Malcolm Brogdon is gonna be the most hilarious Process Enemy ever

Malcolm Brogdon is gonna be the most hilarious Process Enemy ever

Be honest: You knew this was going to happen. Joel Embiid only played 31 games. Dario Saric was only good for half a season and ended the year on a bum note. Both of them played for a bottom-five NBA team. Malcoln Brogdon put up 75 games' worth of competent-plus numbers for a team that made the playoffs. Him winning Rookie of the Year at Monday night's first-ever NBA Awards was as inevitable as Drake making a joke about his Instagram exes during the opening monlogue, and even hours before it was announced, it seemed like Sixers Twitter was getting testy in anticipation. 

But you know what? It's fine. No, I don't believe Malcolm Brogdon deserved to win over Joel Embiid by any stretch of the imagination -- Dario's case is a little more arguable than we'd probably want to acknowledge -- and I agree with everyone else cackling over how ridiculous Brogdon beating Embiid is gonna seem five years, five months, five JoJo tweets from now. But I'm also kinda looking forward to those next five years, because The Process just got itself a hilariously innocuous new mortal enemy. 

By most accounts, Brogdon seems like a pretty harmless dude. He seems destined to be the 15th best point guard in the league -- the kind of guy who'll get traded in a package for a legit star at least three times in his career by a team attempting to go over the top. His understandable reaction upon accepting the Rookie of the Year award was the slightly over-eager excitement of a guy who hasn't had to give a ton of acceptance speeches in his life; not exactly the coolest dude on the block, but one you can't really hate on either. 

                        [Sixers Twitter shuts down Bucks' Rookie of the Year bragging]

Well, unless you're a Sixers fan. If Sixers fans have demonstrated one thing over the past four seasons, it's that it's not particularly hard for us to hate on anyone, and a well-meaning rookie point guard with a hearty smile is as easy a target as the next. And now, Malcolm Brogdon will feel the true wrath of Process pettiness. 

When Malcolm Brogdon takes the floor at the Wells Fargo Center next year, he will be booed. When Malcolm Brogdon steps in a Wawa next year, he will be booed. If Malcolm Brogdon attempts to stream a song by Hall & Oates or Boyz II Men next year, he will be booed by his Spotify account. Verily, Malcolm Brogdon's NBA existence is about to be very largely defined by just how much hot air the Philly Phaithful is gonna expend just so he never forgets our outrage over how he had the temerity to win an award that one time. (And actually showed up to accept it!)

It's gonna be a lot of fun -- not like the next few seasons will likely be lacking in fun to begin with -- and at the end of the day, we'll probably get far more joy out of Brogdon's Sixers supervillainy than we would have in a single statue in Embiid's soon-to-be-very-cramped trophy case. JoJo himself seems fine with the L, and that's because he knows he has us behind to pick up the vengeful slack. That's what us Process Trusters are good for: We're bitter, stupid and endlessly vindictive so you don't have to be.

Adam Silver: The NBA draft lottery 'isn't working'

Adam Silver: The NBA draft lottery 'isn't working'

With six years of lottery picks, no team has taken on tanking more than the Sixers — although NBC Sports radio host Dan Patrick called trusting the process just a way of "dressing it up."

On Patrick's show Monday morning, though, NBA commissioner Adam Silver dove about as deep as he has into the lottery's flaws, going as far as to say that the lottery, in its current form, isn't working.

"We put the lottery in place precisely (to prevent tanking), and that was well over 30 years ago because teams seemingly had this huge incentive to finish at the bottom because the value of these draft picks is so high," Silver said. "We've tinkered with the draft lottery five times in the last 30 years, but we're still not at the point where it's frankly working."

Just a few weeks ago, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban was on Patrick's show and admitted that his team tanked once they were eliminated from the playoffs this year.

It's easy to say that the Sixers — now with a core of Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz — have been beneficiaries of the system. But if Brett Brown is lifting the Larry O'Brien Trophy and Embiid is winning MVP five years from now, will others follow their lead?

Patrick suggested an idea that teams couldn't participate in the lottery more than two years in a row, although Silver seemed to brush that suggestion off as infeasible, especially if a team is truly bad. 

Another idea Patrick discussed was for the top pick to go to the team with best record, beginning from the point at which they are eliminated from postseason contention.

"(The lottery is) not working," Silver said. "It is a bit of a problem in this league when there's a free-rider issue too because, in all the major leagues in the United States, each team gets an equal share of the national television money whether or not you're the champion or finish 30th in the standings."

The commissioner added that the notion of relegation — as is the case in European soccer — compounds incredible financial implications with successive seasons of losing. He also mentioned adjusting the lottery odds to create less of a gap between Team No. 30 and the first team out of the playoffs.

Fortunately, the Sixers are still a part of the NBA and could very well be on their way to the postseason soon enough.

A.I. still watches old YouTube clips of himself ... just like the rest of us

A.I. still watches old YouTube clips of himself ... just like the rest of us

April 23, 2001 was the last time Allen Iverson appeared on the cover of Sports Illustrated.

More than 16 years later, the mean-mugging Answer is back.

In a wide-ranging, 3,500-plus word article, SI's Lee Jenkins talked with Iverson for the magazine's annual "Where Are They Now?" issue as the former Sixers guard prepped for his debut in The BIG3. The league began Sunday at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn where The Answer appeared as a player-coach for his team, 3's Company, logging only nine minutes.

Jenkins spoke with not just Iverson, but also former Sixers owner Pat Croce and BIG3 founder and rap mogul Ice Cube among others. 

Here are some highlights from the piece:

Iverson on being a full-time father with his kids in Charlotte:

I wanted to be there for the PTA meetings, for the homework. I can’t sit here and tell you I’m the greatest dad in the world. But I’m home. I can do the things I didn’t do for my older kids. That’s the thrill for me now. That’s the rush I used to get from basketball. [Tawanna] doesn’t have to always be the disciplinarian. She yells and screams. That’s what she does. Me, I give them a look. They think I might do something. In actuality, I won’t, because I’m wrapped around their finger.

Biographer Kent Babb, who wrote about Iverson in his 2016 book "Not a Game," on Iverson's struggle to be a successful parent:

I think he really wants to be a good father, a good husband, and he just can’t. That’s the most maddening thing about Allen Iverson. You really want to trust him and pull for him and believe he’ll be consistent this time, but he lets you down. I never thought he was a lost cause because he made a life out of proving people wrong. The best thing about him was that he could bounce back. So I suppose it’s possible he could do it again, not probable.

Cleveland Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue on the importance of Iverson's infamous stepover from the 2001 NBA Finals:

I’d want him on my staff because he’d have the respect of everybody in this league right away. You know, if I hadn’t defended him in that series, I’d have been out of the league. He made me.

On watching himself on YouTube:

He traded Fridays in Philly for Applebee’s, The Cheesecake Factory and The Press Box in Charlotte, fished, watched League Pass and occasionally queued up his old clips on YouTube. “You know how sometimes you can do a great move, but you get so excited you don’t make the shot because the move was so good?” he says. “I dig those plays.”

You can read the full story here or in this week's issue.