Ethan Abrams, you're a man of your word.
As a high school freshman, Phillies prospect Mickey Moniak made a bet with his friend long before the Phillies selected him first overall last June. The bet was that if Moniak is selected within the first 10 picks of his draft, Abrams would get Moniak's signature tattooed on his rear.
And here you go:
"I thought it needed to be more than just a signature so this way it looks like he signed a ball," Abrams told CSNPhilly.com. "Also, I can play it off for other reasons why I would get a baseball tattoo on my ass. It hurt but not worse than I was expecting. I think it turned out as well as an ass tattoo can turn out."
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In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).
While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.
The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Nerlens Noel's tenure in Philadelphia wasn't characterized by a whole lot of winning, but he'll still likely be remembered fondly by Sixers fans as being one of the original members of the process.
It's always an emotional time when a fan favorite departs for another city and a new team instead of seeing the championship aspirations many had for them in Philly through to fruition.
Noel posted an emotional message to his Twitter account on Thursday evening thanking the city of Philadelphia and its fans for the support they showed him through the ups and downs.
The tweet contained the hashtag #Philly with a couple of exclamation points with a screenshot of a note that read:
What an exciting journey it’s been… To have such an amazing city embrace a kid from Boston coming out of Kentucky the way y’all did, is something I’ll truly never forget. And even through the ups and downs I never doubted the love here and that won’t change. Thank you to everybody that’s believed in me and supported through #TheProcess.
He posted the same message on Instagram as well.
Noel was traded earlier in the day to the Dallas Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a conditional first round pick that will likely turn into two second round picks.
Bryan Colangelo will address the media on Friday morning to discuss his rationale behind moving Nerlens.
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