Tony Wroten made a YouTube movie about the Sixers' young rap group

Tony Wroten made a YouTube movie about the Sixers' young rap group

The 2013-2014 Philadelphia 76ers may only have something like six actual NBA players (says Brett Brown), but at least they have a rap group, ammirite?!? Shit this is gonna be a long season.

No, really. Apparently some of the youngsters on the Sixers roster including Michael Carter-Williams and Tony Wroten have formed a rap group they call "whop." As Thad Young explains, "They're actually not bad. They have like three legit songs."

What does "whop" stand for? "We handle our problems," apparently. I'm curious how they'll handle the Atlantic Division.

Tony Wroten also made a YouTube movie about them. So there's that.

Instant Analysis:

1. This video was directed by Wroten and someone named "Tom Official."

2. This video introduces "Team Whop," comprised of Wroten, Michael-Carter Williams and partially-guaranteed, undrafted rookie free agents Khalif Wyatt and Vander Blue.

3. The video's YouTube summary reads as follows: "Introducing Team WHOP :Vander Blue , Khalif Wyatt , Michael Carter williams , Tony Wroten ...all of the 76ers . Step into the lives of a few young men who continue to make their dreams come true . Making it to the NBA to becoming entertainment moguls to becoming solid young leaders !! L'S ...we handle our problems"

4. The season hasn't started, three of them are rookies, it's possible only three of the four will wind up on the opening-night roster, and they're already beginning to talk about their futures as entertainment moguls.

5. They're already out of milk, which means before they can become entertainment moguls, Michael Carter-Williams is going to have to first master cereal.

6. Thad Young can't talk about this without laughing and appears to inhabit a strange space between: "I honestly think this is funny / I mean I don't get it, but they're good guys / Really the whole thing is pretty silly / Holy shit, we are going to be so bad."

7. Wroten introduces a story a little more than three minutes in with, "We was in Spain ... or Manchester ... or one of those."

8. Their patented handshake consists of two back-hand pumps and two inside-left-thigh slaps with a slight backwards lean.

9. They do own an iron and an ironing board.

10. The elevator scene at the 5:23 mark.


12. Chubby baby in an orange hoodie at 6:40:

13. To be continued ...

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

Ben Simmons, Robert Covington react to Ersan Ilyasova trade

On Wednesday, the Sixers traded Ersan Ilyasova to the Hawks in exchange for Tiago Splitter and a 2017 second-round pick, as well as the option to swap 2017 second-round selections (see story).

"I want to thank Ersan Ilyasova for his positive contributions to this organization both on and off the basketball court," president of basketball operations Bryan Colangelo said in a statement. "Ersan is a true professional whose daily examples of hard work, focus and consistency have helped facilitate the ongoing growth of our program and culture."

The Sixers took to Instagram to express their appreciation for Ilyasova’s leadership. Ilyasova quickly embraced the role of a veteran go-to when he was traded to the Sixers in early November. Both posts below exemplify his team-first mentality.

✊🏼 A true Pro @ersanilyasova7

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Thanks for being a great teammate @ersanilyasova7. Wishing you the best in ATL

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Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

Best of NHL: Rickard Rakell, Ducks snap Bruins' win streak at 4

ANAHEIM, Calif. -- Rickard Rakell broke a tie with his second goal with 2:34 to play, and the Anaheim Ducks snapped Boston's four-game winning streak under new coach Bruce Cassidy with a 5-3 victory over the Bruins on Wednesday night.

Rakell also scored in the second period for the Ducks and has 24 goals in his outstanding season. Ondrej Kase, Josh Manson and Andrew Cogliano also scored for Anaheim, and Jonathan Bernier made 26 saves in his first victory since Jan. 23.

Frank Vatrano scored the tying goal in the third period for the Bruins, who hadn't lost since Cassidy replaced Claude Julien on Feb. 7. Defensemen Brandon Carlo and Zdeno Chara scored early goals, and Tuukka Rask stopped 20 shots.

Anaheim beat Boston for the seventh straight time (see full recap).

Rare goal from Russell lifts Oilers over Panthers
SUNRISE, Fla. -- Kris Russell's goal with 7:58 left was his first in more than a year and lifted the Edmonton Oilers over Florida 4-3 on Wednesday night to snap the Panthers' five-game winning streak.

Russell's goal was his first since Feb. 11, 2016, when he played for Calgary. He went goalless in his first 48 games with the Oilers.

Fellow defenseman Oscar Klefbom also scored for Edmonton, as did forwards Zack Kassian and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins. Connor McDavid, who came into the night leading the NHL scoring race, had an assist on Russell's goal.

Aleksander Barkov, Colton Sceviour and Jonathan Marchessault scored for Florida. Keith Yandle had two assists for the Panthers, giving him 400 points for his career.

Cam Talbot stopped 31 shots for the Oilers, who have won their last eight games at Florida -- last losing on the Panthers' ice in 2002. James Reimer made 31 saves for the Panthers, who just completed a 5-0-0 road trip (see full recap).