With the Philadelphia 76ers regrouping Sunday with what coach Brett Brown called “classroom-type stuff” to counter the Brooklyn Nets in their first-round NBA playoff series, guard Jimmy Butler did some philosophizing of his own.
“We’re fortunate,” Butler said, even though his No. 3-seeded Sixers dropped the series opener to the No. 6-seeded Nets 111-102 on Saturday. “We get to play basketball every day. We’re in the playoffs, we’re the 3-seed. We’re happy. It could be a lot worse. We could be down 0-4, but we’re not.cheap nike nfl jerseys china
Before the team could totally set its sights on Game 2, there were still some lingering issues to address from the Game 1 loss.
Brown said reserve forward Amir Johnson met him in his office before Sunday’s practice and asked to speak to his teammates and coaches after being fined for having a cellphone on the bench Saturday.
“He addressed the team before the day began,” Brown said. “And in my mind, there’s not much more that can be done. We all understand there is zero place for that in our league or our organization. It’s not the look, it’s not the professionalism that we or he represents. Amir is a good person. People that know Amir know this. And so a mistake was made. We owned it, he owned it, we made a statement and we move on. And I really mean that. We move on.”
It’s still unclear why Johnson had the phone with him during the game. Teammate Joel Embiid, to whom Johnson showed his phone screen when they were sitting next to each other, said Johnson’s daughter was “extremely sick” and he was “checking on her.”
When asked Sunday about his daughter, Johnson said, “she’s fine,” before explaining why it was important to him to talk to the team.cheap nfl nike jerseys china
“I really want to sweep it under the rug and that’s that,” Johnson said. “I apologized to my teammates and the organization and I hate that there was so much attention on the cellphone. We’re focused on Game 2. Like I said, this situation, you just kind of want to move it to the side. There’s so many media outlets and situations about that cellphone and I hate that it ever happened.”