Kevin Durant says Ben Simmons has leg up on other rookies

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Kevin Durant says Ben Simmons has leg up on other rookies

Kevin Durant joined The Ringer’s Bill Simmons for another episode of the latter’s podcast and Philadelphia 76ers rookie Ben Simmons came up.

Before the topic of this year’s rookie class was broached, KD and Simmons go over the Kyrie Irving-Isaiah Thomas trade (KD believes anything Woj tweets), KD’s impressive social media presence, how big of an impact the James Harden trade had on his career, the Mayweather-McGregor fight, some ghost talk, some sneaker talk, and much more.

A reader submitted question asked KD what rookie he is most looking forward to facing this season.

Ben Simmons.

“I know he ain’t play no games but you been around the league for a year you know how it is. You got a leg up on the rookies. I’m looking forward to playing against him.”

Ben himself seems to have echoed that sentiment and has said as much to Philly fans about the work he's put in over the past year and the improvements he's made to his game.

Lonzo Ball is currently the favorite to win Rookie of the Year at +225, followed by Dennis Smith at +300, then Simmons at +500. Jayson Tatum is also at +500 and Simmons' teammate Markelle Fultz comes in next at +800. All odds via Bovada.

You can listen to KD on the BS pod below:

Carson Wentz delivers heartfelt message to Eagles and fans


Carson Wentz delivers heartfelt message to Eagles and fans

On the day he found out his season was over, Carson Wentz has vowed to come back stronger than ever. 

Wentz, who tore his ACL in the third quarter on Sunday afternoon, posted a video to his Twitter account on Monday night. 

In the video, he admitted he is going through a tough time but is using his Christian faith to get get through it.

"If we got everything we wanted in life," Wentz said, "it would be a disaster." 

Then, he had a message for his fans: 

"I can promise to everybody, all my fans in the Philly area, in the North Dakota area, all across this country, that this will not stop me going forward. I will come back stronger than ever. I will use this as motivation. And I will be attacking it, this whole process as I recover. 

"But at the end of the day, this year we still have something special. We just clinched the NFC East. That was Step 1 of our goals this season and we're just continuing on from there. I will be with the team along the way. I will be supporting them. 

"I have the utmost confidence in Nick (Foles) and the coaching staff and everybody else that they'll step up. We've been plagued with injuries all year long and it's just been the next-man-up mentality and that's going to continue. Nick's going to to an amazing job leading this team and I'm going to be there to help."

Watch Wentz's full message here: 

Brian Dawkins gives Eagles fans a pep talk on Twitter after Wentz injury

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Brian Dawkins gives Eagles fans a pep talk on Twitter after Wentz injury

Sunday was tough for football fans in the city of Philadelphia. Carson Wentz exited the game, walked off the field and into the locker room, and the mood was somber.

It didn't take long for reports to swirl that the Eagles feared the worst, that their MVP-caliber quarterback could be lost for the season.

The Birds went on to win the game but it was bittersweet without the prospect of Wentz leading them to the Super Bowl.

Star athletes from all of sports shared messages of support. From fellow star quarterbacks lost for the season like DeShaun Watson to brothers in the city who have dealt with injuries of their own like Joel Embiid, everybody hated to see Wentz go down.

You could feel the negativity oozing through the city.

Monday came and Doug Pederson confirmed what we already believed. Wentz was gone for the year and Nick Foles takes the job of leading the Birds to the promise land. Hope was dim but not extinguished.

Then Eagles Nation got the pep talk (tweeted) it needed from the one person who would never lie to them and only inspire them, Brian Dawkins.

Birdgang, Take Heart! Don’t bye into the neg emotions. @JordanHicks @DarrenSproles @ChrisMaragos Jason Peters & now @cj_wentz r leaders that continue 2 help us win by giving of themselves. WE will rally behind a confident #9 Do me a huge favor.. Rally & BELIEVE!!#FlyEaglesFly

I'm still bummed but Weapon X has me feeling a little better. The Eagles season isn't over just yet. It's time for Nick Foles to write a storybook ending.