Not sure how we missed this yesterday, but we just stumbled upon a truly fantastic nugget that CSN's John Finger got out of Doug Collins at yesterday's circus-like welcome to Philly presser for Andrew Bynum.
As you're likely aware, Doug Collins and Boston Celtics head coach Doc Rivers have quite a history together and are close friends to this day. They both also happened to be in London doing television work for the 2012 Olympic Basketball coverage on NBC.
Turns out, the pair were having a little conversation last week on what appears to be the day before the trade for Andrew Bynum went down. Check out how awesome this is. John Finger writes:
But when the topic of centers in the NBA came up, Collins must have
had his best poker face or cat-that-ate-the-canary grin. Little did
Rivers know at the time that one of his worst fears was about to join
the Atlantic Division.
“It was kind of funny.
We were talking one night and he was talking about low-post centers and
he said the only guy he really worries about is Andrew Bynum and I was
about ready to choke,” Collins said with a wry smile. “I was thinking,
‘Hey, Doc we’re going to get him tomorrow.’”
Sure, the Celtics may have won the playoff series last year BUT ANDREW BYNUM IS A SIXER, YO!
That must have been an awesome moment for Doug.
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Joel Embiid is giving back, joining several NBA players for the Basketball without Borders camp in Africa.
The NBA and FIBA will host 80 boys and girls ages 17 and under from 26 African countries, including Embiid's native Cameroon. It'll be the 15th edition of Basketball without Borders.
The camp will be held from Aug. 2 to Aug. 5 at the American International School of Johannesburg, culminating with the NBA Africa Game 2017 at the Ticketpro Dome in Johannesburg, South Africa. The exhibition pits Team Africa, which includes players born in Africa and second-generation African players, against players from the rest of the world.
It's already been announced that Embiid is on the roster, but not playing, for Team Africa. Embiid, 23, missed the final 37 games of the 2016-17 season with a knee injury. His first NBA season came after he missed the first two years of his career with a foot injury.
There will be a heavy local vibe at BWB this year. Embiid will be joined by assistant coach Lloyd Pierce as well as former Sixers Bruce Bowen, Elton Brand and fellow Cameroonian Luc Mbah a Moute. Philly native Kyle Lowry and Chester native Rondae Hollis-Jefferson will also be there.
Future Hall of Famer Dirk Nowitzki and budding star Kristaps Porzingis will also be among the players on hand.