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Celtics troll Ben Simmons over 3-point shooting

Celtics troll Ben Simmons over 3-point shooting

Apparently, the Celtics team hasn’t heard that the whole “Ben Simmons doesn’t shoot threes” joke is kinda over. According to what they have nicknamed one of their rookies, it looks like Boston still has yet to find a new slant when it comes to trolling the Sixers. 

During postgame availability on Monday after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers, the Celtics felt it was necessary to let the whole world know their special nickname for rookie Grant Williams. 

After the rookie struggled for the first quarter of the season to hit a three-pointer, his Celtics teammates gave him the nickname “Ben Simmons.”

First of all, how dare you. Our beloved point guard is a perfect 2-2 from beyond the three point line, in addition to overall stellar play the past week, including setting a new career-high of 34 points in 26 minutes on the floor. 

"Yeah, we were calling him Ben Simmons for the longest," said Jaylen Brown said. “"But he's knocking (threes) down and Ben's knocking them down, too. So shout out to both of those guys."
I suppose Brown makes it slightly better that he acknowledged Simmons’ shooting. Here’s the full quote in the video below. 

Whatever, find a new slant.

We’re looking forward to a matchup this week on Thursday with this added fuel to the fire. See ya then, Celtics. 

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Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns involved in social media fight

Joel Embiid, Karl-Anthony Towns involved in social media fight

Oh, what a fight.

With great basketball brawls, comes great tweets. If you don't know the details, we've got you covered.

First, Joel Embiid began with what must have been one of his most savage posts yet, calling attention to having real estate in Karl-Anthony Town’s head, claiming Town’s mother gave him middle fingers and even referencing the infamous Jimmy Butler practice from his time on the Timberwolves. Note his location at Broad Street Bullies pub as well.

The floodgates opened.

Mike Scott, who you just know was mad he wasn’t on the court at the time of the brawl and was quite proud of his teammates (see story), also joined in with an Instagram post of his own, with the location as UFC Philly.

Josh Richardson also approved with his comment including the crying emoji under Scott’s post.

And you know, it wasn’t just limited to Sixers. Lane Johnson weighed in on the fun, apparently pretty upset he couldn’t partake in the epic brawl.

And just when you thought it was over, KAT clapped back ...

... to which Embiid clapped back and KAT apparently deleted the comment ...

By the way, these teams play each other again on March 24. Might want to circle that date.

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Sixers interviewing Avery Johnson for assistant coach job

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Sixers interviewing Avery Johnson for assistant coach job

With the departure of Monty Williams to be the head coach of the Phoenix Suns, it looks like Brett Brown may be turning to another former NBA player and head coach to fill the role.

Avery Johnson is interviewing for a job on the Sixers’ coaching staff, a source confirmed to NBC Sports Philadelphia. It was first reportedy by ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

Johnson was most recently the head coach at Alabama, but was let go after four seasons, compiling a record of 75-62 with one NCAA Tournament appearance. The former point guard was also the head coach of the Nets and Mavericks. With Dallas, he had back-to-back 60-win seasons and reached the NBA Finals in 2006.

Like Williams, the diminutive Johnson is a former NBA player that spent time with the Spurs. He was in San Antonio for two different stints and spent parts of 10 seasons there. He played under Brown’s mentor, Gregg Popovich, for parts of five seasons. He won an NBA title as the legendary coach’s starting point guard in 1998-99. Brown and Johnson were never with the Spurs together, missing each other by one season.

Johnson also had two stints as a TV analyst for ESPN.

Brown lost his two top assistants in Williams and Billy Lange, who replaced Phil Martelli at Saint Joseph’s. Veteran coach Jim O’Brien went from an advisory role to a bench role in Lange’s stead. The team also promoted Lindsey Harding from the scouting department to assistant coach in charge of player development, making her the first female coach in the team’s history.

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