Inspiration Leads to Accomplishment

Inspiration Leads to Accomplishment

That's the slogan the 76ers seem to be going with this season.  Well then, people, let my inspiration flow!

I realize The 700 Level tends to ride the wave of whatever the hot topic of the day is in Philly sports and that's fine with me.  I think we'd all rather talk about Shane Victorino in the middle of the summer as opposed to what Larry Brown is thinking about.

With the disappointing end to the Phillies season over the weekend, we're left with a fairly bleak outlook for the next few months.

Some of you, like Matt, may enjoy your orange and black.  While others like myself, may be a little more excited about watching Andre Iguodala and whether or not he will turn into a franchise type player.

The Sixers' preseason kicks off tonight and Thadeus Young is all up in the blogging action.  Should be fun to follow a new player blog, as always.

After a quick perusal of Mr. Young's blog, it's safe to say he is excited!  He loves that exclamation point!  And he's done some crazy rookie hazing!

The craziest thing I had to do so far was sing happy birthday at team
dinner to one of my teammates with Jason Smith, Derrick Byars, and
Herbert Hill. The sad thing that it was Herbert's birthday, so he ended
up singing to himself! It was so funny!

Those crazy NBA fellas and their pranks!

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

Best of NHL: Trocheck's last-second goal lifts Panthers past Blues

ST. LOUIS -- Vincent Trocheck scored with just under 5 seconds remaining to lift the Florida Panthers to a 2-1 victory over the St. Louis Blues on Monday night.

Jonathan Marchessault also scored and James Reimer stopped 26 shots to help the Panthers complete a 5-0 road trip -- their first perfect trip of at least that many games in franchise history.

Reimer has won five straight decisions and has not lost in regulation since Jan. 7 against Boston, going 6-0-1 since.

The Panthers moved into a tie with Boston for third place in the Atlantic Division, but have the edge because they have a game in hand on the Bruins.

Kyle Brodziak, playing for the second time after missing 10 games due to a broken foot, scored for the Blues and Jake Allen finished with 31 saves. St. Louis lost its second straight since winning six in a row (see full recap).

Coyotes use three-goal 1st period to beat Ducks
GLENDALE, Ariz. -- Radim Vrbata capped Arizona's three-goal first period and the Coyotes held on for 3-2 victory over the Anaheim Ducks on Monday night.

Christian Dvorak and Jakob Chychrun also scored for Arizona, and starting goalie Mike Smith had 27 saves before leaving about 4 1/2 minutes into the third period after a collision in the net. Marek Langhamer helped kill a power play after being pressed into action for his NHL debut and stopped six of the seven shots he faced.

The Coyotes have won four of their last six.

Langhamer gave up Ryan Getzlaf's second goal of the night with 26.8 seconds to play, but thwarted two quality shots in the final seconds.

Jonathan Bernier gave up three goals on six shots in the first period for the Ducks. John Gibson came on to start the second and stopped all 14 shots he faced (see full recap).

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid admits to reaggravating foot injury after 2014 surgery, almost quitting

Joel Embiid trusts the Process, more so than anyone — the process of patience.

After sitting out two whole seasons because of foot injuries, Embiid learned the importance of patience the hard way.

Appearing on NBA TV's Open Court, Joel Embiid opened up about how he reaggravated the fracture in his foot that cost him the 2015-16 season.

"I didn't know how to deal with patience," Embiid said on the roundtable discussion. "I just wanted to do stuff, that's why I think I needed a second surgery, because after my first one, I just wanted to play basketball again. I just wanted to be on the court and I pushed through what I wasn't supposed to.

"At one point I thought about quitting. I just wanted to come back home and just forget everything."

Embiid goes on to discuss the Sixers' turnaround this season and his mindset during his recovery. Watch the full clip below. 

Embiid also said he models his game after Hakeem Olajuwon.