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Chris Long defends LeBron James after attack from Fox News host

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Chris Long defends LeBron James after attack from Fox News host

Chris Long is beloved by Philadelphians for much more than rocking a full-lenghth faux fur during the Eagles' Super Bowl championship parade. Most in Philly respect Long because he is one to speak his mind on whatever topic he sees fit. He's also a man of action, not just talk.

So when Fox News host Laura Ingraham attacked LeBron James and Kevin Durant for expressing their views on Donald Trump, Long stood up for his fellow athletes.

"Keep the political commentary to yourself, or as someone once said, 'shut up and dribble,'" Ingraham said.

As someone who hears "stick to sports" on a regular basis, this commentary hit close to home for the Eagles defensive end.

Long took exception and wanted to point out some of the people Ingraham's own network has on for their own political commentary. He launched into a Twitter thread pointing out some of the political experts.

Sixers one of the favorites to land LeBron, per Bovada

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Sixers one of the favorites to land LeBron, per Bovada

The Cavs made every effort at the trade deadline to convince LeBron James to stay, trading away half of their team — mostly ineffective veterans — for younger, more athletic players who actually care about playing defense.

Remains to be seen whether that's enough to convince The King to stay in Cleveland. If it's not, the Cavs are going to be in truly awful shape with a bunch of bloated contracts still on the books.

Bovada released its odds Friday, the day after the trade deadline, regarding where LeBron is for Game 1 next season. The Rockets lead the pack, while the Sixers are tied for fifth.

Here's the list:

• Rockets: 5/2
• Cavs: 11/4
• Lakers: 5/1
• Warriors: 6/1
• Sixers: 10/1
• Pistons: 10/1
• Timberwolves: 12/1
• Spurs: 14/1
• Bucks: 15/1
• Knicks: 16/1

Some thoughts on these odds ...

It's pretty silly to give the Sixers the same odds of landing LeBron as the Pistons. Yeah, Detroit has Blake Griffin now, but it also lacks max cap space and is not even close to an appealing destination. At that point, why wouldn't LeBron just stay in Cleveland?

The Sixers remain an intriguing, logical option because of their cap space and young talent. Only a few teams will have the cap space this summer to hand out a max contract. The Sixers, Lakers, Bulls and Hawks are four of them, and you can bet the Bulls and Hawks will not be spending money, nor are they attractive. 

As for the Lakers, the only way LeBron is going there is if they can also sign another star to a max deal — which, at this point, pretty much means Paul George. There's been reported interest from George for years of returning home to L.A., and carving out cap space for a second max deal this summer was certainly why the Lakers traded Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance to Cleveland on Thursday. But wouldn't you think the Cavs would have to have a good idea that LeBron is *not* going to the Lakers to even consider making that trade? If he does end up going there, the Cavs are going to look incredibly bad.

The Rockets could free up enough money to sign LeBron only if they're somehow able to get off of Ryan Anderson's $20 million annual contract, which at this point is close to impossible. Still, Houston makes the most sense because it's such an appealing place to play.

The Warriors thing isn't happening, I'd bet my life savings on that. LeBron has absolutely nothing to gain by going there. The same could have been said for Kevin Durant, but he went there to chase the championship that had eluded him his entire career. LeBron's already won multiple times. Plus, the Warriors would have to get rid of Klay Thompson to make it happen and he might be a better fit for them anyway.

Perhaps the odds change as the season wears on, but as of now this is a good price if you believe LeBron is really coming to the Sixers. They should probably have shorter odds than both the Warriors and Lakers.

Sixers stand pat, but still impacted by trade deadline moves

Sixers stand pat, but still impacted by trade deadline moves

It was a quiet trade deadline for the Sixers, but plenty of deals were made that could impact them this season and beyond.

The Sixers (26-25) did not make a move before the 3 p.m. cutoff on Thursday. The team feels good about the current roster and is approaching a favorable schedule after the All-Star Break. They will face sub.-500 opponents in over half of their remaining regular season games.

That being said, the Sixers still will explore possible targets on the buyout market that could help with a postseason push. The playoff eligibility waiver deadline is March 1.

This trade deadline was different for the Sixers compared to last season in that they were looking to enhance the roster versus unloading it. A year ago the focus was resolving the logjam at the center position with Nerlens Noel (traded to the Mavericks) and Jahlil Okafor (traded in December to the Nets).

The Sixers were eyeing a boost for the bench. No player is averaging more than 7.1 points in a reserve role. Brown noted the need specifically for long-range contributors. The Sixers are tied for 17th with the Knicks for three-point shooting (36.0 percent).

“I feel like what I am always trying to challenge myself with is, how do you help your bench?” Brett Brown said Tuesday. “How do you help us score more? I think the interest of shooting, probably, some more threes interests me. It’d be great if we could make some of those as well. But I feel like perimeter shooting, me helping my bench score, those types of things come to my mind.”

Two names that circulated around were veterans Tyreke Evans and Marco Belinelli. Both would have been a fit to amp up the Sixers’ offense, but neither were traded. The Grizzlies were asking for first round picks or more, according to multiple reports. Alex Kennedy of HoopsHype reported the Grizzlies inquired about Dario Saric during talks.

The Cavaliers made the biggest splash at the deadline. They traded, well, seems like just about everyone besides LeBron James. They first sent sent Cav-for-less-than-a-season Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye and their own 2018 protected first round pick to the Lakers in exchange for Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr.

The Cavs weren’t done there. They sent Dwyane Wade to Miami for a reunion with the Heat. The Cavs also made a three-team trade with the Jazz and Kings, acquiring Rodney Hood and George Hill while sending Jae Crowder and Derrick Rose to the Jazz and Iman Shumpert with a 2020 second-round pick to the Kings.

So what does all this mean for the Sixers? The Cavaliers looked to improve their roster, which has been hitting rocky skids, and could be a potential first-round playoff opponent. The long-time implications are more significant: what does this mean for LeBron James? Will he see a bright enough future to stay in Cleveland, or could he be lured to another team, including the Lakers with available cap space, and open up the opportunity for teams like the Sixers to move up in the East?

The most immediate effect could be what the addition of Wade does for the Heat. The Sixers currently are one game behind them in the playoff standings and face the Heat two more times this season.

The Sixers kept their roster intact at the trade deadline, with perhaps their most sought-after piece already on the team. Whether or not they added a player on Thursday, the most anticipated addition to the court remains Markelle Fultz.