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.
And the responses are entertaining, to say the least. Here are some of them, which included a few shots at the Sixers.
Now you can order a beer to be delivered to your seat and you don't even need to download another phone app to make it happen.
The Phillies and Aramark announced a new pilot program at Citizens Bank Park in which fans in certain sections of the ballpark can order select beer and water by simply using messages on an Apple iPhone.
The best part? You don't need any cash. It will charge your order right to whatever credit card you have set up in your Apple Pay.
"Initially, as part of the pilot program beginning today, July 20, fans sitting in sections 142, 143, 144 and 145 at Citizens Bank Park will be able to purchase select beverages (beer and water) from the comfort of their seats using their iPhone. The pilot program will be conducted over the course of ten games (July 20-25, August 2-5)," the release says.
They even include super simple instructions:
- Open the iPhone Camera app
- Scan the QR code on the seat back
- Follow the prompts on the Messages text screen to place order
- Complete transaction with Apple Pay
- Enjoy the game while order is delivered to seat location
I'm curious about tipping. Any self-respecting baseball fan knows that when you order beers from one of the vendors walking the aisles you always toss him a dollar or so at the end of the transaction. Will there be an option to tip your delivery person via text message?
The Phillies are apparently the first team to give this new tech a shot.
“We look forward to joining Aramark in testing this mobile delivery service, an innovative use of Apple Business Chat that further enhances the food and beverage experience at Citizens Bank Park,” said David Buck, Phillies Executive Vice President. “With this new pilot program, food ordering and delivery is as easy as a text message, and we are excited to be the first sports facility in the country to try out this new technology.”
So buy lots of beers this summer so the Phillies make lots of money so they can afford Manny Machado this winter. All via text messaging!
You can watch a demo of how this will all work below.
More on the Phillies
The Super Bowl champs showed up to the ESPYS in style on Wednesday night out in Los Angeles.
Nick Foles may have taken home the hardware for best performance in a championship — with a heck of a speech to boot — but it was the Eagles' secondary who won best dressed.
Or maybe just most outrageously baller. Tough to tell these days.
I mean, just look at what Rodney McLeod wore. Purple. No shirt.
The Green Goblin wasn't far behind. Personally, I liked Jalen Mills going with a vest that still showed off his tat.
And then there was Malcolm Jenkins adding a bit of class to the group.
But the sartorial flair that won the evening may have to go to former Eagle and current member of the Chicago Bears Trey Burton, who kept the "Philly Special" close to his heart.
And shouts to Jake Elliott and his hat just because.