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To Joel Embiid, the Sixers’ Christmas Day win on Monday was another sign that “the process” is paying off.

“After what we’ve been through the past four years, I was so excited [today] because we’ve been through so much losing,” Embiid said after the Sixers’ 105-98 win over the Knicks. “…. To be able to be one of the few teams in the league to play on this day — it just shows you how much we’ve improved.”

Embiid had 25 points, 16 rebounds, 3 assists and 3 blocks to help Philadelphia (15-18) snap a five-game losing streak.

“That was my first time playing in the Garden, and when I go on the road I love putting on a show,” said Embiid, whose 3-pointer late in the fourth quarter led to some “Trust The Process” chants at Madison Square Garden. “I felt like we had a lot of fun tonight. We can play much better than that, but we got the win.”

JJ Redick added 24 points, and T.J. McConnell had 15 points off the bench in Philadelphia’s first Christmas Day game in 16 years. The Knicks (17-16) left the court impressed by Embiid and the young Sixers.

“[Embiid is at] an All-Star level, and I think he’s doing a really good job,” said Enes Kanter, who had 31 points and 22 rebounds while matched up at times against Embiid. “I think if he stays healthy, he’s going to be one of the best big men in the league.”

Embiid missed his first two seasons with foot injuries and was limited to 31 games last season because of a meniscus injury. Over those three seasons, Philadelphia lost an average of 63 games in an effort to build through the draft — a plan implemented by former president and general manager Sam Hinkie the season before that was eventually dubbed “the process.”
Joel Embiid, who finished with 25 points and 16 rebounds, was optimistic after the 76ers' Christmas Day win over the Knicks.
With Embiid healthy and surrounded by a talented young core that includes Ben Simmons and 2017 No. 1 pick Markelle Fultz (sidelined with a shoulder injury), the Sixers have become known for progress more than process this season.

Embiid is among the top 15 in the NBA in scoring (23.7), rebounding (10.9) and blocks (2.0), establishing himself as one of the league’s top big men when healthy. The 23-year-old had missed the Sixers’ previous three games with a back injury, but the team deemed Embiid healthy enough to play shortly before tip-off on Monday.

“I want to stay on the floor, I want to be on the floor,” Embiid said afterward. “If it’s not something that’s going to really, really bother me, I’m going to play.”

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Former Los Angeles Lakers coach Phil Jackson is unable to attend Monday night’s jersey retirement for Kobe Bryant, league sources told ESPN.

Jackson has been in touch with Bryant in advance of the ceremony to congratulate him, sources said. But he was unable to travel from his Montana home for the ceremony in Los Angeles.

Bryant will have both his No. 8 and No. 24 jerseys retired during halftime of the Lakers’ game against the Golden State Warriors at Staples Center.

Jackson coached Bryant to all five of his NBA championships.

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The San Antonio Spurs listed forward Kawhi Leonard as probable for Tuesday’s road matchup at Dallas, which means it’s likely the two-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year will be making his season debut against the Mavericks.

The club had originally targeted Saturday’s game at Phoenix as a potential debut for Leonard, but sources on Friday said the forward wanted “a couple more days” to recover from the right quadriceps tendinopathy that has kept him out of all 27 of the Spurs’ games thus far this season.

Leonard addressed his potential return last week, saying, “soon to come.”
Kawhi Leonard has been sidelined for all 27 of the Spurs' games this season while recovering from quadriceps tendinopathy.
Then, before the team’s win Friday over the Boston Celtics, Spurs coach Gregg Popovich said his primary concern was the players available right now.

“Whoever is not there is not there. We don’t worry about him [Leonard] or think about it too much. We’ve got to take care of as much as the business as we can, just like Boston is doing. … In the meantime, a lot of the guys are getting time. We’re playing a lot of different people, a lot of different combinations. Some nights it doesn’t work out really well. Other nights, it looks really good. But I think down the stretch it will help us.”

A two-time NBA All-Star, Leonard averaged career highs in points (25.5) and assists (3.5) last season, while also averaging 1.8 steals. Leonard hasn’t suited up to play for San Antonio since Game 1 of the Western Conference finals, a series he couldn’t continue due to a sprained ankle.

