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Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke to call fewer games together in 2018

Larry Andersen and Scott Franzke to call fewer games together in 2018

Next season was starting to look like such a promising year for the Philadelphia Phillies and their fans. A young core of players is finally emerging and beginning to excite on a nightly basis. But fans have already been dealt an early blow with news that Larry Andersen will call fewer games in 2018.

The move has reportedly been in the works for some time as L.A.'s desire to travel so often has decreased at the ripe young age of 64.

Exactly how many games he will miss in 2018 remains to be seen, but MLB.com's Todd Zolecki says there is still the potential Andersen only calls games at Citizens Bank Park.

"I really, as much as I love the game, I love the Phillies, I love being out here at the park," Andersen said on CSN's Philly Sports Talk, "I want to be able to do some things in the summer with my wife, with my kids, out west and I guess it was just time.

"I found myself getting a little grumpier on the road when things weren't going well and even with stuff not necessarily pertaining to the game. It got to be kind of a wear on me, but you know, I'm going to be 65 next May — don't tell anybody — and I just … now is a good time.

"Have some days off in the summer, where I can go do the things I want to do. I haven't had any significant time off in the summer in 48 years."

Regular listeners to Phillies radio broadcasts may have noticed some other familiar names and voices pop up during games this season. Doug Glanville, J.C. Romero, Kevin Stocker and Kevin Jordan have all been given a shot to call games, presumably in some sort of tryout-for-the-future capacity.

"It'll be the first time I'll have significant time off in the summer in 48 years," Andersen told MLB.com on Wednesday. "I'm just really getting tired of the travel. More than anything, I catch myself letting little things bother me on the road, even the game. You want to be home. Honestly, I find myself getting grumpy and I don't want to do that. It's not fair to the fans. It's not fair to the organization. I don't like being that way. It's my form of taking a chill pill, really."

L.A. letting little things bother him? Heck, isn't that half the reason many fans tune in to listen to his banter with Franzke in the first place?

Glanville has been praised for his insight on television and in print. But can he read a Home Run Payoff Inning promo with the sardonic beauty of L.A.?

Tune in in 2018 to find out.

Karl-Anthony Towns tried coming at Joel Embiid on Instagram ... and it was a mistake

Karl-Anthony Towns tried coming at Joel Embiid on Instagram ... and it was a mistake

Joel Embiid didn’t let back stiffness keep him from returning to the Sixers’ lineup on Tuesday with a dominant effort in the team’s 118-112 OT win over the Minnesota Timberwolves.

Embiid had 28 points (8 of 16 shooting), 12 rebounds and eight assists in a career-high 39 minutes. However, the big man’s best performance might have come on social media the following day.

On Wednesday, Embiid sent out a picture on Instagram and Twitter of him scoring a bucket past fellow center Karl-Anthony Towns during the victory.

Euro stepping our way through Minnesota and we ended up raising the cat last night #TheProcess

A post shared by Joel "The Process" Embiid (@joelembiid) on

Towns, who had 19 points and 16 rebounds in the matchup, had a response. But much like on the court, Embiid got the best of this battle too.

h/t Bleacher Report Twitter account.

M. Night Shyamalan says JJ Redick plays like he's 'at war' with himself

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M. Night Shyamalan says JJ Redick plays like he's 'at war' with himself

After pouring in 26 points during the Sixers’ 118-112 OT win over the Minnesota Timberwolves to close out a three-game road trip, JJ Redick took a brief break to drop off his latest podcast.

This edition’s guest was Timberwolves star center Karl-Anthony Towns. The two touched on a myriad of topics, perhaps the most interesting of which was a look at the inner workings of the mind of an NBA player.

Towns explained the origin of “Karlito,” an imaginary friend he developed at Kentucky that he talks to on the court for encouragement, to vent frustrations, calm nerves, etc.

That’s when Redick shared a story of one famous Sixers fan dissecting his own demeanor on the court.

“We have these breakfast meetings with the Sixers and this past week the movie director M. Night Shyamalan, who did Signs and Unbreakable [and] a bunch of other movies, he came and spoke to our team for about an hour,” Redick said.

“This is a guy who reads emotions. That’s what he does for a living. He tries to get actors to portray something and have it show up on screen and then sort of elicit an emotion. So he’s going through a few guys on our team, he’s a season-ticket holder of the Sixers [and] he sits courtside, so he’s going through and he’s talking about JoJo (Joel Embiid) and he’s talking about Ben (Simmons) and different things and he gets to me and he says to me, ‘When I watch you play, you’re at war with yourself.’ And I thought to myself that’s really (bleeped) up that he would say that in front of the team, but the other part of me was like maybe there’s some truth to that.”

Apparently it’s far from the first time someone told Redick he was inside his own head on the floor. The veteran sharpshooter said his father noticed those tendencies early on in his playing days.

“My dad knows me really well,” Redick said. “He knows how messed up I am in the head. He used to make me write head case on my shoes in high school. Some of my actual career highs in the NBA, as I’m setting career highs 27, 29, 31 [points], whenever I get to that level, I would always miss free throws. He would text me after the game and be like I know all you’re thinking about are the missed free throws. And I would be like, you hit it.”

Redick and Towns went on to discuss NBA unicorns, playing for Tom Thibodeau, the big man’s OCD tendencies and much more. Check out the entire podcast right here.