D’Angelo Russell just beat the Sixers at the buzzer, cursed on live TV, and then said "trust the process".— Michael Levin (@Michael_Levin) July 10, 2016
This does the game just about all of the justice it deserves. This was a game of wild dime-dropping, a Larry Nance-Jerami Grant dunk contest and nothing at all worth discussing in between. So instead of going into the nitty gritty of Brandon Paul's defensive technique, let's look at some vines.
Simmons finished with eight points, 10 boards, eight assists, three steals, two blocks and seven turnovers courtesy of some carelessness. But I'm not wholly convinced that there's a player Simmons couldn't hit on a baseline cut. He finds players not only before they're open, but before they even know they're going to be open. It's insanity.
Oh! And did I mention Jerami Grant crowned Ivica Zubac as New Frederic Weis?
Larry Nance answered, as Larry Nance does. Of course, with the help of Christian Wood's revolutionary interpretation of help defense.
(Do you get it? It's because he got out of the way. It wasn't help. He didn't help.)
And to cap it all off, we go to Philadelphia's favorite Almost Son, D'Angelo Russell.
Yep. That was it. Ben Simmons passed basketballs, Jerami Grant and Larry Nanced yammed on fools and D'Angelo Russell hit a dagger in your eye before pouring some Trust The Process Truffle Salt in the Jahlil Okafor draft night wound.
Summer league is the best. Philly's back at Thomas & Mack tomorrow to face off with Chicago at 8:30 on ESPN.
(Footnote: Don't let your Russell depression distract you from the T.J. McConnell dagger that never was.)