The atmosphere was much more David Stern than Dwayne Wade. It felt like an after work party you go to where everyone is kind of laid back and enjoying the food and booze but not really letting loose. As far as crazy Vegas parties go, Rain didn't really have that kind of vibe to it, but was a great time none the less.
The spread was quite impressive with all the food and drink you could want. Like the Elton John concert on Friday night, the party at the Palms was open bar. open bar + bars open all night in Vegas = dangerous
The Goo Goo Dolls put on a show which went pretty much how you'd think a Goo Goo Dolls show would go. It being a TNT party, I was hoping to see Sir Charles make an appearance but never saw the speedy guy. No big name celeb sightings. Jerry Tarkanian and John Salley were rocking the pool bar. Mike Miller and Nate Robinson were chilling in the Palms lobby. I can indeed confirm the fact that Nate Robinson is short. I am officially impressed with Nate.
The Inquirer's David Aldridge was there and I actually got a chance to talk to him briefly. He mentioned he had already seen my Walton post early in the day -- pretty exciting for a blogger. He spoke highly of the Philadelphia fan and says he loves writing for such a passionate audience. David even mentioned he hopes to get a chance to write about the Phillies a bit more this season. Definitely exciting to meet David who was a nice guy.
Who can spot Waldo? Craig Sager loves those horrible suits, with sneakers taboot.
Have any doubts about Joel Embiid's health?
Well take a look at this.
How about now?
Of course, this isn't live NBA action, and it is against 5-11 Drew Hanlen, a skills coach and consultant, but it's impressive nonetheless.
Charles Barkley is jumping on the Sixers bandwagon.
"I think the Sixers gonna get really good, really quickly, but it all depends on (Joel) Embiid," Barkley said. "They're not gonna win a championship the next couple years, but I think they can really become a perrenial playoff team in the next three years."
Sounds good, right? Not so fast. There are a lot of "ifs" according to Barkley.
Most of those "ifs" ride on the health of center Joel Embiid. If the big man gets healthy, and the Sixers can resolve the "glutton of big guys," Barkley likes the Sixers chances.
"I think the most important thing they need to figure out is if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy. ... I like (Jahlil) Okafor and I like (Nerlens) Noel, but they gotta figure out if Joel Embiid is going to be healthy.
"I like Ben Simmons, but that team's got a long way to go," Barkley said.
To hear more of Barkley's thoughts on the Sixers' future, watch the full video above.
The Eagles have a serious depth problem at linebacker, and they're looking at a local prospect to try to fix it.
The team will sign former Villanova linebacker Don Cherry on Sunday, pending a physical, a league source told CSNPhilly.com. ESPN's Adam Caplan first reported the deal.
Cherry, 21, first signed with the Bears after going undrafted in the spring, but was cut by Chicago in June.
The 6-1, 240-pound Cherry was an All-CAA selection as a sophomore, junior and senior. During his time on the Main Line, he was credited with 331 tackles, 46 1/2 tackles for loss, 14 sacks, seven forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception.
Even with Cherry, the Eagles are still light in the depth department at linebacker. After starters Mychal Kendricks, Jordan Hicks and Nigel Bradham, the team has Najee Goode, Deontae Skinner, seventh-rounder Joe Walker and a couple of other undrafted free agents.
After cutting wideout Jonathan Krause on Friday, the Eagles had three vacancies on their 90-man roster. They're filling another of those openings with former Alabama safety Nick Perry, according to a league source. The perry deal was first reported by Al.com's Matt Zenitz. The 6-1, 211-pound Perry spent last season on the Ravens' practice squad after going undrafted in 2015.
Eagles training camp kicks off Monday, and the first full-team practice is Thursday.