Ben Simmons didn't play a single minute in the NBA last season, so it's safe to say he's itching to get on the court.
And he's been putting in work.
Simmons showed off the results of some of that hard work on Monday in a series of Instagram posts. It's safe to say he's quite confident in the progress he's made during the offseason.
"Roughly a year since I arrived in Philly and some think I've stayed the same," he wrote. "I've had a year to learn, experience and development [sic] my game to the point where I'm ready grab this up coming season by the throat. Looking back now I would have killed the old me on the court. Philly, it's going to be a scary sight. Let's go!"
Simmons will be traveling to his home country of Australia next week before the entire Sixers squad gets back together to start work towards the 2017-2018 season in late August.
That hasn't stopped many people from speculating about the greatness that Philly fans could see in the coming weeks, months, and years.
Just the other day, JJ Redick said he believes the Sixers could grow into one of the elite teams in the NBA. Clearly Ben Simmons would need to be a huge part of that.
The Sixers' potential was discussed on the PST podcast just last week. Give it a listen below.
One of the things that I love about Joel Embiid is the fact that it seems like every day we find another reason to love him even more.
Today's entry comes from a profile in GQ magazine in which he talks about plenty of things. But it was one of the first things he was asked about his Twitter account that had me rolling once again.
How do you find out if one of [your tweet] has gone viral, then?
Joel: I think 90 percent of them [will be viral]. That’s the expectation.
Amazing. The thing is, I don't know if he's giving himself enough credit. ONLY 90%????
Oh, and he subscribes to the Jah Rule school of thought: WHO CARES?
"Then I had so much time, too, because I missed that whole year and the second year after, so I didn’t have anything to do," Embiid said. "[I’d] just go on social media and converse with fans, make crazy jokes, and tweet crazy stuff because I don’t care. I say whatever I want to."
His critique of other players' boring Twitter accounts is also incredibly on point:
What do you mean some guys are always tweeting the same thing?
Joel: Bullshit like, “Game Day!” “It’s a great game.” I don’t know. They’re all the same. It’s boring.
The whole Q&A is worth any Sixers fan's time just to get to know a little more about Jojo. Be happy he's ours. And pray he stays healthy so he can take his game on the court to the same level as his game off of it.
If you like penalties and hate the Eagles, you clicked on the right story.
Alleged Eagles hater Pete Morelli will be allowed to referee future Birds' games after the league found no signs of bias towards the Eagles.
How's this for bias? In a Week 6 win over the Panthers, the Eagles were flagged 10 times for 126 yards. Compare that to the Panthers' one penalty for one yard and you see the problem.
But it wasn't the first time Morelli got flag-happy against the Eagles. In Morelli's last 4 Eagles' games — all away from the Linc — his crew has thrown 40 penalties for 396 yards to opponents' eight penalties for 74 yards. I'm not a numbers guy, but something seems off here.
In true Philly sports fashion, the Eagles will now reach the Super Bowl where Morelli and Co. will be waiting to rain yellow on the field, leading to an Andy Reid-led Chiefs' victory where Reid orchestrates an efficient two-minute game-winning drive, perfectly utilizing all three timeouts.