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Sixers notes, quotes and tidbits: Jerryd Bayless saga lingers into training camp

Sixers notes, quotes and tidbits: Jerryd Bayless saga lingers into training camp

CAMDEN, N.J. — There were 19 players in uniform for the Sixers during Friday’s annual media day and each one strutted through the team’s training facility eager to get the new season underway.

Well, maybe not all of them.

Jerryd Bayless was less than thrilled to be back in the building. The veteran guard found himself glued to the bench for most of last season and now enters the final year of his contract likely staring at a similar fate.

“It’s not a normal situation, that’s for sure. It’s not the easiest,” Bayless said. “This is business. I think sometimes that can get lost in the thought of basketball, but at the end of the day, this is business. I get it. I get it from both sides. I get it from their perspective and I get it from my perspective, so it is what it is.”

Despite not being projected to make an impact on the court, the 30-year-old Bayless doesn’t plan on being a distraction.  

“Truthfully, my relationships within this organization are great,” he said. “There’s obviously been some situations that haven’t gone well, but for the most part, if you go around with all the players and most of the people that are within this organization, I have great relationships. It’s not that Jerryd’s gonna change or I’m gonna change and I’m gonna do something crazy because a lot of these people I really respect.

“My role on this team obviously isn’t where I would want it to be and that’s part of it. It’s part of life. Things don’t always go the way you want them to. We’ll get through it. I’ll get through it and then figure it out.” 

Long time no see
NBA players jet all across the globe when the season ends. That means they don’t get to see teammates much throughout the summer.

It also means guys get set for fun reunions.

That was the case when Joel Embiid ran into fellow center Amir Johnson. Embiid stood off to the side while Johnson answered questions at the podium. Then the All-Star stepped in to whisper something in Johnson’s ear.

“You’ve got to say that again because Jo was just talking s---,” Johnson said with a smile.

The best re-introduction came when T.J. McConnell walked out of a room and spotted Embiid. He bowed and waved his arms up and down to indicate he was not worthy of the All-Star’s presence. 

Quotables
“As soon as I heard the news, I just thought about two years ago now I remember dunking on him. We actually talked about it when he got the job when I texted him. I just remember dunking on him really bad and I was like that’s crazy. That was two years ago. Two years ago, he was still playing with us and now he’s our GM. Much respect and I was happy for him.”

- Embiid on Elton Brand being named general manager

“I was able to go to Italy. I think it’s a pretty good upgrade from my last honeymoon. Spent about 12 days out there, so it was a pretty life-changing trip for us. A lot of water was drank and pasta.”

- McConnell on taking his wife on vacation after they spent their honeymoon last year in Camden

Fun fact
If you go by the Sixers’ training camp bios packet, veteran forward Wilson Chandler has about as many nicknames as tattoos.

Chandler’s nicknames include “Wil,” “Ill Wil,” “Kill at Wil,” “Wil the Thrill,” “Willie Blanco” and “Willie McFly.”

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

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Matisse Thybulle, Jonah Bolden and T.J. McConnell are vacationing together during All-Star break

Though the NBA All-Star festivities have officially come to an end, the Sixers aren’t set to play again for another three nights. When you’re an avid sports fan, that seems like an eternity.

What are Sixers fans supposed to do during this break while they wait for their favorite team to get back in action?

I suggest a daily dose of wholesome content.

Today's edition of wholesome content comes from a place of warmer weather, with Sixers old and new vacationing together.

That's right, Matisse Thybulle is currently on vacation with former Sixers T.J. McConnell and Jonah Bolden. The past and present of fan favorites have come together to enjoy the little break in their hectic schedules.

And by the look of things, they're definitely enjoying themselves with ... whatever they're doing here.

And when the players are on the court, fans care about their shoe choice  — so the same should apply off the court, right?

With that being said, Thybulle went with a white croc and is rockin' them. One might even say ... crockin' them. Yes, I actually wrote that.

Anyways, the Sixers are back in action Thursday night when they host the Nets. Then and only then will the bad puns stop ... maybe.

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The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

The fun Joel Embiid-Ben Simmons moment you might've missed during All-Star Game in Chicago

There’s been a lot made of Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons’ fit on the court. In the past, there have been rumblings of the pair not necessarily getting along off it.

During All-Star Weekend in Chicago, the pair seemed to get along swimmingly.

But there was this fun moment we likely all missed initially.

While it’s true that they’re very different people and may not be best friends, it seems like they have a mutual respect and admiration for one another.

Both players shined throughout the night. Simmons (17 points, six rebounds, five assists, two steals) put on a show during his first run, dunking everything in sight. Team Giannis basically ran their offense through Embiid (22 points, 10 rebounds, one ridiculous Dream Shake on LeBron) down the stretch.

Their chemistry appears to be growing. That could only help the Sixers as they look to go on a run in the final 27 games after the All-Star break.

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