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LeBron responds to wooing billboards

LeBron responds to wooing billboards

When billboards were put up in Cleveland attempting to woo LeBron James to Philly, the obvious intention — other than publicity — was to get the King’s attention.

Well, mission accomplished. Here’s what James had to say about said billboards:

This obviously means that LeBron is signing with the Sixers. Book it. Clear your calendars. Buy your season tickets. IT’S ALL HAPPENING!

On a serious note, LeBron isn’t even sure where LeBron is going so don’t get too excited (or upset). So, yes, the King has seen your cries and he appreciates them. Will it be enough to lure him to Philly? We’ll see. 

Nets owner Joe Tsai fined $35,000 for public comments 'detrimental to the NBA'

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Nets owner Joe Tsai fined $35,000 for public comments 'detrimental to the NBA'

The Nets, a game away from being eliminated by the Sixers, have not been shy about voicing their displeasure with the refereeing in the series.

After general manager Sean Marks was suspended one game and fined $25,000 for entering the referees' locker room following Game 4, owner Joe Tsai expressed his support for Marks' actions.

Monday, the NBA fined Tsai $35,000 for public comments "detrimental to the NBA."

Tsai, the co-founder and executive vice chairman of Alibaba Group, owns 49 percent of the Nets. 

Marks, according to ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski, was "livid" that the Flagrant 1 fouls on Joel Embiid in Games 2 and 4 were not called Flagrant 2s, and wanted to send a message. Tsai wholeheartedly backed that message.

In the Last Two Minute Report from Game 4, the league said that the referees missed a foul by Tobias Harris on Jarrett Allen with 12 seconds remaining and the Nets looking to tie the game.

Nets players and executives have now been fined a total of $85,000 after Game 4 and its contentious aftermath (Jared Dudley — $25,000; Marks — $25,000; Tsai — $35,000). Jimmy Butler ($15,000) is the only Sixer to incur a fine from the league this series. 

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Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) listed as probable for Sixers-Nets Game 5

Joel Embiid (left knee soreness) listed as probable for Sixers-Nets Game 5

Joel Embiid was doubtful for Game 1 with left knee soreness, questionable for Games 2 and 3, and doubtful again for Game 4. For Game 5 of the Sixers’ first-round playoff series against the Nets, he’s checked off another injury designation — probable.

At practice Monday, Embiid told reporters of his status, “Gotta keep ‘em guessing.”

It’s clear at this stage how Embiid is listed in the injury report doesn’t reveal much. He played after being designated as “doubtful” for Games 1 and Game 4. He missed Game 3 after being officially questionable and saying pregame his knee was getting better “slowly but surely.”

Even he doesn’t seem sure of how his knee will respond on any given day.

“The body reacts differently every day,” he said Thursday. “I might feel good after the game and then in two days, maybe feel it. So I just gotta manage it.”

It’s still difficult to discern what the practical implications of managing his pain and maintaining his conditioning are for his game-to-game status.

If you believe the NBA’s official injury report, it means he’ll likely play Tuesday night in Game 5 as the Sixers, up 3-1 over the Nets, aim to advance to the second round.

At this point, though, Embiid and the Sixers have made it hard to put much stock in that report. 

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