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Lebron James's pregame dunk routines have caused quite a stir over the past few weeks. It all started when one of his ridiculous "mid-air, pass-through-the-legs, off-the-glass, one-handed dunks" before a game with the Cleveland Cavaliers last month hit YouTube and had basketball fans everywhere in awe. It was the kind of dunk fans yearn for in the dunk contest every All-Star Weekend.
That initial amazement eventually turned into groaning about Lebron never having entered said Dunk Contest throughout his career. Then that snowballed even further when Magic Johnson offered up a million dollars of his own cold hard cash if LBJ decided to enter and subsequently won the event next year.
It became such a distraction that Lebron threatened to stop the pregame flight show.
Which brings us to this evening, when James and his red hot Miami Heat came to Philadelphia to attempt to win their 20th-straight victory.
It's safe to say word of Lebron's frequent pregame antics got around and the Wells Fargo Center was about as full 30 minutes prior to tonight's opening tip than it usually is for most of their other games this season during the 3rd quarter.
Fans came to see what this Lebron show was all about. We were curious ourselves and had our camera guy, Ben, catch the air show which you can watch above. There was nothing quite as eye popping as his YouTube craziness against Cleveland, but damn, Lebron is fun to watch slam dunk a basketball. Even if there's nobody defending him.
Pretty damn good entertainment. And all before the real contest even started.
(The Sixers currently trail 51-39 at the half and Lebron has at least 3 dunks that are deserving of their own highlight reel. Oh, and he has 18 points. In the first half.)
What is there to say about the Philadelphia Phillies?
In doing my usual postgame perusal of the Internet after their 7-2 loss on Wednesday night, I visited Phillies.com to see what kind of "highlights" they could have possibly posted from another crushing defeat at the hands of the Colorado Rockies.
Thankfully, the first thing that caught my eye was a video titled, "Phanatic tries to comfort crying baby."
It was not Larry Andersen in the Phanatic's arms. Nor me.
And that's the Phillies season in a nutshell.
"You gotta question the parenting skills here," John Kruk said on the telecast. And he's right! What kind of parent would raise their kid to be a Philly sports fan?!?
The Phillies now have the worst record in all of baseball. They're 4-20 in their last 24 games. It's their worst start to a season since 1960.
Even the Phanatic doesn't have enough popcorn to mask all the pain.
If you want to read about the upbeat approach Pete Mackanin is taking, go give this a gander.
"In a long season, these things sometimes happen," Mackanin told reporters. "I remember Atlanta, the first half last year, was terrible. They had a real good second half. I believe we just need to get something going. We're going to put something together. I believe that."
That makes one of us.
The future of Villanova basketball just got brighter.
Brandon Slater, a 6-foot-6 wing and highly touted 2018 recruit, told Scout.com on Wednesday night that he has verbally committed to the Wildcats.
He later made the announcement on Twitter.
Among the 2018 recruiting class, Slater, a product of Paul VI Catholic High School in Fairfax, Virginia, is ranked in the top 30 by Scout.com and top 50 by ESPN.com. He's slated as a four-star talent by both media outlets.
Per ESPN, Slater had offers from Louisville, Maryland, Miami, Syracuse, USC and Virginia Tech. He is Villanova's first commitment for 2018.
"Going up there it just feels like a second home," Slater said, via Evan Daniels of Scout.com. "It gives me a good vibe. It's nothing like all the other schools. I just feel like a Villanova guy. It feels like PVI. It's already home."
Slater and Villanova head coach Jay Wright expressed their excitement on Twitter.