Joel Embiid's new backup wasn't very fond of the Sixers' star center when he wasn't his teammate.
The Sixers will eventually acquire Mike Muscala from the Atlanta Hawks as part of a three-team trade involving Carmelo Anthony (see story). The trade is not official yet.
As is the case these days with social media, players' old takes resurface and Muscala is no different — except this time, it's not old tweets from a teenaged Muscala.
Appearing on the Road Trippin' podcast (h/t Jeff McMenamin and Pro Basketball Talk) on Feb. 13, 2018, Muscala, then with the Hawks, said the following:
I don’t like the Sixers.
I just don’t like them. I just feel like they talk a lot of s—, especially Embiid.
I understand there’s going to be some trash-talking. But I just feel like — I don’t know. Sometimes, I just — I respect players that just let their play do the talking. And I think sometimes, it just gets excessive, especially with Embiid.
I don’t think it’s a bad thing for the league. I think it’s entertaining, and I think people can feed off of that. In a weird way, I respect him for being to do that, because it takes a lot of guts and confidence, at the same time.
One important thing to note here. Muscala and Embiid were not teammates at the time and anyone who has watched Embiid play basketball knows he's a trash-talker. Of course, his opponents are not going to like it.
Embiid played just one game against the Hawks in 2017-18. He scored 21 points, 12 rebounds and six assists in 30 minutes on Nov. 1, 2017. Muscala? Just two points in 22 minutes.
Yeah, it's pretty clear who had the better stat line. And you can bet Embiid was chirping the entire game. Who could blame him?
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If there are any words in the English language that can be blended into a better sentence than "the Eagles won the Super Bowl," it's this:
Brian Dawkins is a Pro Football Hall of Famer.
Dawkins will officially be inducted into the Hall of Fame on Aug. 4 in Canton, Ohio. But on Wednesday, Dawkins received his final fitting of his Hall of Fame gold jacket just in time for the Fourth of July.
You'll get to see Dawkins wear that beautiful, beautiful jacket during his Hall of Fame speech. We all can't wait.
There will be plenty of Weapon X material you'll be able to see if you make the trip out to Canton.
For all of that, you can click here.
Until then, re-watch Dawkins open up his Hall of Fame jacket. Weapon X didn't even need scissors. What a legend.
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This is taking food delivery a bit too far.
A woman suffered facial injuries when the Phillie Phanatic fired a hot dog into the crowd with his cannon during Monday night’s game at Citizens Bank Park.
“And then the next thing I know he shot it in our direction, and bam! It hit me like a ton of bricks. My glasses flew,” Kathy McVay, a Plymouth Meeting resident, originally told 6 ABC’s Sarah Bloomquist about the incident.
McVay said she went to a hospital and underwent a CAT scan to make sure that she didn't suffer a concussion.
“I have a small hematoma in my eye,” McVay said. “And mostly, it's going to get worse before it gets better. It's going to go down the side of my face.”
Per the report, the Phillies did reach out to McVay to apologize and “the Phanatic feels terrible about what happened” (although we’re not exactly sure how he explained that sentiment).
To her credit, McVay understands the ridiculous nature of her injury and is taking it all in stride.
"When I tell my brothers, they started laughing," she said to NBC10. "It's funny, it's a story I can tell people. My only thing is just to warn people just to be careful. Because you would think you'd get hit by a baseball instead of a flying hot dog."
Now that the public knows she’s OK, McVay can bank on people getting a decent laugh out of this one.