Jahlil Okafor Spent Thanksgiving Knucklin Up In Boston

The 76ers are 0-16 on the season, Jahlil Okafor is the one shining glimmer of light in the dark, damp, poop-smelling, NBA-basement that is the Philadelphia 76ers franchise.

After losing to the Celtics on Wednesday, November 25th…the day before Thanksgiving; Jahlil and some friends went out on the town….specifically to a nightclub called Storyville.  Things went about as well OFF the basketball court for the 76ers star as they’ve been going ON the court lately, and OF COURSE someone had a camera-phone ready to roll for all the action.

According to The Sporting News:

“Okafor says he was being heckled from the moment he left the club and felt threatened because people swarmed him on the street.

He says he was with a teammate — who he wouldn’t name — and says someone got physical with the teammate … so Jahlil did what he felt he needed to do to protect himself and his friend.”

ESPN dug deeper into the situation and revealed even more interesting news about the rookie star’s rough first few months in the NBA.

Post-Thanksgiving Oscar Buzz

-Originally Posted on Deadline.com

Pete Hammond’s Notes On The Season: Eddie Redmayne Dines Out, Sly Stallone Trusts In Youth, And Leonardo Di Caprio Deserves The Medal Of Honor

A new weekly column talking up the season with bits and pieces from the awards circuit. 

20th Century Fox and New Regency took the veil off one of the season’s most anticipated movies,  reigning Oscar winner Alejandro G. Inarritu’s brutally beautiful  snowy western, The Revenant (Dec 25)  this week , with press and Academy members getting a first look at it the past three days. Initial reaction , predictably , has run from “masterpiece” to “I can’t handle it”, but reviews are embargoed until December 4th at 1pm (PT).  I imagine most critics will  go gaga over the bravura filmmaking which is undeniably impressive.  Without breaking the embargo for my own Deadline review let me just say the bear attack scene , near Pete Hammond badgethe beginning of the movie , is one for the ages as Leonardo DiCaprio and a Grizzly fight to the death. WOW! I thought the bear was real , but afterwards in the Academy lobby was returned to reality when an awards consultant for the film set me straight. ” Are you crazy?  If that bear was real we could have killed Leo,”  she said. ” Oh, so was it a guy in a bear suit , then?”  I asked.  “Nooooooo! It’s not a guy in a bear suit.  It’s CGI using an actor to do the movements like Andy Serkis does,”  she replied.   You could have fooled me. Movie magic.   I got several emailed reactions from Oscar voters who caught the movie.  One said “truly amazing filmmaking but so unrelentingly brutal and hard to watch. I’m not sure Leo deserveswatch-leonardo-dicaprio-get-mauled-by-a-bear-in-the-revenant-trailer-515173 an Oscar as much as he should be given  the Congressional Medal Of Honor for what he went through shooting the film. Wow, what a year. Brooklyn, Spotlight, and now The Revenant.  Talk about diversity!”

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