Tyneeha Rivers walked into Barclays Center for the NBA draft with her son Russell Wilson Jersey
, Mikal Bridges.
Like any parent, she was full of emotions: pride, excitement – just a bundle of nerves.
But Rivers had somewhat of a parental advantage, she works for an NBA team, the Philadelphia 76ers. So when her son – who starred at Villanova – was taken by the 76ers with the 10th overall pick, she couldn’t believe it.
”It’s amazing” Rivers Stephone Anthony Jersey
, vice president of human relations for the 76ers, said in an ESPN interview with her son sitting in front of her wearing a 76ers baseball cap after he was drafted. ”It’s an experience I’ll never forget. I’m so excited he’s coming home to be part of our Sixers family. It’s amazing.
Unfortunately, it was a fleeting moment, thanks to the sometimes cruel business side of basketball.
The 76ers put a quick end to the fairy tale – hometown hero who led the local school to national championships and now about to join the surging hometown NBA team – by promptly trading Bridges, who they took with the 10th overall pick, to the Suns in a deal they felt was too good to pass up. Philadelphia got Zhaire Smith (the 16th overall pick) and a 2021 first-round pick for the rights to Bridges.
And though the storybook ending lasted only a few minutes for Rivers Frank Gore Jersey
, she and her son didn’t walk away empty handed.
After all, being a top-10 pick in the NBA draft is something to celebrate – in Philadelphia or Phoenix.
Jameis Winston drew criticism Friday after posting a video of a workout with his trainer, who wore a shirt that read “JAMEIS AGAINST THE WORLD.”
The shirts are NFLPA-licensed and personalized for all players, with team versions sold by the NFL, Greg Auman of the Tampa Bay Times reports. But it still didn’t sit well with some, considering Winston’s three-game suspension for violating the NFL’s personal conduct policy.
After the workout Ahkello Witherspoon Jersey
, the Bucs quarterback spent time with kids attending a Tampa Bay Youth Football League camp at the same facility.
Former Bucs coach Tony Dungy, who now works as a studio analyst for NBC, said Winston needs a consistent message in his actions.
“I know he has a good heart. He wants to do the right thing,” Dungy, who is promoting a new line of children’s books written with his wife, Lauren Larry Johnson Jersey
, said, via Auman. “He’s very aware of his role as a leader, his role as someone kids need to look up to. I think he knows the right things to do. Now he just needs to follow through on that with good decision-making.”
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