There will always be a Flyer or two with well-deserved crosshairs on their game. Zac Rinaldo is currently one of them, and that's a big part of his role with the team. But, increasingly, it's also going to mean league discipline for borderline activities.
Rinaldo lined up and lit up Detroit Red Wings defenseman Jonathan Ericsson on Sunday night, drawing a charging minor. Ericsson seemed to get lost behind his own net, skating with momentum—but backwards—into a trajectory Rinaldo charted way back at the blue line. Below, dean of discipline Brendan Shanahan explains why Rinaldo was alright until he went airborne. And man do they get into the details on this one.
My opinion… that's a pretty solid explanation. But, more so for why Rinaldo definitely did deserve the charging call. Maybe a game… Two seems a bit much for a check that would have been into the Red Wings logo if Ericsson had kept skating. At this point we're splitting hairs, and I'm clearly biased, so...
Rinaldo grabbed two separate fines last weekend against the New Jersey Devils, and he's clearly on the path to expedited sentences for repeat offenders. Borderline hits and activities will earn him box time from on-ice officials that all know him by now, and the league office that probably started reviewing his history the day he pulled the jersey on.
The Flyers can probably use this opportunity to commend Rinaldo for something he's been doing pretty well this season—finding direct lines on the ice to meet an opposing skater's path with a big hit. But, despite his inclinations due to size limitations in some matchups, he needs to keep his hits down.
Shame he won't be around for the Penguins this weekend.
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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.