Morning Phil-Up: Joel Embiid May Not Play In Summer League


Joel Embiid May Not Play In Summer League Games –

Earlier in the week, there were reports that Joel Embiid was making strong progress with his rehab, and that his work in practice was impressive to many people in the organization, creating some hype about the team possibly playing their top pick in this year’s summer league.

But not so fast!

Embiid is not considered a lock to appear in any games this summer.

Head coach Brett Brown said that Embiid has indeed been making good progress, but ultimately may not be ready to perform by the time summer league arrives.

To this point, Embiid has only been working in two-on-two practices. The next step would be to graduate to three-on-three work, and then the head coach may consider playing him. The Sixers are being cautious with their top pick, and that’s understandable. They want to make sure Embiid is truly 100% before they roll him out for game action, which is why they’re noncommittal about him participating in the summer league.

However, given the progress that he’s been making to this point, it would be shocking to me if Embiid didn’t see the court over the summer.

Terrell Owens Says Andy Reid Was Best Coach He Ever Had – CSNPhilly

Former NFL wide receiver Terrell Owens joined Rob Ellis and Barrett Brooks and discussed his time in Philadelphia.

Owens stated that former head coach Andy Reid was the best coach he had ever had, and that every time he took the field for Reid he felt as though he had a chance to score two or three touchdowns per game.

Owens was absolutely electric during his brief tenure in Philadelphia, and his arrival was largely responsible for the success of the 2004 season which was one of the most exciting and memorable years in recent Eagles’ history.

Owens also went on to mention that looking back on his time with the Eagles, he didn’t quite appreciate the level of excitement that he brought the city.

Owens remains one of the great tragedies in Philadelphia sports history. He should have gone down as one the all-time greats to ever play for this franchise. Instead, we only have the 2004 season to remember him by.

Three More Reasons Why Jonathan Papelbon Is Awesome Or A Huge Jerk – Crossing Broad

Jonathan Papelbon hasn’t exactly endeared himself to Philadelphia over his years with the team.

From last summer’s infamous crotch grab, to several incidents that reportedly took place on Wednesday night after the team’s win over Boston, Papelbon has repeat incidents of being antagonistic and frustrating to deal with.

I understand why many people are bothered by Papelbon’s antics, but personally I’m not all that bothered by what he does. I feel like Papelbon is type of character that will annoy you as much as you allow him to. My take is that he’s an idiot, and the type of player and personality that are better off being ignored.

Part of the problem here is that the Phillies have been such a bad organization ever since Papelbon came to town. It’s been frustrating enough for fans to see the Phils fall from grace, but to see the former Boston closer there to rub salt in the wound makes it even worse.

Chris Polk Hasn’t Signed Offer Sheet From Eagles –

Chris Polk, a restricted free agent, was tendered an offer by the Eagles earlier this off-season. Although the team’s first OTA’s are approaching, Polk has yet to sign his offer sheet.

The Birds have added to their backfield heavily this winter, picking up DeMarco Murray and Ryan Mathews. They also came close to signing Frank Gore, and even entertained free agent running back Cedric Peerman last week.

Polk has been a solid contributor on both offense and special teams during the last two years, however his durability has been an issue. It may be difficult for the Eagles to keep four running backs, so the fourth-year veteran may be trying to keep his options open.

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