K.J. McDaniels signed a risky one-year contract with the 76ers that could allow him to leave Philadelphia as soon as this summer.
His mom might wish he could bolt even sooner.
The Twitter account @kjmomshawn is purportedly run by McDaniels’ mom, Shawn. Its first follower: K.J. McDaniels. I think it’s safe to believe his mom runs that account.
Anyway, that account tweeted in early October the 76ers were “A SCREWED UP PROGRAM”:
That type of negativity about her son’s team is nothing new. Check out these tweets when he was at Clemson:
Announcement: Pro Basketball Talk’s partner FanDuel is hosting a one-day $250,000 Fantasy Basketball league for Friday’s NBA games. It’s $25 to join and first prize is $20,000. Starts at 7pm ET on Friday. Here’s the FanDuel link.
McDaniels’ mom seemingly took her complaints about the 76ers to another level yesterday. In screenshots captured by Jim Adair of Crossing Broad:
Notice the extra ‘s’ in the Twitter handle – @KJsMOMshawn vs. @kjmomshawn. However, it seems these are the same accounts. Adair also took a screenshot of the “SCREWED UP PROGRAM” tweet, and the author is also @KJsMOMshawn. Now, it shows up on the @kjmomshawn account – though the recent string of anti-76ers tweets do not. It seems, McDaniels’ mom deleted her tweets from yesterday and slightly tweaked her username.
Her anger is understandable. The 76ers are tanking, and though I think it’s a sound plan, it has unavoidable downsides. It’s miserable for players and, clearly, those close to them.
But there is an upside for McDaniels. He’s getting a larger role on a team lacking veterans. He’s playing for a coach in Brett Brown who emphasizes teaching. Those are big deals for a young player.
At this point, it’s in McDaniels’ best interest to take advantage of what Philadelphia offers him and block out the frustration the best he can – even when those close to him share it.