Rising Stars Challenge
Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric competed as members of Team World in the 2018 Rising Stars Challenge on Friday night. Similar to the All-Star game, the Rising Stars Challenge shouldn’t be taken too seriously. With that said, the Sixers promising young talent was evident.
Simmons tallied a stat line of 11 pts, 6 reb, 13 ast, 4 stl. Saric dropped 18 pts and tacked on 5 ast. Embiid only played 9 minutes to score 5 points, but he also did this:
L'Unico acuto di @JoelEmbiid stanotte, uno solo ma di livello #KickstartRisingnStars #SPin ️ #Dunk pic.twitter.com/UBGfZmaPzA— NBA-Evolution (@NBAEvolution) February 17, 2018
Team World came out on top of Team USA, 155-124. The Sacramento Kings’ Bogdan Bogdanovic took home the MVP award for the game.
Embiid competed in the Skills Competition Saturday night, facing off against Lauri Markkanen. Markkanen bested Embiid ever-so-slightly, nailing the final 3PT as Embiid missed his. The 20 second or so round, though, sparked some controversy.
During the chest pass phase of the competition, Embiid missed his first attempt at passing the ball through the hoop. Then, he basically dropped his final two balls on the floor and advanced to the next phase without ever putting a ball through the hoop.
Embiid was accused of cheating, but in fact, he’s simply a genius.
How can you make a pass if all three balls are gone? pic.twitter.com/o7Eunz0lBW— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) February 18, 2018
All-Star Game 2018
Ben Simmons’ All-Star snubbing left Sixers’ fans with only Embiid to root for during the All-Star Game. But only one Sixer’s participation provided enough entertainment for the entire city of Philadelphia as Joel did Joel things, trolling Russell Westbrook during the game.
Embiid’s Team Stephen fell to Team LeBron, 148-145. The Process had 19 pts, 8 rebs, 1 ast and 2 blk in 20 minutes of playing time.
JJ Redick is under criticism for a video released Friday night. In the video, various NBA personnel wish fans a happy Chinese New Year. During Redick’s portion, he appears to use a racial slur.
On Sunday, Redick responded twice through Twitter. The first time saying, “Just saw a video that is being circulated of me wishing a happy new year to NBA fans in China. Clearly I was tongue tied, as the word I purportedly said is not in my vocabulary. I’m disappointed that anyone would think I would use that word. I love & respect our friends in China”
Later, Redick again issued a statement:
Please read. Thank you. pic.twitter.com/phL6v7Voeb— JJ Redick (@JJRedick) February 19, 2018
LeBron to Philly Confirmed
Not really. But Ben Simmons did post an Instagram photo that, if you try hard enough, could convince you the Sixers are LeBron’s next destination. The picture includes Simmons and LeBron, with a caption referencing the start of the NBA’s free agency period.
.@BenSimmons25’s Sunday instagram post is drawing a lot of attention. #Sixers fans hope it means their squad at least has a chance to lure @KingJames when FA begins on July 1. But could it be that Simmons is just having fun? #TimeWillTell pic.twitter.com/3vWdL6VFJr— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) February 18, 2018
2019 NBA Champs.
Oh... Fergie, no!
Fergie is being charged with first degree murder for her role in the homicide of the National Anthem.
Ben Simmons Appeared on The Jump
Simmons’ discussed the two sides of Embiid’s personality, team leaders and the Sixers’ playoff aspirations.