Joel Embiid's performance on Sunday in the Sixers' 108-107 win over the Brooklyn Nets was the kind of game that makes you forget about all of the other issues and simply enjoy watching a beast do work.
He really did it all. Post moves, pull ups, threes, some work on the boards. And of course diving a couple of rows deep into the stands in an attempt to keep a play alive.
It has to be a terrifying sight to see the 7-foot-2 Embiid flying in your direction. But Embiid would have it no other way. In fact, he said after the game that a certain Hall of Famer helped him develop the mindset of giving your all every single time out on the court.
"I think I stepped on his shoulder. I'm sorry for that person," Embiid said of the person he landed on.
"I'm going to give my all every time I'm out on the court. That's what I think I've been doing. Just play hard. One thing [Allen Iverson] kind of helped me with that, 'play every game like it's your last game.' And I think that's what I think I've been doing."
Brett Brown certainly sees the effort.
"I'm proud of him. I love it. I love it. After you love it, you're looking to make sure he's getting up healthy."
Footage of Ben Simmons playing in a basketball game in Australia has been making the rounds and the Sixers rookie showed off some hops with a couple of nice dunks.
In addition to seeing Simmons looking healthy on the court making players attempting to guard him look foolish, one of the underrated aspects of the video is hearing Australian newscasters describe the game.
The game is described as a "social match" which seems to me like a glorified pickup game featuring a bunch of amateurs. Simmons clearly outclasses everyone on the court. It seems as if Simmons was simply filling in as a favor to a friend.
Here's how the DailyMail described Ben dominating:
From slam dunks to look-away passes and long range shots it was as if his opponents didn't exist as Simmons totaled 34 points.
'He didn't try until the last quarter and then scored like 15 in a row and dunked on two blokes... I've never seen anything like it,' one spectator told the Herald Sun.
You can enjoy two local newscasts talking about the big event below.
Sunday gave us the catch of the year. And it didn't come from MLB, or the minors, but from Kennett Square, Pennsylvania's Jack Regenye in the Junior League World Series.
Just take a look at this. Then watch it again and again, trying to figure out how this is possible.
After being initially ruled an out, the umps reversed the call, calling it a home run. After more deliberation, it was finally ruled an out because rules be damned, when a catch is that good, you have to count it.
Regenye's Junior League team (ages 13-14) went on to lose to Chinese Taipei, 12-1.
With Odubel Herrera on the DL, maybe the Phils should give Regenye a call.