Rocky @ Art Museum Yesterday

Rocky @ Art Museum Yesterday

From Yahoo news: "A man identified as Sylvester Stallone, left, prepares to film a scene
for the movie 'Rocky Balboa,' during a snow storm, on the steps of the
Philadelphia Museum of Art, Saturday, Feb. 11, 2006, in Philadelphia.
(AP Photo/Joseph Kaczmarek)"

My understanding is that on Friday, fans were filmed running up the steps and doing the Rocky shadow box.  Suposedly, this footage of fans will be shown during the credits of Rocky Balboa.  This picture from Yahoo News has to be from yesterday because it wasn't snowing in Philadelphia on Friday.  I'm assuming this snowy footage of Rocky will actually be used in the movie, not just the credits.

From yesterday's Inqy:

Hundreds of Philadelphians came to the "Rocky steps" at the
Philadelphia Museum of Art Friday hoping for maybe five seconds of fame.

Sal Cavaliere, 23, of Upper Darby, ran the steps in his T-shirt with
Rocky and the American flag on the front. "I've been trying to get in
this movie," he said. "We went down to the set like eight times. This
is my last chance. I love Rocky. He represents all of us. He followed
his dream."

Sylvester Stallone decided that as the final credits roll in his sixth Rocky movie, Rocky Balboa,
he should show real Philadelphians - as many as 100, in rapid-fire
fashion - dancing and punching thin air at the top of the museum steps.

It's something Rocky fans have been doing on the steps now for 30 years, just as Stallone did in the original Rocky.

Wondering what the phenomenally named turtles Cuff an Link have been up to for the past 30 years?


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."