Media day is a lot of things. It's a time for new players and local media members to begin a working relationship that may last days, months, or years. It's time to unveil rosters and give local fans chances to meet the new guys. It's a chance to generate buzz and make big promises. But most importantly, it's a time for weird pictures. Here, we spotlight the best (and worst) of those.
If Furkan is Batman, who is Robin?
Furkan Aldemir is hilarious in his own right, but local media were quick to ask about Dario Saric, presumed good buddy (they share an agent), because they're both Eastern Europeans. Except not actually because Aldemir is from Turkish province of Izmir, which is in Asia.
Aldemir also spilled on Dario Saric, as captured by the crowd at Media Day:
Furkan Aldemir also said that in talking to Dario Saric, he could see in Saric's eyes how badly Saric wants to ultimately play in NBA.— Brian Seltzer (@BrianSeltzer975) September 28, 2015
Crimes against Humanity and Spongebob
I think I'm going to cry pic.twitter.com/xv6TWPwFjA— Max Rappaport (@MaxRappaport) September 28, 2015
JaKarr Sampson is, like, 93% less endearing without the 'do. Come on JaKarr! Why would you do something like that? The only thing that could redeem this if you came back with actual point guard skills!
We all should take more pictures with dogs
Get your squad right.......#SixersMediaDay pic.twitter.com/yUeNbEJYVP— Franklin (@SixersFranklin) September 28, 2015
I want more happy pictures of Sixers with Franklin.
Jerami Grant doesn't have time for "earthly" things
Water on Mars— Jerami Grant (@JeramiGrant) September 28, 2015
I think this could be a beautiful friendship
FIFA 16 hard as hell to play. @JoelEmbiid whoopin my asssss— Kendall Marshall (@KButter5) September 29, 2015
The reasons behind Joel Embiid having enough downtime to be a video game champion set aside, I can only imagine how hilarious, and how sore of a winner, Embiid can playing video games against his teammates. He's probably spent more time playing FIFA than I have writing for this site, cumulatively. But a Joel Embiid-Kendall Marshall best friends series will make me happier than almost anything else in the world can.
Even Jim Mora thinks this is ridiculous
Young Sixers are thinking big. "We all want to try to make the playoffs," Jahlil Okafor said. http://t.co/JseO1C1vBi pic.twitter.com/j4lCe54NK8— Comcast SportsNet (@CSNPhilly) September 29, 2015
I love preseason optimism.