects as assigned

Requirements

1. Good oral and written communication skills.
2. Knowledge of sports.
3. Ability to work non-traditional hours, weekends & holidays
4. Ability to work in a fast-paced, high-pressure environment
5. Must be 19 years of age or older
6. Must be a student in pursuit of an Associate, Bachelor, Master or Juris Doctor degree
7. Must have unrestricted authorization to work in the US
8. Must have sophomore standing or above
9. Must have a 3.0 GPA

Interested students should apply here and specify they're interested in the ad/sales internship.

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Sixers have Joel Embiid on 'hyper-conservative progression' plan

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Sixers have Joel Embiid on 'hyper-conservative progression' plan

The foremost question on everybody’s minds when Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and coach Brett Brown met with reporters over lunch Wednesday afternoon was simple: When is Joel Embiid going to be able to play 5-on-5?

“Right now,” Brown said, “we can’t give you a direct answer.”

The 23-year-old Embiid, who as a rookie in 2016-17 displayed uncommon skills and equally uncommon charisma, underwent surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his left knee in March, ending his season after 31 games.

The 7-2, 280-pound center is the obvious key to a young, promising team, but he is not yet ready to go full-tilt. 

“If you walk in the gym, it looks like he could play 5-on-5 basketball,” Colangelo said. “But we’re going to take our cues from the people who know best.”

And right now the Sixers’ medical staff, headed by the newly hired vice president of athlete care, Dr. Daniel Medina, favors what Colangelo called “a hyper-conservative progression.”

“Will he be ramping that up throughout the preseason?” Colangelo said “Yes. How many games, we’re not certain. Is it every game? We don’t know. That will be based on what we’re told.”

The Sixers open training camp next Tuesday in their Camden, New Jersey-based facility. The preseason begins Oct. 4 against Memphis at the Wells Fargo Center, while the regular season opens Oct. 18 in Washington.

“It’s not about being ready for the first practice or the first game,” Colangelo said. “And he will be out there for the first practice and the first game. The question is how much, how little, if at all. Those things will be determined by certain criteria along the way.”

Colangelo said, in fact, that he has a document that spells out the criteria that must be met before Embiid can play.

“There is a plan in place,” Colangelo said, “and it’s a progression-based plan. It’s criteria-based, and as he’s checking off boxes, and continues to jump over each and every successive item, then we’ll put him out there on the floor. There’s no timetable. There’s no scheduled number of minutes. There is no decision on back-to-backs. All of that is yet to be determined.”

Embiid, the third overall pick in the 2014 draft, missed his first two seasons while recovering from a broken foot. He averaged 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.5 blocks last season, despite a minutes restriction; he averaged just 25.4 a game.

When Brown was asked whether Embiid will be on such a restriction this season, he said, “We all hope not, obviously.”

The other question about Embiid concerns whether he and the team can reach an accord on a contract extension. Colangelo said he is “cautiously optimistic” that that can happen before Oct. 16, the NBA’s deadline for extending players on their rookie deals.

But the primary question remains about Embiid’s health.

“This really is about creating an opportunity for him to have long-term, sustainable health,” Colangelo said, “not to get ready for the first preseason game per se, or the second preseason game. Again, that progression is going to lead to hopefully a full season of competitive basketball, without restriction. That’s the goal.”