Sixers sign Landry Shamet to rookie contract

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Sixers sign Landry Shamet to rookie contract

Both Sixers’ first-round picks in this year’s draft are now officially part of the team.

The Sixers on Wednesday officially signed Landry Shamet, the No. 26 selection in the draft. Terms of the deal were not disclosed. Two days earlier, they signed Zhaire Smith

Shamet, known for his sharpshooting and intelligent playmaking, averaged 14.9 points and an American Athletic Conference-best 5.2 assists per game as a junior at Wichita State, shooting 44.2 percent from three-point range.

According to Kevin Young, who will coach the Sixers in summer league, Shamet will play mainly as a two-guard, although he will get some minutes at the point guard spot as well. Shamet has experience at both guard positions in college, and that versatility is one reason he was attractive to the Sixers.

After four physical days of minicamp, Shamet is looking forward to summer league. The Sixers’ first game in Las Vegas is Friday at 7:30 p.m. against the Celtics. 

“Little beat up,” Shamet said. “Obviously, that was expected. It’s a physical game. But overall I feel really good, excited. [Wednesday] was probably our best practice yet, guys looked really good. We’re starting to click and gel and get to know each other really well. Overall, learned a lot and just excited to get out to Vegas.”

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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.