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Source: Sixers rookie Zhaire Smith set to make debut with Blue Coats

Source: Sixers rookie Zhaire Smith set to make debut with Blue Coats

It may not be the debut he was looking for, but it appears Zhaire Smith will play professional basketball in 2019.

The 16th overall pick in the 2018 NBA draft will make his debut with the Sixers’ G-League affiliate, the Delaware Blue Coats, on Friday if everything goes according to plan, a team source confirmed Tuesday to NBC Sports Philadelphia.

The Philadelphia Inquirer's Keith Pompey first reported the story.

Smith was originally drafted by the Suns out of Texas Tech, but was traded to the Sixers in a draft-night trade. After participating in the Las Vegas summer league, Smith suffered a Jones fracture in his left foot while working out in August.

After successful surgery, Smith had to undergo a thoracoscopy because of issues related to a food allergy. The procedure caused Smith to lose weight and his physical condition deteriorated.

Smith has been working out with the Blue Coats and has also spent time with the Sixers recently. Brett Brown has noticed that Smith is still equipped with his crazy athleticism, one of the biggest reasons — along with his on-the-ball defense — he was a first-round pick.

"It’s great to see him sort of run around,” Brown said last week. “There is a bounce. There really is a bounce. He looks good physically. When that translates into him playing G-League-type stuff, I still don’t have any comment on that. But it’s great to see him run around.”

With just 21 games remaining on the schedule, it’s not likely that Smith will be able to help the Sixers this season. Still, it’ll be good to see Smith back on the floor with his medical issues behind him.

And it’ll give the Sixers a glimpse of what they can expect next season.

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Sixers Talk Podcast: Is Tobias Harris worth a max contract?

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Sixers Talk Podcast: Is Tobias Harris worth a max contract?

On this episode of Sixers Talk, Danny Pommells and Paul Hudrick react to Joel Embiid getting on the NBA's Second Team All-Defense. Did he get disrespected at all?

How far away are the Sixers from winning the Eastern Conference? Which players do they need to bring back?

The guys disagree whether Tobias Harris should get offered a max contract. Also, how much belief is there in Elton Brand?

1:00 - Embiid getting disrespected on the All-NBA teams?
4:30 - Who should be First Team All-NBA?
10:00 - Can getting snubbed help Embiid?
15:00 - How far away are the Sixers from winning the East?
19:00 - Which players do the Sixers need to bring back? Is Harris worth max money?
24:00 - Biggest offseason priorities (after Jimmy Butler).
40:00 - How much faith do you have in Brand?

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Kevin Hart curses at Drake over Sixers' loss to Raptors

Kevin Hart curses at Drake over Sixers' loss to Raptors

Kevin Hart is somewhat polarizing around the Philadelphia sports scene. You like him because he's "from here" and pulls for our squads but you hate him because he's something of a mush.

Fans had petitioned him to stay away from the Sixers during their playoff run — which he mostly obliged — but he still took some blame for who-knows-what-exactly after Philly fell to the Raptors in seven.

Anyway, Hart visited "Live with Kelly and Ryan" this week and they spoke at length about the tough series loss to the Toronto Raptors and also the roll Drake played in it.

"[Drake] wanted to bet on the series and I didn't because he doesn't pay," Hart said. "I think my frustrations from the past is probably what brought some of the negativity into this series. If I had a bet, we probably would have won. Because I didn't bet, he reversed me. He hit me with a reverse-woo."

"You know what's bad," Hart continued. "I didn't even go to the series. I didn't go to no games because I'm so superstitious. I went to games last year and then we lost to Boston."

Then they discussed Drake "cursing" the Sixers by wearing a pair of 76ers shorts during the series. 

"[Drake] wore our team shorts because he's a jerk," Hart said. "He put the reverse on himself because everybody was saying whoever he roots for loses. I should have done the same thing, I should have put on a Toronto Raptors uniform and I didn't. I let my city down. I let my city down."

The segment ended with Kelly and Ryan asking Hart to share a message directly with Drake, who watches regularly. You can watch the whole segment and Hart's very colorful parting message below.

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