“Me and Christian [Wood] actually went out to eat that night and he was fine, he was good,” McRae told NBC Sports Washington’s Chris Miller on the latest episode of the Wizards Talk podcast. “We had practice the next day, he was fine. Then before the [Sixers] game, he was like ‘Yo, I don’t really feel good, I might not play.’ We all gave him a hard time like, ‘Yo, we have Joel Embiid tonight and now you out sick? You don’t want to play.'”
On Thursday, 76ers point guard Ben Simmons launched The Philly Pledge as a way for people to find local nonprofit organizations that are helping the less fortunate. The Philly Pledge encourages locals to donate to the PHL COVID-19 Fund and Philadundance online. The PHL COVID-19 Fund is for coronavirus relief, while Philadundance is a hunger-relief organization. Simmons said folks can make a donation for as little as $25.
Flyers standout Glaude Giroux, Sixers forward Tobias Harris, Phillies first baseman Rhys Hoskins, Phillies catcher Andrew Knapp, Phillies infielder Scott Kingery, ONE Championship fighter Eddie Alvarez, Eagles defensive back Jalen Mills, Eagles tight end Zack Ertz and his wife, Julie, a member of U.S. woman’s soccer team, and Sixers limited partner Michael Rubin are among the growing list of supporters.
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Theo Ratliff: You’re talking about a tremendous competitor. To this day, I still don’t know how he did the things that he did and how he was able to push through certain injuries. When he sprained his ankle, it looked like he broke his ankle, but then he’d be right back out here. His will and determination and pain tolerance was right up there with Kobe. He was just able to will himself to do certain things. When we were down, we knew where to go. We’d find him, he’d find the ball, and he would just take over games. Just from his leadership on the floor, that helped us be at our best. We had a lot of guys who were just kind of journeyman guys who hadn’t really stepped out and came into their own when we came over to the Sixers to play alongside him – guys like Aaron McKie, Eric Snow, George Lynch. He helped push us and elevated our game and our status as NBA players. He’s a tremendous guy, a tremendous person as well. Very giving, very family-oriented. He takes his time, even to this day, to speak to your kids and give his story and talk about what he did and the ups and downs of his life. He’s just a tremendous individual.