Kevin Durant: 'Kyrie Irving is better' than Allen Iverson

Kevin Durant: 'Kyrie Irving is better' than Allen Iverson

Comparing teams and players from different eras has been a hot-button topic discussion in the basketball world recently.

Jordan vs. LeBron.

The 90s Bulls vs. these Warriors.

All debates that are tough to win because of how much the game has changed over the past couple decades, but also intriguing propositions that are near impossible to stay away from. 

Now, freshly-crowned NBA champion Kevin Durant has offered up a new cross-era take for us to debate: Kyrie Irving is better than Allen Iverson.

The Finals MVP was a guest on The Bill Simmons Podcast on Tuesday and said Irving was a better all-around player than Iverson, including that the Cavaliers' point guard is a better ball handler than Iverson. 

“Kyrie is better than AI to me," Durant said, via SLAM Online's Ryne Nelson. "I’m going from like skill for skill. His handle is better. We might have to cut that out—I don’t want no problems with AI. Y’all might have to cut that one. I don’t want that to get out. I’m just saying I feel like Kyrie got more skill.”

This is a tough one. 

Both players have really similar games, each using their dazzling handles to excel in isolation scoring. Irving, now six years into his career, is probably the better pure shooter and has been a more efficient scorer to this point in his career, but he's also had the luxury of playing alongside LeBron James for the past three seasons. 

Iverson on the other hand didn't have the opportunity to play with another star until his age 31 season and was forced to carry more of the load with a lesser supporting cast until he was paired with Carmelo Anthony in Denver.

When Irving's career is over he very well could leave behind a better career than Iverson did. 

But no matter what Irving accomplishes, I'll take Iverson's handles every time. I mean, the guy pioneered the crossover in the NBA.

Does Durant need a reminder of this?

Joel Embiid expects 90 percent of his tweets to go viral


Joel Embiid expects 90 percent of his tweets to go viral

One of the things that I love about Joel Embiid is the fact that it seems like every day we find another reason to love him even more.

Today's entry comes from a profile in GQ magazine in which he talks about plenty of things. But it was one of the first things he was asked about his Twitter account that had me rolling once again.

How do you find out if one of [your tweet] has gone viral, then?

Joel: I think 90 percent of them [will be viral]. That’s the expectation.

Amazing. The thing is, I don't know if he's giving himself enough credit. ONLY 90%????

Oh, and he subscribes to the Jah Rule school of thought: WHO CARES?

"Then I had so much time, too, because I missed that whole year and the second year after, so I didn’t have anything to do," Embiid said. "[I’d] just go on social media and converse with fans, make crazy jokes, and tweet crazy stuff because I don’t care. I say whatever I want to."

His critique of other players' boring Twitter accounts is also incredibly on point:

What do you mean some guys are always tweeting the same thing?

Joel: Bullshit like, “Game Day!” “It’s a great game.” I don’t know. They’re all the same. It’s boring.


The whole Q&A is worth any Sixers fan's time just to get to know a little more about Jojo. Be happy he's ours. And pray he stays healthy so he can take his game on the court to the same level as his game off of it.

Eagles-hater Pete Morelli allowed to referee future Birds' games

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Eagles-hater Pete Morelli allowed to referee future Birds' games

If you like penalties and hate the Eagles, you clicked on the right story.

Alleged Eagles hater Pete Morelli will be allowed to referee future Birds' games after the league found no signs of bias towards the Eagles. 

How's this for bias? In a Week 6 win over the Panthers, the Eagles were flagged 10 times for 126 yards. Compare that to the Panthers' one penalty for one yard and you see the problem.

But it wasn't the first time Morelli got flag-happy against the Eagles. In Morelli's last 4 Eagles' games — all away from the Linc — his crew has thrown 40 penalties for 396 yards to opponents' eight penalties for 74 yards. I'm not a numbers guy, but something seems off here.

In true Philly sports fashion, the Eagles will now reach the Super Bowl where Morelli and Co. will be waiting to rain yellow on the field, leading to an Andy Reid-led Chiefs' victory where Reid orchestrates an efficient two-minute game-winning drive, perfectly utilizing all three timeouts.