Joel Embiid's freakish frame requires a unique training plan

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Joel Embiid's freakish frame requires a unique training plan

The voice of the Sixers, Marc Zumoff, sat down with the team's head strength and conditioning coach, Todd Wright, to chat about many aspects of his job, including the challenge of working with a guy with a body as big and powerful as Joel Embiid.

As Wright explained it, Embiid has gone through quite the journey in terms of understanding his frame and the care that is needed to keep it at top form.

“Joel has had a great transformation in understanding the importance of taking care of yourself," Wright said. “Joel is such a unique athlete in the sense that he’s 7-foot-2 and he’s very large and very powerful."

Having such a unique body means it works a bit differently than an average human. The electricity firing through such a bigger muscle system takes longer and can fatigue a bit faster, as Wright explains it.

"[Joel's] parameters in understanding the frequency of training, the rest that's required to repair all of those things, that was a work in progress for all of us, to really understand just how unique he was. The organization has done an incredible job putting a team around him with some of the smartest people in the world. As we've gotten to know Joel, I think our strategies have gotten stronger and stronger and our ability to educate him has gotten better and better."

Zoo tried to get some specifics out of him, but Wright kept the actual plan and action items pretty generic.

He said the Sixers attempt to boil down Embiid's action plan to: managing sleep, nutrition, balancing court work and weight room work, and creating better habits.

It's a process, albeit a complicated one.

Wright also spoke about his unique relationship with Kevin Durant and KD's incredible drive. You can listen to the whole podcast below.

Chase Utley receives Father's Day gifts from his … Dodgers teammate

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Chase Utley receives Father's Day gifts from his … Dodgers teammate

On May 20, Chase Utley indicated that his Dodger teammates have started calling him dad, so it stands to reason that on Father’s Day, they would come bearing gifts for the oldest position player in the National League.

Utley posted these two photos to his Instagram Story today showing gifts from teammate Kike Hernandez, which includes one awesome T-shirt.

In addition to his fake teammate son, Utley also has two sons, six-year-old Benjamin and three-year-old Max, who got to take part in a very special art project for their dad. Chase gave his sons a pair of white cleats to color on, which he wore for today’s game against the Giants.

They turned out how you’d expect, which is a pretty cool thing for Chase to wear on Father’s Day.

If you can’t get enough cuteness from members of the 2008 Phillies, there’s a video of Cole Hamels having tea with his five-year-old daughter, Reeve, that will melt your heart.

Baseball is a sport that can uniquely bring families together, whether someone is your real dad or just the father figure in the clubhouse.

Cole Hamels having tea with his daughter on Father's Day is ridiculously adorable

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Cole Hamels having tea with his daughter on Father's Day is ridiculously adorable

OK, so the caption of Fox Sports Southwest's video is maybe a little misleading.

"The absolute CUTEST thing you will see this Fathers Day is Cole Hamels having tea with his daughter!" the caption reads.

I'm guessing that, if you're a dad, the cutest thing you'll see this Father's Day is your own kid(s). 

But man, this is an adorable video.

Former Phillie (and 2008 World Series MVP) Cole Hamels and his wife Heidi adopted five-year-old Reeve, one of their four children, from Ethiopia as a baby after she was abandoned at birth, found alone in a field by the police and placed in an orphanage. In the video, she asks Cole a series of rapid-fire questions and looks like she's having an absolute blast hanging out with her dad. So does Cole.

"If you were retired, what would you do?" Reeve asks.

"How 'bout I'd just like to be a dad, would that be good?" Hamels responds.