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JJ Redick says Sixers in position to grow into 'one of the elite teams in the NBA'

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JJ Redick says Sixers in position to grow into 'one of the elite teams in the NBA'

Philadelphia 76ers fans are quickly learning what hardcore NBA fans have known for years: JJ Redick is great on podcasts.

The Sixers' splashy free agent signing joined the HoopsHype Podcast with Alex Kennedy on Friday to talk about his adventurous offseason, joining the Philly franchise, and becoming a key piece of the Process.

They covered a ton in the hour-long chat, but it was the part about joining the Process in its still relatively early stages on a one-year deal instead of "ring chasing" that jumped out to me.

"The opportunity to be a part of something that’s been built from the ground up and to be joining it at a pretty opportune time, for a team on the rise especially in the East, there’s an opportunity for us to make a jump," Redick said.

"As these guys get older and get more experience, I think there’s an opportunity to make a leap and really be one of the elite teams not only the East but in the NBA. That’s a credit to Sam Hinkie, Bryan Colangelo, and to their owners."

Sounds good to Sixers fans, I'm sure. But what about the fact that he's only under contract in Philly for one season? If all goes well, that shouldn't matter.

"I have talked to Bryan Colangelo and the owners about a continuing relationships. I also understand given their cap situation and the age of their core, even if I do stay for 2-3 years it may only be on one-year deals. I understand that. The reality is if I play well and the team does well I think I’ll be back."

Not exactly groundbreaking news, but it's different hearing it straight from the three-point-shooter's mouth as opposed to Sixers' fans simply hoping it.

The next question would be what results would the Sixers have to see this coming season for it to be considered the team "doing well?"

Redick isn't sure exactly but he does expect the team to make the playoffs.

"I don’t think you can skip steps. I think the goal should be making the playoffs," Redick said.

"Is that an eight seed at 38-44 or is it a five seed at 48-34? I don’t know. I truthfully don’t know. On paper, the thing I like about our team is we have a lot of skillets that compliment each other."

Redick spoke glowingly about Brett Brown and how he's the right guy for the job at hand. He spoke about joining a team full of millennials and having to learn about Migos and how to bond with them. It won't exactly be conversations about the different wine regions around Burgundy, France.

The whole thing is worth a listen.

Some other highlights:

JJ on getting to know the younger guys and how he's leading

"It’s been great. I started texting Ben Simmons back in March or February. We have a mutual friend in Philly so I’ve gotten to know him a little bit. I’ve gotten to know Embiid. I saw him at the Steve Nash charity soccer game in New York and chatted for an hour and a half. That was like two weeks prior to free agency."

"Since Amir and I have signed there’s a little group chat that we’re all on."

"There’s only so much guidance I can give in text messages. The biggest thing for me is showing the routine of being a professional, getting guys to understand what it takes to win and also what it takes to last in the NBA."

Something awesome Brett Brown texted him

"Brett [Brown] texted me and was like, ‘The city will be on fire if we get this thing rolling.’ So I’m very excited."

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are click bait

NFL Referees Association: Pete Morelli criticisms are click bait

The NFL Referees Association responded to criticisms of Pete Morelli and his officiating crew, and in doing so, suggested Eagles fans and impartial members of the media have no idea what they are talking about.

Morelli has come under fire over the seemingly lopsided officiating during the Eagles' 28-23 victory over the Carolina Panthers in Week 6. The Eagles were penalized 10 times for 126 yards in the contest, while the Panthers drew only one flag for one yard, despite the appearance of committing many of the same infractions.

Since that game, a change.org petition moving to ban Morelli from working Eagles games in the future is approaching its goal of 75,000 signatures. Research also shows Morelli's crew has been calling penalties against the Eagles in disproportionate numbers for awhile now. In the last four games with Morelli, the Eagles were flagged 40 times for 396 yards, compared to just eight penalties for 74 yards against opponents.

Almost everybody seemed to be in agreement that the officiating was at the very least poor in the Eagles-Panthers game, if not biased. Everybody, that is, except NFLRA executive director Scott Green, who released a statement on Thursday.

Via ProFootballTalk:

“Claims like these demonstrate a fundamental lack of knowledge about NFL officiating,” Green said. “NFL officials are graded on every call made in every game. Missing a single one can hurt his or her ranking and may be the difference between working in the postseason or not. These recent attempts to sensationalize statistics and create click-bait headlines lack important context. Without the proper perspective, the information being pushed is completely misguided. The passion of NFL fans and teams are a big part of what makes the game so great. However, it’s no excuse for the irresponsible and baseless claims we’ve seen lately. NFL officials are committed to upholding the integrity of the game and do so every week.”

Lack of knowledge. Completely misguided. Irresponsible and baseless. You would expect the NFLRA to come to the defense of Morelli -- it's literally their job -- but insulting the consumers' intelligence along the way probably isn't the best way to go about it.

Is there anything sinister about Morelli's and his crew's officiating? Maybe not, but it doesn't take somebody who's gone through the NFL's (presumably) rigorous Officiating Development Program to watch two nearly identical plays called differently for two different teams within three hours of each other. Innocent mistakes or not, that's what appeared to happen on multiple occasions throughout the Eagles-Panthers game.

Instead of releasing overly defensive statements, perhaps the NFLRA should show video evidence why the calls against the Eagles were correct, and the eerily similar non-calls that went in the Panthers' favor were not. Because this responding to criticism with more criticism isn't changing any minds.

A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

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A surprising Eagle keeps getting drug tested

Jake Elliott has been a revelation for the Philadelphia Eagles after Caleb Sturgis went down with an injury early in the season.

But has he been too good...

The rook has made 12 of his 14 attempts for the Birds this season.

If you're looking for a good laugh today, go check out this reddit thread that starts with a photo from Elliott's Instagram story in which he points out he got flagged for his third drug test in two weeks!

The comment section is as good as a Jake Elliott 61 yarder.

"Well, he does bleed green...," abenyishay says..

"Is kickers doping really a thing?" ChaosFinalForm wonders, as do we.

What do you think? Just the way the random drug draw fell the last few weeks, or does the NFL think Jake Elliott is into something?