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76ers Joel Embiid arrives to Orlando NBA restart bubble in full hazmat suit

76ers Joel Embiid arrives to Orlando NBA restart bubble in full hazmat suit

The Philadelphia 76ers arrived in Orlando for the 2019-20 NBA restart Thursday afternoon and star big-man Joel Embiid quickly made headlines with his bubble attire. 

This get-up needs no intro, take a look for yourself.

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On top of the hazmat suit (which we're not quite sure how he got his hands on one so large) Embiid was decked out with his facemask and gloves as well.

Embiid commented on the Walt Disney World Resort bubble earlier this week during a Zoom press conference when he stated he doesn't believe in the restart plan.

“I’m not a big fan of the idea," Embiid said. "But then again, I’m going to do my job. I’m not going to let the city down. I’m going to represent my city, my family, my teammates - that’s what I’ve always done.” 

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“I know I’m going to do the right things,” Embiid said. "I don’t ever do anything. I only play video games. I’m always home. I don’t do anything. But then again, I don’t trust those other guys to do the same. But like I said, I got to do my job."

Being too careful during this pandemic isn't a thing, so kudos to Embiid for breaking out all the stops. 

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Michael Jordan competes is White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan competes is White Marlin Open in Ocean City for second consecutive year

Michael Jordan has proven time and time again that no opponent is too challenging for him.

Even in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic and Hurricane Isaias, Jordan’s love for competition prevailed as he was spotted in Ocean City, Md. this past weekend competing in the White Marlin Open, a deep-sea fishing competition, for the second consecutive year. 

If basketball, football, baseball and golf weren’t enough, the six-time NBA champion has now become a regular competitor in the world’s largest billfish tournament. After he entered the competition in 2019, he was the weekend’s star even without the winning catch.

In the weeks leading up to the 2020 competition, rumors began to circulate about whether the sports icon would appear on the eastern shore again. When his plane was spotted at Salisbury-Ocean City Wicomico Regional Airport last week and his boat Catch 23 was registered, excitement began to grow from fans and fellow anglers.

In the competition’s 47th year, Jordan’s boat was spotted as one of 433 to enter the competition. His is an 80-foot Viking, which displays the print matching his Air Jordan 3 sneakers that he wore during the 1998 NBA All-Star game.

The tournament features competitions in fishing for tuna, dolphins, blue marlins, wahoos, sharks and white marlins. Due to the effects of the hurricane, the competition spanned from Aug. 3-9, an extension from its normal five days. This year, the White Marlin Open set a record for the most money ever awarded with a collective $6.8 million distributed to the winners.

The top $1.85 million prize went to Brandon Golueke from Ocean City for a 97-pound white marlin. The fish was the third largest white marlin in competition history.

While Jordan and his Catch 23 crew were unable to bring home the top prize again this year, he has proven he has a promising future in angling. Back in June, his boat brought in a 442.3-pound marlin on the second day of the Big Rock Blue Marlin Tournament in Morehead City, N.C., which earned fifth place that day and ninth place in the tournament overall. 

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Wizards caught in the middle of rising tensions in NBA bubble

Wizards caught in the middle of rising tensions in NBA bubble

When the Wizards were officially eliminated from the 2020 NBA playoffs on Friday after a loss cemented an 0-5 start, their Western Conference neighbors were still battling for their postseason lives.

Housed in Orlando's least attractive resort accomodation with what's been called the "Yacht Club Six," New York Times NBA insider Marc Stein reported Washington has felt the tensions rise inside the Disney property while the five Western Conference teams looking to take Memphis' spot as the No. 8 seed knock each other out of contention with every result. 

The Wizards have two remaining games against Milwuakee and Boston before heading home and getting into full offseason mode (if they haven't already). Without their three best players in Bradley Beal, Davis Bertans, and John Wall, however, Washington's chances to get within four games of the Magic and force play-in games were always unlikely heading in. 

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In fact, the Wizards have now dropped into 10th in the East behind Charlotte without the Hornets even playing a game!

Still, the learning experience and opportunity to participate in a once-in-a-lifetime type of NBA event made the sequestering in Orlando worth it for Washington. 

“It is such a unique experience,” Mahinmi told Stein. “Honestly, if you want to reflect on it, it would have been tough to be back home and be like, ‘Man, I wasn’t part of this.’”

For the five Western Conference teams bunking alongside Washington in the Yacht Club - New Orleans, San Antonio, Phoenix, Portland, and Sacramento - the playoff picture has shifted tremendously with a bevy of unexpected wins and losses from these teams. That's not the only thing that's changed though.

Stein reported that tensions have been rising among players and coaches inside the Yacht Club. 

“Stares are getting colder getting on and off the elevator,” Suns Coach Monty Williams told Stein. 

With the Suns surprising undefeated start to the NBA restart and Pelicans star rookie Zion Williamson's debut season officially over after their final game Thursday, the playoff picture has turned upside down for the competition of the coveted eighth seed. It's clear that players are bitter. 

For Washington, on the other hand, it's just about being there. With a healthy backcourt duo of Beal and Wall next season, maybe the Wizards will feel like they belong. 

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