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Mike Scott Q&A: Emoji tattoos, The Office, love of spiders and more

Mike Scott Q&A: Emoji tattoos, The Office, love of spiders and more

There’s a lot more to Mike Scott than The Office references and emoji tattoos (though we ask him about both!) 

He might not grab the headlines like The Bobi and Tobi show, but he’s got just as much personality. And he’s 100 percent authentic. By the end of our conversation, which is a mix of our own and fan questions, we hope you get to know one of the newest Sixers a little better. 

What was your first tattoo you ever got and why?

My first tattoo (points to his left tricep) was Laugh Now, Cry Later (seen in picture below). And I got it because, I just got it. I didn't really have a reason. I was just like, that's dope! I'm going to get that. I was in college my junior year, so I just got it. A couple of my friends had it already. It's a stupid reason, but that's why I got it, honestly.

Speaking of college, what was your recruitment process like with Virginia? Didn’t you commit to Temple?

I signed to Temple out of high school. John Chaney came to my house, ate dinner, came to my high school, watched me work out, I was locked in. My dad was like, yup, we're going to Temple. I signed. And then (Chaney) resigned, and I got out of there and went to Hargrave (Military Academy) and that's how I ended up going to Virginia. At the time, the head coach was Dave Leitao and then Rob, who recruited me, grew up in Virginia, and I liked the program. Two of my closest friends out of high school that were at Hargrave, they were going to Virginia for football, so it was perfect. 

You were a big Allen Iverson fan growing up. Do you have a favorite A.I. moment?

Gotta be when he took that team to The Finals and they won that first game and he hits Ty Lue with the (Mike completely lights up here as he mimics A.I., imagine sound effects and all), and then stepped over him. How can you not like that? He did all he could with that team. They still got beat pretty bad 4-1, but they won the first game. A.I. is from the crib, he from VA so I'm always a big A.I. fan no matter what.

What is something you are obsessed with outside of basketball?

Video games. I'm a big video gamer. NBA2K. Fortnite. Call of Duty.

Favorite movie?

I have 10 of them. I count Bad Boys 1 and 2 as one movie. Napoleon Dynamite. He Got Game. Paid In Full. Scarface. Belly. Above The Rim. National Security. Boyz n the Hood. Life, Eddie Murphy and Martin Lawrence.

If you were not a professional basketball player, you would be _______?

Damn, I was always a fan of barbershops. You always need a haircut. I like kids, so maybe something with kids, coaching kids. I like to reach out to kids because I feel like I can relate to them. Daycare center. You always need someone to watch your kids and you always need a haircut.

How do you like your Philly cheesesteak?

I haven't had one yet since I've been here, but I guess how everyone eats it. Regular. Onions, peppers. What everyone eat, I'ma get that. I'm going to try it all.

Most listened to song right now?

Future's new album called The WZRD.

Biggest pet peeve?

People who do too much. You don't have to do too much, just be humble, I'll say that.

The most asked questions I got from fans were reference to The Office. Are you annoyed by all The Office references all the time?

Nah. I never watched it in high school and when I got to UVA for college, I started catching on to the jokes and was like, I guess I've got to start watching this show. It's more sarcasm, dry humor, my speed, I liked it.

The follow up from the fans, do people actually call you...

(At this point Mike finishes my sentence for me.)

The Threegional?

I mean online, but not like, ‘Hey Mike, The Threegional!’ Nah, they just call me Mike. Or emoji man or something.

Anything you're afraid of? Like spiders or anything?

I actually like spiders. I have a spider on the back of my neck (which he shows me), and I have a spiderweb (*points to the tattoo on his elbow).

Why do you like spiders?

I don't know. I just f*** with them. When I was little, I found a black widow under my steps in my backyard and I caught it, and I trapped it in a little jar. Of course it died. And I don't know, I just always ... it's weird, man, it's weird. I don't like snakes. I don't like sharks. I don't like cats. Too mysterious, can't read 'em. But I like spiders. It's weird, I know. 

Top 5 favorite emoji tattoos?

