Philadelphia 76ers Rumors
There is one really small thing that I think you do better than anyone in the NBA. Do you have any idea what that is? TJ McConnell: No. It’s when the Sixers score a basket and you either hang out behind the three-point line or even hide behind a player and then sneak in for a steal on the inbounds pass when the guy doesn’t realize you’re there. How long have you been perfecting that? TJ McConnell: It’s just kind of a feel thing, you know? You see a guy kind of not paying attention throwing the ball in and I just step in and jump in front of it and get a steal. And it’s big momentum for us, which is what I’m trying to do, just change the game when I do it. And I’m going to continue to do it as long as it’s working.
Yeah. You’re the first player off the bench for a team that’s currently in the playoffs. TJ McConnell: I mean, it’s cool that people like to call me gritty. But in the back of my mind, I think I’ve worked hard to get where I’m at and just got to continue what I’m doing.
There’s been some growing “LeBron to Philly” buzz for four reasons: the Sixers have enough cap space and trade assets to accommodate LeBron and the likes of, say, PAUL GEORGE; Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid are two of the league’s best under-25 blue-chippers (young legs!); Klutch represents Simmons (hmmmmm); and NBA insiders have been gossiping about an increasingly cozy Philly–LeBron’s circle connection since November. You want a quality narrative? What about this one:
Regarding the extension, it’s unclear how Kristaps Porzingis’ injury impacts the timing of the Knicks’ offer. Prior to the ACL tear, the Knicks likely felt comfortable offering Porzingis the extension this summer. Now, they might follow the blueprint the Philadelphia 76ers established with Joel Embiid and construct a contract that is incentivized based on health. It’s also unclear if the bad blood between the organization and Porzingis from the summer of 2017 is still a factor at this point, but the Knicks are optimistic that all parties have moved forward and are on the same page. Porzingis has said that he’ll address his feelings on the extension at the appropriate time but wants to remain in New York. The Knicks still see Porzingis as a franchise cornerstone, despite the injury.
He also mentioned talking with Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid, although that conversation didn’t have as much depth to it. “He told me I should trust the process and come play for Philly,” Antetokounmpo said with a chuckle, drawing a laugh. “That was my reaction — I just laughed.”