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Tobias Harris-Boban Marjanovic Q&A: Philly cheesesteak, hobbies, more

Tobias Harris-Boban Marjanovic Q&A: Philly cheesesteak, hobbies, more

By now, you’ve heard about "Bobi and Tobi," the legendary duo of Boban Marjanovic and Tobias Harris, a friendship that started in Detroit, blossomed in Los Angeles (see the Bobi and Tobi show!) and is now destined for new heights here in Philadelphia.

Everything you’ve heard about these two is true. Harris, a 26-year-old, 6-foot-9 small forward from Long Island, New York, and Marjanovic, a 30-year-old, 7-foot-3 center from Serbia, feed off each other in a way that I can best describe as something that just makes you feel good to be around.

I caught up with both of them to ask a series of random questions and I think after reading this, you’ll know exactly what I mean.

What are you obsessed with outside of basketball?

Boban: *Quickly* Food.

Tobias: That would be mine, too. *Turns to Boban* You're more obsessed with Counter Strike.

Boban: OK, cars.

Tobias: Mine is food.

If you weren't playing basketball, you would be _____.

Boban: The guy on the farm. A farmer.

Tobias: Principal at a school.

Boban: I'd be a prince of my ...*laughs too hard to finish his sentence*

How do you like your Philly cheesesteak?

Boban: Chicken, no onions, pickles and can I put ... ketchup?

Serena: It's however you like it!

Boban: Then yes.

Tobias: Steak, onions, peppers, cheese, little extra cheese, ketchup for sure.

Favorite book?

Tobias: I've got a lot. A lot ...

Boban: I hear that question often.

Tobias: I would say one of my favorite books is "Blood Brothers," a documentary about Malcolm X.

Boban: I don't have one, but it's funny because my wife loves Harry Potter and, not about the movie, but I know everything because we have a lot of those books and I know everything [because] she taught me. So that's *laughs* my favorite book. 

Biggest pet peeve?

Tobias: When this guy ...

Boban: *Cuts Tobias off* What is pet peeve? 

Tobias: Something that annoys you ...

Boban: Not sleeping on time, for him, not me.

Tobias: Yeah, if I'm woken up, like someone wakes me up or stops me from going to bed at the time that I'm supposed to ...

Boban (to Tobias): You tell mine.

Tobias: I don't know.

Boban: You see, you don't even know me! I hate when someone talks behind my back. And also rolling eyes ...

Favorite thing about Tobias?

Boban: I help him and he helps me. Mostly me helping him. *laughs*

Favorite thing about Boban?

Tobias: He's a nice guy. Very nice.

One thing you bring with you wherever you go?

Tobias: Cellphone.

Boban: Tobias! *The laughter has turned into a roar at this point, and they proceed to dap*

Are you afraid of anything? Spiders or anything like that?

Tobias: Yeah, all those bugs. All of 'em.

Boban: No bugs, but what is the name of the bird? *Boban makes a woooo sound at this point*

Tobias: Owl. 

Boban: I'm not afraid, but I don't like to see them. 

I’ll be honest, my cheeks hurt from laughing and smiling with these guys at this point. Sixers fans, we’re in for a fun rest of the season with these two!

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Sixers Talk podcast: Are the Sixers still a Finals contender?

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Sixers Talk podcast: Are the Sixers still a Finals contender?

The Sixers are off to a solid start for any team, but the Sixers were built to be a championship contender. Danny Pommells and Anthony Gilbert discuss that and who will take up the open role in the starting lineup on this edition of Sixers Talk, presented by Wilmington University.

• Are the Sixers still a Finals contender? (2:00)

• Who will move into the starters lineup in place of Al Horford? (6:34)

• Did the Sixers miss on the trade deadline? (10:31)

• This team lacks veteran leadership (20:42)

• Story time with Anthony Gilbert (29:03)

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Joel Embiid thinks idea he can't be effective with Ben Simmons is 'BS'

Joel Embiid thinks idea he can't be effective with Ben Simmons is 'BS'

Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons both rejected the notion that they’re incapable of playing together effectively Saturday at All-Star Weekend in Chicago. 

”I think it's BS, because when you look at the last couple years, the last two years that we've been playing together, it's not a problem,” Embiid told reporters, per ESPN’s Tim Bontemps. “This year it's only been a problem because our offense has struggled.

"It's definitely going to be better after the All-Star break. I mean, just look at the last two years, what we've been able to do. I think it can work, and it's going to work."

The Sixers were indeed very good when the pairing shared the floor the past two years. Lineups with Embiid and Simmons had net ratings of plus-15.5 in 2017-18 and plus-7.8 in 2018-19. This season, that number has dropped to plus-1.3.

"It takes time," Simmons said. "Not everything is perfect. Not everything works right away. I love playing with Joel. I think he's an amazing talent, a guy I respect for his game, and I know he feels the same way about me. We continue to go the right way. There's so many different things that we haven't tried. We've got a lot of talent. It's scary how good we can be."

On Feb. 5, Embiid suggested he was having to detract from his own offensive game for the greater good.

“How we played last year, obviously a different structure, the ball movement was better, and this year we've got different players,” he said. “I’ve sacrificed a lot, trying to make everybody feel comfortable, and that's normal.

“We've all got to sacrifice and if it means taking less shots just to make sure everyone is happy and keep winning, then that's what we've got to do. But at the same time, we've still got to understand what's going on around us and how we can help each other be better.”

Pertinent statistics don’t seem to support the idea that Embiid has had to sacrifice much. While his usage rate has dropped from 32.7 to 30.3, his post-ups per game are identical (8.1) and his three-point attempts per 36 minutes are nearly the same (4.6 this year, 4.4 last year). 

However, until Brett Brown’s major adjustment Tuesday night vs. the Clippers, he’d been in a starting lineup with Al Horford, a pairing that hasn’t been beneficial for either player. Embiid and Horford are the only Sixers' two-man lineups with at least 400 minutes together to have a negative net rating (minus-1.1) and have been poor offensively.

As for Embiid and Simmons, the two were strong against the Clippers, both personally and as a combination. They complemented each other well in the high and low post as Embiid had 26 points and nine rebounds and Simmons posted 26 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists.

Brown said it was “arguably the best game those two have paired up with” since he started coaching them. 

Simmons will be on Team LeBron and Embiid will be on Team Giannis for Sunday night’s All-Star Game. 



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