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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:

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

Eagles fans, get Malcolm Jenkins that petition on Pete Morelli

The online petition to ban Pete Morelli from officiating Eagles games is rapidly gaining signatures.

Count Malcolm Jenkins for one.

"I would definitely sign that petition if it came across my desk," Jenkins said with a laugh to NBC Sports Philadelphia's John Clark on Monday at the safety's Blitz, Bow Ties and Bourbon charity event.

The Eagles beat the Panthers, 28-23, last Thursday night despite a significant discrepancy in penalty yards. It was a game officiated by Morelli's crew — and you can see why that's notable by clicking right here.

"We felt like a lot of those were ticky-tack, or weren’t good calls," Jenkins said after the game. "For us, adversity is nothing new for us. We just kind of strap up and keep playing, and hunker down. We continue to play aggressively, that is the biggest thing. We don’t want that to take away our aggression, or our ability to make plays. So we just go to the next play."

What about the next signature? 

Eagles fans just need to get that petition to Jenkins' desk.

Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

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Dodgers fan wearing Chase Utley jersey catches Justin Turner home run ball for 2nd year in a row

Dodgers fans had a reason to be ecstatic on Sunday night after Justin Turner hit a walk-off three-run homer in the bottom of the ninth to beat the Cubs, 4-1, and give Los Angeles a 2-0 lead in the NLCS.

But not as ecstatic as one fan in particular.

Keith Hupp, a retired police officer and lifelong Dodgers fan, was waiting under the home run ball in the center-field stands and snagged it with his son's glove. He was also wearing a Dodgers Chase Utley jersey.

He even made the catch with his non-preferred hand.

“I’m a lefty,” Hupp said to J.P. Hoornstra of the Orange County Register. “I’ve dislocated my right shoulder so many times, I had to resort to my son’s glove on my left hand. So the last five or six home run balls I’ve caught, I’ve caught with my left hand.”

And the craziest part about this story is that it wasn't the first time it had happened. Hupp caught Turner's sixth-inning solo homer in Game 3 of last year's NLCS against the Cubs in almost the same place, the center-field stands at Dodger Stadium.

Although he has 24 home run balls in his collection, Hupp won't be keeping last night's game-winner. After making the catch, he gave the ball to a security guard, and was escorted underneath the stadium to meet Turner and make a trade with him. 

In a postgame interview with MLB.com, Turner said Hupp couldn't decide what he wanted for the ball right away. They exchanged information and agreed that Hupp will get back to Turner in a few days when he decides what he wants.

Twitter had some good responses to Hupp's memorable home run catch: