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Expected top pick Markelle Fultz pays his first visit to the Wells Fargo Center

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The Sixers suffered a blowout loss to the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday night to better their chances at landing Markelle Fultz, with the expected number one pick in attendance at the Wells Fargo Center.

I’m not sure if he was appalled by their play, or appreciated their dedication to tanking.

Here’s everything that happened on Tuesday:

Fultz says “it would be cool” if the Sixers draft him

Fultz was kind enough to step away from all the action on the floor to talk to CSN’s John Clark. He also mentioned that he trusts the process, which just about every NBA player should at this point. Not a bad way to try an endear himself to Sixers fans.

The NBA stripped local broadcasters of their voting power for league awards

The league sent out a memo on Monday announcing the change, citing that allowing team broadcasters to vote is a conflict of interest. It certainly makes sense. With a lot of money on the line for players based on the type of accolades they win, taking away votes from people who may struggle to be impartial (and I imagine there’s a handful) is the right decision. Now if the league could just take away All-Star votes from the players...

Phil Knight says Nike has interest in signing Lonzo Ball, but not for $1 billion

In an interview with USA Today, LaVar Ball announced he wouldn’t take less than $1 billion on a sneaker deal for his three sons. While the youngest two are ineligible to sign a deal due to their amateur status, Lonzo will be. According to Phil Knight, Nike is interested in signing him, but for nowhere near that $1 billion figure. Talking sense into LaVar Ball doesn’t seem to be easy, and hopefully he doesn’t price his son out of what could still be a very lucrative shoe deal. However, things could get very interesting if LiAngelo and LaMelo both eventually make it to the NBA.

Aaron Gordon and Frank Vogel respond to the whiteboard picture

The photo embarrassed the Magic franchise and potentially insulted Gordon, perhaps the Magic’s most promising young player.

“It was definitely something that I wasn’t aware of before,” Gordon said today when asked about the dry-erase board’s content.

“It wasn’t for me to see, so for me to see something like that, it brings something that’s out of my control into my reality. But that’s neither here nor there. My plan and my focus is to play basketball and to enjoy the game of basketball. Anything other than that is out of my control. I love this organization and I’m going to continue to work hard and play.”

Russell Westbrook ties Oscar Robertson’s triple-double record

Indiana Lance Stephenson is back

Agitator Lance Stephenson is most certainly back

Be great today!