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Joel Embiid seems to be feeling better
With the 2014-15 season in the home stretch and most Sixers fans attention turning to the future, one topic seems to be on everyone’s mind: Joel Embiid. Will he play this season, how is his weight, what has he been working on with Brett Brown, the questions seem to be endless. It has gotten to the point where it looks like there are more people who show up at Sixers games just to watch Embiid practice shooting than there are who stay for the game.
Of course, every once in a while you get to see Embiid do something like what he did before the Sixers game against the Utah Jazz on Friday night.
Makes you kind of excited for next season, doesn’t it?
After playing in a grand total of six games for the 76ers, the team decided to waive center JaVale McGee by the playoff roster deadline so that he could sign with another team if one will have him. Despite there being talks of a buyout before his release, McGee didn’t end up giving back any of the just over $23 million he was owed on the remainder of his contract, despite averaging only 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds in his very brief career as a Sixer.
Of course, the only reason Sam Hinkie did the deal with the Denver Nuggets in the first place was to get his hands on that 2015 first-round pick from Oklahoma City, by way of Denver. The pick is top-18 protected in 2015 and top-15 protected in 2016, but if Russell Westbrook continues playing like he has been lately, that shouldn’t be much of an issue.
McGee now joins a large, illustrious group of players who are being paid by the Sixers to simply go away and bother someone else. Nice work if you can find it.
Former Sixer Christian Welp passes away
I usually try to keep the Week in Review pretty light-hearted, but I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the passing of former Sixer Christian Welp at the age of 51.
The 7 foot center out of the University of Washington was drafted with the 16th overall pick by the 76ers in 1987 and played his first two seasons with the team before joining the San Antonio Spurs and finishing his career with the Golden State Warriors.
While at Washington Welp became the school’s all-time leading scorer with 2,073 points and was a three-time all-Pac-10 selection as well as the Pac-10 player of the year in 1986. After his NBA career came to an end after the 1989-90 season he went on to win nine championships while playing in Europe and was named Most Valuable Player in 1993.
The sympathies of Sixers Nation go out to his wife and three children.
And since I would never want to leave you on a down note, here is your Sixers Dancers fix for the day.
See you next Sunday.