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.

Even on honeymoon, Jon Dorenbos performs wild magic trick with coin

Even on honeymoon, Jon Dorenbos performs wild magic trick with coin

Magic never stops.

Not even on Jon Dorenbos' honeymoon.

The Eagles' long snapper and magic enthusiast is enjoying picturesque Bora Bora with his wife Annalise.

Still, fresh off his wedding and surrounded by water way too blue, Dorenbos wasn't about to stop entertaining us as he posted this crazy coin trick on his Instagram account.

Bora Bora Magic - I love this move. @apollorobbins showed me this 15 years ago. #honeymoon

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Pretty darn cool — and, seriously, how does he do it?

And don't worry, Dorenbos is clearly having a great time on the honeymoon, not just blowing our minds with cool magic.

Amazing. #honeymoon #paradise

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How Jim Thome got his batting stance thanks to Charlie Manuel and 'The Natural'

How Jim Thome got his batting stance thanks to Charlie Manuel and 'The Natural'

If there's anyone in the world I could sit next to for hours and listen to talk about baseball it would be former Phillies manager and World Champion of baseball Charlie Manuel.

Charlie is still very involved in the Phillies organization to this day and we're lucky enough to have 45 minutes of his time talking ball with longtime Phillies scribe Jim Salisbury.

Those two know the Phillies just about as well as anybody, so there's plenty of meat on the bone to chew on. The duo chatted for a recent episode of Sully's "At The Yard" podcast.

The story that caught my ear the most was Charlie's telling of how Jim Thome came to have that somewhat-goofy stance before he hits. It was a timing mechanism that Manuel stumbled upon in the strangest of ways.

This was when both Charlie and Jim were working for a Cleveland Indians' affiliate in the minors. 

"We were playing in Scranton and it was a Phillies triple-A team at the time. I kept thinking of a timing mechanism of some kind, a waggle or something, what Thome could do with his bat where he wouldn't tense up, where it would help him to relax and everything."

"I came into our locker room early," Manuel said. "I didn't let my players turn the TV on after a certain time. I came through the clubhouse that day, they had 'The Natural' on. I told 'em to turn it off. Some of the players said, 'Hey, Charlie, we're watching The Natural can we watch the end of The Natural? I said, 'Not really, what's the rule?'

"I saw Robert Redford standing there pointing the bat with one hand, bringing it back. I looked over at Thome, I said, 'you can finish watching the movie. From now on that's going to be your load.' I took him down in the cage and worked with him. The game started and the Phillies had a left-handed pitcher named [Kyle] Abbott. He was pitching that day. I told Jimmy, 'From now on that's your stance.' He gets up there the first time up, Abbott throws him a breaking ball away and he hit a home run to left center... I mean a longways. He come up the next time he hit another one to right center. I think he had three hits that day."

"That's a true story," Manuel added.

It sounds to good to be true. So we did a little research and Thome has told the same tale on a television special out in Chicago last summer.

"We were in Scranton and I was a guy who held the bat still and would go from a standstill and swing," Thome explained. "(Charlie) was watching The Natural and he saw that (Hobbs) kind of had this little wiggle to his stance, and I remember the day. We went out the next day, we worked early and he said 'Do me a favor and try holding the bat out there (pointing towards the pitcher) and get a little rhythm with your swing.' And from that day I never looked back. The following day we played a doubleheader and I hit two home runs."

You can listen to the whole podcast with Jim Salisbury and Charlie Manuel right here.