Slammin' Sammy Reunion: Sixers Take On Kings in SacTown

Slammin' Sammy Reunion: Sixers Take On Kings in SacTown

For a guy who spent eight seasons in Philadelphia, Samuel Dalembert was never truly embraced by most Sixers fans. In fact, he was one of the players who took the brunt of this city's vitriol over that era during which the team was pretty much going through the motions of an 82 game season with no real hope of bringing a championship parade down broad street. What went on in the locker room over that time, we're not entirely sure, but Sammy D. certainly had the reputation for being more concerned about his own performance than that of his team. That said, he certainly won many fans over last year when he showed his generosity in helping the people of Haiti after the tragic earthquake there. He'll take on his former club tonight for the first time and says he's excited about the opportunity.

From the Sacramento Bee:

Dalembert said he still keeps in touch with members of the training staff in Philadelphia and former teammates, such as Elton Brand and Jrue Holiday.

Dalembert said there already has been some trash talk.

"I'm really excited to play against those guys," Dalembert said. "I know their strengths and weaknesses. It's very exciting."

Not to be lost in the reunion is the fact that one of the players in the Dalembert deal, Spencer Hawes, will be facing his former team as well. Show 'em what they're missing, Spence.

The Sixers are coming off a nice win in L.A. despite some early trouble with the refs which led to a Doug Collins ejection. But this young Sixers team noted that they felt the need to play hard for their coach who was sent to the showers early. It's good to see they love goes both ways.

The Kings are one of the worst teams in the West, so a win tonight is important for the Sixers if they want to keep their eyes set on the six seed.

Tip off scheduled for 10:00 pm on the East coast.

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Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

Steve Mason rediscovers himself in New York just before Flyers return

It had been a while since Steve Mason saw himself.

Walking into the Barclays Center on Sunday, the Flyers’ goalie was 0-6-2 with a 4.03 goals-against average and .844 save percentage over his last 10 appearances (see more recent Flyers numbers and stats).

A far cry of how Mason truly sees himself in net.

But heading into Wednesday’s rivalry clash with the Rangers, Mason will have something to build on, something he couldn’t say since Dec. 21 - the last previous time he had earned a victory. He’s fresh off his first win in over a month, a massive one for Mason considering all the key moments on Sunday the Flyers hope invigorate his confidence.

Without numerous clutch stops from their goalie, the Flyers don’t come back from two goals down to beat the Islanders, 3-2, in overtime. Mason made four saves  — three on four-time All-Star John Tavares — in just over a minute of a third-period power play. The Flyers ended up having to kill two New York man advantages in the final 10 minutes of regulation in order to force overtime.

The extra session is when Mason was just as good, if not better, stoning Tavares on a breakaway attempt that had game-winner written all over it. Mason made four saves in overtime after 13 in the third period.

“I was happy with the way that, personally, this game went for myself,” Mason said Sunday. “It’s been a tough stretch and this is more the type of game that I expect of myself. In recent games, the team was lacking the big saves and tonight it shows what kind of difference it can make.”

It was a massive performance heading into a massive three-game stretch against the Rangers, Maple Leafs and Hurricanes.

“Mase made some huge saves for us,” Simmonds said. “It allowed us to get back in that game.

“It’s not just Mase [with the] ups and downs. Everyone in here has been kind of fighting it and squeezing sticks pretty tight. That one felt good and I think Mase led the charge for sure.”

Mason understands just one game doesn’t turn around a season.

“It’s nice to feel good after a game,” Mason said. “At the same time, whether you’re winning or losing, you have to have a short mindset and get ready for the next one.”

That brings the Flyers to Madison Square Garden Wednesday to face the Rangers, who they’ve lost five straight games to dating back to last season. Mason hasn’t had much luck against New York this season, allowing seven goals in two losses with an .860 save percentage. However, in 2015-16, Mason put up a 1.74 goals-against average and .941 save percentage in five games against the Rangers.

“That’s going to be a tough game going into MSG,” Mason said Tuesday (see story).

The good thing: Mason was in New York two days ago, remembering what he can be.

Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

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Manute Bol's 7-foot, 17-year-old son dominates in HS season debut

Bol Bol, the 17-year-old son of the late Manute Bol, is a top high school basketball prospect with offers from schools like Arizona, Kansas and Creighton. This highlight tape should give you an idea why.
Bol, whose father played in the NBA for parts of 12 seasons, including 215 games for the Sixers, now attends the famed Mater Dei High School in California and played in his first game of the season this past weekend. Listed as the No. 16 overall prospect in the 2018 recruiting class by Scout, Bol started his season off with a big 21-point, 10-rebound effort.
Take a look at the highlight tape from the 6-foot-11 Bol and expect to see him carry on his father’s legacy on the court at a major NCAA college basketball program soon.