Lou Williams Ready For Breakout Season?

Lou Williams Ready For Breakout Season?

For the record, Louis is now just Lou.  Get it straight.

Back in the summer, Marc Narducci wrote a blog post titled "Lou is Dominating Vegas."  This caught our eye.  We wrote into Henry Abbott over at TrueHoop who was reporting great stuff straight from the summer league to see if he'd seen much of the diminutive Sixer.  Unfortunately, Henry hadn't seen much of Williams' court time and couldn't pass on any juicy info.

Just days into the preseason, sweet Lou has been getting a bit of attention.  We thought we'd troll the nets to see what was being said about Lou Williams.

Michael at TrueHoop: "Louis Williams can dunk the ball like LeBron James. His dunk at the end
of the game brought four people out of their seat. Considering the
attendance, that's pretty good."

Dime at FoxSports: "Like we said after catching
“Real Training Camp” the other day, the Nets are kinda garbage once you
get past J-Kidd, Vince and RJ. All three of them sat out
last night against Philly — who isn’t even good at full strength. So
the less-than-half-full Wachovia Center was treated to Boki Nachbar and Louis Williams doing a re-enactment of Larry Bird vs. Dominique Wilkins. Nachbar dropped 35 points while Williams went for 33 …"

Kevin at Inqy:
"Williams is only three years removed from a spectacular high school
career. He entered the NBA draft in 2005 after his senior year at South
Gwinnett High in Georgia, where he was named the Naismith Award winner
as the nation's top high school player.  "I'm going into my third year,
and I most definitely want to be on the
court," said Williams, who scored 13 points last night. "I'll play
[center] if I have to."  Cheeks is enjoying the competition between
Williams and Ollie.  "We'll let it play out in the next few games and
practices and see
where it goes," said Cheeks, who had played Ollie and Williams together
for several minutes. "Lou will play more [point] than [shooting guard]."

The way the Sixers will be floating around as the bottom feeders of the East this season, Lou Williams could be one of the more exciting stories to watch.  It's no secret how important Andre Miller is to this team so Williams chance to run the point will surely be limited.  At the same time, Lou can learn from one of the best.

In my opinion, when you're picking late in the second round of the NBA draft, Williams is exactly the kind of guy you take a flier on.  Not only can he light up the scoreboard or throw down a good dunk, but he won't be able to legally throw down a few beers for another week and a half.  He was born in 1986!  Damn, I'm old.

Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

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Union emotional after Maurice Edu's season-ending injury

CHESTER, Pa. — On the eve of his comeback after missing nearly 13 months with a left tibia stress fracture and other related injuries, Union midfielder Maurice Edu fractured his left fibula on Saturday, keeping him out for the 2016 playoffs and beyond.

“I was trying to take the shot on goal and my foot got stuck in the turf,” Edu said Sunday, in his blue Union-issued suit and supported by crutches. “My ankle rolled and twisted and it kind of snapped a little bit. I heard it crack, and a lot of pain from there. I got a scan afterward, and there was a break.”

There's no timetable his return.

Edu, 30, has spent over a calendar year fighting various injuries that have kept him out of game action. His trouble began on Sept. 30, 2015, when he played through the U.S. Open Cup final with a partially torn groin and sports hernia. It was during Edu’s recovery from those injuries that he developed a stress fracture.

"A little bit frustration. A lot of frustration, to be honest," he said. "But all I can do now is get back to work, focus on the positives and make sure that my situation isn’t a distraction from the team."

Edu’s teammates were equally devastated by the news. Edu, the Union captain when healthy, is popular and well-respected in the locker room.

"I feel so bad for him," said Alejandro Bedoya, who wore a dedication to Edu under his jersey on Sunday. "He’s one of my good friends, so I was looking forward to playing alongside him. I know how hard he’s worked to get back, and to see him go out like that, it’s heartbreaking. I’m sad for his loss and I hope he stays strong."

Edu, who has been with the Union since 2014, returned to training in July and played three conditioning appearances with the Union’s USL team, Bethlehem Steel FC. He was on the bench for the Union’s last three games and was set to make his first appearance in over a year against the New York Red Bulls on Sunday, a game the Union eventually lost, 2-0 (see game story).

"We’re gutted for Mo," Union manager Jim Curtin said. "He was slated to start today. It’s real upsetting because he’s worked so hard to get back on the field. It’s been a tough 2016 for him, but I know he’ll come back stronger."

While he was visibly shaken by recent injury, Edu is driven to return.

"What happened, happened," Edu said. "I have no control over that. The only thing I do have control over is my next steps from here, how I prepare myself mentally and emotionally and how I continue to support this group."

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

Eagles bring back Taylor Hart after stint with Chip Kelly

The Eagles have brought back a familiar face to take Ron Brooks' roster spot.

On Monday, the team claimed defensive tackle Taylor Hart off waivers from San Francisco. Hart was just waived on Saturday by the 49ers, who claimed him after the Eagles waived him at final cuts.

So, Hart is coming back to Philly after a stint with Chip Kelly in San Francisco.

Hart, 25, played in one game for the 49ers this year. The Eagles are light at defensive tackle thanks to Bennie Logan's groin injury. While head coach Doug Pederson on Monday said Logan was getting better, the Eagles still brought in more depth by claiming Hart.

While still with the Eagles, Kelly had a hand in drafting Hart, an Oregon product, in the fifth round of 2014.

Hart worked hard this offseason to learn how to play in Jim Schwartz's aggressive 4-3 defense, which is very unlike the ones he had played in during college and in the NFL.

Brooks has been placed on IR after rupturing a quad tendon during Sunday's game against the Vikings. He'll have surgery this week.

In addition to adding Hart to the active roster, the Eagles also added cornerback Aaron Grymes to their practice squad.

Grymes, 25, was having an impressive training camp and preseason with the Eagles before injuring his right shoulder. He was waived shortly after that.

After coming out of the University of Idaho in 2013, Grymes didn't make an NFL team so he went to Canada. He ended up as a starter and All-Star on the Edmonton Eskimos and won a Grey Cup in 2015.

To make room for Grymes, the Eagles cut OL Matt Rotheram from the practice squad.