Report: Jahlil Okafor’s camp didn’t want 76ers to draft him


There was a rumor D'Angelo Russell didn’t want the 76ers to draft him.

He might not have been the only prospect attempting to avoid Philadelphia.

Jahlil Okafor, whom the 76ers picked No. 3, also might fit the bill.

Keith Pompey of The Inquirer:

Sources say that Okafor’s camp wasn’t in favor of him playing for the Sixers during the draft process.

According to multiple sources, Hinkie wasn’t permitted to interview Kristaps Porzingis during his predraft workout in Las Vegas in June.

Not being able to interview Porzingis, whom the Knicks selected No. 4, certainly made it more difficult for Philadelphia to draft him. Porzingis has acclimated more quickly to the NBA than nearly anyone projected, but we didn’t know at the time he would. Any business would certainly want to speak first-hand with a potential employee who’d be relocating from another continent. That brings a major adjustment.

Plus, Porzingis was more of a dark horse to crack the top range of draft prospects with Karl-Anthony Towns, Russell and Okafor. At No. 3, Okafor was a safe pick. Frequently, a player who doesn’t want to be drafted by a certain team gets over it once it happens. What other choice does he have?

But Okafor’s off-court issues since being drafted will only compound the 76ers’ problem. To some, Okafor has showed the toxicity of Philadelphia – and confirmed any desire to keep Okafor from it.

How many future draft prospects and their agents will try to avoid Philly?

76ers general manager Sam Hinkie’s poor relationship with agents makes his job more difficult. See Okafor and Porzingis. This is one of the reasons hiring Jerry Colangelo was a good idea.

There are plenty of “what ifs?” here. Would Okafor have gotten into trouble if another team drafted him? Would the 76ers have drafted Porzingis if they spoke to him?

But reality is clear: Okafor is in Philadelphia, and Porzingis is in New York.

And the 76ers need to do a better job of developing the interpersonal connections necessary to draft the right players and develop them.

DMV in Cleveland tapes a photo of LeBron to their camera to stop people smiling

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A trip to the DMV is never at the top of anyone’s list of ways to spend an afternoon. Still, it’s a necessary evil of adult life.

The DMV is a place for rules, one of the most common ones is that you are not allowed to smile in your picture for your driver’s license. In Cleveland, the DMV there has decided to make a small alteration to their camera setup to ensure that citizens follow this rule.

Specifically, they taped a photo of LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey to the camera that takes the driver’s license photos.

Via Twitter:

At least for this year, putting a photo of LeBron on a camera at the DMV in the Cleveland should keep straight faces on people getting their photo taken. However, seeing as the Cavaliers probably won’t be very good moving forward, it might be just as easy to tape a photo of the team logo up there.

It appears that everyone is upset about Lebron leaving for the LA.

DeMar DeRozan with classy goodbye to Toronto fans

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DeMar DeRozan did not want to be traded from the Raptors.

He will eventually warm to San Antonio and the Spurs, but for a franchise that has seen star after star push their way out of town — Chris Bosh, Vince Carter, Damon Stoudamire, and on down the list — DeRozan was the one guy who embraced the city, repped it, and not only said he wanted to stay but did just that. DeRozan was all in on Toronto and loyal, and they shipped him out anyway. It may well have been the right basketball move, but it was cold. And a lot of Raptors fans were not happy about how it went down.

DeRozan, classy as always, thanked the Raptors fans in a heartfelt Instagram post.

Someday they will retire DeRozan’s jersey in Toronto. Deservedly so.

LeBron James loves fan made NBA 2K video of him playing with son for Lakers

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LeBron James has been up front about this before: He wants to play with his son LeBron Jr. for a couple of years in the NBA before retiring. That son, about to enter ninth grade, would graduate in 2022 — the year the NBA is expected to go back to allowing teams to draft players out of high school, and the year LeBron’s Laker contract ends.

(Does LeBron Jr. want this? Of course he’ll say publicly he does, but would you want your dad with you in the locker room and on the road with you when you’re an NBA rookie finally out of the house and able to explore life a little?)

Taking that to the next step, Twitter user @Shady00018 pieced together an NBA 2K mixtape of LeBron playing with his son. LeBron saw it and LOVED it.

We’re a long way from that, but you know LeBron wants it to happen.

Here’s a first look at Kawhi Leonard, DeMar DeRozan in new jerseys, via NBA 2K

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Kawhi Leonard is a member of the Toronto Raptors now. There’s no way of getting around it. Even with rumors swirling about whether or not he will be happy in Canada, the truth is that we have already seen some embrace of Leonard in the six.

Likewise, DeMar DeRozan is a member of the San Antonio Spurs whether he likes it or not. Now, each have been seen for the first time in their new jerseys.

The only catch? It’s via a video game.

2K Games decided to tweet out new rendered images of both players in their respective jerseys. To be honest, I don’t think they look all that bad.

Via Twitter:

It’s going to feel a bit like a real life franchise mode of NBA 2K19 when we see these guys on the court in their new kits next season. But eventually we will get used to it, much in the way we will no doubt get used to LeBron James in a Los Angeles Lakers jersey or Tony Parker in a Charlotte Hornets jersey.

We’re going to have the matchup between the Raptors and the Spurs circled on our calendar next year. That is, if Leonard ends up playing in it. There still might be some doubts in that department.