Sixers bully ball their way back to sea level

Sixers bully ball their way back to sea level


The Sixers put Friday’s game against the Pistons away long before it was over, 114-78.

They jumped out to a 13-point lead and were up by 32 in the second quarter. At one point, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons had combined for as many points as all the Pistons (35). 

The Sixers easily beat the Pistons to move back up to .500 (19-19). Their previous largest margin of victory this season was 21 points. The Sixers have won three straight against the Pistons to sweep the season series.

• The Sixers’ 62-32 halftime lead was the first 30-point lead at the half since Jan. 23, 2012, against the Wizards. They held the Pistons to the fewest first-half points since Nov. 21, 2015, by the Heat. 

• Embiid played without any restrictions in his second game since spraining his right hand. He thrives on matchups against other big men and looked to draw contact against Andre Drummond. Embiid scored 23 points and had nine rebounds in 25 minutes. (He did not play in the fourth quarter because of the Sixers’ lead.) Drummond had a quiet offensive night of 10 points, eight boards and five dimes (29 minutes). 

• Simmons used his size and physicality to get to the basket at will. He posted 19 points, nine assists, four rebounds, two blocks and two steals in 23 minutes. Like Embiid, he sat in the fourth. 

• Brett Brown plans to play Richaun Holmes more often at power forward. He did so in the first quarter, pairing Holmes first with Amir Johnson and then with Embiid. Holmes played the four earlier in his career with the Sixers before being grouped in with the other centers. 

“There’s just an incredibly high motor. There’s a familiarity that those two guys have had, they’ve been with each other for awhile now,” Brown said pregame. “The coexistence of Richaun as a four alongside of Joel is something you’re going to see me play with.” 

• Justin Anderson played in his first game since Nov. 15. He had been sidelined by shin splints in his left leg. Anderson played 8:28 and went scoreless (0 for 3 from three with four rebounds). Rarely-utilized two-way contract player James Michael McAdoo knocked down a three in his seven minutes of playing time. 

• The Sixers outrebounded the Pistons, 55-34. It was a total team effort on the boards — no player reached double digits. 

• Julius Erving rang the ceremonial bell before the game. The Sixers wore the red “Statement Edition” uniforms in honor of Erving’s windmill cradle dunk, which he threw down over the Lakers’ Michael Cooper on this date in 1983. 

• The Sixers’ spirit continued with these specially-made sneakers: 

JJ Redick: Being anti-Trump 'is sort of like eating breakfast in the morning'

JJ Redick: Being anti-Trump 'is sort of like eating breakfast in the morning'

CAMDEN, N.J. — For a few of the Sixers players on media day Monday, sticking to sports was not an option.

To recap, first President Donald Trump during a rally Friday in Alabama called protesting NFL players "sons of bitches," saying the owners should "fire" any player that protests. Trump on Saturday then went to his familiar realm, tweeting he was uninviting Stephen Curry and the NBA-champion Warriors to the White House.

Of all the players speaking at Sixers media day Monday, the team's marquee free-agent signing, JJ Redick, had the most to say about the situation.

"I'm about as anti-Trump as you can get and I've been that way since the election," Redick said. "And he was just getting started. "

But he wasn't the only one to speak about the president's comments.

Here are the full quotes from media day.


To CSNPhilly's Amy Fadool and Marshall Harris on Trump's social media and tweets directed at Curry:
"It’s very interesting how [Trump] uses social media. I would say this weekend, it was almost surreal. As an NBA player, you’re kind of taking the big picture view and going, ‘what’s going on here?’ 

"Our active, sitting president is calling NFL players ‘sons of bitches’ and is going after Steph Curry and LeBron (James), who have done more for sports and culture and African-American communities than anyone; it’s surreal. I agree with what LeBron said; his use of the presidency and what it represents is not what it represented to me a year ago. It’s not what it represented to me with Barack Obama or George W. Bush or Bill Clinton. Those are the presidents that I knew as a young person and as an adult, and his presidency doesn’t represent that, the White House doesn’t represent that. So, of course, I agree with LeBron, I agree with what the Warriors are doing by not going to the White House. I don’t think any team should go to the White House; you’re actively saying, ‘I support this guy.’ 

