Gone, Gone, Gone

Gone, Gone, Gone

In the sixth inning of Sunday's loss to the wild card leading Reds, Brett Myers gave up back-to-back-to-back home runs.  You don't see that very often.  Something else you don't see very often is a major league ball player beating his wife in the middle of a public street.  Apparently the transcripts of 911 calls made by witnesses have been released. 

Inquirer: 911 calls describe Myers assault as vicious:

"There's a guy like beating up his girlfriend," a woman told Boston's 911 operators during the June 23 incident.

"I got a guy smacking a girl around right in front of the Hynes
Convention Center. She's crying. She's got no shoes on," a man
reported. "He's a pretty big guy... and he's hitting her hard."

After Sunday's game Brett said he had no comment on the incident.

If nothing else it was an entertaining weekend of baseball in South Philly with three exciting games.  Unfortunately for the Phils they came out on the losing end of the series.  They had a great chance in both losses but like all Philly teams, they came up just a little bit short.

Pat Burell is the weakest link.  I really can't stand his act anymore.  Reds outlast Phillies in 11th on Sunday [Inqy]

-Ryan Howard came up with big hits in all three games but a little short in a few big spots.  People around the league are starting to really respect Howard.  He was intentionally walked to load the bases on Friday night and was intentionally walked 3 times in the same game.  I don't know how many times over the weekend I said Ryan Howard is sick.
-Howard gaining respect [CourierPost]
-Beerleaguer booed. And all is right in the world. [Beerleaguer]
-This weekends series with the Reds got me to thinking about those 2 Ken Griffey Jr. Upper Deck rookies I have.  Turns out, those baseball cards aren't worth so much. [SF Gate]
-Where in the world is Fabio Castro? [BS&S]
-Good to see Sal Fasano is still causing a ruckus with his mustache up in New York. [Deadspin]
-Photo above from the Inquirer.

And a bit of green for you:
-Trotter is fired up: "This is my MVP season" [Inqy]

Sixers being cautious with Jahlil Okafor early in training camp

Sixers being cautious with Jahlil Okafor early in training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. — The Sixers lost Jahlil Okafor for the final 23 games last season because of a small meniscus tear in his right knee. Now they are being cautious as he prepares for his second year.

As part of the Sixers’ prescheduled load management for Okafor, he participated in a portion of practice and then worked out individually with head strength and conditioning coach Todd Wright.

“They just told me to relax once I did what they wanted me to do today,” Okafor said. “I was off to the sidelines. I feel fine. I’ll be good tomorrow.”

Okafor learned during his first NBA season that he should speak more openly with the staff about his body.

“Communication is key,” he said. “I think last year I didn’t really communicate how I was feeling, so I wasn’t able to get the help I needed.”

The team held three practice sessions in the first two days of training camp. Okafor said he knew the Sixers would be cautious with his workload. He is poised to improve upon his rookie year in which he averaged 17.5 points and 7.0 rebounds in 53 games last season.

“I’m 100 percent healthy,” he said. “I’m all good.”

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

Joel Embiid adjusting to new challenges in 1st NBA training camp

GALLOWAY, N.J. -- With Joel Embiid's excitement to be on the court following two years of injuries comes the reality of his lengthy setback.

Embiid is participating in his first NBA training camp this week. While he has impressed with his natural abilities and improved skills, Embiid is facing challenges as he gets accustomed to the league.

"Everything is kind of off right now as far as catching the ball or shooting," Embiid said after practice Wednesday. "I've still got to get in the flow of the game."

Embiid has yet to play since being drafted in 2014. For the past two years he has worked out individually and in controlled settings. Practices, even in training camp, are different. 

"You see all the time when you realize he hasn't played basketball for a long time," Sixers head coach Brett Brown said. "He's trying to gather his feet and find his balance, he's trying to figure out stuff in real time speed on defensive assignments and rotations."

On Wednesday, Embiid went through practice without any minute restrictions and was feeling healthier from the cold and virus he had been battling (see story). Teammates have praised his physical presence and eagerness to compete. He makes an impact with his 7-foot-2 presence alone, but there is more he wants to improve. 

Embiid is adjusting to the speed of the game. He has been facing challenges with getting the ball in the post and spoke to the coaches about his frustrations. The staff explained they are focusing on pick-and-roll defense and getting out to run during training camp, but he will get that desired location in game situations. 

“You continue to see the size of Joel Embiid,” Brown said. “He's a big man and he's got a mindset to back up his physical gifts. He really wants the ball. He wants to get deep catches. He wants to dunk on people.”

Embiid always has been realistic about his transition to his rookie season. He has pointed out many times that he is a fast learner, and is anxious to soak up new knowledge and apply it to the court.

"It's really frustrating," he said. "But like I've said, you've got to trust the process, which I've been doing."