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Ben Simmons sets Twitter ablaze with tweet to LeBron James

Ben Simmons sets Twitter ablaze with tweet to LeBron James

Minus a post of appreciation for former general manager David Griffin, LeBron James has been noticeably absent from any Cavaliers news this offseason.

That was until a report surfaced on Tuesday from USA TODAY’s Jeff Zillgitt stating that James is frustrated with the Cavs’ efforts — or lack thereof — this summer.

“Expecting an aggressive offseason approach that would close the gap on the champion Golden State Warriors, James soon found his anticipation and optimism diminished after Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert dismantled the front office, declining days before the draft and free agency to bring back general manager David Griffin and vice president of basketball operations Trent Redden,” Zillgitt said.

“Gilbert’s decision left the Cavs without the franchise’s top two front-office execs at a critical time, and it left James frustrated and concerned about the team’s ability to put together a roster that can better compete with Golden State, the person with direct knowledge of James’ thinking told USA TODAY Sports.”

It appears Ben Simmons took notice of the report. With King James set to be a free agent after next season, the Sixers' rookie tweeted out a simple emoji directed at his friend that set the internet ablaze.

https://twitter.com/BenSimmons25/status/887414039365562368

And the responses are entertaining, to say the least. Here are some of them, which included a few shots at the Sixers.

Doug Pederson found out Eagles hired him through media reports

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Doug Pederson found out Eagles hired him through media reports

Remember when you heard Doug Pederson was going to become the Eagles’ head coach? 

That was probably before Doug Pederson found out he was going to become the Eagles’ head coach. 

Thanks to an excerpt from Pederson’s book, “Fearless” posted on SI.com, the Eagles’ Super Bowl-winning head coach revealed that he didn’t find out he had the job until a few reporters broke the news. 

He didn’t find out officially until days after:

A few days later, I called Jeannie from the office and she said, “I just heard the news!” I’m like, “What news?” She said, “Ian Rappaport and Adam Schefter are saying you’re going to be the next head coach of the Eagles. That’s awesome!” 

Officially, nobody told me anything, but I was excited anyway. Andy, after hearing the reports, came by to congratulate me. I hadn’t heard from Howie or Jeffrey though. We lost to New England that Saturday night. It was disappointing to lose in the divisional round of the playoffs after the season we had. When I was leaving Gillette Stadium some Philadelphia reporters were waiting for me, but I declined all interviews. 

On the bus to the airport my phone rang. It was a 215 area code. I didn’t recognize the number but I picked up and it was Jeffrey Lurie on the other end. He said he was sorry for the loss, but it was a great season. Then we talked about my interview, and he told me how impressed he was. He said he wanted to officially extend the offer to me to become head coach of the Philadelphia Eagles. I was thinking, “Heck yeah! I’d love to accept the job.”

The whole excerpt is pretty interesting. Pederson admits to hearing rumors that he wasn’t the first choice for the job and even details the interview process he went through with Jeff Lurie and the Eagles’ front office. 

They even made him give a mock speech to the Eagles’ brass as if they were players in their first spring meeting with him as head coach. 

Fast-forward a couple years and Pederson is now extended through the 2022 season. He’s also a legend in Philly. 

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Doug Pederson struck one final blow to Mike Lombardi

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Doug Pederson struck one final blow to Mike Lombardi

No NFL writer has eaten more crow in the last year than Mike Lombardi, who famously quipped Doug Pederson “might be less qualified to coach a team than anyone I’ve ever seen.” It was a foolish thing to say at the time, and clearly, the statement did not age well, seeing as Pederson guided the Eagles to a Super Bowl championship immediately after.

Well, Lombardi is the gift that keeps on giving. It wasn’t enough he had to eat those words and essentially admit that was probably the most profoundly stupid sentence a football person could string together. It turns out Pederson got one last chance to own Lombardi before his immortal line could fade into the background, taking its place along such whimsically remembered Philly sports quotes as “We’re talking about practice,” and “We can all count, those points would’ve helped.”

NBC Sports’ Peter King got a chance to preview Pederson’s new book, “Fearless: How an Underdog becomes a Champion” co-written by Dan Pompei. The book, which goes on sale Tuesday, Aug. 21, contains an interesting nugget about the coach’s behind-the-scenes dealings with Lombardi.

That got a ton of attention last year when Pederson was on the road to winning the Super Bowl. Pederson, in the book, says Lombardi wrote him a letter during the playoffs last season. “It was written on a typewriter, and was about three paragraphs long,” Pederson writes. “The letter said, ‘The first rule of any informed opinion is to never began with the end in mind. And I violated that rule. For that, I extend my sincere apology.’ I was appreciative, and at least it showed he was man enough to admit he was wrong.”

Then this: “After the Super Bowl, the possibility of writing this book came up. One of the interested companies thought Lombardi would be a great co-author and submitted an offer. I said, respectfully, ‘No thanks.’”

And now you know the rest of the story.

Maybe it shouldn’t surprise in 2018, but to think somebody got the idea that Lombardi should be the person to help tell Pederson’s story, and actually had the audacity to ask Pederson this is crazy. Lombardi said about the most disrespectful thing possible about another man’s career, his livelihood — and most importantly, was completely, 100 percent wrong — but, sure, let’s check with Pederson and see how he feels about this.

You might even say Lombardi was probably the least qualified person for the job.

Lombardi did go on to write a book, by the way. While it’s not an autobiography, nor does the title refer to the author, does anybody else find a smidgen of irony in the book’s title, “Gridiron Genius?”

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