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Villanova's Kris Jenkins among group for Sixers' next pre-draft workout

Villanova's Kris Jenkins among group for Sixers' next pre-draft workout

The man who made the shot will get his shot to impress the Sixers.

Kris Jenkins, who nailed the buzzer-beating three-pointer to win Villanova's 2016 national championship, will be among a group of five players working out for the Sixers on Tuesday as the team continues its preparation ahead of Thursday's NBA draft.

Joining Jenkins will be Arizona guard Kadeem Allen, international center Youssoupha Fall, Florida State big man Michael Ojo and Pittsburgh forward Michael Young.

Last season, Jenkins, a 6-foot-6 forward, averaged 13.1 points and 4.1 rebounds per game as a senior to help Villanova go 32-4. The Wildcats, though, were upset in the second round of the NCAA Tournament by 8-seeded Wisconsin while Jenkins struggled with his shot, going 0 for 8 from three-point range in the Big Dance.

However, the Upper Marlboro, Maryland native will forever be remembered for his junior season in which Villanova won the national title over North Carolina on his three-pointer in front of 74,340 fans at NRG Stadium. That season, Jenkins shot 38.6 percent from distance and averaged 13.6 points per game. He connected on 17 three-pointers that NCAA Tournament and 48 percent over the final 15 games of that year.

The Sixers currently hold four draft picks — Nos. 36, 39, 46 and 50 — in the second round. The five players in Tuesday's workout are projected as undrafted/late second-round prospects.

Allen was a junior college transfer and played two seasons at Arizona. As a senior, the 6-foot-3 guard averaged 9.8 points per game, while leading the Wildcats with 1.6 steals per game.

Fall is a 7-foot-4 center from Senegal who played last season for Poitiers Basket 86 in France. Ojo, 7-foot-1 and 304 pounds, played just 12.2 minutes per game his senior year at Florida State. Young, a 6-foot-9 forward out Pittsburgh, was second in the ACC with 19.6 points per game last season, while averaging 6.8 rebounds and shooting 34.1 percent from behind the arc.

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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