Joel Embiid sets record straight on his feelings on Lonzo Ball

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Joel Embiid sets record straight on his feelings on Lonzo Ball

While Joel Embiid's performance on the court hasn't been quite as dominant as Sixers fans had hoped for early in the season, at least JoJo is still in good spirits, having fun trash talking pretty much anybody in the league.

As we've said in the past, Joel Embiid is the Joel Embiid of trash talking

Hassan Whiteside was the first addition to the rivalry list, then Andre Drumond. Then just this past weekend, Embiid said he loves trash talking with Draymond Green. That didn't end very well for Joel on Saturday night, though.

But there's something unique to the way Embiid does it. There isn't a lot of vitriol in his words. He's more of a lighthearted trash talker who wants to dunk on you and then take you out for a Shirley Temple after the game to make fun of you for it.

It's not particularly better or worse than trash talk with some actual disdain to it. Heck, Embiid hasn't even played long enough to develop a real heated rivalry yet. It's just Embiid's nature to be friendly about it.

It looked like Lonzo and LaVar Ball could maybe have provided that rivalry early on when Embiid poked some fun at the Laker on draft night.

But even that hoped-for reheating of the once-great Lakers-Sixers rivalry has received a dousing of cold water and a sprinkle of love from Embiid.

ESPN's Ramona Shelburne spoke to Embiid about his feelings on the Lakers' rookie.

"I love Lonzo," Embiid told ESPN. "The whole situation with them, I think it's just fun. I love what he's doing, especially with his own shoe. He's staking his own place. People think I hate him, but I love him."

Ugh. I guess JoJo will leave the Lakers-hating up to us.

Embiid also said his draft night tweet was simply an attempt to be funny and that there's no hard feelings between him and the Balls.

The Sixers will take on the Lakers on Wednesday night at the Staples Center in LA where we'll get our first chance to see if Ben Simmons will actually dunk on Lonzo's head and how hard.

All eyes will be on LaVar when it goes down.

Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught


Watch Eagles roast Jay Ajayi after 71-yard run for getting caught

It's not everyday you see an Eagles player take the ball and run for 71 yards. So Philadelphia fans understandably went bonkers when Jay Ajayi did just that in the Birds' win over the Cowboys on Sunday.

It's also not that frequent that you see a dude get chased down from behind on such a play.

Sadly, the latter happened to Ajayi and his teammates let him hear it on the sidelines after. The fantastic Inside the NFL gave us an up-close look at the roasting.

You almost feel bad for Ajayi, like Kenjon Barner is laying it on a little too thick.

"You slow as $#@!," one player tells him.

"They're gonna lower my speed on Madden," Ajayi says.

Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

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Chip Kelly is going back where he belongs

After spending the year out of football, former Eagles coach Chip Kelly is returning to the sideline — and might be aligning with ex-Cowboys quarterback Troy Aikman in the process.

According to reports, Kelly is expected to accept a head coaching job at one of two college football programs. The decision is down to Florida and UCLA, and he is rumored to have already turned away other high-profile programs such as Nebraska and Tennessee.

UCLA may be Kelly's most likely landing spot at this point, with alumnus Aikman putting on a "full-court press," says ESPN's Mark Schlabach, and Florida supposedly wanting an answer ASAP.

Wherever Kelly winds up going, that should end his unsuccessful foray into the NFL once and for all. Consider this an obituary of sorts.

The move will cement Kelly as a "college coach," if his pro tenure hadn't accomplished that already. After guiding the Eagles to the playoffs and being named Coach of the Year in his first season, he missed the postseason the next two years and was fired. Kelly got the hook again after one miserable season with the 49ers, bottoming out with a 2-14 record.

There are no shortage of excuses for why Kelly flamed out in the NFL. Lack of talent — specifically under center — was certainly a factor, though his failed stint as the chief talent evaluator in his final season with the Eagles certainly contributed to that.

The simple truth is not everything that works in college translates at the next level, and Kelly never adjusted.

Kelly only turns 54 this week, so a return to the professional ranks years down the road isn't completely out of the question. After his last two trainwreck seasons in the league, it's difficult to imagine what an organization would still see.

Employing schemes that aren't suited to the team's personnel, calling the same 10 to 15 plays every game, eliminating the quarterback's ability to call an audible or even something as small as never using a snap count may work at university. Those concepts are fundamentally opposed to what has been successful in the NFL.

Honestly, it's kind of too bad. The Eagles could use that easy W on the schedule periodically.

Perhaps the Eagles should just be grateful to have survived Kelly's radical changes without overhauling the entire roster again, and somehow coming out better off for everything. After releasing DeSean Jackson, trading away LeSean McCoy, trading for Sam Bradford, and spending huge sums of money on the likes of DeMarco Murray and Byron Maxwell -- to name a few, and all in the span of a year -- the franchise easily could've wound up in the tank.

There's no denying Kelly looked like a genius while at Oregon, racking up 46-7 record and three top-five finishes in four seasons as head coach. Yet like so many college coaches before him, and many bound to come after, he was never destined for sustained success in the NFL.