Did dinosaurs really exist? JJ Redick and Kyrie Irving aren't so sure

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Did dinosaurs really exist? JJ Redick and Kyrie Irving aren't so sure

JJ Redick sat down with Kyrie Irving late on Thursday night after the Celtics put a whooping on the Sixers for the better half of a game in London.

Two of the NBA’s more interesting people talked about a ton of stuff, from conspiracy theories, to Duke basketball, to NBA super powers (like Kyrie's sick handle), to Kyrie's journey to Boston and his coach there.

The Ringer podcast wastes no time and jumps right into Kyrie's flat eartherism, which he admits may have been hastily stated after seeing some stuff on social media.

“The actual intent behind it, just do your own research,” Kyrie says to start off the podcast, never really saying whether he truly believes the Earth is flat.

The Sixers' shooter seems to be into conspiracy theories of his own.

“I think it’s good to question a lot of things,” Redick says. “I’m not entirely convinced that dinosaurs existed.”

In one 30-second span, the convo goes from “there was collusion” in the Trump-Russia situation to “have you seen the new Taco Bell commercial?”

These guys are out there.

And the conspiracy theories aren't limited to global conspiracies. JJ thinks he saw one in London last night as well during Philadelphia's loss to Boston.

“The one rim was so [bleeping] crooked,” Redick said of the hoops at O2 Arena. 

The one the Celtics shot at in the first half and the one the Sixers shot at in the second half. Kyrie didn't disagree.

They talk about some Duke stuff and Coach K., which I tuned out. Then they get into NBA Super Powers and Kyrie shares some interesting nuggets about how he developed his handle.

You can listen to the entire wide-ranging conversation below.

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.