Joel Embiid and Roger Federer are basically the same

Joel Embiid and Roger Federer are basically the same

Behold: Joel Embiid, two-sport athlete. The Sixers center participated in a 5-on-5 full-court scrimmage on Thursday — his first true practice or real NBA action since suffering a torn meniscus last season. This just days after the world discovered Embiid is also an avid tennis player, and to hear him tell it, one with Roger Federer-like ability.

Don't let the first few seconds of video fool you. Embiid's amateurish lobs quickly give way to some real smashes in footage that went viral earlier this week. There's some real power and torque coming off the 7-foot-0, 250-pounder's serve, so much so that for a moment, you're almost able to convince yourself he can go on tour.

Just get a load of this video taken by @DanielJLogan.

As with almost everything Embiid does in public, the footage drew quite a bit of attention. So while he practiced — and reportedly dominated the hardwood — on Thursday, the real question was how good is his tennis game really? Are the Sixers in danger of losing arguably their best player and a 23-year-old superstar to the ATP?

"It's really good," Embiid said of his tennis acumen. "I'm a really good server. They call me the black Roger Federer."

With 19 career Grand Slam titles, Federer is only the most successful and perhaps greatest single tennis player in history. In other words, we don't doubt for one second Embiid is basically just as good.

Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row


Watch: Chris Long gets heated with Rams fan in first row

Reporters at Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum pointed out the tremendous showing of Philadelphia Eagles fans on Sunday afternoon, with most saying their representation among Rams fans being guestimated at about 50-50.

So when Brandon Graham scored on a 16-yard fumble return for a touchdown as time expired, the Eagles defense attempted to do a Lambeau Leap-style celebration because there were so many Eagles fans in the front row.

Naturally, the few Rams fans nearby were understandably not down with it. NBC Sports Philadelphia's camera's captured footage of one Rams fan attempting to push Eagles defensive end Chris Long down.

Long is then seen having heated words with said fan. You may remember Long from earlier in the game when he forced Jared Goff to fumble in a game-changing play. I'd say Long likely won this battle of words.

The Eagles beat the Rams by a final of 43-35. You can watch the encounter below.

Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'


Shady McCoy calls Nick Foles a 'true baller'

Eagles fans were incredibly down Sunday night with the reports that MVP-candidate Carson Wentz could be lost for the season.

Nick Foles stepped out of the backup role and helped the Birds to a victory that clinched the NFC East championship.

Despite Foles stepping in to help the Eagles earn the win, the Philly fanbase is not sold on the former starter being able to fill Wentz's shoes.

One guy who does vouch for Foles, however, is his former teammate and perhaps the greatest running back in Eagles history, Shady McCoy.

"I played with nick he is a true baller [sic]," LeSean tweeted.

This isn't the first time McCoy has stated support of Foles. Following the 2015 season, McCoy vouched for Foles as a team leader.

"I like Nick. The person and player that everybody thought he was, he is," McCoy said. "There were a lot of injuries this year, Nick, obviously got injured. He gets all of the blame and he shouldn't. I think Nick's a good quarterback. He's the leader of our team. Just things didn't work out for him this year due to injury, but we've got his back. As a team, we didn't play well enough to win and to get into the playoffs."

McCoy obviously went on to play for the Bills and Foles departed the Eagles for the big green of the Rams.

Strange that Foles is back in Philly with a chance to lead the Eagles to a Super Bowl.

McCoy also offered congrats to his old team.


Here's a video of Wentz walking back to the locker room as well as footage of him heading out from the stadium.

Foles says he's ready:

Others offered their support for Wentz.