Video: James Harden Goes Through Spencer Hawes Legs in Most Sixers Play Ever

Video: James Harden Goes Through Spencer Hawes Legs in Most Sixers Play Ever

The losing continues. Your Philadelphia 76ers dropped another one last night, 125-103, at the hands of the Houston Rockets and it was never really close. That makes five losses in a row. Their defense is becoming more and more of a concern with each passing day.

Now, the above video of James Harden, who finished the night with a game-high 33 points, with a most impressive pass between the legs of a standing Spencer Hawes is probably more a really badass play from the Rocket as much as it is an awful play from the Sixers, but it's worth admiring. And laughing about. And then crying about.

In somewhat related news, Truehoop posted today about the unique relationship Harden had with Doug Collins back in the day. Turns out Coach Collins had a big influence on the college-aged Harden back before he became a star. From NBA.com's Fran Blineburry:


Collins was out of coaching back in those days, working as a TNT
commentator, when he became a frequent visitor to the Sun Devils’
workouts and the burr under the saddle of a certain guard who had all
the flashy trim of a fancy sports car, but might as well have been
sitting it up on milk crates.



"[Collins] taught me a lot," Harden said. "He would mentor me. He
would tell me that I had to have a motor. I had to build a motor up to
be successful and have a chance to play in the NBA. My sophomore year,
the reason I came back [to college] was to learn and build my motor up.
He was the reason for that.



"I was nonchalant, just chill. That’s how I still am, but I have a
little motor in me now. That’s the difference. He saw me in my building
stage, when I was preparing for the NBA. So for him to have great
compliments about me, it means a lot to me."



Collins says the next critical step in Harden’s development was
going to Oklahoma City and falling in with just the right trio of gym
rats in Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook and Jeff Green, who never tired
of getting to practice early and staying late, who wouldn’t accept
anyone into their circle that wouldn’t play with the same fervor. Harden
worked tirelessly to improve his conditioning and he built up his
strength to the point where he might be as unstoppable an offensive
force as any player in the league.



"I don’t [usually] compare players by any stretch of the
imagination," Collins said. "But when he’s coming down the floor with
the ball, he is very similar to LeBron James. When you combine size,
strength, speed -- and he loves contact. He seeks contact on every
play."

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

Best of MLB: Mike Trout (thumb) leaves early as Marlins crush Angels

MIAMI -- Mike Trout sprained his left thumb stealing second base Sunday, and the Los Angeles Angels took a thumping without him, losing 9-2 to the Miami Marlins.

Trout yelled in pain as he rose after sliding headfirst in the fifth inning. He was examined by a trainer, stayed in the game, but was replaced in the sixth. X-rays were negative, and there was no immediate timetable regarding his return.

The reigning American League MVP was 0 for 2 when he departed with the Angels trailing 4-2. He finished 2 for 9 in the series to drop his average to .337 (see full recap).

Aaron Judge hit first-career grand slam in Yankees' win
NEW YORK -- Aaron Judge hit his first career grand slam and the New York Yankees took full advantage of Oakland's shoddy defense Sunday in a 9-5 victory over the Athletics.

Michael Pineda (6-2) tossed six innings of three-hit ball to win his third straight start. Aaron Hicks and Chris Carter each had an early sacrifice fly as the AL East leaders scored five unearned runs and took two of three in a well-pitched series.

Judge connected with two outs in the third for his 16th home run, tying Mike Trout of the Angels for the big league lead. The drive landed in the right-field seats, not far in front of The Judge's Chambers cheering section installed by the Yankees for the start of this 4-2 homestand.

Khris Davis hit his 15th home run for the A's, who committed two more costly errors to raise their season total to 49. They began the day with 10 more than any other team in the majors.

The fielding failures put starter Andrew Triggs (5-4) in tough situations. He went six innings and gave up one earned run (see full recap).

Miguel Gonzalez loses perfect game in seventh, but pitches White Sox to win
CHICAGO -- Miguel Gonzalez took a perfect game into the seventh inning, Todd Frazier hit a two-run homer and the Chicago White Sox beat the Detroit Tigers 7-3 on Sunday.

Melky Cabrera and Matt Davidson also connected, helping the White Sox take three of four in the series. David Robertson got two outs for his seventh save.

Gonzalez (4-5) allowed three runs and six hits in 7 2/3 innings while snapping a five-start losing streak. The right-hander struck out six and walked none.

Gonzalez retired his first 18 batters before Andrew Romine led off the seventh with a hard one-hop liner to shortstop Tim Anderson, who couldn't field the ball cleanly and was originally charged with an error. Alex Avila followed with a single into to right field, and Romine's ball was later changed to a hit (see full recap).

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone but not forgotten: Joel Embiid remembers Harambe on 1-year anniversary of death

Gone, but not forgotten … as long as Sixers superstar center Joel Embiid has his way.

On the one-year anniversary of Harambe's death, Embiid remembered the slain gorilla on Instagram with the caption: "Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe."

The Instagram post was accompanied by a picture of Harambe along with a longer message and acquired over 22,700 likes within the first 37 minutes of its posting.

Gone but never forgotten #RIPHarambe

A post shared by Joel "The Process" Embiid (@joelembiid) on

There are some factual errors in Embiid's post, however. The picture stated that Harambe "would've been 18 today," which was posted Sunday.

Harambe's birthday was May 27, 1999. He would have been 18 years and one day old Sunday.

This was not Embiid's first participation in the Harambe Internet meme.

Regardless, the tragic killing of Harambe, a popular male gorilla at the Cincinnati Zoo, sparked outrage and then Harambe became an Internet meme.