Alshon Jeffery dreams of Philly being just like the movie 'Invincible'

Alshon Jeffery dreams of Philly being just like the movie 'Invincible'

Alshon Jeffery will be officially introduced to the Philadelphia media on Friday afternoon but he's already gushed about his new quarterback Carson Wentz.

First at the Philly airport to CSN's John Clark and later in a piece Alshon wrote for the Player's Tribune.

Jeffery talked a lot about his experience in Chicago playing for the Bears and what that city meant to him. He mentions watching Michael Jordan and Walter Payton as a youngster, how he wanted to become the greatest Bears receiver of all-time and bring the city another Super Bowl.

He fell short in Chicago but has similar hopes in Philadelphia. 

After thanking everyone who supported him in Chicago, Alshon turned to his new city and new quarterback.

Jeffery recalls watching Carson Wentz play against the Bears in week 2 of last season and seeing something there despite it being so early in his career.

"I remember thinking for a quick second, Man, this kid can do some things," Jeffery writes.

"As the season went on and he kept playing better, I thought that someday he was gonna be a legit MVP contender. I think he has that kind of talent."

He shares a text exchange the two had after news broke of Jeffery coming to Philly. Alshon told Carson he believes the second-year QB has the potential to win an MVP in the NFL and Carson responded by saying all he wants is to win a championship.

In a I'm-not-sure-how-to-feel-about-this moment, Jeffery writes that what he thinks of Philadelphia comes from watching the Disney movie "Invincible" recently. I suppose that's better than "National Treasure."

"I actually just watched the movie Invincible a couple of months ago," he writes. "You remember that scene where Mark Wahlberg scores a touchdown at the old Veterans Stadium, and he holds his arms out to celebrate, and all you can see in front of him are the fans going nuts and wearing that old-school Eagles green and white."

"That’s what I imagine it’s going to feel like playing at the Linc."

Well, at least he supports bringing back the old-school green and white! Eagles fans can get behind that.

You can read his whole piece here.

Sixers now officially growing hyper-efficient big men on trees

Sixers now officially growing hyper-efficient big men on trees

Three weeks ago, even relatively devout 76ers fans could be forgiven for not recognizing the name Shawn Long. You might've recalled his pretty strong showing for the Sixers at Summer League last July, and if you were on the press mailing list for the Delaware 87ers -- lucky you -- you might have noticed him popping up in a lot of "LONG'S 22 HELPS SEVENS DOWN RED CLAWS" type headlines. But however D-League dominant-he was, it seemed unlikely he'd factor into a Sixers season where the team already had four young, high-upside centers on the roster. 

Then of course of those four bigs, one of 'em got surgery, one of 'em got traded and one one of 'em got hurt (and/or maybe just stinks). So with 20 games to go, Shawn Long was called up to the Sixers, posting 13 and seven in garbage time a blowout loss to the Bucks at home. That seemed likely to be the meaningless highlight of a nothing Sixers campaign for Long, but as Okafor keeps missing games with knee issues, Long has continued to be productive in picking up the slack. And last night, he had his best game of the season, posting 18 and 7 in just 19 minutes against the Chicago Bulls. 

Long's per-36 numbers, already decently absurd before last night's 117-107 Sixers victory -- just can't help ourselves beating these garbage teams -- are now downright hilarious: 25 and 14, shooting 67% from the floor, with a 28.5 PER The sample size is still too small (92 minutes) to mean anything considerable, and at this point in the season it's hard to trust any numbers being put up by anyone. But it's especially notable on these Sixers, who have seen such similar high-efficiency offensive production from Joel Embiid, Nerlens Noel and (most recently) Richaun Holmes before the beginning of Longsanity. 

It's hard not to start wonder if playing center on this Sixers team is kind of like being a running back for a team with an impenetrable offensive line, or being a ground-ball pitcher on a team with an all-Golden Glove infield. It seems like as long as our big can roll to the hoop, catch the ball and crash the boards off misses, playing with pass-first point guards like T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez in Brett Brown's increasingly coherent half-court offense ensures at least above-average production from our five-man. (Unless, of course, that center was taken with the No. 3 pick of the 2015 draft, in which case such context doesn't seem to help a ton.) 

Or maybe the Sixers just have a better eye for young centers than Drake does for European slang he half-understands. Either way, the Sixers' ability to get such consistent contributions so far down their depth chart is one of the biggest reasons they seem practically certain to win 30 games one year after barely scrapping their way to double-digits. This season really just never stops being incredible for one reason or another, does it?

Watch: Dario Saric not pleased with more water, then remembers to Trust the Friendship

Watch: Dario Saric not pleased with more water, then remembers to Trust the Friendship

We thought T.J. McConnell learned.

Remember? Pouring water on Dario Saric is not a good idea?

Yeah, thought that was clearly understood after one Sunday in January.

But McConnell was at it again on Friday night after his buddy Saric poured in a career-high 32 points during a 117-107 win over the Bulls. Just like last time, McConnell struck during Saric's postgame interview with CSN's Molly Sullivan.

And, just like last time, Saric looked like he wanted to destroy his point guard.

Look at it unfold ...

But Saric remembered his mantra: Trust the Friendship.

For the postgame moment, watch below. For highlights from Saric's career night and the full interview, watch the video above.