Of course Michael Carter-Williams' first word was 'ball'

Of course Michael Carter-Williams' first word was 'ball'

There's probably a lot of similarity to the first words kids say: Ma-ma, Da-da, Isaiah Pead, dog, etc.

I think you'll be happy to know that the first word out of the mouth of exciting Sixers' rookie Michael Carter-Williams was in fact "ball."

Who cares that that's actually one of the top ten most common words for kids to say, it shows that MCW has been living, breathing, and speaking the game as long as he can remember.

And that's actually the point of a real nice Gordie Jones article over at CSNPhilly.com which helps paint the picture of who Michael Carter-Williams is and the basketball background that helped him turn into the player he is today.

Prior to last week he was the 11th overall draft pick out of Syracuse, had a lengthy body, and could be the point guard of the future but nobody really knew, or cared to find out, all that much more about him. With his breakout first week, however, the interest rises and we want to know as much about the kid as possible.

Jones' piece talks about the hoop heritage in his family, the step-father who helped him with his game, the unhappiness he went through early at Syracuse, etc. By all early indications, he's about as grounded as they come -- don't let the WHOP noise fool you.

It's a good read to get to know the guy you may spend years watching run your favorite basketball team.

>>Upbringing prepped MCW for NBA success [CSN]

Basebrawl! Bryce Harper fights Giants' Hunter Strickland after HBP

Basebrawl! Bryce Harper fights Giants' Hunter Strickland after HBP

SAN FRANCISCO -- Nationals slugger Bryce Harper and San Francisco reliever Hunter Strickland both landed punches to the head during a wild brawl that erupted Monday after a hit by pitch.

Harper was hit in the right hip by Strickland's 98 mph in the eighth inning with Washington ahead 2-0.

Harper pointed the bat toward Strickland, charged the mound and fired his batting helmet wide of the pitcher. They started to swing away and they each connected as the benches and bullpens emptied. At least two Giants players forcefully dragged Strickland from the middle of the brawl all the way into the dugout.

In the 2014 NL Division Series, Harper hit two home runs off Str

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

NBA Finals: Warriors coach Steve Kerr not well yet, but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1

OAKLAND, Calif. -- Golden State's Steve Kerr expects to decide soon whether he will coach in the NBA Finals, saying Monday he's not yet ready but hasn't ruled himself out for Game 1.

Kerr said: "As of right now I would not coach Thursday night. It's still up in the air." He said that by Game 1, he might make a decision on his status.

The reigning NBA Coach of the Year, still not feeling well after a May 5 procedure to repair a spinal fluid leak, addressed the media Monday when acting coach Mike Brown was out with the flu.

He joked: "I told the team the good news is the team is really healthy, the bad news is the coaching staff is dropping like flies."

Brown has been coaching the team since Game 3 of the first round at Portland, with Kerr assisting at practice and from the locker room before and during games.