"The other thing, too, is to speak out against Trump at this point is almost like eating breakfast. It’s what’s you should do — you should eat breakfast because it’s part of a daily, balanced diet. On the list of things that he’s done to offend me, his comments this week were like 87th. There’s more important things going on like North Korea and flood and disaster relief that we’re dealing with right now in Puerto Rico, Florida and Houston; those are the things that are important. So it’s mind-boggling that that’s what he’s spending his time on.”

On what he feels is his responsibility as an American and an NBA player:
“I think you should take an active role in your own education. No one is going to educate you — life will educate you, of course. But just take an active role in your education, that’s the biggest thing. The second biggest thing is just love other people, that’s all we’re supposed to do. Just be kind and love other people.”

To reporters on if he feels more responsibility as a white player to step up:
"I don't think it has anything to do with being white. I've certainly never been oppressed because of the color of my skin. I'm a human and can certainly relate to any emotion that humans have felt. I'm about as anti-Trump as you can get and I've been that way since the election. I think being anti-Trump at this point is sort of like eating breakfast in the morning. It's just something that you do during your day. I mean how often do you go through a day and not be offended by the guy?"

On if he would support his teammates protesting:
"In terms of doing something to protest, I think it's best that those things are done as a team. That's just me. But if guys want to do something, I'm all for it and of course, I would stand with anyone regardless of the color of their skin or their background or anything like that."

Jerryd Bayless

On Trump and on the NFL protests:
"I think what he's done in dividing us and his narrow-minded views are obviously not a good thing for the country. I think we all know and we've seen his comments from immigration to climate change to 'sons of bitches' to 'fine people' that are part of a rally [in Charlottesville] and what not. So I think what he's done is self-explanatory, but now is the time to kind of see how we're all going to come back from this and how we move forward. 

"The protests are great. I think everybody has the right to do whatever they want to do but now it's time to figure out as a whole — black, white, Mexican, Asian, whatever — how are we going to move forward? How are we going to come together so we can make him feel what he's doing is wrong? We can go back and forth about this. I don't know if this is really the appropriate time to do this but … it's disappointing. But hopefully from this everybody will be able to move forward and figure out the way to make him go a different direction."

Justin Anderson, a Virginia native and University of Virginia alumnus 

On the events in Charlottesville, Virginia, recent NFL protests and if the Sixers are planning a protest:
"Obviously the Charlottesville situation hit home. It was very relevant to me in my life. Fortunately, we just had a concert last night to help promote unity through music. It was something beautiful to see at our university. But as far as the protesting things that we've seen as of late, we've been talking through group texts, we've been sending the same messages and screenshots of things that have been said. Just continue to talk to each other about it. 

"Fortunately, we have about 10 days until we play our first game so far as what we're going to do to I guess physically try to show something or send a message, we haven't spoke about that yet and we have time and we'll figure it out. But I think we're all in agreement, on the same page. We're all in agreement in that locker room on the things that are going on. We're all working to do our part to help shed light in the right direction and that's to help build unity. To help lift up people in a time when people are being pushed down. We just want to make sure that we have each other's backs and I think that's something that's bringing us together even closer."

James-Michael McAdoo, who signed a two-way deal with the Sixers after spending the last three years in Golden State

On the situation involving the Warriors and the president:
"Obviously that's not something that we necessarily broadcast too loudly. But you can see it and hear those guy's sound bites out there on the West Coast. It's obviously something that needs to be addressed. I think my ex-teammates are doing a wonderful job in addressing that in the political climate being what it is right now. "

Sixers sign James Michael McAdoo, James Blackmon Jr.

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Sixers sign James Michael McAdoo, James Blackmon Jr.

The Sixers added James Michael McAdoo and James Blackmon Jr. to their roster a month ahead of training camp.

The team officially signed McAdoo to its first two-way contract. With this new type of deal, McAdoo will play for their G League affiliate, the Delaware 87ers, and can spend up to 45 days on the Sixers. That excludes time before the start of 87ers training camp and after their regular season ends. These contracts allow NBA teams to sign two two-way players in addition to their 15-player roster. 

McAdoo won two championships with the Warriors in his three NBA seasons. He appeared in 26 postseason games and has career averages of 3.0 points and 1.7 rebounds. McAdoo was named to the G League (then D-League) all-star team in 2015 while playing for the Santa Cruz Warriors.

Blackmon Jr. played for the Sixers' summer league teams in July and participated in minicamp. He averaged 8.0 points and 2.6 rebounds over five games in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. Blackmon Jr., a former McDonald’s All-American, went undrafted after three seasons at Indiana. 

Training camp will begin at the end of September.