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DeMarcus Cousins, Kristaps Porzingis, six All-Stars to play in NBA Africa Game

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NEW YORK (AP) — DeMarcus Cousins of the New Orleans Pelicans, Kyle Lowry of the Toronto Raptors and Kristaps Porzingis of the New York Knicks will play for Team World in the NBA Africa Game.

Dirk Nowitzki and Kemba Walker had already been chosen as captains for Team World. The squad includes Portland’s CJ McCollum, Detroit’s Andre Drummond, Boston’s Jaylen Brown, Denver’s Wilson Chandler, New York’s Courtney Lee and Leandro Barbosa, who most recently played with Phoenix.

The rosters were announced Thursday for the second game featuring players born in Africa and second-generation African players against a team from the rest of the world. It will be played Aug. 5 in Johannesburg.

Team Africa, captained by Luol Deng and Thabo Sefolosha, will be rounded out by Indiana’s Victor Oladipo, Atlanta’s Dennis Schroder, Orlando’s Bismack Biyombo, Houston’s Clint Capela, Minnesota’s Gorgui Dieng, Toronto’s Serge Ibaka, Luc Mbah a Moute, most recently with the Clippers, Denver’s Emmanuel Mudiay and Dallas’ Salah Mejri. Philadelphia’s Joel Embiid, from Cameroon, is on the roster but won’t play because he is recovering from injury.

The game will be played in support of UNICEF, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and SOS Children’s Villages South Africa.

Joel Embiid caught two balls at home run derby, let this be a reminder his hands are huge


Of course, Joel Embiid was in the outfield seats in Miami for Monday’s home run derby.

Of course, he got two balls — he’s Joel Embiid.

Of course, he posted pictures of it on social media — he’s Joel Embiid.

Just let this serve as a reminder that his hands are HUGE.

In case you want a video of where he is, the Sixers posted one.

Sixers: Markelle Fultz’s injury not serious, but he’s out for rest of summer league

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Markelle Fultz hurt his ankle at summer league.

But this injury won’t put him in line with Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons as 76ers first-round picks to miss their rookie year.


Missing 1-2 weeks in the middle of the offseason is no big deal. This is more noteworthy only because Fultz’s recovery period will come during summer league, his highest-profile developmental opportunity.

But he’ll be back in the (emptier) gym in a couple weeks, readying for the season.

Sixers’ No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz helped off court after ankle sprain


Come on basketball gods, show the Sixers a little mercy.

Markelle Fultz, the No. 1 pick of the Sixers, is likely done for Summer League after suffering a sprained ankle Saturday night and having to be helped off the court. He has been officially diagnosed with a sprained ankle, which certainly is better than the Sixers have had to deal with in the cases of Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid.

Fultz is certainly done for Summer League, but if it is just a sprain he will be good to go for training camp.

Midway through the third quarter, the Warriors’ Jabari Brown stole the ball andFultz was chasing him down trying to line up a block, then as he lept up he stepped on the Brown’s foot.

Hopefully, this is nothing serious, but we all feel what Joel Embiid expressed when this happened.

So far in Summer League, Fultz had shown a diversified skill set and moment of brilliance with his decision making and passing. There was a lot to like. But he struggled with his jumper, something to work on. Once his ankle heals.

NBA fines Joel Embiid for ‘inappropriate language on social media’


Joel Embiid to his Instagram Live views: “F— LaVar Ball.”

NBA to Embiid: F— your bank account.

Embiid’s remark about LaVar Ball, the outspoken father of Lakers rookie Lonzo Ball, drew the league’s ire.

NBA release:

Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has been fined $10,000 for using inappropriate language on social media, it was announced today by Kiki VanDeWeghe, Executive Vice President, Basketball Operations.

I don’t like the NBA fining players for their language while away from the workplace and not pertaining directly to the workplace, but the league has established the precedent for punishing lewdness on social media. If the union were going to fight these fines, it probably would have already happened.