Tyronn Lue searches Morey for an old Hong Kong tweet in the middle of the Embiid-Harden free throw gate

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This topic again? Last weekend, the Philadelphia 76ers on a West Coast road trip, beat The Los Angeles Clippers 122-97. The game has a story here that keeps popping up. And now it’s even taken a surprise turn.

Before giving a tip, the Clippers coach, yes the man Allen Iverson once stepped over, yes the man the Sixers almost hired, Tyronn Lue, had some things to say about the Sixers’ star duo of Joel Embid and James Harden.

In case you missed that, catch up quickly and then come back.

But to recap… this quote first went viral before it sounded the alarm:

And it made the rounds so that between pre-game and game, apparently, the Sixers themselves only heard about this snippet of Lue’s full response.

Even our LB Twitter handle chimed in:

During the match, Joel was seen chewing or talking with Lue. Was it the back and forth about those free throw comments we all wondered?

The Sixers won and we all moved on.

It was Tomer Azarly of ClutchPoints who reported the full context pre-game quotes from Coach Lue the morning after the game. Azarly was in LA and shared the full clip and he wasn’t quite sure why it became a thing since it didn’t seem inflammatory given the full context.

Notice in the full version, it’s mostly clear that Lue wasn’t doing an intentional search. It was most praising the Sixers stars, calling them former and possibly future MVPs:

Now, did Lue say a little awkward? Probably. If you were defending Embiid as MVP, for example, you would never say “he wouldn’t be in the top 10 scorers without the free throws.” None of the top scorers would do that, and that goes for Nikola Jokic and Giannis as well.

Still, we can give Lue the benefit of the doubt that he wanted to compliment the Sixers stars in some way, it just came off a bit awkward.

But Daryl Morey, who may have only seen the abbreviated quote, (Eurohoops.netthat he shared didn’t provide full context, he should probably stick with Liberty Ballers or at least Ballsack Sports) or was just supporting his stars, his team defended on Twitter:

Morey’s use of “say it with me again” could to be interpreted as an affront to Lue, the implication being that their coach forgot something obvious and needed to be reminded. But Daryl was probably also playful.

At that point, because he said nonsense, you knew you would hear about it later. At the earliest opportunity, reporters asked Lue if he had seen Morey’s tweet and asked what Joel Embiid said to him during the game.

And we got answers! First and foremost, what did Joel say after he dumped a pull up and then ran towards Lue just before that timeout?

No surprise here. Lue also argues that he was taken a bit out of context. That’s basically what we guessed.

By Azarly:

“Well, they took it out of context,” Lue said. “I mean it wasn’t, it’s been said if you keep fouling these guys they can score 50. We want them to make field goals and now free throws because they are tricky to reach the line.”

And Lue could have stopped there. But then he decided to go another direction instead:

“But in response to Daryl Morey, for example, should he really be tweeting anything right now? The last time he tweeted, he cost the NBA a billion dollars. So I don’t think he should tweet too much. Only worry about his own team.

Azarly notes, “Not great one way or the other. Hopefully both teams can just move on and close out their respective seasons.

And that parting shot gave this little story a bit more leg up, reminding Morey Hong Kong’s infamous tweet and the financial fallout that has had on the NBA.

All this brings back memories of those quotes from eminent players like LeBron James who avoided Morey (before joining the Sixers) for his tweet. Do you remember this stuff?

“On Tuesday night, James said he thought Morey was ‘either misinformed or not really educated about the situation’ with the NBA and China and insisted the Rockets general manager hadn’t properly considered the repercussions of his words: “So many people could have been hurt, not just financially but physically, emotionally, spiritually.” he said. (ESPN reported earlier Tuesday that James and others had lost endorsement deals and lucrative appearances as part of the spinoff.)”

Some people in Hong Kong said at the time that they were disappointed in James for this and there were even reports some demonstrators were burning his shirts. LeBron took the time to clarify his position and yadda yadda….

So some people on social media today, like Nate Duncan from Dunc’d on Pod decided to ring:

Our Harrison Grimm also had the audacity to express a strong opinion:

So this is it. Form your opinions as you see fit. Maybe some coaches and players still blame Morey for the “Daryl deduction”. Maybe they don’t think it was a bear he should have bitten. Maybe they think there was another way to sting him. Maybe they don’t believe in this cause. Maybe they think that means he should never tweet about anything again…

Hope you have enough experience to familiarize yourself with the Sixers water cooler.

The odds of the Clippers and Sixers meeting in the Finals, where this topic would surely resurface, are slim to none. But we can mark it as scoreboard material for next season.

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