Boban Marjanovic

How the NBA's best friendship duo is surviving coronavirus quarantine

How the NBA's best friendship duo is surviving coronavirus quarantine

When former Sixers big man Boban Marjanovic departed for the Dallas Mavericks last offseason, the famed Bobi-Tobi pairing was no more. Marjanovic and Tobias Harris would spend a season apart.

Now, with the NBA season at a standstill amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, Harris and Marjanovic can't even meet up for pre-game coffees in each other's cities, or spend the rare day off together.

Don't worry about the league's best friendship: Bobi and Tobi are still doing just fine, according to Harris, who appeared on Fox Sports Detroit's Let It Fly podcast this week.

But it sounds like Marjanovic would like to be reunited with his buddy sooner rather than later, because he recently floated an off-the-wall idea to Harris that had the Sixers' forward very confused.

Here's Harris explaining Bobi's idea, in all its glory:

KANE: How's your buddy Bobi doing?

HARRIS: Man, he's doing well. We probably speak two, three times a week. He's working on his YouTube channel right now. So he's getting that started. 
[Laughs] 

The other day he was like, 'Look man, we need to do this.' So I'm like, 'Yeah, let's do it.' He's like, 'Open up the map.' I'm like, 'What map?' He goes, 'The map on the phone!' So, alright. And then he's like, 'Listen, let's meet between Dallas and Philly, and do the Bobi & Tobi show.' I'm like, 'What? I'm not getting on a plane.' He goes, 'Just drive!' I'm like, 'I'm not driving eight hours to do your show!' 

[...]

He wants to meet me in Tennessee or something. I don't know, man.

Look, for a guy as tall as Marjanovic, meeting in between Dallas and Philly probably takes something like 12 strides of his comically long legs. But for Harris, and every other normal human being, that's quite a trek.

Also, Boban referring to Google Maps as "open up the map" is amazing.

For the record, Google Maps says the trip from Dallas to Philadelphia is 1,467 miles and takes 22 hours by car. And Harris was right about the midpoint: if the two meet in Cookeville, Tennessee, a town outside of Nashville, Harris will drive 726 miles and Marjanovic will drive 743 miles. 

"Live from Cookeville, Tennessee, it's The Bobi & Tobi Show!"

I can't wait.

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Sixers vs. Mavericks: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

Sixers vs. Mavericks: 3 storylines to watch and how to stream the game

After suffering their first home loss of the season Wednesday night to the Heat, the 20-9 Sixers host the 18-9 Mavericks on Friday night.

Star guard Luka Doncic is sidelined for Dallas with a right ankle sprain.

Here are the essentials:

When: 8 p.m. ET with Sixers Pregame Live at 7:30 p.m.
Where: Wells Fargo Center
Broadcast: NBC Sports Philadelphia 
Live stream: NBCSportsPhiladelphia.com and the NBC Sports MyTeams app

And here are three storylines to watch: 

Reliant on rebounding

The Sixers, who have the top rebounding percentage in the NBA (53 percent), have been outrebounded in only six of 29 games this season.

They’ve lost five of those games, including the last two.

While the extreme nature of those numbers is due, in part, to random chance — there are games the Sixers have won with a one-rebound advantage and games they’ve lost with a one-rebound disadvantage — it does indicate how much they depend on their rebounding.

When they’ve held a rebounding edge, the Sixers have usually been able to overcome a high-turnover night or a poor performance from three-point range. When they haven’t, those issues have tended to be costly. 

Beware of the Mavs’ bench 

The magnificent Doncic isn’t the only reason the Mavs are 18-9. Dallas’ bench is outscoring opponents by five points per game, the best margin in the league.

Villanova product Jalen Brunson, who’s replaced Doncic in the starting lineup, is having a solid sophomore season, averaging 8.1 points, 3.4 assists and 1.1 turnovers per game. As a team, the Mavs are best in the NBA at taking care of the ball (12.6 turnovers per game) and have the No. 2 assist to turnover ratio (1.95)  

Boban is back 

The most beloved 7-foot-4 athlete in Philadelphia history is back in town.

“I really enjoy being one of the fans’ favorites,” Boban Marjanovic said in May at his exit interview. “When I hear [the fans], your blood gets warmer and you’re in the game and ready to go.”

Marjanovic might not play tonight — he’s only appeared in 11 of Dallas’ first 27 games after leaving the Sixers to sign a two-year, $7 million deal with the Mavs this summer — but the jovial giant should still be a fan favorite, at least as much as an opposing player can be in Philadelphia. 

Even after moving to Dallas, Marjanovic has maintained his unique relationship with Tobias Harris, as ESPN’s Tim Bontemps detailed.

Marjanovic has his pregame playlist ready to go. 

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Boban Marjanovic made an adorable playlist for his reunion tonight with Tobias Harris

Boban Marjanovic made an adorable playlist for his reunion tonight with Tobias Harris

The 2018-2019 Philadelphia 76ers season came up short in Toronto but it wasn't all for naught. It brought Bobi and Tobi in to our lives.

Sadly, the return of Boban Marjanovic wasn't in the cards for the 2019-2020 campaign in Philly and it's fair to say that the Philly fandom misses the big guy (for his off court antics and friendships, let's be real).

But nobody misses Boban as much as his best friend Tobias Harris.

The two inseperable pals will be reunted tonight at the Wells Fargo Center when the Dallas Mavericks come to town and Bobi is already up to his old stunts.

Boban shared a Spotify playlist he made on Friday morning titled "Sixers pre-game playlist" and it's all about friendship: "Best Friend" by 50 Cent, "You've Got a Friend" by James Taylor, "Thank You for Being a Friend" by Andrew Gold, and so forth.

Tobias responded as a good Philly ball player would, with a GIF of the Fresh Prince dancing.

If you wonder what Boban has been up to this season aside from FaceTiming his old pal Tobias, he's played just about 12 minutes per game in 11 contests for the Mavericks this season, good for 6.8 points and 5 boards per.

And he's still having fun on Twitter.

Even if he's not always making total sense: