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Joel Embiid sends great tweet about naked selfies from girls

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Joel Embiid has plenty of time on his hands as he recovers from foot surgery, and the guy has been making great use of it.

Embiid, the No. 3 overall pick of the Philadelphia 76ers in the draft (they have a thing for injured players), has been asserting himself as one of the best athletes on social media. He sent this gem on Tuesday night:

Shortly after sending that beaut, Embiid announced he would be taking a break from Twitter.

That’s how it goes for him — he pushes the limits of social acceptability, gets some negative feedback, and takes a mini break. But he always returns with better jokes than the last time. He’s like a young Gilbert Arenas, hopefully without the golden gun incident.

Oh, and that is exactly the reaction we have when receiving an unexpected nudie pic.

Also see: Joel Embiid’s date with Rihanna looked like fun

Jim Boeheim: Carmelo Anthony would have been better off with Bulls

jim-boeheimJim Boeheim believes Carmelo Anthony would have been better off signing with the Chicago Bulls than remaining with the New York Knicks — at least from a basketball standpoint.

Boeheim, who coached Anthony on Syracuse’s 2003 NCAA national championship team, basically said Monday that he thinks Carmelo would have a better chance of winning in Chicago.

“Just from a basketball point of view it would have been better to go to Chicago because they’ve got better players,” Boeheim told Ian Begley of ESPNewYork.com. “But he wanted to be in New York and he wants to see if they can turn it around there. I think that’s a great thing.”

Anthony’s decision probably had a lot to do with the $50 million more the Knicks were able to offer him. I don’t care who you are or how much money you have made — turning down that kind of sum is extremely difficult. Plus, New York brightened its future by hiring Phil Jackson as head of its basketball operations department. If not for that move, Boeheim believes ‘Melo would have moved on.

[Related: Jim Boeheim told Carmelo Anthony not to be afraid to leave New York]

“He stayed because he believes Phil,” he said. “Derek Fisher, he knows the game. If you’re going to pick a coach who hasn’t coached, he would be the guy I would pick. I think he’s a great choice. I talked to Derek a little bit. I think he’s really smart. I think he’ll be a really good coach. I think they’ll show significant improvement this year. If they get a couple of guys down the road, I think they’ll be good.”

Carmelo is banking on significant improvement. Last season was the first time in his 11-year NBA career that Anthony did not play in a postseason game. He said earlier this week that he is certain the Knicks will not miss the playoffs again.

“Yeah, I think so for sure,” Anthony said when asked if New York will make the postseason, via Fred Kerber of the New York Post. “Absolutely.”

With Joakim Noah, Taj Gibson and a healthy Derrick Rose, it would be surprising if the Bulls aren’t better than the Knicks next season. Boeheim certainly isn’t the only person who sees that.

Chandler Parsons broke up with girlfriend Robyn Crowley

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Chandler Parsons and Robyn Crowley are no longer dating. The Dallas Mavericks forward had dated Crowley for quite some time (see: Parsons birthday pictures), but there have been several indications recently that Parsons is single. He confirmed his relationship status during an entertaining interview Chelsea Handler last week.

“I do not have a girlfriend,” Parsons said.

While that means Parsons is no longer going out with Crowley, it also means he is not dating 18-year-old Kendall Jenner. The two were spotted having dinner together recently, but Parsons said it was a group activity and not a date.

“It’s kind of a long story. I train with Gunnar Peterson here in L.A. She works out before me, so I kind of just got to know her, and then we had dinner,” he explained. “And the next thing I know I was on TMZ. It was more of a group activity.”

Parsons was also exposed earlier this week by a wanna-be social media model who decided to go public with some direct messages she exchanged with the 25-year-old at the end of June. She claims to have a reason for calling out Parsons and said she would reveal it if she got 500 retweets. However, the young lady’s Twitter account has been suspended. You can see more pictures of her here.

In any event, we now understand why Parsons appears to be playing the field.

Kobe Bryant takes over 1995 high school playoff game (Video)

Kobe-Bryant-high-schoolAny NBA fan has seen highlights of Kobe Bryant taking over a game. The five-time NBA champion scored 81 points in a single game once, and he has scored 50 or more in a game 25 times in his career. But have you ever seen Kobe dominate in high school? We have you covered.

In 1995, Kobe put Lower Merion High School on his back during a state tournament game against Norristown. Bryant, who wore No. 33 as a teenager, knocked down three 3-pointers in the third quarter and rallied his team back to tie the game heading into the fourth. He then completely took over.

