Brett Brown believes Sixers not getting Lakers' pick in 2017 is a good thing

Brett Brown believes Sixers not getting Lakers' pick in 2017 is a good thing

Philadelphia 76ers head coach Brett Brown sat down with Howard Beck and Jordan Brenner of Bleacher Report on their "The Full 48" podcast to talk about the NBA Draft Lottery and the current state of The Process.

One of the first questions posed to Brett is how adding another teenager or guy in his early twenties will be a challenge to the Sixers and what has he learned about dealing with youngsters during the first few years of the Process.

Brett stressed the importance of teaching, on educating the young guys on what life on the NBA is really like, from a physical standpoint of the tough grind to the rookie wall.

The Sixers owning the No. 3 overall pick in the upcoming draft is exciting for the club and its fanbase. But the hosts ask Brett about how much that excitement is tempered by the fact that there’s still a big development process. What’s reasonable expectation now?

Brett mentioned the Minnesota Timberwolves and Tom Thibodeau and what they’re going through with a lot of young talent.

"Youth is tough. It's really tough," Brown said. "The Levine injury hurt them, but the fact that as good as Karl-Anthony Towns is and Andrew Wiggins is, they’re still very young."

"To our team, youth doesn't win. It needs to be developed. It needs veterans to come in and support it. We like where we're at. We think the growth we're experiencing organically is excellent.”

"I personally think not getting the Lakers' pick (in 2017), where we get their unprotected pick in 2018, is a good thing for the organization. It doesn't change the rules on how we teach and grow, it reinforces it even more, but the reality that we're still coaching twenty-year-olds still comes with great challenges." 

He goes on to talk about both of the GMs he has worked under in Philadelphia, Sam Hinkie and Bryan Colangelo, and how he has great respect for both of them. Brett says some interesting things about how "the culture is moving forward."

"The pieces behind the scenes, I'm so confident that it can become a plug-and-play thing no matter who comes in and how."

"Sam did a hell of a job. He will resurface, make no mistake about that."

You can listen to the full podcast here.

The Game of Zones-Joel Embiid mashup you didn't know you needed

The Game of Zones-Joel Embiid mashup you didn't know you needed

There are times in all of our Internet lives when we come across a piece of content that we don't quite understand, that we didn't really know we needed, yet fills our black Philadelphia sports fan hearts with joy anyway.

Today is one of those days.

And that piece of content is this Game of Zones x Embiid mashup.

If you're unfamiliar, this is the latest in Bleacher Report's fun take on a Game of Thrones / NBA mashup.

There's the mountain of a man that is Joel Embiid laid up with a presumably bum knee. There's the Temple of Shirley potion to give him life. There's the maester Sam Hinkie shouting off his analytics spells. There's Hinkie talking about growing the seeds and reaping the harvest. There's a terrifying looking Dario. There is a raising of the cat. 

Perhaps the best part is Jahlil Okafor attempting to hold the door.

What does it all mean? I don't know. But I trust it.

Jim Harbaugh takes blame for Jim Schwartz handshake feud

Jim Harbaugh takes blame for Jim Schwartz handshake feud

With one season in Philadelphia under Jim Schwartz’s belt, Eagles fans are well aware of the intensity the defensive coordinator brings to the sidelines. But before joining Doug Pederson's staff, Schwartz attracted plenty of attention during a five-year stint as head coach of the Detroit Lions from 2009-2013. A highlight of his tenure in the Motor City developed a new wrinkle this week.

Maybe the most memorable moment during his time in Detroit was the unnecessarily ugly midfield feud in 2011’s Week 6 with then-49ers head coach Jim Harbaugh. Schwartz marched to midfield for the postgame handshake after his Lions took their first loss of the season. Harbaugh, a usually-excited guy with cause for a little extra enthusiasm after a fourth straight win, came in too strong for Schwartz’s liking. Schwartz chased down Harbaugh as he ran for the tunnel and the two exchanged some choice words. Coaches and players flocked to the tussle. What started as standard postgame procedure became the national talking-point nobody needed for the ensuing week.

The six-year-old incident returned to the conversation this week with Harbaugh, now the head coach at the University of Michigan, admitting on Barstool Sports’ Pardon My Take podcast (and as transcribed by ESPN) that he was to blame for things getting out of hand. 

"I went in too hard on that, too aggressive on the handshake," Harbaugh said on the podcast. "We've talked, and we're good. We're back to friends. ... There is a protocol in a postgame handshake. I've been there as the winner. I've been there as a loser. You just, 'Nice game,' then go celebrate. Premature celebration there, in the wrong."

On top of discussing his gifting Pope Francis a pair of Jordan sneakers and his theory that bringing a glove to catch a foul ball is acceptable for fans, Harbaugh went on to explain the last time he got in a real fight, as opposed to the silly scrum that went down at Ford Field that fateful day. He was 39, at the end of his days as a player, and got into it with two men at a restaurant.

"I did not win," he said. "I cannot say I won. I didn't get crushed, either. I got some blows in."

Harbaugh has a reputation for his passion, and the handshake debacle with Schwartz was no exception. It’s just that his passion often translates to doing things in a non-traditional way. He’s the khakis guy, always sporting his trademark dad-pants on the sidelines — he even tucked an Allen Iverson jersey into them once. He’ll do anything to get a leg up in recruiting, for example, sleeping over at a recruit's house for some “Netflix and Chill.”

Schwartz, similarly, is frequently fired up, and that aggression bleeds into his defensive scheme. 

Harbaugh is in the college game now, so the development in this nearly forgotten exchange isn’t life-changing. But if he ever returns to the pros, it’s good to know a postgame handshake with Schwartz wouldn't revive any bad blood.