Josh Hart has epic video game meltdown, totally destroys keyboard

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Josh Hart has epic video game meltdown, totally destroys keyboard

Quarantine is tough on all of us these days, even NBA players.

Former Villanova star and New Orleans Pelicans guard Josh Hart demonstrated that he's just like the rest of us in many ways over the weekend. Hart was doing his part to stay inside by playing Call of Duty. Who can't relate to that? But things don't always go smoothly, even in the virtual world, and Hart had a pretty wild meltdown that was caught on a live stream.

You can watch it below, but be warned of a curse word or three.

It appears Hart gets shot through a wall and that's when he takes it out on his keyboard. Not only does he stomp the crap out of said keyboard, he chucks it into the other room.

That's a pretty fantastic outrage video if you ask me. Reminiscent of the most legendary computer beatdown.

We wrote about Hart being a solid trade target for the Sixers back in December, and I think this only elevates his status. Philly loves a guy who isn't afraid to show his passion. 

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Villanova's buzzer-beating win over Georgetown in 1999 was The Best Game I Ever Saw Live

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Villanova's buzzer-beating win over Georgetown in 1999 was The Best Game I Ever Saw Live

January 30th 1999.  I was a 15-year-old who wondered how the Phillies would build around Scott Rolen, marveled at Lindros and LeClair’s 40 goal seasons, happy to have Iverson back after a lockout and was suspicious about some guy named ‘Reid’ the Eagles just hired.  

In the midst of all this, my best bud, Ryan Bennett and his family, scored tickets to Villanova vs. Georgetown at the now Wells Fargo Center for a Saturday noon tipoff and they were kind enough to invite me along.  

I remember Ryan and I had a CYO High School basketball game that night in Lansdale at 7 p.m.

“No problem, plenty of time”, we thought. 

The Bennett’s picked me up at that morning and off we went to what would be the best game I ever saw... 

Our seats were in the upper level, 1st row, in a corner at the end Nova would be shooting at in the 2nd half.

Steve Lapas’ Wildcats opened with a 13-0 run on Craig Esherick’s Hoyas. Esherick had just taken over for the legend, John Thompson. 

Just as an aside. My friend and I kept thinking Esherick looked A LOT like Norm MacDonald as Burt Reynolds (aka Turd Ferguson) on SNL’s celebrity Jeopardy. You be the judge…

Anyway, back to basketball.  

In the 2nd half, the Wildcats built a 17-point lead only to see it wiped away with a 17-0 Hoyas run. Georgetown’s Ruben Boumtje-Boumtje’s lay-up tied the game at 67 with 2:30 left. RBB was a Cameroonian baller before it was trendy. 

I remember a slew of guys were in foul trouble. Including RBB and Malik Allen.

In the final :45 seconds, tied at 69-69, both Nova and G-town sent guys to the line to shoot two. Neither team hit a free throw. Missed all four.  

Nova had one final chance on an inbounds play with 11 seconds left in regulation. John Celestand got the ball, tried working for a shot, gave it up to Allen who shot and missed from the top of the key as time expired.  

1st OT

The Hoyas struck first with a three, then three players fouled out; the Hoyas’ RBB and Jaleel Watkins and Nova’s T.J. Caouette. Six players would end up fouling out of this game in total. 

With :11 seconds left and Nova down two, Brooks Sales hit two free throws to tie it at 78. Kevin Braswell, a freshman guard for the Hoyas brought the ball up and was picked up by Celestand. Braswell rose for the game winner with :03 seconds on the clock and Celestand stuffed him! The ball never even left the freshman’s hand! Celestand was all over it. Smothered! 

Time ran out. 

2nd OT 

The game seesawed a bit. Howard Brown banked in a three for Nova. Braswell responded with a driving lay-up. 82-81, Georgetown.

With a little over 2:00 left, Allen, fouled out.  Nova would keep pace thanks to a huge three from Brian Lynch with just over a minute left that gave the Cats an 87-86 lead.   

Then things got bleak for Nova. 

Georgetown took a 90-87 lead on another Braswell layup and a free throws from Daymond Jackson and Anthony Perry. Perry made the first of two, missed the second. Nova secured the rebound and pushed up the floor with :14 seconds left. 

Then a Nova Miracle. 

The Wildcats, down 3, crossed half court and set up their offense with nine seconds left. They worked it to Brown in the corner. The same corner my friend and I were sitting over in the upper level. Brown let it fly and hit the three to tie the game at 90. With 2.4 seconds left the Hoyas inbounded under the basket and threw a pass to half court. The ball was tipped by Nova and wound up in the hands of the Cats’ Jermaine Medley. Medley grabbed the ball, spun and shot all in one motion. 

Splash. 

Buzzer Beater. 

Nova Wins! 

The Wildcats scored six points in under four seconds to win in double overtime, 93-90. 

