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RealGM Radio: Derek Bodner On The 76ers

Nov 23, 2017 2:00 AM

Host Danny Leroux (@DannyLeroux) and Derek Bodner of The Athletic (@DerekBodnerNBA) break down the Philadelphia 76ers’ strong start.

They discuss Joel Embiid’s dominance, Ben Simmons’ rookie season, the Embiid/Simmons/Covington trio, Markelle Fultz’s place with the team and much more.

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Joel Embiid Not Worried About Becoming Target With Trash Talk

Nov 22, 2017 10:50 AM

Joel Embiid is not concerned that his trolling and trash talk will make him a target of other players.

Embiid had a recent run-in with Donovan Mitchell and Kyle Kuzma attempted to dunk on him last week.

“Oh, no,” Embiid quickly answered. “I’m not worried about that. I mean, if those guys, they want to get their feelings hurt, if they’re not strong mentally, that’s not my fault. I think when it comes down to it, if we’ve all got to square up, I mean, I’m 7-foot-2 and I’m a big dude. So I don’t think you want to try me. And I’m African, too.”

Embiid has one of the NBA's most prominent social media presences. 

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Markelle Fultz Making Progress, Out 2-3 More Weeks

Nov 19, 2017 2:13 PM

Markelle Fultz is making progress with his shoulder injury but will miss another two to three weeks.

Fultz was examined Sunday by Dr. Ben Kibler, the medical director of the Shoulder Center of Kentucky at the Lexington Clinic, for soreness and scapular muscle imbalance in his right shoulder.

Fultz's soreness is dissipating and the muscle balance is improving.

Fultz will continue with physiotherapy and begin progressing toward full basketball activities.

Fultz played in four games before he was shut down.


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Joel Embiid Posts NBA's First 46-Point, 15-Rebound, 7-Assist, 7-Block Line

Nov 16, 2017 9:22 AM

Joel Embiid's 46-point, 15-rebound, seven-assist, seven-block game is the first such line in NBA history. The NBA didn't record blocks before 73-74.

"It feels great. I love L.A. I love the Staples Center, so I wanted to come out here and put on a show and I did," Embiid said after the 76ers defeated the Lakers 115-109.

"Too bad there wasn't any trash-talker out there," he said with a smile. "But I still had fun and I got going. I just wanted to be aggressive. That's my new mentality. I can't wait to keep the same momentum."

Embiid went 14-for-20 from the field.

"Joel is special in so many ways," Sixers general manager Bryan Colangelo told ESPN. "When he does finally round himself out into complete shape -- he's still catching up to a slow start to the season where he wasn't with us in September -- but everything that's now happening and coming together for him is a function of him building. We've been building him up for what he's doing now, but he's still not at 100 percent. Once he is there, it's going to be very, very encouraging."

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Robert Covington, 76ers Finalizing Four-Year, $62M Extension

Nov 15, 2017 6:58 PM

Robert Covington and the Philadelphia 76ers are finalizing a four-year, $62 million extension.

The deal will include a $15 million renegotiation bump on Covington's $1.57 million salary this season, plus an additional four years that'll keep Covington under contract through the 2021-22 season.

The balloon payment on the 2017-18 season allows the team increased salary cap space and payroll flexibility for upcoming season.

Covington could have become an unrestricted free agent this offseason.

Covington has become one of the NBA's best three-and-D wings.

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Brett Brown 'Numb' To What 76ers Have Gone Through

Nov 15, 2017 5:08 PM

While the Philadelphia 76ers have turned the corner towards playing competitive basketball, Brett Brown realizes the team still has a long ways to go after four seasons of struggles.

“Whatever you’re going to write, I hope you make this the loudest," said Brown. "Make it bold. I don’t feel even close to any notion that we’ve arrived. I’m so numb to what we’ve gone through. I just walk and see straight. I don’t get too high. I don’t get too low. I really mean it. It’s not a throwaway line. It’s true. I’m hardened and numb. I’m just doing my job. It’s like, head down, ass up. I’m just moving forward.”

While the 76ers were sacrificing the short-term for the long-term, Brown experienced that in a different way on the sidelines.

“I’m mindful of the years it’s taken,” said Brown.

"He kept that team together and our spirits high,” said Nerlens Noel.

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Brett Brown: Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid Benefitted By 'Redshirt' Seasons

Nov 8, 2017 4:59 PM

Brett Brown believes Ben Simmons benefited from sitting out his rookie season due to foot surgery as Joel Embiid did after missing what would have been his first two NBA seasons.

“I think the fact that they sat out and got older and bigger and stronger and I think smarter, how could that had not helped them?” said Brown of both Simmons and Embiid “Could they had jumped into the league and done what they are doing? I think they are better off for it.”

Simmons spent a lot of time studying video of point guards with Brown.

“I think it definitely helped,” he said. “But you cannot compare it to actually playing. I think I’ve learned more actually being on the court and playing and seeing different teams and sets and watching.

