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Joel Embiid looks like a beast in NBA 2K18 art trailer

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Joel Embiid looks like a beast in NBA 2K18 art trailer

I can't say I play many video games these days, but recent trailers for the NBA 2K18 game have me second-guessing that life choice.

The NBA 2K18 team released a video this week about the art direction and crazy details that go into the game. It's pretty remarkable how lifelike they make the players.

Joel Embiid is shown twice in the below video and looks like the beast we've all come to expect -- when he actually suits up and plays, at least. They also show a quick clip of Dario Saric, which shows off some of the nice detail in the Sixers' new Nike uniforms.

Embiid was pretty shocked when he learned that he was only rated an 86 in the game. He'll probably figure out a way to hack his own system to change that.

This Ben Simmons' rookie card is made out of gold and is crazy valuable

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Bleacher Report

This Ben Simmons' rookie card is made out of gold and is crazy valuable

Ben Simmons is already a treasure to the city of Philadelphia in his first season playing for the Sixers. But one of his rookie cards is literally worth a fortune.

Bleacher Report posted a fun story today about an Oregon man who spent $129 for a box of high end Panini Gold Standard cards with the hopes of finding a card that is actually made of gold -- like, the metal.

The collectible world has apparently been searching for the unfound Simmons' rookie. And then... Like the Sixers in 2016 with the No. 1 overall pick, Wendell Williams hit the lottery.

Williams broke open the box his son had chosen, and as he flipped through, he found what everyone was seeking. A one-of-a-kind 2016-17 Ben Simmons Panini redemption rookie card made out of 14-karat gold—a holy grail in the basketball card community.

A month has passed since he hit the luck of the draw, the card-collecting forums barely containing themselves, and Williams is receiving offers of nearly $100,000 for his discovery. For now, he's turning them all down, waiting on the right price.

He has the card listed with a $150,000 "buy it now" option but says in the article that he doesn't even know if he'd take that. He's already received offers close to six figures.

It makes me wonder if my personal stash of Clarance Weatherspoon rookies is still in my parent's basement somewhere.

An Eagles draft with less despair than usual

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An Eagles draft with less despair than usual

The NFL Draft is an important time for every team, every year. There’s also no denying it’s less consequential for the Eagles in 2018 than any other point in franchise history – or at least feels that way.

That’s obviously not an attitude the front office was taking while preparing for this draft, nor is it the approach decision makers will use when they’re on the clock. There’s always room for improvement, and the Eagles perpetually have one eye on the future.

But outside the secret underground bunkers deep beneath the NovaCare Complex where the Eagles’ draft boards are set, not everybody views this year’s class with the same sense of urgency.

How can you? The Eagles currently own just one pick in the first three rounds, which means they will largely be bystanders during the first and second rounds of the draft. And the one selection they are schedule to make is the 32nd and final pick in the first round, greatly reducing the odds it will be an impact player.

Trades are inevitable as the Eagles try to add more choices – that perhaps more than the names of the players chosen might be the main source of intrigue. Still, there’s only so much the club can hope to accomplish with such limited firepower to start with.

There aren’t many areas a rookie would be expected to come in and produce immediately on this squad, anyway. I’m not sure if you heard, but the Eagles just won the Super Bowl and are set to return starters or regular contributors at every position.

Even from the simple standpoint the Eagles are finally world champions, the pressure is off compared to previous years.

None of which is intended to imply the draft isn’t of immense value to the Eagles since they lack picks, or holes, or because the fanbase is temporarily placated. Clearly, it would be a huge help if the front office hits on No. 32, or any of their five picks between rounds four through seven.

The Eagles can’t possibly depend on that happening, either. The prospects are already a lot more hit or miss by the end of the first round, after you’ve waited four hours. By the fourth, only the true draftniks or serious college football fans will recognize many of the names.

And that’s okay. In fact, it’s better than okay. For the first time since NFL draft coverage became a thing, there’s no need to obsess or despair over what the Eagles are going to do.

Partly because the Eagles can’t do much – partly because they’ve already done what they needed to do.