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Dario Saric takes NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of Month award for March

Dario Saric takes NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of Month award for March

Dario Saric on Monday was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for the second straight month. Buddy Hield of the Kings earned the Western Conference honors.

Saric averaged 18.4 points, 7.0 rebounds and 3.4 assists in 31.7 minutes over 17 games in March. He scored 20-plus points in seven of those games and scored in double-figures 15 times.

On March 24, Saric scored a career-high 32 points in the Sixers' win over the Bulls. That was part of a 22-game double-digit streak. Clarence Weatherspoon (41 games) and Allen Iverson (32 games, 26 games) are the only other Sixers rookies with a stretch that long.

The Sixers, to this point, have a sweep of Rookie of the Month honors. Joel Embiid won in October/November, December and January. After he was sidelined, Saric picked up the award in February and March. The Sixers are the first NBA team with two players winning the award more than once in the same season.

Saric has taken over from Embiid as frontrunner for Rookie of the Year. According to Bovada, he has 5/12 odds to win (see story).

Embiid even gave Saric an on-air endorsement for the award.

Zoo's Views: Jonah Bolden's unique path to the Sixers

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Zoo's Views: Jonah Bolden's unique path to the Sixers

On this edition of Zoo's Views, Marc Zumoff talks with Jonah Bolden, Sixers rookie forward. The two discuss what opening night was like for the rookie.

Bolden also talks about how he fell in love with basketball, why he decided to leave UCLA after only playing there one year, what it was like playing overseas and having to adjust to the language barrier playing in a non-English speaking country.

Also, his experience being a "draft-and-stash" player.

1:30 - Thoughts on his NBA debut on opening night.
4:00 - Knowing Ben Simmons in Australia.
9:00 - His father got him into basketball.
14:00 - His time at UCLA and leaving UCLA.
18:00 - Experience playing overseas in a non-English speaking country.
24:00 - Who does he compare to?

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Joel Embiid has colorful thoughts on dating in the NBA, being a rocket scientist, more

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Joel Embiid has colorful thoughts on dating in the NBA, being a rocket scientist, more

There are a few high notes any profile on Joel Embiid hits: his tall tale about killing a lion as a youngster; learning to shoot from watching white people on YouTube; his love of Shirley Temples; his many social media exploits.

Clay Skipper’s piece on Embiid for GQ’s first digital cover treads all of that familiar territory. But it also explores some other interesting areas of Embiid’s life.

For instance, Embiid had this to say about dating in the NBA:

"You gotta do your background check,' he says. 'You don't want to be that guy marrying a girl that someone else in the NBA has been with.... I'm sure some guys end up getting married to women that have been around. And maybe on the court they also get told' — here he lowers his voice to a whisper — 'Hey, I f—ed your wife.'

A highlight of the piece for Sixers fans will be Embiid’s insistence that he wants to be with the Sixers for the rest of his career, even if Skipper sounds skeptical of Embiid’s love for Philly.

Skipper writes, “Asked what happens to the Process nickname if he goes to another team, Embiid says, ‘I want to be in Philly for the rest of my life,’ which seems like something only somebody who has been in Philly for less than five years might say.”

Oh, and apparently Embiid still hasn’t given up on his childhood dream of being an astronaut. According to Skipper, even though he learned on a trip to NASA last year that he’s way too big to fit into a spaceship, Embiid thinks it would be “easy” to pick up rocket science once his NBA career is over.

There are a number of other good nuggets in the profile, from Embiid’s despair at reading Twitter comments calling him a “bust” to details about his oversized diet.

You can read the full piece here

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