Me, Ryan and his parents jumped with excitement, high-fived and then ran to the parking lot. We had our own game to play. We got from the upper level to the car in record time and we were one of the first cars out of the lot. We just made our CYO game in Lansdale, which for the record, we won.

One of the things that made being at this game so awesome was that the broadcast had a horrible camera angle for Medley’s game winner. ESPN didn’t capture the shot live. When Ryan and I got to our game that night, a teammate couldn’t believe we “were at that game.” He said it wasn’t until replays aired that people at home actually saw what happened.  

Fast forward 17 years. I’m boarding a flight, Charlotte to Philadelphia. Christmas Eve. None-other-than Steve Lappas sits next to me. We get to talking. Incredibly nice guy. I bring up this Nova game. Two things he told me. He knew Celestand had Braswell on that block in the first OT and he still can’t believe how Medley made that circus shot at the end. Neither can I. 

Nova-Georgetown double OT, truly the best game I ever saw.  

Drafting Villanova's Saddiq Bey could reverse bad trend for Sixers

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Drafting Villanova's Saddiq Bey could reverse bad trend for Sixers

With the NBA season suspended indefinitely due to the coronavirus pandemic, there's a strong possibility that the playoffs will begin immediately if play resumes. That would be good news for the Sixers in terms of the 2020 NBA Draft. 

The Sixers do not have their own first-round pick in this year's draft. They included that pick in a package sent to the Clippers in the trade to acquire Tobias Harris, Boban Marjanovic, and Mike Scott.

Thanks to a 2016 trade that sent Jerami Grant to Oklahoma City for Ersan Ilyasova and a conditional future first-round pick, the Sixers owned the Thunder's first-rounder in 2020. They then traded it to Orlando to move up in the 2017 draft to select big man Anzejs Pasecniks before getting it back from the Magic in the Markelle Fultz trade. That pick is protected 1-20, but since the Thunder's pick is currently 21st, it would convey to the Sixers.

That should allow them to add a very good player to help the organization chase a championship in both the short and long term. It would also potentially give them the opportunity to reverse a trend that has developed in recent years. 

In each of the last three drafts, the Sixers have passed on prospects from Villanova. They could change that by selecting Saddiq Bey.

In 2017, they drafted Fultz and Pasecniks before the Lakers selected Josh Hart with the 30th pick. In 2018, the Sixers drafted Mikal Bridges but traded him to the Suns for Zhaire Smith and a future first-round pick. In that same draft, they also passed on the opportunity to draft Donte DiVincenzo and Jalen Brunson. Then in 2019, they had several chances to draft Eric Paschall before the Warriors took him with the 41st pick. 

Hart, Bridges, DiVincenzo, Brunson and Paschall were all key parts of a nucleus that led Villanova to two national championships in three years. The Sixers undoubtedly were familiar with all of them, given that Villanova plays half of its home games in the Wells Fargo Center.

Here's a look at how those Villanova guys have played this season:

Hart (Pelicans): 57 games, 27 minutes per game, 10.2 points, 6.5 rebounds

Bridges (Suns): 65 games, 27 minutes per game, 8.7 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 steals

DiVincenzo (Bucks): 59 games, 23 minutes per game, 9.4 points, 4.9 rebounds, 1.4 steals

Brunson (Mavericks): 57 games, 18 minutes per game, 8.2 points, 3.3 assists, 36 percent from three

Paschall (Warriors): 60 games, 28 minutes per game, 14.0 points, 4.6 rebounds

They have all developed into very solid NBA performers and a couple of them play valuable roles for playoff teams. They aren't stars, but they're all reliable rotation pieces. They all would have been helpful in the Sixers' ongoing quest to surround Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons with an effective supporting cast.  

The Sixers might have another opportunity to draft a Villanova player with that 21st pick. Bey hasn't officially declared for the NBA Draft, but is projected as a mid-to-late first round pick. Villanova head coach Jay Wright said on a video conference on Wednesday that he expects Bey will go through whatever pre-draft process the NBA has to offer given the league's uncertain timeline. At the end of that process, Bey would decide whether to remain in the draft or return to Villanova for his junior season.

Bey just wrapped up a breakout sophomore season, establishing himself as one of the best players in college basketball. He led Villanova with 16.1 points per game and a 45.1 three-point field goal percentage. He was named First Team All-Big East and is one of five finalists for the Julius Erving Award, given to the best small forward in the country. 

At 6-foot-8, Bey has terrific size for an NBA wing player and is an outstanding defender capable of guarding multiple positions. Perhaps most importantly, he's still getting better. He's cut from the same cloth as previous Villanova NBA prospects — a team-first guy who wants to win. 

Bey will be a good NBA player. If he decides to start his professional career this summer, the Sixers should take a long look at him with the 21st pick. They've passed on enough good Villanova players in recent years.

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