It’s about history and connection in a city that really gets those things.
Philadelphia 76ers fans are starved for a championship, but that is not happening this year. But new owner Josh Harris and CEO Adam Aron know that it’s going to take more than just winning to really win over the fans in Philly — it’s going to take passion, commitment and an embracing of the team’s legacy.
So it was a smart move to bring Dr. J back in the house.
The team announced that Hall of Famer Julius Erving is back in the fold as a “strategic advisor” for the franchise. He will consult with ownership on basketball matters and be a goodwill ambassador for the franchise (that means shaking sponsors hands a couple times a year).
It’s a good move for both sides. For the team, it’s a connection with history and the glory days. Fans will like it. For Erving, a guy who has had to sell a lot of his memorabilia following some rough investments, it’s a steady paycheck. Everybody wins.
Eventually it will take wins, too, to keep the fans in Philly happy. But a first round series win over the Bulls would be a good step in that direction, too.
Nets’ national anthem singer kneels to finish performance
NEW YORK (AP)— The national anthem singer at the Brooklyn Nets’ home opener took a knee at the end of her performance.
Justine Skye was nearing the completion of the song Friday night when she went to one knee for the finish. There were some cheers, but appeared to be more boos from the crowd at Barclays Center to see the Nets play the Orlando Magic.
NBA players have continued to stand during the playing of the anthems, as required by league rule.
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This was more of what fans expected from Lonzo Ball.
After a rough first game against the Clippers — with Patrick Beverleyin his face all night — Ball found plenty of room to operate against the soft defense of the Phoenix Suns. With room to operate Ball had 29 points, 11 rebounds, and nine assists — just one assist short of a triple-double. He helped the Lakers pull away to a lead in the third then hold on for a 132-130 win over the Suns.
Ball wasn’t terribly efficient, 12-of-27 shooting, but he was 4-of-9 from three, he played with great pace, he was decisive, and was finding guys with his passes. It was a step forward, even if it was against a sad defense (Eric Bledsoe can be a good defender, but he has seemed disinterested in recent years).
Ball and the Lakers are going to be up and down this season, the goal is for there to be more ups near the end of the season.
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