Nikola Vucevic Selected 16th By Sixers

Nikola Vucevic Selected 16th By Sixers

With the 16th pick in the 2011 NBA Draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Nikola Vucevic, center out of USC.

From our pre-draft predictions: Nikola Vucevic, C, USC:

An
enticing prospect for the Sixers namely due to his height—at about
seven feet with a nine-and-a-half-foot standing reach, Vucevic is probably the
longest player in an undersized draft, and of course, the Sixers need
big guys more than just about anything else. Vucevic is a solid player
on both ends of the court, showing a nice touch around the basket and
averaging a block-and-a-half per game in his Junior season at USC. The
main drawback with him, though, is his athleticism—his vertical leap has
been measured as being worse than a good deal of guards in the draft
class, and his lateral foot-speed has been questioned, two qualities
which set off red flags for the guy being a potential stiff. He might
still be worth a dice-roll for a team that occasionally played Thaddeus
Young at center last year, but the lack of athleticism hardly makes him a
natural fit for a team whose identity is centered largely around young
legs.

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.