Michael Vick-Organized Workouts Underway

Michael Vick-Organized Workouts Underway

A little more than a month ago, when aces were still soaking up the weather in Clearwater and the Flyers resided comfortably over first place in the East, Mike Vick pledged his troops would convene sometime this off-season, lockout or no. The Eagles' quarterback has stuck by his word.

Vick and several other Eagles, including Jeremy Maclin and Brent Celek, have descended upon Power Train Sports in Cherry Hill to begin their own version of the off-season program. LeSean McCoy is expected to join the group next week, and DeSean Jackson is on "the next flight out" according to teammates, something of a surprise given the wide receiver's murky contract status.

Via Jeff McLane's report, the players will be working with trainer Steve Saunders in lieu of the sanctioned off-season conditioning program. Saunders already trains several current NFL players, including Celek and Todd Herremans. Vick is also compiling a group of ball-catchers so the offense can hold makeshift practices somewhere in South Jersey.

The news is good all around for fans who may have doubts about the quarterback's character or skill level. It takes a lot of effort and desire just to assemble the individuals for these informal workouts, but Vick stuck to his word. Plus, this is gives everybody a glimpse into exactly how committed Vick really is to elevating his game. He honestly seems to understand it's not enough anymore for him to simply show up on Sundays.

Again, it's great to see Jackson will be participating too. DeSean could easily skip Vick's program, and avoid any additional risk of injury that would damage his ability to get a huge extension after the lockout concludes. His attendance is a good sign for the young Pro Bowler's attitude.

The Eagles are one of the first teams to have a group of players organize since the lockout began. As McLane points out, the offense already has one up over many around the league, as they are set to return nearly all of the same skill players from last season's franchise record-setting performance. Who knows how great of an advantage that could be in a post-lockout NFL.

>> Locked-out Birds gathering for informal workouts [Inquirer]
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Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni


Report: Rockets to hire Sixers associate coach Mike D'Antoni

The Sixers are losing a top assistant coach just five months after he joined the team. 

According to Adrian Wojnarowski of Yahoo's The Vertical, the Houston Rockets are finalizing a deal to hire Mike D'Antoni as their head coach. According to Wojnarowski, the deal is for four years, with a team option in the final year.  

D'Antoni had been a Sixers associate coach since last December, when the team hired him after starting the season with a 1-26 record. 

While he took a supporting role in Philadelphia, D'Antoni has 12 years of NBA head coaching experience with the Nuggets, Suns (where he worked with Sixers president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo and special advisor Jerry Colangelo) and, most recently, the Lakers. The 2013-14 Lakers went 27-55 under D'Antoni. 

D’Antoni is 455-426 as a head coach. He won the 2004-05 NBA Coach of the Year Award with the Suns. He also was an assistant coach for gold-winning Team USA men’s national teams.

Rockets interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff withdrew himself from consideration for the job earlier this month, and D’Antoni has been considered a top candidate for the position. The Rockets have had four coaches in the past 10 seasons, including Jeff Van Gundy, Rick Adelman, Kevin McHale and Bickerstaff.

The Rockets finished eighth in the Western Conference this season with a 41-41 record. They were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs by the Warriors, 4-1. 

Earlier in the week, Wojnarowski reported P.J. Carlesimo could take D'Antoni's place. 

Carlesimo, 66, and Sixers head coach Brett Brown were both assistant coaches under Gregg Popovich with the Spurs from 2002-07. Carlesimo also has previous head coaching experience with the Blazers, Warriors and Sonics/Thunder. 

CSNPhilly.com's Dave Zangaro contributed to this story.

Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

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Markieff Morris detained at Philadelphia International Airport

Former Prep Charter and current Washington Wizards star Markieff Morris was detained at Philadelphia International Airport Thursday, according to law enforcement officials.

Morris, who was with a party that included his mother, checked a bag for an international trip when “a suspicious item” was found in his suitcase, according to law enforcement.

A secondary search of his bag revealed what law enforcement officials called “suspected marijuana.” Terminal A at Philadelphia International is overseen by Tinicum Township Police in Delaware County, not by the Philadelphia Police Department. Philadelphia airport security notified Tinicum Township Police. Morris was then taken to the Tinicum Township Police precinct for questioning. He was later released on his own recognizance.

A Tinicum Township police spokesman said the investigation is ongoing.

Morris, a Philadelphia native, is in his first full season with the Wizards, who acquired him from the Phoenix Suns in February. The Suns drafted him out of Kansas with the 13th overall pick in 2011. Morris' twin brother Marcus was drafted one pick later by the Houston Rockets before being dealt to Phoenix, where played with his brother for a little more than two seasons. Marcus now plays for the Detroit Pistons. 

Brian Dawkins spotted at Eagles practice and he still looks ripped


Brian Dawkins spotted at Eagles practice and he still looks ripped

Brian Dawkins, one of the most beloved Eagles off all time and a guy who clearly still hits the gym, was in Philadelphia on Thursday and was spotted at the NovaCare Complex to watch the team practice.

As you can see, Dawkins still has biceps as big as your waist. The team sharing a simple photo of Dawkins got fans all in a tizzy.

Was it a coincidence that Weapon X appeared just days before "X-Men: Apocalypse" is set to hit theaters? Only he knows.

For his part, Dawkins acknowledged that it's better to stay in shape than become a fat old man.