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76ers Sunday Morning Shootaround: The Wrestling Edition

In this edition of the Sunday Morning Shootaround, we question Evan Turner's defense of the indefensible, celebrate Allen Iverson's birthday, and explain how Joshua Harris almost became the next Ted DiBiase.

Nick Young got turnt up last weekend at his birthday bash.
Nick Young got turnt up last weekend at his birthday bash.
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The courtship of Miss California continues: Not only did Nick's thirsty ploy for attention initial tweet get the attention of Miss Mableynn Capeluj, but it also got him a potential date with a woman who could very well be crowned Miss USA.

Nick's success will invariably lead to a lot of guys on social media (Twitter, Facebook, BlackPlanet, Pinterest, Ning, Weibo, LinkedIn, throwing a lot of half-court heaves in the direction of the women that they lust after. There is no way that this ends well.

FYI: Young celebrated his 28th birthday last weekend at a club out in Hollywood called Lure. For those of you wondering, the partygoers enjoyed massive bottles of Ace of Spades champagne & Patron, got to hang with plenty of B-list celebrities (Too Short, Christina Milian, and P. Diddy's son Justin), and had the chance to sample all of the cupcakes they could eat.

Brandon Jennings, DeSean Jackson and Dorell Wright all made special guest appearances, and even former NBA player Javaris Crittenton decided to turn up. You may remember Crittenton as the man who NBA commissioner David Stern suspended back in 2010 (along with Gilbert Arenas) for bringing a loaded gun to the Verizon Center.

Crittenton hasn't played pro ball in more than two years now, but he's been busy with a different type of court.


Saying inappropriate things doesn't necessarily make someone a bad person. That said, the inability to filter one's thoughts doesn't lend itself to a life in the public eye.

So, while Gordon Gee may have been a pretty good college president, his propensity to run off at the mouth led to his "resignation" the other day. Former Ohio State Buckeye Evan Turner decide to put his cape on and support Gee on Twitter, but it's hard to defend a man who says things such as the following:

Gee on Notre Dame officials (and Catholics in general):

"The fathers are holy on Sunday, and they're holy hell on the rest of the week. You just can't trust those damn Catholics on a Thursday or a Friday, and so, literally, I can say that.

Gee on whether SEC would criticize the Big Ten for having 14 members:

"You tell the SEC when they can learn to read and write, then they can figure out what we're doing."

Gee on adding new schools to the Big Ten:

"I think the presidents of the institutions are very clear that their number one criteria is to make sure that we have institutions of like-minded academic integrity. So you won't see us adding Louisville... or the University of Kentucky."

Gee (back in 2011) on whether or not he considered firing former football coach Jim Tressel who lied to the NCAA about a cash-for-memorabilia scandal:

"No, are you kidding? Let me just be very clear: I'm just hopeful the coach doesn't dismiss me." (Tressel would resign months later.)

Next week, Turner will defend Lucille Bluth for stealing the Queen Mary during the third season of Arrested Development.


This past Friday was Allen Iverson's 38th (!!!) birthday. Some of us here at Liberty Ballers celebrated the occasion by ordering buckets of Coronas and causing a scene at the local T.G.I. Friday's before were asked to leave. Shortly thereafter, we all piled into our Bentleys and headed down to Palmer Social Club for a nightcap. Good times were had by all.

June 7 also happens to be the birthday of one Prince Rogers Nelson, who could very well be the second-best basketball player ever born on that date. Much like A.I., Prince is only seen in public twice a year (usually at award shows), and whenever he does appear, everyone in the audience goes crazy (no pun intended). But unlike Iverson, Prince doesn't party until 4 in the morning. Instead, he goes back home and eats pancakes.


Sixers' CEO Adam Aron - who recently returned from a lengthy Twitter hiatus - was lucky enough to get a sneak preview of the soon-to-be released Julius Erving documentary.

And while we'd typically have some sort of snarky remark here (something along the lines of "Hey, Adam... Why couldn't you throw some free passes to the advance screening to some of our readers here at Liberty Ballers?"), we just wanted to remind everyone to watch "The Doctor" this Monday at 9 pm Eastern on NBA TV.


Wait... what?

It's true, it's true... Josh Harris, the limousine-ridin', jet-flyin', wheelin', dealin', stylin' and profilin' Managing Owner of the Philadelphia 76ers was inducted into the National Wrestling Hall of Fame last weekend.

Harris was the recipient of the "Outstanding American" award, given to those who "have used the disciplines of the sport to launch notable careers in other walks of life." Previous winners of the award include George Washington, Abraham Lincoln, Dan Dierdorf and Billy Baldwin.

In his high school days, Harris wrestled at the Bethesda Boys Club in Washington, D.C., and he even competed at 118 pounds for the University of Pennsylvania in 1982 and 1983.

(Note: When you're a 118-pound adult, chances are that you were probably bullied at some point in your childhood. Therefore, I'd be surprised if Harris DIDN'T know how to wrestle - or at least "throw hands" - by the time he got to college.)

We here at Liberty Ballers would like to congratulate Harris on his prestigious honor. It's safe to say that he made the right call in giving up that wrestling career: I don't think The Miz is buying a professional basketball team any time soon.

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