Benjie Burke, the father of former Michigan star and current Sixers reserve Trey Burke, was just being a dad. The kind who sees his son’s play through rose-colored dad-glasses and wants a chance for his son to shine. However, the elder Burke took his case to Instagram and wrote in a now-deleted post:
“Man get my dude off this team. Killing him. They will not get out the east without bench scoring. Free TB23 please.”
Earlier today, I was made aware of my dad’s social media post. While I appreciate the support he’s shown throughout my career, his comments don’t reflect how I feel and we’ve addressed that. My focus is doing whatever I can to help this team win a championship. I appreciate the support this organization, the fans and city of Philadelphia have shown me.
Burke’s dad has a history of this, ask the Utah Jazz.
Burke is playing a limited role off the bench for the Sixers, behind Ben Simmons (who starts at the point) and Raul Neto (and with good reason). Burke is getting just garbage time minutes mostly (like against Brooklyn).
If that were my son, I’d be screaming at the television and ranting to my friends about how my guy needs more run and a chance to show himself. That’s what dad’s do. But put that out on social media and the dynamic changes — now your son has to issue statements because of you. That’s not good. There are lines not to cross, and that is one of them.
WASHINGTON — As well as the Philadelphia 76ers have been playing at home lately, they just can’t consistently get their act together on the road, and a combined 15 turnovers by Joel Embiid and Ben Simmons contributed to a 119-113 loss at the Washington Wizards on Thursday night.
The Sixers dropped to 5-7 away from Philadelphia – where they are 10-0 this season – despite 33 points from Tobias Harris, 26 points and a season-best 21 rebounds from Embiid, and 17 points and 10 assists from Simmons.
Facing one of the most lax defenses in the NBA, Embiid had eight turnovers and Simmons seven. The 76ers ended up with 21 in all, leading to 30 points for the Wizards, who had lost five of their past six games entering the night.
The 76ers have lost 10 games in a row at Washington; their last victory in the nation’s capital came on Nov. 1, 2013.
Still, the Wizards started this one about as poorly as possible at the offensive end, missing their first five shots and turning the ball over twice before finally making a basket after nearly 4 minutes.
Raul Neto hit 3s on consecutive trips down the court to put the Sixers ahead 33-22 late in the first quarter. Bertans took over in the second, though, scoring 12 points in a row for Washington in one stretch and sparking a 16-2 run.
In the first half, Bertans shot 8 for 8 overall, 6 for 6 on 3s, and totaled 22 points.
The hosts stretched their edge to 75-61 midway through the third quarter and were up 91-81 entering the fourth, despite missing several players.
Washington’s roster has been injury-depleted all season so far, most prominently missing All-Star point guard John Wall. Each day seems to bring more bad news, and Thursday was no different: Point guard Isaiah Thomas was a late scratch, while guard-forward Jordan McRae was ruled out for no less than two weeks.
Others unavailable at the moment include starting center Thomas Bryant and forward C.J Miles.
Three Things to Know: Well-rested Kawhi Leonard takes over fourth, leads Clipper win
What he cares about is staying healthy and winning basketball games — which are exactly the things he did in the last 48 hours.
There was a storm of criticism in some quarters (and from ESPN personalities) after Leonard sat out Wednesday night’s Clipper game against the Bucks, the first half of a back-to-back, to make sure he stays healthy for the playoffs. You know, the formula he used last year to lead Toronto to a title. But some people seem to care more about being entertained than Leonard’s health and wanted to see Giannis Antetokounmpo and Leonard face off — not so coincidentally on ESPN. Leonard’s reaction to that has been frustration the league detailed his injury publicly — Leonard is a private person — but beyond that, he just shrugs and goes about his business.
#Clippers’ Kawhi Leonard on the NBA detailing his knee injury- “It was shocking but it doesn’t matter to me. I’m not a guy that reads the media anyway. We’re gonna manage it the best way we can to keep me healthy & that’s the most important thing: me being healthy moving forward” pic.twitter.com/cRtgCb9drJ
“I’m not a guy that reads the media anyway. We’re going to manage it the best way we can to keep me healthy and that’s the most important thing, me being healthy moving forward.”
Then on Thursday against Portland — a game that is more important to the Clippers because it is in conference — Leonard showed what he can do when healthy. Leonard scored 18 in the fourth quarter, took over the game, and led Los Angeles to a 107-100 win against Portland.
Blazers coach Terry Stotts had the line of the night.
Terry Stotts on Kawhi’s 4th quarter: “Well, he looked well rested.”
Rivers has the Clippers focusing on the big picture — this is a team in title contention and everything needs to be focused on that goal. Which means Leonard is going to keep taking nights off. No matter what anyone else cares or thinks.
Kawhi on criticism on load management: "It’s just disappointing that it feels like they want us to play even if they’re not ready. I don’t read into it. I have to do what makes me healthy and help the team be successful. That’s me being able to play basketball games for us."
2) Ben Simmons out Friday night with a sprained shoulder, could miss more games due to injury. Officially, Philadelphia point guard Ben Simmons is out for one game, Friday night against Denver, with a sprained AC joint in his right shoulder. He will be re-evaluated Sunday before the Sixers take on the Hornets.
However, don’t be surprised if he misses more time than that.
Philadelphia 76ers star Ben Simmons is likely to miss the next three games with a Grade 1 AC joint sprain in his right shoulder, league sources tell Yahoo Sports.
Is this a big deal long-term? No. It’s not severe, and it’s Simmons off-arm. This doesn’t change the arc of the season in Philadelphia and Simmons will be back in a week or so at worst.
Short term, it’s a little bit of a problem. Brett Brown has played Josh Richardson out of position as the backup point guard behind Simmons (clearly not trusting Raul Neto or Trey Burke). Richardson played that role a lot in Miami, but he’s a natural wing. He’s okay at the point but turns the ball over a little too much.
Philadelphia hosts Denver Friday night, Charlotte Sunday night, Cleveland Tuesday night, then travel to Orlando on Wednesday. If Simmons misses all those games, the Sixers are still going to be racking up wins.
3) Kemba Walker scores 14 in emotional return to Charlotte. One thing was clear Thursday night: Kemba Walker loves Charlotte and the fans in Charlotte still love Kemba.
Walker left Charlotte last summer after a below-max offer and signed in Boston, but Hornets fans don’t hold that against him. Nor did the organization, which put together a fantastic video tribute.
Walker scored 14 points on the night but was picked up by his teammates — Gordon Hayward had 20 points and 10 rebounds, and Jaylen Brown returned to action scoring a dozen. The Celtics cruised to a 108-87 win to 6-1 on the season.
Ben Simmons out for 76ers-Nuggets, reportedly likely to miss two additional games
Neto will earn $1,737,145 next season – $1,620,564 from Philadelphia, $116,581 from the NBA. One-year minimum contracts for players with more than two years experience are subsidized by the league.
This is a nice signing for the 76ers. Neto is a capable backup point guard – when healthy. But he has played just 40, 41 and 37 games the last three years. Philadelphia needs more depth at the position. Shake Milton, a second-year combo guard, can provide some. The 76ers should probably add another player who can run the point.