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Embiid Only Missing A Week, Twitter Loves Burrow’s Small Hands

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The Philadelphia 76ers got some good news on Thursday when they heard their star Center Joel Embiid had structural damage to his shoulder and will only miss a week.

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The twitter universe went wild this week after ESPN reported quarterback and potential #1 pick in the NFL draft Joe Burrow had small hands. The NFL Combine is a week-long “tryout” where college football players are on display performing physical and mental tests. Apparently, the scouts also measure parts of your body. Burrow’s hand measured in at 9 inches, but according to reports, that is subpar for a quarterback (the average non-athlete hand measures around 8.5). Thankfully, Burrow has a sense of humor and wrote on twitter, “Considering retirement after I was informed the football will be slipping out of my tiny hands. Please keep me in your thoughts.” Other twitter followers posted small hand memes and jokes. My favorite was a picture of Kristen Wiig’s Dooneese.

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Embiid’s Sprained Shoulder, Tebow To Play For Philippines

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The Philadelphia 76ers season has taken another tough turn. Their star player Joel Embiid (who leads the team in scoring and rebounding) went down with a sprained shoulder on Wednesday night in the team’s loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers. Embiid will have an MRI on Thursday to assess the injury. The Sixers are already suffering from the loss of Ben Simmons, who is slated to miss another 2 weeks due to a back issue.

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World Baseball Classic announced Mets minor league outfielder (and former Heisman Trophy winner) Tim Tebow will play for the Philippines in the World Baseball Classic qualifiers. Tebow’s parents were Baptist missionaries in the Philippines when Tebow was born. He moved back to the U.S. when he was 3 years old. The WBC has expanded to 20 teams with 16 automatic bids and 4 qualifiers. The Philippines have yet to qualify for the tournament, but maybe Tebow will be the spark they need to make it happen this year.

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Kyrie Irving Out For Season, Embiid Announces He’s Best Player In World, Trae Young’s 50 Points

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The Brooklyn Nets season keeps getting more upsetting. Not only has Kevin Durant been out all season while recovering from an Achilles injury, but the team announced prior to their matchup against the Philadelphia 76ers on Thursday night that Kyrie Irving will undergo shoulder surgery and miss the rest of the season.

Speaking of the Sixers, Joel Embiid announced he’s the best player in the world after his 39 points and 16 rebounds in the team’s 112-104 win over the Brooklyn Nets. After the game, Embiid said, “But the All-Star Game, just proving I’m here, I belong, and being the best player in the world, I just intend to keep coming out every single night and just play hard and trying to get wins and just go out and try to win a championship.”

Trae Young scored a career-high 50 points in the Atlanta Hawks win over the Miami Heat 129-124 on Thursday night. Young’s big night comes after his All-Star debut last week.

 

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Embiid Wears 24 Scores 24, Zion Successful Road Game

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The world continues to honor the legendary Kobe Bryant with tributes in stadiums across the US. On Wednesday evening, the 76ers paid their tribute to the Philadelphia native by wearing No.24 and No. 8 Bryant jerseys in warmups. And, in his first game back from a hand injury, 76ers Joel Embiid got permission to wear Hall of Famer Bobby Jones retired #24 jersey during the game. Embiid scored 24 points in Kobe’s honor for a 115-104 win over the Golden State Warriors.  Embiid, like many athletes, credited Kobe with his love of basketball.

In a matchup against the Cleveland Cavaliers, New Orleans Pelicans #1 pick Zion Williamson had another successful court appearance in his first road game. According to Elias Sports Bureau, “Williamson is the first first-round pick to have at least 10 points and shoot better than 50 percent from the field in his first four games.” Pelicans 125, Cavaliers 111.

