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Raising the cat didn't go so well for Ben Simmons

Raising the cat didn't go so well for Ben Simmons

Philadelphia 76ers fans love to #RaiseTheCat, but raising a couple of cats of his own didn't exactly go so well for Ben Simmons.

If you're a Sixers fan, you're well aware of the #RaiseTheCat movement that took over the Philly basketball world beginning last season. A couple of Sixers fans on Twitter, inspired by photos of Simmons with his two Savannah cats, started the craze of lifting their cats after a Sixers win.

The movement had momentum. The Sixers put it on T-shirts. There was even a #RaiseTheCat camera on the jumbotron at games.

People loved the cats.

Turns out, the cats were a little too... wild.

Savannah cats sure are beautiful animals. They were first bred in the 80s and are ancestors of the wild African serval. But they may be a little too wild. 

The Undefeated's Marc Spears wrote a piece today about Simmons' love of animals and goes in depth about his experience with the cats that inspired a city to get arm workouts in every time the Sixers won.

Turns out, they were a real pain in the butt for Ben's brother to deal with:

"So, we start with one. It’s all good and everything is cool,” the 31-year-old Tribe said. “Then Ben being the 20-year-old that he is, says, ‘He needs a friend. We need to give it a friend.’ So, he gets a male one this time. And this cat is crazy. It doesn’t want to eat. It’s hiding from us. Every time we go near it, it’s scratching. You can’t go near this cat. You give the cat a bowl of fruit and it’s clawing at your hand when you put the fruit down. It’s like a wild animal.

“We had them for about four or five months and I told Ben, ‘We can’t have these cats anymore. This is crazy.’"

Yep. Ben had to get rid of the cats.

But the story doesn't end there. There's a Planes, Trains, and Automobiles type incident to end the cat tale in which Simmons' bro had to take the cat to the airport and it gets out of its cage and bloodies him up pretty good.

So Simmons and Sixers fans have something in common. They appreciate the effort it takes to raise a cat.

JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

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JJ Redick responds to video in which he allegedly used racial slur

Updated at 12:50 a.m.

Early Sunday, a video surfaced on social media that appeared to put Sixers’ guard JJ Redick in an extremely poor light. Redick has since responded to clear up the situation.

Here’s what happened:

At about 8 a.m., a post appeared on Reddit showing a screenshot and caption alleging that Redick said a racial slur during a video from NBA players wishing Chinese fans a Happy New Year. The video caused a huge uproar on social media. If you wish to see the video, it is located here, at the top.

On the surface, without a response, it looked odd from the start. Redick, who we have come to know as a well-spoken individual who is typically very appreciative of basketball fans, isn’t someone you’d expect this from, let alone with a camera pointing directly at his face with an NBA microphone in front of his lips.

He offered this response on his official Twitter account, saying he was tongue-tied and had no intentions of saying what he did on the video.

Fans reacted on both sides of the issue, some still asking for an apology and others taking Redick for his word. 

On Sunday night, Redick followed up with a longer statement where he further explained himself and indeed issued an apology.

Please read. Thank you.

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Early Monday, Brooklyn Nets guard Jeremy Lin tweeted a statement saying that he spoke with Redick and believes the Sixers' guard didn't say a racial slur.

With the All-Star Break going on, Redick won’t be available for a few more days for the media to ask him about this. There’s a chance this story will continue into next week.

The Process is ready for primetime

The Process is ready for primetime

Basically, you saw everything you'd want to see from Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and Joel Embiid during the Rising Stars Challenge on All-Star Friday night, as they kept doing what they've basically done all February: winning. 

Ben Simmons was electric all over the court, ending with 11 points (5-5 FG, mostly dunks), six boards, a game-high 13 assists and a team-high four steals. A still-locked-in Dario Saric was the beneficiary of a handful of those dimes, ending with 18 points (7-11 FG, 4-7 3PT), three boards and five assists. 

Joel Embiid had an underwhelming stat line in his thankfully clipped playing time (just eight minutes after sitting out Wednesday's game — we'll see him more on Sunday), ending with just five points and two boards, and not exactly displaying the defensive dominance we're accustomed to from our big man. But the five points came on back-to-back possessions in the third, where JoJo nailed a top-of-the-break three and then scored on a dunk following a Fultzian spin move to the basket, showing the range of his skills in an appropriately breathtaking (and Internet-slaying) manner. 

And of course, the Sixers — I mean, Team World — won handily, outscoring Team USA in every quarter and ultimately triumphing 155-124. Even though Sacramento's Bogdan Bogdanovic took home MVP honors on the night for his white-hot shooting night (26 points on 9-16 FG, including a handful of Steph Curry-esque extended pull-up triples), I thought Simmons was the best all-around player on the floor, another thumb in the eye of the All-Star committee that snubbed him (four times!) for the proper game on Sunday night. 

Perhaps more importantly, the Sixers' presence just dominated the game altogether. Hell, they made up 3/5 of Team World's starting lineup — no other team had more than two representatives, across both squads, though the Lakers would have were Lonzo Ball available — and in the broadcast booth, the TNT guys couldn't stop talking about Embiid all night, comparing him to Hakeem and debating whether they'd ever seen a big man of his versatility before. 

And to think, this year they'll actually be represented on Saturday and Sunday, too. Hopefully Ben and Dario get a nice, relaxing All-Star break from here — they've certainly earned it — and now, it's Embiid's spotlight. The Process is ready for primetime, baby, and longtime Trusters should make sure to enjoy this moment as much as JoJo himself undoubtedly will.