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Watch Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade share vulnerable All-Star moment over Kobe

Watch Allen Iverson, Dwyane Wade share vulnerable All-Star moment over Kobe

A huge portion of the weekend's NBA All-Star Game was dedicated to remembering Lakers legend and Philly-area native Kobe Bryant, from the touching pre-game tribute to the players' jersey numbers.

There were plenty of Bryant jerseys among the weekend's attendees, too, including Sixers legend Allen Iverson, who sported a No. 8 yellow Bryant jersey during Sunday's All-Star Game.

Iverson was interacting with some fans at the United Center in Chicago when he bumped into Dwyane Wade, and the two shared a beautifully unscripted, vulnerable moment. Incredibly, one fan captured the scene, and video of the two legends' interaction surfaced Tuesday afternoon:

That's something special.

Wade and Iverson's NBA careers overlapped for seven years, including six shared All-Star Games. Bryant entered the league the same year as Iverson, and Wade made his final All-Star Game the year Bryant retired.

The three spent so much shared time in the league, creating their own stories and navigating their own paths, and it's an absolute tragedy that Bryant wasn't in Chicago this past weekend to enjoy yet another show from the league's stars.

Moments like this one help remind fans that, while players like Bryant, Wade, and Iverson often seem superhuman, they're ultimately people like us, and they process grief just like we do.

Good on Wade and Iverson for being there for each other.

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Matisse Thybulle's agent goes off with hilarious statement on Sixers rookie's Rising Stars snub

Matisse Thybulle's agent goes off with hilarious statement on Sixers rookie's Rising Stars snub

Sixers rookie Matisse Thybulle learned Friday that he wasn't chosen for the NBA's Rising Stars game, a showcase during All-Star Weekend that highlights the best rookies and second-year players in the league. 

We don't know, just yet, how Thybulle feels about the snub, but, thanks to a statement via Yahoo Sports's Chris Haynes, we sure know how Thybulle's agent Eric Goodwin feels.

It's a no-punches-held doozy of a statement:

Excuse me, but can you say that word in a statement? Is that allowed?

This feels like a statement you might've written after being left off your high school's freshman team, not a statement you'd expect to read from an agent of an NBA player in 2020. But we're so, so glad Goodwin decided to roll with it.

You know he meant it, too, because here's how things probably went down: Goodwin probably sent the statement to Haynes in full. Haynes probably texted back and said, 'Hey, Eric, it's probably auto-correct but your statement has an all-caps curse word. Should I fix that?' Goodwin probably then texted back, 'Keep it.' 

And then, well, the rest is history.

For what it's worth, it's extremely unlikely that Thybulle himself signed off on this statement. He's an angel, and we're very sorry he wasn't selected to the Rising Stars game.

This is a welcome return to form for the Sixers, who were once upon a time the premier source for Very Silly Stuff in the NBA. It's reminiscent of the great former beef between Joel Embiid and Hassan Whiteside, and Embiid's similarly-worded assessment of Whiteside's performance.

In fact, now that you mention it, I'm not sure Embiid didn't ghost-write this statement himself. Hmm.

In any case, more curse words and more angry agent statements in the NBA this decade, please and thank you.

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Ben Simmons earns another NBA All-Star nod

Ben Simmons earns another NBA All-Star nod

Updated: 7:06 p.m.

Ben Simmons will be joining Joel Embiid in Chicago.

The Sixers point guard is one of seven Eastern Conference reserves for the NBA All-Star Game, along with Jimmy Butler, Khris Middleton, Jayson Tatum, Domantas Sabonis, Kyle Lowry and Bam Adebayo. Reserves were voted on by the league’s head coaches. 

He claimed on media day that his only personal goal was to win Defensive Player of the Year. So far, his performance has warranted him being a part of the conversation for that honor.

Simmons is first in steals per game, is tied for fourth in deflections per game and has recovered the most loose balls. Opponents — many of them stars, ranging from Bradley Beal to Pascal Siakam — have shot just 40.3 percent against him. 

Though his scoring average hasn’t gone up, Simmons is among the league’s best in several offensive categories. He’s shooting 58 percent from the floor, which is the fourth-highest percentage in the NBA for players who have attempted at least 10 field goals per game (minimum 20 games played). The 23-year-old’s 8.4 assists per game are fifth in the NBA.

Simmons’ shot is still a topic of seemingly constant discussion. Despite making the first two three-pointers of his professional career this season, his jumper is still an infrequent and ineffective part of his game — he’s shot 11 of 60 (18.3 percent) from eight feet and out.

Brett Brown has used Simmons much more as a screener and roller over the past month. It’s one way the team has been able to get increased production out of Simmons in half-court offense recently. During Embiid’s nine-game absence because of a torn ligament in the ring finger on his left hand, the Sixers went 6-3 and Simmons averaged 21.6 points, 9.3 rebounds and 7.9 assists.

Captains LeBron James and Giannis Antetokounmpo will draft their teams on Feb. 6. The All-Star Game will take place on Feb. 16 at United Center. 

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