Quotes from an article on the Phillies website about Bobby Abreu without alteration:
-Abreu, affectionately known as "Comedulce" (the candy-eater) in his country, has a reputation for enjoying the sweet things in life and is quite proud of it.
-..he is a god in Venezuela. He can't go anywhere without being mobbed -- anywhere.
-The locals love its candy and its most famous candy-eater. In Venezuela, "Comedulce" is a rock star with a group of paparazzi on his trail that would make Paris Hilton jealous -- or angry. He made big headlines for dating former Miss Universe Alicia Machado, who also is from Maracay, and even bigger headlines when they broke up. His dress, usually a tight shirt with unique designs, and his style, almost always sporting a backpack, sunglasses and headphones, are mimicked across the country by boys and men alike.
-"I don't know why I am underrated and my name does not ring here the way it does for other players," Abreu said. "I have the same numbers every year. I don't understand it. It's a difficult question to answer. I don't know why. My numbers are always the same."
It's a huge shakeup for one of sports most legendary franchises.
This was of particular interest to a certain segment of Philadelphia 76ers fans who remember how fondly Magic spoke of Jahlil Okafor back when many believed the Lakers would select him with the second pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The tweets date back to May and June of 2015:
Getting the #2 pick was important. Now we can sign Okafor/Towns & FA's will want to sign w/ the Lakers because they … http://t.co/1D91xhGoWJ
Plenty of time has passed since the 2015 draft. Kobe Bryant certainly isn't around to help the Lakers compete in the West. They went with D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick instead of Okafor. And Jahlil has had some rocky times in Philly.
But one thing hasn't changed: Okafor still holds the claim as a national champion with the Duke Blue Devils. Magic loves a winner.
Okafor is the most on-the-market player in recent memory.
With just 48 hours until the trade deadline, could Johnson be in a position to make a splash? Stranger things have happened.
Many Sixers fans are begging for it.
@MagicJohnson congrats on the job magic! You CAN'T have Ilyasova OR Okafor! Don't even make an offer! They're TOO valuable here!
Would Okafor actually be a piece for LA to build on? His skill set seems to be quite similar to that of Julius Randle. So it doesn't jump out as a great fit at first glance. Maybe he could at least be good pals with fellow Dukie Brandon Ingram. Plus, nobody knows yet what sort of vision Magic will have relative to his predecessors. It would seem foolish to part with any sort of draft assets with a team uncertain of its grand plan.
And if nothing else, the state of the Lakers over the next few months and into next season will be worth watching for Sixers fans for when that first round pick conveys.