The Philadelphia 76ers had a rare contest on national television last night, which is a bit of a blessing and a curse. Sixers fans miss out on the great calls of Marc Zumoff and have to deal with the ramblings of Reggie Miller during game action, but we're also treated to Kenny Smith, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, and Shaquille O'Neal giving their zany takes during breaks.
We didn't get a ton of Sir Charles' views last night but Shaq weighed in with a very interesting comparison for the Sixers' young studs.
"Chuck said it at the beginning of this year, I didn't believe him," Shaq said. "But the Philadelphia 76ers are must-see TV right now. I'm looking at the chemistry of Simmons and Embiid, it reminds me of a young Penny and a young Shaq."
If anyone would know, it's Mr. O'Neal.
But Shaq isn't the first to make the comparisons to those old Magic teams. Markieff Morris of the Washington Wizard said similar things after going up against the Sixers a couple of weeks back.
"I think Embiid and Ben Simmons can be like Penny and Shaq," Morris said.
"Dominance is the thing I'm talking about more than the game. Of course, they've got different games but the dominance is being shown by both of them," he said.
I think both Morris and Shaq are right. It's more about the duo's dominance and chemistry than the actual style of play. Shaq was more brute force whereas Joel has some handle and finesse with "soccer feet" as Brett Brown likes to say.
The young duo are still trying to find ways to put it all together. Despite having impressive individual performances last night, they couldn't out-duel a relatively weak Lakers team.
Dwyane Wade torched the Sixers in Game 2 in Philadelphia on Monday.
Following the big win, Wade said it was comedian Kevin Hart sitting courtside that helped motivate him.
The two took to Twitter to continue their trash talk where Wade pointed out that Hart couldn't be in Miami for Game 3.
That didn't stop Hart from making his presence felt down in Florida. Hart had an airplane fly a message, "Kevin Hart was here," along with a trust the process and Mountain Dew hashtag.
Here's what Hart had to say about it on his Instagram:
Even tho I didn't make it to Miami I felt the need to make my presence felt....Swipe thru my pictures and look at the banner that I had flown across American Airlines Arena....I just wanted to let @dwyanewade know that I'm everywhere 😂😂😂😂 Let’s goooooooo SIXERS!!!!!! Major thank you to my @mountaindew family for helping me pull this off last minute!!!!! #Philadelphia #Playoffs#MountainDewKickStart #TrustTheProcess... that’s what #TTP Means just in case u didn’t know!!!!!!
Did the sky message spook Wade? The Heat legend got off to a slow first half, shooting 0 for 4 from the field with a couple of free throws, but his Heat held a one-point lead at halftime.
Expect Hart to keep the chatter going throughout the series and beyond. That guy likes to talk.
The Philadelphia Eagles won the Super Bowl.
Just wanted to remind any of you who may have forgotten. I know it's not likely, but you never know. There are some weirdos in the world.
And not only did the Eagles win the Super Bowl, they just put together a 45-minute documentary with inside access to the team that only they could provide.
It's titled, "All We Got. All We Need.: 2017 Philadelphia Eagles Season," and you can watch it right now for free on YouTube.
From Doug Pederson speaking to his players at OTAs in the spring — "what are you willing to give up starting today so that we can hold that trophy high come February of next year" — to Doug after Brandon Graham's strip of Tom Brady — "we got the ball! we got the ball! we got the ball!" — this covers all of those amazing moments.
"Eagles fans everywhere, this is for you!" Merrill Reese exclaimed after the final whistle.