76ers Sunday Morning Shootaround: The Hail Mary Edition

Nick Young, watching his Hail Mary of Love make its way towards its intended target. - Howard Smith-USA TODAY Sports

In this edition of the Sunday Morning Shootaround, Nick Young celebrates a birthday, Evan Turner makes vacation plans, and we continue the never-ending debate on the world's best breakfast foods.

We here at Liberty Ballers would like to send along belated Happy Birthday wishes to one Nick "Swaggy P" Young, who turned all of 28 years old yesterday.

In case you didn't hear, Swaggy P threw himself a party at Lure Nightclub out in Hollywood that started at... 3:00 in the afternoon.

Is that how people get down on the West Coast? I don't think I've ever been to a birthday party that started at 3 p.m. for anyone that was over the age of 12 in my life. I didn't know it was even legal to have an afternoon birthday party that didn't involve a Chuck E. Cheese or a McDonald's Playland.

I have to think there was some kind of miscommunication going on involving time zone differences, and that the party was supposed to start at 6 instead of 3. Then again, Young did spend the better part of last week telling people to "turn up" at his party despite the fact that the flyer clearly says "Invitation Only."

Truth be told, I'd pay good money to find out what went down at that party yesterday. If nothing else, I hope Dorell Wright was spinning on the 1s and 2s.


In case you were wondering - and I know many of you were - Evan Turner will be attending the Floyd Mayweather/Saul "Canelo" Alvarez fight on September 14 out in Las Vegas.

The sad reality is that we'll never get that Mayweather/Manny Pacquiao fight that we all hoped for back in 2010 (and have no interest in seeing now), so the best fight on the board is Money May vs. Alvarez. That said, this matchup appears to be a bit one-sided as Alvarez hasn't fought anyone close to the caliber of Mayweather: "Sugar" Shane Mosley was well past his prime when Canelo destroyed him last year.

Nothing for nothing, this might be the last noteworthy fight in the history of boxing. Aside Alvarez, the list of potential opponents for Mayweather is pretty depressing. One of them - current WBO welterweight champion Timothy Bradley - is about as exciting as watching Evan Turner build a replica of a French mansion out of Legos.


In his Casual Friday post from last week, Brandon Lee created his own Breakfast Food Power Rankings. This is what you should take away from said list:

1) His opinion of scrapple is WAY TOO HIGH.
2) Don't pick up the tab if you go out to eat breakfast with Brandon because he's highfalutin and enjoys pancetta in the morning.

Since I couldn't figure out how to create the poll that Brandon asked me to put together, I encourage each of you to list your top 10 breakfast items - in order - in the comments below. There are some stipulations, however:

A) Liquids (juices, coffee, tea) do not count.
B) Only foods that are typically served/eaten at breakfast qualify (so pizza is no good, but steak/chicken-fried steak is OK).
C) The rankings are for the items in general, not for a specific meal at a specific place (i.e. "the pancakes at IHOP").

So, in honor of Charles Shackelford (and because I can't follow directions), below are my top 17 breakfast items:

1) Bacon
2) Biscuits
3) Sausage/Sausage Gravy
4) Eggs
5) Grits
6) Pancakes
7) Toast
8) Cereal
9) Hash Browns/Homefries
10) Waffles
11) French toast
12) Bagels
13) Donuts
14) Oatmeal
15) Muffins/Pastry/Danish
16) Fruit
17) Ham/Canadian Bacon


Given some of the artists that I listen to on Spotify, I'm the last person who should be throwing shade at someone's music choices. HOWEVER, I don't want my All-Star point guard - a man that should have that "dog" and that fire inside of him at all times - broadcasting to the world that he listens to Corinne Bailey Rae. You've all heard the song:

Girl, put your records on, tell me your favorite song
You go ahead, let your hair down
Sapphire and faded jeans, I hope you get your dreams,
Just go ahead, let your hair down.

For the record, I think Jrue took that "let your hair down" line a bit too literally.


A little backstory...

Last week, Memphis Grizzlies' swingman Quincy Pondexter became the latest victim of #TheThirst when he innocently asked Miss Tennessee for a date on Twitter. The thing is... it actually worked.

Never one to look a gift horse in the mouth, Nick Young went on ESPN's SportsNation on Thursday and threw up his own Hail Mary of Love when he looked directly in the camera and said: "Miss California, holla at me."

Later that day, he continued his gambit with the tweet above... and got himself a response from Mabelynn Capeluj herself:

He also got himself a follow, and if Miss California and Swaggy P continued their dialogue, they did it through the wonders of direct messaging. But let's call this what it is: This is pure, unadulterated thirst. The same kind of thirst that we've seen before on this very team not too long ago. I propose that if the Sixers re-sign Young this summer, his nickname should be changed from "Swaggy P" to "Thirstin Howell, III."

However, given his affinity for ill-advised jumpers, this is the most reasonable shot attempt Young has ever taken in his career.

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