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Julius Erving on Sixers: 'We should make a good run at the playoffs'

Julius Erving on Sixers: 'We should make a good run at the playoffs'

CAMDEN, N.J. -- Julius Erving stood underneath the Sixers' championship banners hanging above the practice court. The Hall of Famer has experienced winning in Philadelphia and is eager for his former team to bring it back to the city. 

“I think we should make a good run at the playoffs,” Erving said. “There’s enough young talent on the team and the system is good enough, it’s proven itself, that, if we can keep a healthy team out there, then we should be able to make a run at the playoffs.” 

Erving is in town for the Julius Erving Golf Classic, a three-day event supporting the Salvation Army of Greater Philadelphia. On Saturday he hosted the Erving Youth Basketball Experience at the Sixers training complex. 

Markelle Fultz made a special appearance and Erving got to spend some time with the No. 1 pick. 

“I think he’ll have an understated type of leadership because I don’t know whether he’s a verbal leader or whether he’s a lead-by-example type guy,” Erving said of Fultz. “Either way, he’s a significant piece to the puzzle.”

Another key piece is Joel Embiid, whose name drew an enthusiastic response from the crowd of children while Erving held a Q&A. Erving referred to watching Embiid play last season as “a welcome sight.” 

“Having had conversations with Coach (Brett) Brown, he had such high expectations of Joel,” Erving said. “From a skill standpoint, he knew he was as as skilled as any big man in the league. Now it’s just a matter of maturity and confidence, and Joel seems to be very confident.” 

Erving pulls for the Sixers from afar. He tries to catch their games when they are in Atlanta, where he resides, and if his travel schedule overlaps with their road games in other cities. 

“I’m ready,” Erving said of a turnaround. “We want to have a team that’s a contender for the title.”

Another Ben Simmons highlight reel video shows a lot ... even some jumpers

Another Ben Simmons highlight reel video shows a lot ... even some jumpers

Since announcing that he was not playing in the FIBA World Cup, Ben Simmons has been hitting the gym to prepare for his third season in the NBA. 

When he was asked at the end of the 2018-19 season what he wanted to improve, Simmons responded in a way you’d want a team leader to: “I think for me, I just want to get better all around.

“Become a better and more efficient player. Just keep growing into a better player. There’s no one individual spot. I’m going to work on everything and continue to let my game grow.” 

It’s no secret that his biggest struggle since starting his career has been his jump shot, but a recent video on trainer Chris Johnson's Instagram page may have indicated that Simmons is stepping it up a notch.

Even though he is only 23 years old, it was clear that Simmons took on a much more prominent leadership role last season — not only in the locker room, but on the court, as well. 

Of course, no training session of his is completed without a few of his signature dunks that helped make him the 2017-18 Rookie of the Year and a 2019 All-Star.

But at the end of the day, we have seen these videos before. Now, it’s not about what we see in practice or pickup games, but rather during the season itself.

So, will this finally be the summer that Simmons develops his shot? Only time will tell. 

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'The Joel Embiid Shirley Temple Making Show' is must-watch for Sixers fans

'The Joel Embiid Shirley Temple Making Show' is must-watch for Sixers fans

Joel Embiid has always embraced his love for Shirley Temples.

Now he's ready for you to love the sweet drink, too.

Embiid discovered his favorite beverage during his one season at Kansas. It has become quite popular in Philadelphia with the big man's rise to stardom. If you recall, the Sixers even had a Shirley Temple night during the 2017-18 season to promote Embiid's All-Star campaign.

Well, now you have Embiid's secret recipe, courtesy of "The Joel Embiid Shirley Temple Making Show." As Embiid says in the episode, he likes his drink "extra, extra, extra sweet."

With temperatures teetering on the brink of triple digits in the Delaware Valley lately, you might as well use Embiid's help and make yourself a Shirley Temple to cool down. The ingredients are rather simple and we should always trust the process.

So, thank you, JoJo.

The big fella is always looking out for the fans.

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