1st Down: Joel Embiid will be wearing the red, white, and blue when he steps onto the international scene in the game of basketball. The only question is which team he’ll be wearing it in: France or the United States. Embiid recently became an American citizen, but French coach Vincent Collet is still pushing hard for the Sixers star to join his team. France will be hosting the 2024 Olympics in Paris and were runners-up to the Americans in 2021, and realistically, the big man could swing the fate of the entire gold medal with his choice.
2nd Down: Draymond Green has apologized for the incident that took place between Jordan Poole and himself, according to the Golden State Warriors’ GM, and it looks as if the situation is going to be handled ‘internally.’ Bob Myers said the outspoken center would not be missing any games, but it does appear that he missed practice on Thursday according to one report. That report said that he did come in and apologize before not taking part, so perhaps this is the discipline the team have decided to hand down.
3rd Down: The New York Mets have an interesting plan when it comes to the Wild Card Series against the San Diego Padres. Typically you pitch your best pitcher no matter what, but manager Buck Showalter has hinted that he might save Jacob deGrom for Game 3- rather than Game 2- if the Mets win the first game. Should they take the first game over the Fathers, Chris Bassitt would- possibly- get the nod over deGrom, giving them the chance to either use deGrom in the decisive, winner-take-all Game 3 or having him begin the first game of the NLDS. That way deGrom could have two starts in the potential Dodgers series…
4th Down: William Byron is a winner again. This time the driver won an appeal against NASCAR on Thursday that saw him regain the 25 points the organization took from him for his run-in with Denny Hamlin a couple weeks back at Texas. Byron was found to have violated the rule, which was intentionally wrecking another driver under the yellow, but they decided to lighten the sentence a bit. This means he will now be 14 points to the good ahead of the always tricky Roval race that concludes the second round of the NASCAR Cup Series Playoffs.