Help Fight Breast Cancer

Help Fight Breast Cancer

**Pledge to Help Phillies Fans Fight Breast Cancer Here.**

If you recall on Mother's Day, MLB teams including the Phillies used pink bats to help the cause against breast cancer.  Now MLB auctions is offering the bats up to the highest bidder.  The funds raised will help fight breast cancer.

I thought we could try and give Philly fans a better reputation by raising some money and bidding on a Phillies item.  I've set up a Fundable Group Action with a goal of $3,000.  If you are curious how Fundable works check out the graphic on their main page.  If the goal of $3,000 is met and people still want to donate, the amount will be raised.

The way it works: People pledge a donation to the group action, if the goal of $3,000 is not met, no person's paypal or credit card is charged.  Once we reach the goal, all of those who pledge funds will be charged their pledge amount.  The final amount raised will be sent to me, and I will then bid on one of the Phillies items through MLB auctions.  If you pledge and would like your name mentioned or your website linked to, I will surely do so here on The700Level.  Also, if anyone donates $100 or more, I will give you a free month of Blogads advertising here at The700Level as well.  If our goal is met and for some reason we can't bid on any of the Phillies items I will either bid on another item which all of the proceeds will benefit breast cancer or will simply donate the money to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation.

If you have any questions feel free to leave it in the comments here for all to see or email me at the700level [at]

From my description on the Fundable Group Action:

On Mother's Day this year, all MLB teams were given a number of pink bats which were used in an attempt to raise both money and awareness in the fight against breast cancer. These bats, along with home plates and score cards, are being auctioned off to raise money for the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. is trying to organize Phillies fans to join together (and perhaps improve our image a little bit) and donate a small amount in hopes of bidding on one of the Phillies items. The minimum donation amount set up through Fundable is $10 but you can surely give more.

**Pledge to Help Phillies Fans Fight Breast Cancer Here.** Or pledge below:





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Embiid and Okafor want to play together, but not just yet, says Brown

Embiid and Okafor want to play together, but not just yet, says Brown

CAMDEN, N.J. — If all goes as planned, a time will come when the Sixers can roll out a dominating frontcourt duo with Joel Embiid and Jahlil Okafor sharing the court in lengthy stretches.

That moment has to wait, though, as both Embiid and Okafor are on minute restrictions. As he returns from a knee injury, Okafor currently is coming off the bench and backing up Embiid.

“This conversation with Jahlil and Joel is more intelligent and applicable at a later date,” Brett Brown said at practice Friday. “When Jahlil’s minutes start going up and Joel can, then it’s a real conversation. I do think you may see them sooner than even I thought together. But as far as making it a real constant part of a strategy or rotation, it’s beyond too early days.”

In an ideal world, Brown could pair the two bigs now and use all of their allotted minutes (Embiid 20, Okafor 14) at once. That would leave an extensive workload on second-year bench player Richaun Holmes.

“This is a hot topic,” Brown said. “I will say it one more time: If I play Jahlil and Jo together, I hope Richaun can play 35 minutes.”

It’s an unrealistic expectation for Holmes, who averaged 13.8 minutes in 51 games last season. Brown caps the majority of the Sixers at six-minute segments to keep them competing at a high energy level.

“Right now, he’s a backup,” Brown said of Holmes. “I think he’s going to be an NBA player for a very long time. I just feel like in the role, he’s a second-year player that didn’t really have much of a role last year. He’s shown everybody that he’s for real. He really can play a role. At this early stage, that is the key word.”

Embiid and Okafor have been envisioning competing together since Okafor was drafted two years ago. They became friends long before they were NBA players and have an easy chemistry on the court as a result.

“I think it’s going to be exciting,” Embiid said. “We played a little bit together today in practice. We’re figuring out how to play with each other. It’s a process and we’ve got trust it.”

Yes, the players know they have to wait, but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for them to resist an opportunity to play with one another.  

“I think once we figure it out, we can really dominate together,” Okafor said. “We were able to flirt with it again today. We accidentally keep ending up on the same team even though Coach keeps telling us to make sure we alternate. But we’re having fun. We’re trying to put some pressure on it because we want to play together.”

Is that accidentally with air quotes?

“Yeah, exactly,” Okafor said with a laugh.

'Trust the process' has a different, more personal meaning to Joel Embiid

'Trust the process' has a different, more personal meaning to Joel Embiid

CAMDEN, N.J. — Joel Embiid is all about trusting the process.

He manages to insert the well-known phrase into just about every interview, hashtags it on social media and soaks in the chants during games. 

While “trust the process” is commonly associated with former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie’s patience-required approach to building the team — which resulted in three years of dismal losing and suffering setback after setback — Embiid has his personal take on the mantra.

“I think I have my own process,” Embiid said Friday at practice.

Embiid is playing for the first time this season after waiting two years to recover from foot injuries. His long-anticipated debut was a focal point of “the process,” and his return to the court marked a new chapter in the organization.

“I went through two surgeries, lost my brother, thought about some stuff I shouldn’t have thought about, so that’s my own process,” he said. “And then the process of going through the rehab and finally getting back on the court and getting the chance to finally play in the league, that’s my process.”

Embiid is now synonymous with the word. He credits Sixers fans for the moniker, which he added to his Instagram profile. 

“I don’t think it came from me,” he said. “Fans just started and then I just went along with it.”

Wednesday marked the next step in the process, both for the Sixers and Embiid. His regular-season debut (20 points, seven rebounds, two blocks) was a long time coming and garnered buzz all over the NBA world.

“I was the third pick and then I missed two years,” Embiid said. “The excitement in the city, everybody’s happy to finally see me play. Even though it was weird because a lot of people kind of wrote me off a long time ago saying that I’d never play as a Sixer, I’d never play in the league. So it’s all fun. Everybody’s going to have an opinion.”

He’s just got to trust in his own.