On Thursday, The Sports Bash was live on location at the second stop of the Sixers Shore Tour in Wildwood Crest.  Mike Gill and Pete Thompson broadcasted on the beach as they got to speak with a great lineup of guests:

Philadelphia 76ers v Indiana Pacers
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Sixers Center Jahlil Okafor spoke with the guys about the difference from his Rookie year to where the 76ers are now heading into the 2017-18 season:

“It was definitely tough, we went 10-72 and I was coming straight from college and we didn’t have any real (Veteran players) on the team.  So even just last year having Gerald Henderson and Jerryd Bayless and having a few guys who have been in the NBA for several years, that helped me and something I wish I had my Rookie year but I didn’t.  This year we added JJ Redick and a few other pieces so I’m really excited.”

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Sixers Guard/Forward Justin Anderson talked about the difference between Philadelphia Sports fans versus sports fans in the Dallas area:

“Coming from a big place in Dallas where you talk a lot about the Stars, you talk a lot about the Cowboys obviously, and about the Mavericks with Dirk (Nowitzki); just being here (Fans are) different because the obsession for their Philly sports is phenomenal, everyone is just so invested and you really seeing the representation of it.  So I’m really excited to be a part of this, I mean who’s better deserving than the Philly fans?  You guys are use to great sports and we want to make sure we do our part to bring it back.”

2016 NBA Rookie Photo Shoot
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13 year NBA veteran and Sixers Ambassador World B. Free spoke about what he sees in the 2016 NBA Draft First Overall Pick Ben Simmons:

“(Ben Simmons) is a baby Magic Johnson – I played against Magic Johnson his first year, Magic’s first year I was with the Clippers and Magic was 6’9”, same thing here (with) Simmons.  Magic was doing some passes that were just off the chart for a man that big, coming down (the court)….I see the same in Ben Simmons but what I see in Ben Simmons is, Ben jumps higher, stronger, if he works on his jump shot, just like he has been working on that and that’s really getting better, same way Magic when he first came in Magic had no jump shot.”

Los Angeles Clippers Media Day
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Sixers Radio Broadcaster Tom McGinnis spoke with Mike Gill about the significance of JJ Redick signing with the 76ers this offseason:

“To me it’s like our Jim Thome Moment – When he signed with the Phillies, it kind of established the Phillies  and then they went forward.  JJ Redick has been around            , he’s been to the playoffs, he’s been one of the best Three Point Shooters in the NBA…One of his principle comments was about (Sixers Head Coach) Brett Brown but he also loves Philadelphia, he’s a History Major from Duke, he made that known when we heard from him for the first time....(Redick) knew he was not going to go back to the Clippers, he stated as much, so he and his agent, no doubt, targeted cities and for him to say that and pick Philadelphia I think is pretty cool.  I think he’s going to be an integral part of our team.”

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