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Tobias Harris Book Club: What is the Sixers' bookworm reading?

Tobias Harris Book Club: What is the Sixers' bookworm reading?

Tobias Harris reads books.

You may have heard this from Mike Scott, or you may have noticed that Harris is constantly carrying books on his way to Sixers games.

Harris told Sports Illustrated back in 2015 that he likes to read before games because it increases his focus level, and he's been known to frequent book stores while on the road, like when he and Matisse Thybulle visited Manhattan's Strand Bookstore in January:

With the NBA's All-Star week upon us, fans - and most players - have some extra time on their hands. You can bet Harris is using this free time to squeeze in some more reading.

I, a scholar, used some of my free time to dive through Harris's Instagram page, looking for photos of the books he's been reading since he joined the Sixers last season.

Below, you'll find the Tobias Harris Book Club, a running list of the books Harris has read during his time in the league, whether identified through Instagram photos or interviews, or by Harris himself. The book club will be a living document, which will update every time a new book appears in Harris's hands.

Feel free to send any new books you find to adam.hermann@nbcuni.com, or @adamwhermann on Twitter.

  • The Wisdom of Insecurity: A Message for an Age of Anxiety by Alan Watts (via Twitter)
     
  • Pete the Cat: I Love My White Shoes by Eric Litwin (via reader Martha / Twitter)
     
  • Just Breathe: Mastering Breathwork for Success in Life, Love, Business, and Beyond by Dan Brulé (via reader Ryan / Instagram)
     
  • Irresistible: The Rise of Addictive Technology and the Business of Keeping Us Hooked by Adam Alter (via Instagram)
     
  • Can't Hurt Me: Master Your Mind and Defy the Odds by David Goggins (via Instagram)
     
  • Capitol Men: The Epic Story of Reconstruction Through the Lives of the First Black Congressmen by Philip Dray (via Instagram)
     
  • Stillness Is The Key by Ryan Holiday (via Instagram)
     
  • The Water Dancer by Ta-Nehisi Coates (via Instagram)
     
  • The Wall Street Journal Complete Money and Investing Guidebook by Dave Kansas (via Instagram)
     
  • The Yellow House: A Memoir by Sarah M. Broom (via Instagram)
     
  • Never Eat Alone: And Other Secrets to Success, One Relationship at a Time by Keith Ferrazzi (via interview)
     
  • The Greatest Salesman In The World by Og Mandino (via interview)
     
  • Between The World And Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates (via Twitter)
     
  • The Abolition Of Man by C.S. Lewis (via Twitter)
     
  • There Is No Next: NBA Legends on the Legacy of Michael Jordan by Sam Smith (via Twitter)
     
  • Tears We Cannot Stop: A Sermon to White America by Michael Eric Dyson (via Twitter)
     
  • What Is The What by Dave Eggers (via Twitter)
     
  • Extreme Ownership: How U.S. Navy SEALs Lead and Win by Jocko Willink and Leif Babin (via Twitter)
     
  • Effortless Mastery: Liberating the Master Musician Within by Kenny Werner (via Twitter)
     
  • Becoming Wise: An Inquiry into the Mystery and Art of Living by Krista Tippett (via Twitter)
     
  • Blood Brothers: The Fatal Friendship Between Muhammad Ali and Malcolm X by Randy Roberts and Johnny Smith (via Twitter)
     
  • The Lost Education Of Horace Tate by Vanessa Siddle Walker (via Twitter)

NBA rumors: Insider has a couple of trade targets in mind for Sixers

NBA rumors: Insider has a couple of trade targets in mind for Sixers

The Sixers’ substantial commitments to Al Horford, Tobias Harris, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons limit their options moving forward.

However, NBC Sports National NBA Insider Tom Haberstroh does have a couple of trade targets in mind for the team this offseason.

He thinks Nets wing Joe Harris, the NBA’s leader in three-point percentage last season, should be a player of interest. 

Harris will be an unrestricted free agent and the Nets will have his Bird Rights, which means they’ll be able to go over the salary cap to re-sign him.

The Nets could orchestrate a complicated Joe Harris sign-and-trade to get him to Philly but it would likely require Philly giving up an asset like Matisse Thybulle in the deal,” Haberstroh writes. “It’s hard to see the pathway to get a Harris-(Tobias) Harris swap (Tobias makes $34.3 million next season), but the Sixers should at the very least kick the tires on what it’d take to acquire the best free agent shooter on the 2020 market. 

For as elite a shooter as Joe Harris is, that does not sound like a good deal from the Sixers’ perspective — at all. Tobias Harris, in the first year of a five-year, $180 million contract, has averaged 19.6 points, 6.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists. He’s not an All-Star, but he’s a well above-average player who also helps bind the team together with his leadership. Thybulle is a talented young defender potentially under team control through the 2022-2023 season. The Sixers could use more shooting but this particular idea, in our view, is not the right way to acquire it.

The other name Haberstroh raises is veteran Kings forward Nemanja Bjelica.

If Bjelica hadn’t made a last-minute reversal in 2018 free agency, he'd be on the Sixers right now,” he writes. “Bjelica is due $7.2 million next season and the Kings have an interesting offseason ahead with Bogdan Bogdanovic being a restricted free agent. Trading for Philly’s (Josh) Richardson could be a fallback option if Bogie’s pricetag gets too high for Sacramento’s liking.

Engaging with the Kings would certainly make sense. Harrison Barnes and Buddy Hield are two other players it would be logical to consider.

Richardson is under contract for 2020-21 and then has an $11.6 million player option the following season. While he hasn’t fit as well as the Sixers hoped in his first season here, his perimeter defense remains valuable. One imagines the Sixers could get a better return for him than a 32-year-old stretch four. 

You can read Haberstroh’s full piece on the Sixers, including some of the major questions facing the team heading into the playoffs, here

And, if you’re interested in more national discussion on the Sixers, Haberstroh and ESPN’s Pablo Torre discussed the team on the latest episode of The Habershow podcast. Torre still believes in the potential of the Simmons-Embiid duo and finds watching Horford play on the Sixers “infuriating.”

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Sixers Talk podcast: Ready or not, here come the Celtics

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Sixers Talk podcast: Ready or not, here come the Celtics

On this edition of the Sixers Talk podcast, we discuss our concern over Joel Embiid's health, the OKC pick conveying, the first-round matchup vs. the Celtics and much more.

(0:52) — Short night (and negative X-rays) for Joel Embiid.
(9:00) — Thanks to Mike Muscala, the Sixers have a first-round pick.
(13:37) — What will Brett Brown do with the rotation?
(27:26) — Pressure on Brown coaching against Brad Stevens, Celtics.
(39:47) — Confidence in pairing of Shake Milton and Josh Richardson?

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