 

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76ers Avoid Elimination, Cavs Sweep Raptors, Capitols Advance First Time 20 Years, Tom Brady’s Attire At Met

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In a do or die game Monday night, the Philadelphia 76ers fought back and avoided elimination. T.J. McConnell turned it up in his first career playoff start for the Sixers and finished the night with a career high 19 points. The Sixers trail 3-1 in the series but have not given up and will play game 5 on Wednesday night.  Teams that trail 3-0 have never come back to win a series, but Sixers Joel Embiid said “We’re playing our hearts out and just trying to be that one team.” Philadelphia 103, Boston 92.

LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers  swept the Toronto Raptors for the second consecutive season. The Cavs will now head to the eastern conference finals. Cavs 128, Raptors 93.

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With a win in overtime agains the Pittsburgh Penguins, and for the first time in 20 years,  the Washington Capitols advance to the Eastern Conference finals where they will face the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The winner of that series heads to the Stanley Cup Finals.

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Tom Brady lit up social media with his choice of attire for the annual Met Gala. The theme for the gala this year was “Heavenly Bodies: Fashion and the Catholic Imagination.” Brady wore a black tux adorned with gold to match his supermodel wife, Giselle Bundchen’s, gold Versace dress.

 

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Curry & LeBron NBA All-Star Captains, Joel Embiid’s Words To Rihanna, NBA All-Star Starters

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NBA All-Star votes are in and the Golden State Warriors Stephen Curry and the Cleveland Cavaliers LeBron James were named Captains of their respective conferences.  Players, fans and the media select the All-Star starters for the game in Los Angeles on February 18th. NBA Head coaches will select the reserves on Tuesday with the full rosters set by January 25th. The All-Star game the last few years has been an offensive scoring blowout, so this year to mix things up and make it more fun for the fans, the Captains (Curry and James) will select their teams regardless of the conference they’re in. With this new system, teammates might not be playing together and traditional rivalries will be gone.

One new selection this year is Philadelphia 76er Joel Embiid. After he heard he made the cut Thursday night, he celebrated by posting 26 points and 16 rebounds in a win over the Boston Celtics. After the game, his coach Brett Brown spoke about his excitement for Embiid by saying, it’s “like somebody just gave one of your children a star and put it on his paper. His story of perseverance is remarkable, and his story as it reflects the organization and the process that we’ve all been going through is a wonderful story. I’m just very proud of him.” In Embiid’s interview after the game, he was asked about the celebrity he’s had a crush on who blew him off 5 years ago. The woman was Rihanna, and according to Embiid she said to him,  “Come back when you’re an All-Star.”  So now he’s saying, “She denied me back then; there’s no reason to go back to her. So I gotta move on to the next one. There’s a lot of pretty women out there, and I’m beautiful, so I gotta move on to the next one.”

Here is a list of the other starters by conference:

Eastern Conference: Milwaukee’s Giannis Antetokounmpo, Boston’s Kyrie Irving, Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, and Toronto’s DeMar DeRozan

Western Conference: Houston’s James Harden, New Orleans Anthony Davis and DeMarcus Cousins, and Golden State’s Kevin Durant

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UCLA Players Suspended, Joel Embiid And 76ers On Fire, Kevin Hart Trust The Process

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The three UCLA basketball players who were caught shoplifting in China are back in the US and  have been suspended indefinitely from the team. According to their coach, “They will have to earn their way back.” President Trump tweeted the players were set for 10 years in jail if he hadn’t intervened with the President of China. All three players, LiAngelo Ball, Cody Riley and Jalen Hill, thanked President Trump for helping them out of the situation.

In the NBA, the Philadelphia 76ers have been transformed. Their young team, led by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons, is causing a stir in the League. Embiid put on a show Wednesday night in Los Angeles in a big win over the Lakers with 46-points, 15-rebounds, seven-assists, and seven-rebounds.  After the game, Philly fan Kevin Hart, ran over to Embiid gave him a big hug and later tweeted “Trust the PROCESS!!!!! A healthy sixers team is a problem for the NBA!!! It’s all about growth!!!” 76ers 115, Lakers 109.

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