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76ers' Sunday Morning Shootaround: The Throwback Edition

In this edition of the Sunday Morning Shootaround, a former Sixer shows his allegiance to Brazil, a new Sixer proves that his fandom goes back to his childhood, and Evan Turner continues to do Evan Turner things.

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Jerami Grant was a Sixers' fan long before the events of Thursday night.
Jerami Grant was a Sixers' fan long before the events of Thursday night.
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In case you missed it, the Sixers will NOT be using the creepy Ben Franklin logo in the image above on any jerseys this year. According to PR director Michael Preston, the NBA may/will incorporate it into T-shirts and the like, but you won't be able to buy a Brandon Davies alternate this summer with one of our Founding Fathers driving hard to the paint.

(Franklin almost always goes left - force him to his right, and you'll have a pretty good chance of getting him to turn the ball over).

For you Quizzo folks: This new iteration of Ben Franklin is pretty much identical to one of the secondary logos for the 2002 NBA All-Star Game.


First, we saw Julius Randle's middle school shout-out to Kobe Bryant, and now, we get a throwback of Jerami Grant rocking a Sixers' jersey. My heart says that he's wearing an Allen Iverson authentic, but logic (and Rich Hofmann) tells me that it's a Harvey Grant uniform from the 1998-99 season.

Either way, it's still adorable. 20 years from now, be on the lookout for a similar picture from Byron Mullens's son.


Prepare yourself now for the Micic/Mario Hezonja/Saric/Kazemi/Embiid lineup the Sixers are going to roll out in 2017.

During the draft, ESPN's Bill Simmons said that he fell in love with Saric while watching YouTube clips of the Croatian star at 3:00 in the morning. I've fallen in love at 3 in the morning while watching video by myself, but that had more to do with what was on Cinemax at the time and less to do with basketball.


Dikembe Mutombo saying "we" while rooting for Brazil? Does not compute...

* checks Wikipedia to verify Mutombo's nationality *

Mutombo is supposedly from the Democratic Republic of Congo, but since they didn't make the World Cup, I guess he felt the need to side with another team in the dance. Then again, Wikipedia has been known to have incorrect information every now and then. Maybe Dikembe is Brazilian. Is Dikembe Brazilian? Does that make me Brazilian?

Forget the standard Santa Claus/Easter Bunny not-being-real analogies: I imagine this is how Apollonia felt in "Purple Rain" after Prince convinced her to strip and purify herself in the waters of the lake (which wasn't actually Lake Minnetonka).


Running out of gas on the highway is one thing, when your Ferrari hits "E" for the second time in two weeks, it's officially an epidemic (h/t to Derek Bodner for unearthing the second link).

I'm not sure what Turner is less aware of: His fuel gauge, his true status as an NBA player, or the unwritten rules of basketball. Never change, ET.


Todd McFarlane has parlayed his success in comics (he was once the artist for the "Spiderman" and "Spawn" series, among others) into a fairly lucrative career designing and producing action figures. His McFarlane Toys brand has created action figures for dozens of licensed properties, but the company is best known for its SportsPicks line of... figurines.

I don't know who oversees the NBA releases, but that person needs to be fired post-haste - this Michael Carter-Williams figure is terrible. Quite frankly, it doesn't really look anything like him whatsoever, but it's a hell of a start on a Damon Jones figure. More importantly, someone at McFarlane Toys would be smart to put an embargo on Sixers' figures all together - this would have been real awkward to see in Toys 'R Us this November if MCW had been traded on draft night (like he thought he might be).


The tradition of Liberty Ballers-related draft parties continues. #TogetherWeBuild

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