“But it did pay off being able to watch and learn the game.”

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

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Joel Embiid To Miss Tuesday's Game Due To 'Load Management'

Nov 7, 2017 8:48 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers are resting Joel Embiid as they begin a West Coast road trip.

Embiid has averaged 27.6 minutes and played in eight of nine games.

The reason Embiid is sitting on Tuesday is due to "load management."

"I follow the instruction of our medical people, and there is completely a thought-out plan why this plan has been recommended," Brett Brown said Monday at the Sixers' practice facility in Camden, New Jersey. "If it requires more information, they will be the ones to explain why they decided to make this recommendation."

The Sixers have won four straight games for the first time since January.

"That means we're growing and we're learning," Embiid said.


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Celtics Unwilling To Trade First Round Pick For Jahlil Okafor

Nov 5, 2017 8:59 AM

The Boston Celtics have long had interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor but view him as more of a project player than an immediate contributor.

Boston is unwilling to trade a first round pick to the 76ers for Okafor, who had his 18-19 rookie scale option declined.

Okafor is seeking a buyout from the 76ers as they continue to seek an asset in return for him on the trade market.

Okafor is out of the 76ers' rotation.

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76ers Continue To Seek Asset For Jahlil Okafor

Nov 2, 2017 10:27 AM

The Philadelphia 76ers continue to seek a trade of Jahlil Okafor after declining their team option on his contract for the 18-19 season.

Bryan Colangelo has remained determined to find an Okafor trade that will bring the Sixers back an asset. The 76ers' ultimate deal point could be centered on future second round draft picks.

The Phoenix Suns have some level of interest in trading for Okafor, especially after their expected trade of Eric Bledsoe.

Okafor has been unable to win minutes in Brett Brown's rotation.

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Celtics Considered Most Likely Destination For Jahlil Okafor If Bought Out
The Celtics have expressed interest in trading for Jahlil Okafor in the past.

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Jahlil Okafor Hoping For Trade, Buyout From 76ers
Jahlil Okafor is hoping to leave the 76ers in the near future.

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Report: 76ers Decline 18-19 Option On Jahlil Okafor
Jahlil Okafor was the third overall pick in the 2015 draft.

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Ben Simmons Thought He'd Be Playing Better
Ben Simmons is averaging 18.4 points, 9.1 rebounds and 7.7 assists in 35.0 minutes per game over his first seven NBA games.

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76ers Pick Up Rookie Scale Options On Everyone But Jahlil Okafor
The 76ers are shopping Jahlil Okafor in trade talks with other teams as both sides would like to move on.

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Doc Rivers: J.J. Redick Begged To Re-Sign With Clippers
J.J. Redick has a different assessment of his free agency than Doc Rivers.

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Markelle Fultz Out At Least Three Weeks With Shoulder Injury
Markelle Fultz does not have any structural damage in his ailing right shoulder but is dealing with soreness and muscle imbalance.


Richaun Holmes To Return From Fractured Wrist This Week
Richaun Holmes has been out since Oct. 6th when he suffered a fractured wrist.

Keith Pompey/Philadelphia Daily News

76ers Working With Jahlil Okafor On Finding Trade Partner
The 76ers have to decide whether to pick up Jahlil Okafor's $6.3 million option for 18-19 by Oct. 31st.

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Markelle Fultz To Miss At Least Next Three Games With Shoulder Injury
Markelle Fultz is suffering from discomfort in his right shoulder.


Markelle Fultz Had Fluid Drained From Shoulder, Will Visit Specialist
Markelle Fultz has continued to play through the injury despite being unable to shoot normally.

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Joel Embiid: The Process Will Never Reach 100 Percent
Joel Embiid believes the process will continue even if the 76ers someday win the title.

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Markelle Fultz To Begin Season As Reserve
Markelle Fultz was limited in preseason due to soreness in his right knee and right shoulder.

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76ers Waive James Blackmon Jr., Kris Humphries, Emeka Okafor
The 76ers have waived James Blackmon Jr., Kris Humphries and Emeka Okafor.

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Joel Embiid Planned To Stay At Kansas For Sophomore Season
Joel Embiid's season at Kansas was cut short due to a back injury.

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76ers Have Limited Protections In Contract With Joel Embiid
Joel Embiid's contract is essentially guaranteed unless he suffers a catastrophic injury.

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Joel Embiid, 76ers Agree Upon Five-Year, $148M Extension
The 76ers and Joel Embiid have agreed upon a max contract.

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Richaun Holmes Out Three Weeks With Fracture In Wrist
Richaun Holmes is behind Joel Embiid on Philadelphia's depth chart at center.

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Joel Embiid 'Looked Good' In Halfcourt Scrimmages
The physical presence and competitiveness of Joel Embiid were on display despite the halfcourt scrimmage setting.

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RealGM Radio: East Over-Unders With Arturo Galletti
Host Danny Leroux and Arturo Galletti continue their annual tradition of breaking down the over/under lines for the Eastern Conference.

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