Josh Harris: ‘The Sixers are staying in Philly’

Josh Harris: ‘The Sixers are staying in Philly’

If there was ever any doubt about 76ers owner Josh Harris’ commitment to keeping the 76ers in Philadelphia, he attempted to put that to rest on Thursday.

Harris’ ownership group has finalized a deal to purchase the New Jersey Devils and the Prudential Center in Newark (pending NHL approval). The unholy alliance was rumored for about a week or so, prompting all sorts of speculation from, “This is going to upset a lot of Philly fans,” to “He’s trying to take the Sixers to Jersey!”

General manager Sam Hinkie was adamant during new head coach Brett Borwn’s introductory press conference that Harris had no intention of moving the franchise , which backs up some of the whispers from behind the curtain. Harris finally had a chance to speak for himself once the deal was completed though, and he reiterated his commitment to keeping the 76ers in Philadelphia.

I suppose if you’re a conspiracy theorist, you’ll want to note the date when Harris was caught lying through his teeth. However, there really isn't any evidence to support a move could be in the works.

The main reason there is a belief he could take the team to New Jersey is the building. The Sixers lease the Wells Fargo Center, which cuts into profits, whereas Harris now runs an arena. That doesn’t mean the move makes business sense though. While it may not always show, the Sixers have a loyal fan base, one I’m sure is just waiting to pack the house again once the club’s fortunes finally turn around. What, are the people of North Jersey clamoring for NBA basketball?

More to the point, a move probably is not possible, certainly not right now, very possibly never. The Sixers are said to be locked into a lease with the WFC that goes for upwards of 20 years, so that’s one hoop to jump through. Plus I seriously doubt the Association would even want another team in that region, especially after the New York Knicks and Brooklyn Nets had their say.

Short version, you can probably sleep easy knowing the Sixers aren’t going anywhere – not in the standings, not to another city.

Of course, there’s still the whole Philly vs. New Jersey dynamic to this story. The Flyers and Devils are bitter rivals, which I guess means Harris might have crossed some imaginary line here. We wonder, is anybody truly upset over this? It might be a bit different if the Sixers had an intense rivalry with a team from Northern Jersey, but since they don’t, I’m not sure whose feelings are being hurt here.

Regardless, the deal is done, Harris has crushed any and all speculation for the time being, so we should be able to put this story to bed once and for all – that is until the Devils hoist their next Stanley Cup.

On second thought, that might be a little irritating to watch.

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

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There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.