The NBA draft is only days away. Most fans seem to believe the Sixers need a talented big man to compliment their young, athletic core. But how about the players on the team? What do they think this team needs?
HoopsHype.com recently chatted with Sixers star point guard Jrue Holiday about his offseason, the team's biggest needs, who he believes the best PGs in the game are, and Doug Collins passion for the game, among other things.
It's no surprise that Jrue recognizes the team needs help in the middle, specifically on the boards:
As of today there are eight players with guaranteed contracts next season. What are the needs for this team?
JH: I think we kind of found our core, we are a
young team. I think that we’ll make some changes… Finding a big man
because we do need more rebound and shot-blocking on the defensive end.
But scoring, I think it’s just a process. We have Evan Turner who is a great scorer, Jodie Meeks is a great scorer too…
Other interesting anecdotes include Jrue's favorite cheesesteak joint (ugh), the fact his grandmother stayed with him during his rookie season as he adjusted to Philadelphia, and that he looks up to Lou Williams like an older brother.
Check out the whole interview with Jrue Holiday here.
>>Jrue Holiday: 'we need to find a big man' [Hoops Hype]
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.