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Steven Adams, Andre Roberson show off (limited) football skills

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What happens when a New Zealander and a skinny 6’7″ wing play some football?

It’s one of life’s eternal questions. But we may have an answer thanks to Steven Adams and Andre Roberson of the Thunder, who attended practice at Heritage Hall (hat tip 24/7 Sports).

Adams threw a wobbly, slow spiral. He should still expect a call from Jeff Fisher and a chance to try out for the Rams.

Coach Brett Brown expects Joel Embiid to be ready for training camp, be defensive anchor

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After two seasons of dominating empty gyms, Joel Embiid is expected to step on an NBA court in a couple of weeks.

What does Sixers coach Brett Brown want out of his rookie center? First, to be on the court. Second, to be a defensive anchor, and from there just let the offense come to him.

Brown had a media luncheon Thursday and here is what he said about Embiid, as reported by Brian Seltzer of the Sixers website and Jessica Camerato of CSNPhilly.com.

Embiid himself expects there will be restrictions placed upon him early, but he wants to play. Embiid has had two foot surgeries over two years, so the team will bring him along slowly.

One other interesting note from the luncheon: Brown seems to be leaning toward starting Jerryd Bayless at the point and bringing Sergio Rodriguez and T.J. McConnell (if he makes the team) off the bench.

Check out latest NBA 2K17 trailer

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Do you want an NBA fix?

How about the latest NBA 2K17 trailer?

Here you go, with images of Kevin Love showing off his ring, Kevin Durant showing off his new uniform, Dwyane Wade showing off his new Uni, D'Angelo Russell dancing, Zach LaVine dunking, Paul George celebrating and so much more. Enjoy.

Draymond Green on Kevin Hart’s basketball skills: “He sucks”

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At All-Star Weekend in Toronto, ubiquitous comedian Kevin Hart got in a three-point shootout with Draymond Greenand tied him (Hart likes to say he won).

Does that mean Green has some respect for Hart’s game?

“But, no.”

That sums it up well. But to be exceptionally clear, Green also said, “he sucks.”

 

Chris Bosh says he is “absolutely” ready for start of training camp, keeps pressure on Heat

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The Miami Heat doctors have yet to clear Chris Bosh to play for the team when training camp opens in a couple of weeks.

But Bosh’s campaign of pressure to get them to do so — to agree to a plan involving management of the serious blood clot issue that kept him out the second half of the last two seasons — continues. He has used social media in the past, plus had leaks from the Union side that the Heat were leaning toward a deal.

The latest salvo comes in the form of Bosh appearing on the Open Run podcast tied to The Uninterrupted, and was very clear when asked if he was ready for training camp.

“Absolutely. We’ve been talking about it for a long time. We released a statement in May that as soon as I’m ready to play, as soon as possible, I’ll play. I’m ready. I’ve done all my work working with the doctors. I’m in incredible shape. … I look good when I take my shirt off.”

Bosh said he expects he and his team of advisors to reach a deal with the Heat, and he thinks the owner wants to see him in camp.

“Especially with Micky Arison saying, ‘I’ll see you at camp.’ I think it’s moving forward,” Bosh said. “I have no reason to believe it’s not. We’ll finish this.”

The Heat are far more cautious. There are questions to be answered about what kind of blood thinners Bosh will take, would he come off them on game days (or use one that is gone from his system in eight hours), plus would there be travel or minutes restrictions. People with this kind of recurring blood clotting issue — and Bosh had a clot travel to his lung two years ago — are often on blood thinners for the remainder of their lives.

Miami wants to cover its bases. Bosh just wants to play.

The two sides likely will strike a deal. But until they do, Bosh is not going to let up the pressure.