Andray Blatche

Oh Andray. Blatche denies challenging follower to fight on twitter

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UPDATE 3:06 pm: Andray Blatche took to twitter to deny that he challenged someone to a fight through twitter. Here is what he wrote:

If anyone really thinks that was me responding yesterday is crazy I just heard of this this morning

i would like for everyone to use there brain for a moment im hardly on here why would i wanna be on twitter in miami i tweeted 33 things

Maybe he is telling the truth, but frankly I’ve become pretty desensitized to these “my account was hacked” excuses. Everyone uses it. Boy who cried wolf thing. You can decide for yourself what the truth is here.

2:07 pm: Just a little public service reminder to the NBA players out there: twitter is a public forum. When you hit “reply” to respond to a tweet, it goes into your timeline. Everyone can read it. So don’t say anything stupid.

Which brings us to Andray Blatche of the Washington Wizards and the long-running questions of his maturity. Both on and off the court, but today we will talk about off.

Blatche has a twitter account (@drayblatche) and like every NBA player on twitter he has some spammers and haters out there who just message him trying to get under his skin. Blatche got into it with one of these guys the other day then challenged him to a fight via twitter, according to NBCWashington. First he tweeted:

“ok let’s do this so everyone can see wat u bout let’s meet n dc saturday after my game”

The guy didn’t respond so Blatche tried it again. The tweets are now gone but this was his second tweet.

…like I said I’m done with this fake internet thing if u wanna see meet me saturday after game i can throw these things homie

Not good. Really not good in Washington, a city that saw the Redskins Brandon Banks stabbed after an altercation outside a nightclub. (How did that knife-wielding idiot find Banks? The player tweeted the club he and buddies were heading out to.)

Blatche has a world of physical gifts, but his ability and willingness to do what is necessary to really use them have been the questions. His maturity has been in question. This may answer the questions, but not in a good way. You can bet this doesn’t sit well with Ted Leonsis as he tries to rebuild the organization’s reputation in the community.

After two years off court, Joel Embiid says he “probably” will have minutes restrictions

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Joel Embiid could be the best player on the Philadelphia 76ers in a couple of years — many scouts had him the highest rated of all the first-round draft picks the Sixers have had in recent seasons.

But after two foot surgeries and two seasons sitting on the sidelines, we don’t know how good Embiid can be. We should find out starting in October when Embiid is part of the Sixers training camp. Embiid says he feels 100 percent, but he expects there will be restrictions on him at first, he told Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com during the Sixers Beach Bash community event this weekend.

This is the smart move by the Sixers — they are not competing for a title, the games in November have minimal meaning long term, bring him along slowly and make sure he can make each step along the way. Let’s see what he can do, then worry about how much run he can get in games that matter.

It’s going to be interesting to watch how Embiid, Ben Simmons, Nerlens Noel, and Jahlil Okafor all fit together up front — and which one of them gets traded this season.

Celtics’ Avery Bradley on defense: “Kyrie Irving, none of those guys scare me”

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Avery Bradley was first-team NBA All-Defensive team last season, and his coach Brad Stevens lobbied for him to get the honor. Bradley picks up guys full court, pesters, and plays physical — we can debate if he is as good defensively as his reputation, but guys like Damian Lillard think he’s tough to go up against.

Bradley, for his part, says he has no fear going up against the best. Here is what he said to Tom Westerholm of Masslive.com.

“I love the challenge,” Bradley said on Friday, making an appearance at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. “I love going up against the best players. I don’t care who it is. I don’t care about getting embarrassed. I don’t care. Kyrie Irving, none of those guys scare me. I know some players in the NBA probably get butterflies before the game, but not me. I’m licking my lips. I come excited. They need to prepare for me at the end of the day. That’s how I think.”

That’s exactly the attitude you want an elite defender to have.

Bradley injured his hamstring in the first game of the playoffs last April and sat the rest of the Celtics’ one series. Then this summer his name came up in potential Jimmy Butler trade rumors (that deal never actually came close to getting off the ground). Expect Bradley to put that all behind him by the time training camp opens.

Watch highlights of LeBron James’ playoffs, Finals run

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LeBron James was dominant — the clear best player on the planet — when the Cleveland Cavaliers needed him most. That’s the reason Cleveland got its first major sports title in 52 years.

It’s the dead part of the NBA season — training camps don’t even open for a month — so why not enjoy a look back at LeBron’s amazing run to a legacy-defining NBA ring. Like you don’t have 15 minutes for this. What are you going to do, watch more preseason football?

It’s Joel Embiid’s turn to swat a little kid’s shot (VIDEO)

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It’s a summer tradition — tall NBA players swatting away the shots of young kids at camps/clinics.

Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid has yet to step on an NBA court — this fall, finally? — but he is part of the youth tradition now, destroying this young man at the Sixers Beach Bash event Saturday.

This summer Embiid has arm wrestled Justin Bieber and looked good working out in an empty gym, and to add to that list here is Embiid overpowering an average guy at Beach Bash then throwing it down. The man at least provided a little more resistance than a chair.