Following the grand tradition of Bo Jackson, two Philadelphia Flyers will be become two-sport stars on Sunday at 5 p.m. at Wells Fargo Center.
On the encouragement of Chris “Handles” Franklin of the Harlem Globetrotters, Wayne “Meadowlark” Simmonds and Claude “Balls” Giroux will take on the clown princes of basketball in an exhibition game. One assumes the invitation was based on experience, as the Flyers played like the Washington Generals for the first quarter of the season.
Both Giroux and Simmonds have some game, as basketball is a part of the Flyers’ warmup routine before home games. Giroux’s a shooter; Simmonds says he’s going to attempt a dunk in the game.
Does he think Giroux might dunk on the ‘Trotters?
“He might be able to touch the mesh, but not the rim,” Simmonds told CSN Philly. “I’m a disher and power play. G is the shooter. He’s got the touch.”
“I don’t know if I got the skill, but I am gonna try,” Simmonds said. “Be nice to get out there with them. ... I just got to get the ball and go strong to the hoop. Dunk on somebody. That’s my goal. Yeah, I can dunk. Gonna put my Jordan’s on.”
Giroux said he would dish the ball to Simmonds in the paint. “Hopefully, I can do a little alley-oop for him,” Giroux said. “We’re better at basketball. Wayne is pretty good. He played a lot as a kid. He can jump pretty high.”
Coach Craig Berube had no idea his leading scorer was going to partake in an exhibition basketball game on Sunday, and said “they better tape their ankles up good.”
How does Franklin think the hockey players will fare in against the Globetrotters?
“We plan on having a great time,” Franklin told CSN Philly. “One thing is for certain. It’s hard to embarrass Philadelphia stars in Philadelphia.”
(“IT IS?!?!?” said every member of the Philadelphia sports media in unison.)
Thus continues the relationship between the Flyers and basketball. Why it seems like just yesterday that Mike Richards and Jeff Carter were challenging Wilt Chamberlain’s records. No, the other ones…