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The Sixers' headband betting club that’s only ridiculous if you’re not a part of it  

The Sixers' headband betting club that’s only ridiculous if you’re not a part of it  

It’s not every pregame interview that I get Brett Brown to crack a smile, but when you can follow up with a question about his "defensive headband brothers," it makes it easy.

There’s a reason talking about Ben Simmons and Jimmy Butler wearing matching headbands makes the Sixers' head coach light up a little bit.

“Because I think the smallest and the most subtle, at times, of things can be a connection," Brown said, "and when I saw those two wearing them, there’s a spirit, a camaraderie, a connection.”

“When you wear a headband, you've got to do something extra special,” Butler said.

Butler claims wearing the headbands is Simmons’ call. Simmons claims that Butler said he would wear the headband if Simmons’ did. While who to credit or blame is still unclear, what we do know, is that it’s becoming quite the exclusive club.

“You've got to email me or Ben between 10:05 a.m. and 10:07 a.m.,” Butler said of other Sixers teammates wearing headbands. “We may answer, we may not answer, and if we don't answer, that means hell no.”

The headband club has since extended into making bets with each other before games (i.e. who will have more steals), something Butler has said he now plans to do throughout the year.

“I think whenever we’re leading the charge on the defensive end," Butler said, "everybody’s going to follow up, so if we make it a little extra competitive, we’re going to set the tone right.”

Butler owed Simmons “a little something” after Simmons finished with two steals against Memphis.

Brown approves. When he first noticed the headbands, he said he did a "coach pivot," and immediately connected the headbands with defense. After all, Brown had asked Butler to help grow Simmons defensively, maybe this was the first sign.

And, as far as the bets go, Brown loves it.

“That’s great,” Brown said laughing. “You know, I use the word gamify, anything you can turn something into a competitive environment. That’s Jimmy Butler’s spirit, you don’t coach that.”

The only problem is that not everyone can join the club. Take JJ Redick, for example, who seemed very confused when he was asked about the whole headband club/betting thing.

“It's a weird bet," Redick said. "Why the headbands? How do the headbands go with the bet?”

Redick waited for a legitimate answer from the media, but there was none to give.

“I don't know why you have to wear the headbands to make a bet," Redick said, "to make steals and blocks, I don't know. It's all a little far-fetched for me.” 

It’s a good thing Redick wasn’t set on being part of the club.

“No, JJ you cannot wear a headband,” Butler said before referring anyone else over to him and Simmons’ email.

Brown couldn’t help but chuckle when being told of the new rules, or the clubs exclusivity.

“If this exclusive group or club has got that type of parameters and lawyers or documents or legal people might have to come into all of this," Brown said, "then so be it. He’s the captain of the headband club.”

But wait, who’s the actual captain of the club. Ben or Jimmy?

That’s still up for debate.

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Suspect turns himself in after stealing Allen Iverson’s backpack with $500K of jewelry

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Suspect turns himself in after stealing Allen Iverson’s backpack with $500K of jewelry

A 21-year-old man is being questioned by Philadelphia detectives in connection with the theft of Sixers great Allen Iverson's backpack from a Center City hotel.

The backpack, which went missing Monday morning, contained $500,000 worth of jewelry, police said.

Police said the man turned himself into police on Tuesday. He is being questioned at the department's Central Detectives division.

Iverson's backpack was taken around 10:30 a.m. from the lobby of the Sofitel Hotel at 17th and Sansom streets, police said.

The Sofitel released a brief statement about the incident: "An incident was reported in the hotel lobby, which the local authorities are handling with full cooperation from the hotel. As always, the safety and security of our guests and colleagues remains our top priority."

Police have not released the name of the suspect as he has not been charged with a crime.

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Change the NBA logo to Kobe Bryant? Millions have signed petition asking for it

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Change the NBA logo to Kobe Bryant? Millions have signed petition asking for it

From touching tributes, to videos remembering his life and legacy left behind and all of the emotional and heartfelt posts in between, it’s safe to say Kobe Bryant has left a lasting impact on just about every person who knows his name.

More than anything though, he was a family man. It was always apparent that his wife and daughters came before everything else. When the world rushed to their televisions and phones while the devastating news was unfolding, it wasn’t memories of his best performances on the court that people remembered first  — it was the moments with his family, the wholesome video of him and Gigi courtside, any content that would bring a smile to someone’s face through the tears. If anything, the past few days has showcased the life he lived and how it was taken from him much too quickly.

Next from his family, was the absolute dedication he had to the game of basketball. As one of the most decorated athletes and notable names in the world of sports, an idea has sparked and surfaced on all ends of media to change the NBA logo, that currently displays the silhouette of former Laker, Jerry West, to Kobe Bryant.

It would be one of the most powerful tributes to immortalize an icon in sports … and even that is an understatement. Before sparking the debate of ‘should or should not,’  — looking back, West has also had a history of saying he believes the logo should change … and what better time to do so? No one captures the essence of the NBA like Kobe.

While this interview came out in 2017, it is as timely as ever and worth a legitimate discussion.

This petition has been circulating and in just two days, has been signed by over two million people. From the time I began writing this, to the time it was posted, there were over 140,000 additional signatures.

And the discussion has been just about everywhere you look.



There may be no better way to honor one of the greatest of all time.