Antrel Rolle has never been one to shy away from a soundbite. This time around, the New York Giants safety is boasts the Philadelphia Eagles will not repeat as division champions—that will be Big Blue, of course—the Birds won't even come in second for that matter. While making an appearance on ESPN’s First Take (via DC Sports Bog), Rolle claimed the G-men and Washington will finish one and two in the NFC East.
“I think if you have the right defensive scheme against the Eagles, you can definitely shut them down,” he said. “I think we displayed that in the second game we played them. As far as Washington, I think Washington has more weapons, and I think they added more weapons, especially to the offensive system. I think RGIII will definitely bounce back and have a better season this year. And defensively, I think they’ve added a lot of veteran leadership to their defense that’s gonna help them out a whole lot.”
When Rolle talks about the right defensive scheme shutting down the Eagles’ vaunted No. 2 offense, he may be thinking of that time an injured Mike Vick was relieved by Matt Barkley in New York’s Week 8 win at the Linc. Philly’s offense failed to produce a single point that game. Of course, when it was a healthy Vick relieved by Nick Foles three weeks earlier, the Birds dumped 36 on the Giants. As for Washington, Rolle goes on to say the addition of DeSean Jackson will help them out a lot. There’s no denying that, but Washington’s defense did finish tied for 30th in points allowed last season—not something that “veteran leadership” alone can fix. And naturally, Rolle thinks the Giants can contain Jackson, so whatever. Hey, it’s Trash Talk Thursday, what do you expect? (h/t BGN) Oh, one last thing. You could probably figure this out on your own, but Rolle picked the Dallas Cowboys to finish last. >> Antrel Rolle picks Washington to finish ahead of Eagles [WaPo]
Joel Embiid has caught the eye of a Golden State Warrior.
At Golden State's shootaround Sunday night at the Sixers' practice facility in Camden, New Jersey, Warriors power forward Draymond Green said what we all think about Joel Embiid.
"He has a chance to be really f------ good," Green said.
Green and the Warriors will miss Embiid Monday when they tip off against the Sixers at the Wells Fargo Center. Embiid will miss two more games to minimize the risk of aggravating his left knee injury. The Sixers are targeting Friday against the Knicks for his return (see story).
Embiid hasn't played since the Jan. 27 game against Houston and has missed 16 of the Sixers' last 17 games. Still, the 22-year-old has shown, when healthy, he's a special player that Sixers can build around.
In 31 games -- with minute restrictions and missing 27 games, too -- Embiid is averaging 20.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 blocks and 2.1 assists. He's shooting 46.6 from the field and 36.7 percent from beyond the arc. Despite running a tremendous Twitter campaign for the NBA All-Star Game, he missed out being an All-Star in his first year. He won the NBA's Rookie of the Month for October, November, December and January.
Yeah, we all agree with Green.
But how much of Embiid has Green seen?
"I haven't had a chance to watch him," Green said. "I think he has a chance to be damn good. He's figuring it out. He's versatile. He can do a lot of things."
For more from the Warriors on the Sixers' potential, watch the video above.
Delaware 87ers living legend Nate Robinson pulled a new one out of his bag of tricks on Saturday.
Akin to your dog running through the doggie door and back into your house, the 5-foot-9 Robinson took matters into his own hands when he was in a jam and dribbled *THROUGH* the legs of 7-foot-2 Raptors 905 big man Edy Tavares.
Like put his entire body through Tavares' legs while dribbling.
No, seriously, check this out.
Call him up to the Sixers right now just for that. All of us, especially Shaq, need to see him do that to JaVale McGee on Monday when the Warriors are in town.
Outside of that move, it was not a good night for Robinson as he finished with just three points on 1 of 6 from the field.
The Robinson comeback tour in the First State has gotten off to an OK start. He's averaging eight points through four games with the 87ers.
But who cares about points if you can do cool stuff like dribble your whole body through another dude's legs?