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Sixers' 1st pre-draft workouts include Philly native, plenty of guards

Sixers' 1st pre-draft workouts include Philly native, plenty of guards

Updated: June 4, 7:50 p.m.

The Sixers on Monday will hold their first pre-draft workout. 

Kentucky guard Isaiah Briscoe, George Washington forward Tyler Cavanaugh, Tennessee State guard Tahjere McCall, Weber State guard Jeremy Senglin, Maryland guard Melo Trimble and Colorado guard Derrick White will participate at the Sixers training complex in Camden, New Jersey.

The Sixers hold the third, 36th, 39th, 46th and 50th picks in the draft on June 22. These players would be projected for the second round. 

Isaiah Briscoe, sophomore, G, 6-3/218
Kentucky teammates De’Aaron Fox and Malik Monk could be potential fits for the Sixers with the third pick; could Briscoe join them in the second? The versatile Newark, New Jersey, native ranks third in assists under head coach John Calipari, as well as top 10 in total rebounds, field goals, steals, points, assists per game and assist-to-turnover ratio.

2016-17 average: 12.1 points, 5.4 rebounds, 4.2 assists

Tyler Cavanaugh, senior, F, 6-9/238
Cavanaugh is the lone forward in this workout. The big man has an outside game, though. He shot 40.9 percent from three last season. Cavanaugh also ranked second on his team in total assists. He finished his college career at George Washington after playing the first two at Wake Forest. 

2016-17 average: 18.3 points, 8.4 rebounds, 2.0 assists 

Tahjere McCall, senior, G, 6-5/195
McCall is a Philadelphia native and attended the Carver High School of Engineering & Science. In addition to his offensive numbers, McCall was named Ohio Valley Conference Defensive Player of the year in 2016 and 2017. He transferred from Niagara after his sophomore season to Tennessee State, Robert Covington’s alma mater. 

2016-17 average: 14.3 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.1 assists

Reggie Upshaw, senior, F, 6-8/230
Upshaw was a standout tight end in high school, but chose Middle Tennessee State University to pursue basketball. Upshaw had a prolific career at MTSU, finishing fourth in points scored (career) and fourth in rebounds in school history. He also started the most games in MTSU history. The power forward increased his scoring in each of his four seasons with the Blue Raiders, while raising his shooting percentage over the last three seasons. 

2016-17 average: 14.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, 2.4 assists 

Melo Trimble, junior, G, 6-3/192
Trimble considered entering the draft and ultimately ended up playing three years at Maryland. Last season, he was named First Team All-Big Ten and AP Honorable Mention All-American. The former McDonald’s All-American scored in double-digits in 92 games during his time at Maryland. He had a memorable moment this season when he hit the game-winning three against Michigan State. 

2016-17 average: 16.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 3.7 assists

Derrick White, senior, G, 6-5/200
White is one of the players the Sixers already got to know at the Portsmouth Invitational. White was named to the All-Pac 12 Conference Team this past season. White has been making the climb toward the NBA after transferring to Colorado from the Division II University of Colorado Colorado Springs. He finished off strong, shooting 50.7 percent from the field and 39.6 percent from three. 
 
2016-17 average: 18.1 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.4 assists

Jerry Stackhouse tries to set record straight on scrimmages with 17-year-old Kobe Bryant

Jerry Stackhouse tries to set record straight on scrimmages with 17-year-old Kobe Bryant

At 17 years old, Kobe Bryant was scrimmaging against professional athletes and Philadelphia college stars, about to embark on a 20-year NBA career.

He impressed in those scrimmages with his skill and bravado. But, according to Jerry Stackhouse, Bryant wasn’t big on passing. 

Stackhouse, now the head coach at Vanderbilt, spent the first two-plus years of his career with the Sixers before being traded to the Pistons and matched up with Bryant in those scrimmages.

What happened with Kobe was nobody really wanted to play with Kobe,” he said on The Woj Pod. “[Former La Salle star and NBA player] Lionel Simmons, you used to always see him pulling Kobe to the side, like, ‘Man, you gotta pass the ball! You gotta learn how to do this!' Because the older guys were from Philly. … These stories kind of take on a life of their own. And yes, Kobe had some good days scoring the ball, because he could handle it so well. But he had tunnel vision at that point. You had pickup games, sometimes he didn’t even get picked up. 

“But again, because he’s so been great since this, these stories go back of ‘Oh, he beat Stackhouse one-on-one.’ Come on, man. Me at 20 years old, can you imagine a 17-year-old beating me consistently? I’d have hurt him first, real talk. Just physically, that could never happen to me. Did we play one-on-one? Yes. Did he beat me, did he maybe win a game? Yes. Did he consistently beat Jerry Stackhouse at 20 years old when he was 17? Hell no. I’m putting an end to that story. … Was he super talented and everyone saw great potential in him? Yes, but those scenarios … of Kobe Bryant, they’re a little bit of a different story when you go talk to people that were actually in the gym. 

Stackhouse noted that it took a little time for Bryant to adjust to the NBA game, which is true. The Lower Merion High School graduate played only 15.5 minutes per game as a rookie. Of course, he went on to make 18 All-Star Games, win five NBA championships and become one of the best players of his era. 

Though Stackhouse wanted to set the record straight on those one-on-one games with Bryant, he was still amazed by his ability at such a young age.

“This kid was unbelievable,” he said. “Just his ball handling ability … he grew up, obviously, emulating Michael Jordan.”

However, the members of the Philadelphia basketball community who were in the gym for those scrimmages were apparently ruthless in their critiques.

“I vividly remember the old heads from Philadelphia,” Stackhouse said, “[they're] like, ‘Come on, man, you gotta pass the ball! That ain’t how you gotta play!’” 

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Sixers fans can't stop laughing at Bulls for interviewing Bryan Colangelo

Sixers fans can't stop laughing at Bulls for interviewing Bryan Colangelo

Sixers fans, grasping at any semblance of basketball news, received a cruise ship-sized life line on Wednesday.

The Athletic's Shams Charania reported the Bulls have interviewed former 76ers president Bryan Colangelo for their top basketball ops position:

This is, of course, kind of a mind-boggling decision from the Bulls, considering the way Colangelo's bumpy tenure in Philly ended. 

You know, Burner-gate. Remember that insanity? Remember when the active general manager of the 76ers was linked to Twitter accounts actively disparaging his own players? That really happened!

And yet, despite the public unraveling of his time with the Sixers, and the unsavory nature of his resignation, the Bulls somehow deemed Colangelo worthy of an interview for this position as they try to kickstart their floundering franchise.

Sixers fans couldn't believe it:

Some laughed, and laughed, and laughed:

Some encouraged the insanity, because there's nothing Sixers fans love more than watching a tire fire form in real time:

And then, of course, Sixers Twitter came with the jokes, because they are ruthless and unceasing:

Colangelo actually landing the job is, admittedly, probably a long shot. But the fact that he could even garner an interview at this point in his career, and after his last stop, is both hilarious and confounding.

And Sixers fans are here for it, entirely.

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