Kobe hit shots from inside the paint and beyond the arc en route to 18 points in the fourth quarter alone. He finished with 35 points (just 6 in the first half) and 12 rebounds to send Lower Merion to the semifinals.

“We came out in the second half and were like, ‘This is our half. We’re not gonna lose this,'” a young Kobe said after the win. “I sort of felt a personal challenge because I’ve been putting a lot of pressure on myself … There was no way I was going down without a fight. I put my best on the floor.”

Different year, same Kobe.

Derrick Rose wants to become better leader

Derrick RoseDerrick Rose has a lot of obstacles to overcome as he returns from multiple knee injuries/surgeries that have limited him over the past three seasons. Rose says he “has no fears” when it comes to his knee injuries, and Team USA personnel such as Coach K and Tom Thibodeau have praised his game.

Rose may be returning to form physically and unconcerned about that part of his game, but there is one area he’d like to improve.

“Right now, that mental part is my part of the game that I’m missing. That leadership being on the court, getting guys together, just knowing that it’s us against everyone when we’re on the floor,” Rose said Friday in Chicago where he was practicing with Team USA ahead of a game against Brazil via ESPN Chicago.

“For me, this is my chance to actually become a better leader. Being more vocal in the locker room. Being more vocal on the floor. [Saturday] starts all that. It’s a huge journey for me. I’m not trying to shy away from it. I think it’s going to help me with the Bulls next season, and it’s going to help me have a better relationship with my teammates. Because I always have a good relationship, but being vocal and always talking to them I think it should be even better so I’m excited about it.”

This is noteworthy because Rose has always come across as a lead by example type of player. He’s not the kind of guy who will get involved in actively recruiting players to join the Bulls, which is something you’d expect out of a team leader. He still might not do that, but at least he wants to work on his leadership going forward. That can help make him a better overall player and make his teams even more difficult.

John Calipari: I wouldn’t have gone to Cavs even for LeBron James

John CalipariA little over two months ago, a report surfaced that indicated John Calipari was in “deep discussions” with the Cleveland Cavaliers before he finalized a new contract extension with Kentucky. That was before LeBron James shocked the world by announcing he was heading home to Cleveland.

In hindsight, Calipari was probably using the Cavs and any other NBA team as leverage to get more money from Kentucky. But what if he knew that taking a job in the NBA would mean getting a chance to coach the greatest player on the planet? Would Calipari have left the Wildcats for King James?

“No. No. I don’t think so. Because he and I have a great relationship (with LeBron), but it’s not based on me coaching him,” Calipari told Kyle Tucker of The Courier-Journal. “We’ve got a relationship. I’ve known him for years and years. We’ve always been friends. But it was never based on that. I’ve said that. I’ve had a chance to coach Derrick Rose, John Wall and DeMarcus (Cousins), Anthony Davis and Michael (Kidd-Gilchrist). And I’m leaving names off, but I’ve coached some of the best players in basketball, and it is a thrill. There’s nothing better than that. Especially when those guys are all good guys.

“Well, LeBron is also that kind of player and that kind of person. But again, leaving guys who made decisions based on what’s right for their career was something I couldn’t have gotten by anyway.”

Once the Harrison twins — Aaron and Andrew — decided to stay at Kentucky along with Alex Poythress, Willie Cauley-Stein, Marcus Lee and Dakari Johnson, Calipari said there is no way he was going to leave. Kentucky gave him a $52.1 million extension through 2021 just to be sure.

“They came back because it was good for them and their careers and they knew they needed more developing and coachingm” Calipari explained. “That was by me. That’s what they wanted. So that made it a tough deal to say, ‘I’m just going to leave these guys here.’ With who? It may be somebody I don’t know that wouldn’t do the things for them that they needed to do.”

Somehow, I find that hard to believe. The potential to make $8 million per season as an NBA head coach and president of basketball operations while coaching the best player in the league probably would have intrigued Calipari more than the thought of inheriting a rebuilding project. He’s only human, after all.

Team USA wears shooting shirts to honor Paul George

paul-george-stretcher-smallPaul George was unable to participate in Saturday’s exhibition game between Team USA and Brazil, but he was still prominently featured.

When Anthony Davis, James Harden, Stephen Curry, Kyrie Irving, and company took the floor at United Center in Chicago, they did so wearing special shooting shirts which honored their injured teammate.

The shirts displayed the phrase “United We Stand” and George’s initials.

During the broadcast, ESPN’s Mark Jones and Fran Fraschilla interviewed George via telephone. Among the topics of discussion was the two-time All-Star reiterating his desire to play for the 2016 Olympic team.