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Kentucky star Kevin Knox thinks he would fit with Sixers

Kentucky star Kevin Knox thinks he would fit with Sixers

CAMDEN, N.J. — Kevin Knox looked up at the banners towering over the Sixers practice court from the rafters as he made his way over to address the media. 

“A lot of great guys, some of the best players of all-time, people that I look up to,” Knox said. “It’s good to look up there because that’s kind of where you want to be some day. So that’s what I'm working for.”

Knox is beginning his NBA journey projected lottery pick in next week’s draft. The Sixers, who hold the No. 10 pick, got a closer look at the 6-foot-9, 215-pound forward Friday in a group workout.

“He walked into the gym, it’s not hard to see the intrigue with his size and mobility, his frame,” senior director of basketball operations Vince Rozman said. “He’s 18, so there’s a lot to develop from.” 

Knox averaged a team-high 15.6 points along with 5.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists in 32.4 minutes last season at Kentucky. He was selected to the All-SEC First Team and named SEC Co-Freshman of the Year with Alabama guard Collin Sexton. 

Knox shot 34.1 percent from three in college. He was focused on showcasing his range (see video below) and believes he made a positive impression on the Sixers. 

“They’re really interested in me,” Knox said. “They love my game, they love the way I can shoot the ball. That’s something they really like to do is shoot a lot of threes. My versatility, being able to take guys off the dribble is something that would complement really well with Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. So that’s kind of the message they have for me, being able to come in with tenacity, play with fight, play with energy. 

“That’s kind of how Philadelphia plays. They love guys that can really shoot the three, that’s something Brett Brown is really big on so that’s something I really came in to show today.”

When it comes to where he sees himself playing in the NBA, Knox is honing in on the small forward position. He discussed his potential fit when he met with Brown.  

“I want to play the three,” Knox said. “That’s something that a lot of guys have me projected playing the three. Coach really liked that. He really wants me to play the three if I come here. So that’s kind of the mentality he wants me to have -- be able to come in and be able to guard threes, be able to take guys off the dribble, pick-and-roll and be able to shoot threes. That’s kind of the message he had for me.”

Knox has one workout remaining with the Hornets before draft night on June 21.

The Sixers also hosted Missouri forward Jordan Barnett, Cincinnati guard-forward Jacob Evans, Kentucky forward Wenyen Gabriel, Arizona State guard Tra Holder and Rhode Island guard E.C. Matthews in Friday’s workout. The team holds the 10th, 26th, 38th, 39th, 56th and 60th picks. 

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Sixers' Jimmy Butler and Nets' Jared Dudley fined for roles in Game 4 skirmish

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Though an executive has been suspended for Game 5 of the Sixers’ first-round series against the Nets — Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks, for entering the referees' locker room following Game 4 — both Jimmy Butler and Jared Dudley will be eligible to play.

Butler has been fined $15,000 for his part in Game 4’s third-quarter melee, while Dudley has been fined $25,000.

It’s hard to argue with the description that Dudley “escalated an on-court incident” by pushing Embiid after he took exception to his Flagrant 1 foul on the Nets’ Jarrett Allen. 

And though it’s difficult to imagine Butler or the Sixers simply accepting Dudley’s shove of their star center, the explanation that Butler “escalated it further” is accurate.

The league seems to be acknowledging Dudley played a more central role in the incident by giving him a larger fine. Unfortunately for the Sixers, both players received equal punishment on Saturday — ejections.

Embiid, appreciative of Butler sticking up for him, told reporters in Brooklyn Saturday night he would pay Butler’s fine. 

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Nets general manager Sean Marks suspended one game, fined $25,000 for entering referees' locker room after Game 4

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The Sixers might have felt aggrieved Saturday after the third-quarter confrontation that resulted in the ejections of Jared Dudley and Jimmy Butler, a trade-off that favored the Nets.

But, after the Sixers pulled off a 112-108 Game 4 win without Butler, it was a member of the Nets’ organization who wanted to see the referees.

Brooklyn general manager Sean Marks has been suspended for Game 5 and fined $25,000 for entering the referees’ locker room after the game, the NBA announced Sunday.

According to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, Marks was upset over Joel Embiid's Flagrant 1 fouls in Games 2 and 4 not being adjudged Flagrant 2s. A Flagrant 2 foul is an automatic ejection.

Caris LeVert and Dudley had expressed their displeasure with Embiid laughing as he apologized postgame for his Game 2 elbow to Jarrett Allen's face. Embiid reiterated his apology before Game 3, saying he didn't mean to make light of the situation and that he'd texted Rondae Hollis-Jefferson to again let the Nets know he was sorry.

After his foul on Allen in Game 4 that kickstarted the scuffle which resulted in Dudley and Butler's ejections, Embiid immediately pointed to indicate he'd gone for the ball.

While Elton Brand will be watching at Wells Fargo Center on Monday night as the Sixers look to advance to the second round, Marks will have to watch elsewhere as his team tries to bring the series back to Brooklyn. 

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