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This just in… The status of Brad Lidge’s knee and Brian Westbrook’s ankle has not changed.

Ok, now that that’s out of the way.

In case you missed it, there is still a professional basketball team in Philly and yes, they hired themselves a new coach and yes, they actually made a move the other day, acquiring one of the best 3-point shooters in the league.

In the deal, they sent rugged forward Reggie Evans to the Toronto Raptors in exchange for smooth-shooting guard Jason Kapono.

My take? Reggie Evans brought with him a positive energy and old-school work ethic that was quite refreshing to see in this day of overpriced, overvalued talent. But, as much I liked and enjoyed watching him play, the need for an outside threat was painfully obvious and thus, I love this trade. 

If you’re looking solely at his Kapono’s numbers, you may think otherwise. Yes, this will be his 5th team in his short NBA career. And yes, he’s averaged just 7.5 points per game. But keep in mind, he was a part of the Miami Heat championship team in 2006 and during that year he averaged career highs in points and rebounds as well as shooting 51.4% from the arch. In fact, he is currently tied with Steve Kerr for the best 3-point field goal percentage in NBA history. He’s had a drink from the championship fountain, so if nothing else, he knows what it feels like to get out of the first round of the playoffs.  
 

As for Reggie Evans… do yourself a favor and DON’T ask Mr. Dalembert where to go in Canada. He didn’t really enjoy his time north of the border.