Of course, my favorite is the eyes 👀, so many meanings. (Mike peruses over his arms, searching for the rest of his favorites) I've got my two girls right here 👯 Twin nieces. Of course, the middle finger, two tickets to the gun show (flexing biceps at this point). And, I do not care at all (which is symbolically inked with three emojis, an eyeball 👁, a donut  🍩 and a carrot 🥕).

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Nike knock-offs and 'Jesus Shoes' — the strange and fickle sneaker world

Nike knock-offs and 'Jesus Shoes' — the strange and fickle sneaker world

The sneaker world can be a strange and fickle place. One minute you’re plunking down beaucoup bucks for the shoes you’ve been saving for, the next minute you find out your prized kicks are actually knock-offs from the black market.


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Hey, it happens more often than you think. That scenario unfolded just this past week when almost 15,000 pairs of fake Nikes didn’t make it through customs at LA/Long Beach Seaport! A smooth $2 million plus of fake Off-White Jordan 1’s, Jordan 12’s, Jordan 11’s and Air Max ’97’s, all shipped from China in two containers labeled napkins.

You would probably need two containers of napkins to dry your tears if you put up a stack and a half for a pair of shoes that turned out to be just some Bobos with a fake swoosh. Ugh.

On the flip side, even when you are at an authentic retailer or website — deftly prepared with your credit card information at the ready, not even a freshly refreshed website is the right formula to bring home the shoes you’ve been plotting on for weeks, months or even years.


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Take, for instance, the $3,000 “Jesus Shoes” Brooklyn-based MSCHF put out last Tuesday, which sold out in mere minutes. The designers bought less than two dozen pairs of white Air Max 97’s for retail price, then transformed them by adding holy water blessed from the Jordan River (with some dye added to make the color more vibrant) in the sole of the shoe. They inscribed a Bible scripture in the side (Matthew 14:25, which chronicles Jesus walking on water) and added a mock blood drop on the tongue of the shoe to signify the blood of Christ. Not to mention, a crucifix interspliced through the laces, a red sole to mimic the red shoes worn by many popes and some type of frankincense accent. Crazy.

I personally have about a $200 budget on any pair of sneakers, so you won’t see me paying for wheels that go above $220 retail. Good luck to all of you who back up the Brinks truck for those crispy grails and the hypebeasts who live on the resale market and buy out releases in minutes.

May your toe box never crease and your laces stay clean.

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Sixers are No. 1 in Zach Lowe's NBA League Pass Rankings for second year in a row

Sixers are No. 1 in Zach Lowe's NBA League Pass Rankings for second year in a row

The upcoming NBA season promises to be an entertaining one. Anthony Davis, Kawhi Leonard and Paul George are among the new arrivals in Los Angeles, Russell Westbrook is teaming up with James Harden in Houston and Zion Williamson is poised to rock rims.

And, according to ESPN's Zach Lowe, the most watchable team in the league this season is the Sixers. They're No. 1 in his NBA League Pass Rankings for the second consecutive season. The Lakers, Bucks, Clippers and Nuggets round out the top-five teams. 

Lowe's rankings grade each team in five categories: Zeitgeist, highlight potential, style, League Pass minutiae and unintentional comedy.

What makes the Sixers deserving of the No. 1 spot?

The Sixers are so weird, big, goofy and loaded with personality -- well, one mega-personality -- they repeat as League Pass champions despite losing the high-wattage curiosity factor of Markelle Fultz," Lowe writes. "I didn't think it was possible.

Lowe goes on to call Joel Embiid "the best trash-talker in the league," raise some interesting questions about how the team's gargantuan starting lineup will play together and highlight "exciting prospects" Matisse Thybulle and Zhaire Smith.

He doesn't even mention Mike Scott, who's hit a game-winning shot during the playoffs, taken a sip of a fan's beverage during a live game and said at media day that, while he's "not trying to be an enforcer ... when the bulls---- happens, I just react on that." There's also James "Ennis the Menace" Ennis, who savors attacking the offensive glass and said this summer the Sixers "can walk to the Finals in the East," and Kyle O'Quinn, who throws delicate bounce passes and enjoys attending Bar Mitzvahs.

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