All of the speculation regarding LeBron James potentially joining the Sixers in the offseason made Thursday night’s Sixers-Cavaliers matchup particularly intriguing.
How would James act on the court? How would the Sixers react to a guy they likely want to team up with next season?
Apparently, things are all good. Very good in fact.
Joel Embiid shared a few laughs with James during the Sixers’ 108-97 win and players on both sides showed genuine respect for each other despite the contest coming down to the wire (see observations). Well, until that little incident between Dario Saric and Jordan Clarkson in the final seconds (Saric later apologized).
Those good vibes extended to social media after the final buzzer.
Embiid got things started with a picture and a particularly interesting hashtag.
Although the big man later tried to walk back his intentions a little bit on Twitter.
“King James” got in on the lovefest with a touching Instagram post about his protege Ben Simmons.
Simmons was clearly touched and responded to James.
“Appreciate what you’ve done for the game, nothing but respect for you bro,” Simmons commented.
We’re not sure if this has anything to do with James possibly coming to Philadelphia or the players are all just having some fun at our expense. Either way, it’s fun to talk about.
Chase Utley is back for yet another baseball season and he's more business than ever.
After re-signing with the Dodgers in February for two more years, the 39-year-old is clearly still having tons of fun playing the game … well, fun in his own way, obviously.
Andrew Toles, a 25-year-old outfielder, gave us a glimpse into Utley's mystique within the Dodgers' clubhouse. We all know how well respected No. 26 is among his teammates, both former and current. In fact, his presence and example are significant reasons why, at his age, he's still playing in Dodgers blue after being acquired in an August 2015 trade with the Phillies.
Utley, in a hilarious segment on SportsNet LA's "Backstage Dodgers," jokingly showed his trademark stoicism with the cameras around and Toles looking to chat.
"That's what you call a role model. A baseball role model," Toles said. "You've got to have those. I wake up in the morning and I'm like, 'How can I be like Chase Utley today?' Because he's that guy. I want to be that guy, too, one day."
When Utley was wearing red pinstripes, just about every youngster playing baseball in the Delaware Valley was probably saying the same thing.
Jake Arrieta is the new guy in town. The mound at the ballpark in South Philadelphia will likely be a very comfortable place for him to go to work. But what about his family up in the stands?
Arrieta's wife Brittany took to Twitter to solicit advice from Phillies fans on what her and their son Cooper will need to know about Citizens Bank Park.
Already leary of the impeding snow in Philly this week, Brittany also asked about games, traditions and food that are important at Phillies games.
Some common themes included crab fries, Graham Slam Ice Cream, cheesesteaks, hot dogs, Bull's BBQ, the Phillie Phanatic, etc. But this wouldn't be Philly without some snarky answers.
Head over to Brittany Arrieta's Twitter acount to see all of the responses and offer some of your own. I recommend a grilled sausage and onions from near Ashburn Alley and a local brew. Enjoy.