As part of the recovery from quadriceps tendinopathy, Leonard has worked through a rehabilitation process comprised of several steps such as individual work, two-on-two and three-on-three drills, before receiving clearance to practice with the team. Leonard had been working out with Tony Parker, who was recovering from a ruptured quadriceps tendon, as well as former Spurs players Matt Bonner and Tim Duncan.

The Spurs also listed shooting guard Danny Green (tightness, left groin) as probable for Tuesday’s game, while Kyle Anderson, who had been filling in during Leonard’s absence, is out due to a MCL sprain in his left knee.

Green is averaging 9.7 points in 28.8 minutes per game this season.

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In what many employees at Staples Center view as the “LaVar Ball rule,” this season, the Los Angeles Lakers are enforcing a policy that no longer allows members of the media to congregate in a section of the arena among family and associates of players after games.

Family, friends and agents wait for players in the seats behind the basket closest to the visiting team’s locker room at the end of games. Interviews conducted in that designated area and near the tunnel leading to the arena corridors are now forbidden.

In prior years, media socialized and, at times, interviewed individuals in that sector without interference. If a media member is recognized in that area now, arena security or Lakers staffers direct that he or she leave the area.

“It’s not a new policy; it’s an existing policy,” a team spokesperson told ESPN. “There has been more media presence in that area than before. That section is strictly for family and guests of players. It’s a privacy concern.”
The Lakers are enforcing an existing policy that forbids members of the media to congregate in a section of the Staples Center with family and associates of players after games. Many employees at Staples Center consider it the "LaVar Ball rule."
LaVar Ball, the father of Lakers rookie point guard Lonzo Ball, is also not permitted to do interviews on the court, something he did on opening night after the LA Clippers defeated the Lakers 108-92. The league’s rule is that an individual must be credentialed in order to walk onto the court. LaVar Ball hasn’t done an on-court interview since.

A handful of rival front-office executives deem this matter as a necessary reinforcement to prevent LaVar Ball from having a routine postgame platform in which he’s occasionally critical of the team.

“I’m not worried about the LaVar Ball rule,” LaVar Ball told ESPN’s Jeff Goodman when asked about the Lakers’ policy.

In mid-November after a game, LaVar Ball told Bleacher Report that the Lakers’ coaching staff should take a specific approach to coaching his son: Be tougher on him.

“They’re soft. They don’t know how to coach my son,” Ball told the website. “I know how to coach him. I tell him to go get the victory. Stop messing around.”

Lakers coach Luke Walton was forced to respond at the time: “I will say this: I think that he has done a phenomenal job as a father with Lonzo because Lonzo is a special young man; he’s selfless, he’s unselfish, his teammates love him and he cares about them and plays the game the right way. So he has done a great job with that. But we are not concerned with what parents think of how we are coaching the team. We are contented with the team and what is best for the team and how we can continue to get better.”

On Wednesday, after a 127-123 loss in overtime to the Golden State Warriors, in a postgame interview with ESPN, LaVar Ball said Julius Randle should have passed the ball ahead to his son in transition for a potential game winner, and he questioned Walton’s decision to call a timeout.

“I’ll tell you the crucial point. When Julius [Randle] got that ball at the end, he should have thrown it forward. Lonzo had a wide-open layup. Or 3-pointer. That’s game. It wouldn’t have gone to overtime. That was game. … Julius tried to take too many dribbles, then they fouled him, or they called timeout. But if he would have thrown the ball ahead, Coach wouldn’t have called a timeout. Even if he did, he can’t call it because the ball’s in the air. Lonzo’s running the lane, game over. That’s the best time to score.

“… But every time they score two 3-pointers, it’s a game of runs. Don’t call timeout, because that’s means you’re scared. You make two 3-pointers on me, I got two more to come. … Do the Big Baller move. Don’t call no timeouts.”

Retired Lakers forward A.C. Green, a good friend of Magic Johnson’s, recently told TMZ that he has no issue with what LaVar Ball said about Randle and Walton.

“I don’t think he has any affiliation with the Lakers … but he has an opinion,” Green said in the interview. “And you guys keep giving him the opportunity to share his opinion, and you should … He’s going to do what he does.”

Last week, apparently unrelated to LaVar Ball, the Lakers implemented a new protocol barring media personnel, with the exception of those doing TV live shots, from sitting in the courtside seats on the Lakers’ end of the court while players are getting pregame work in.