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PHILADELPHIA -- As word spread through NBA inner circles that Kansas prospect Joel Embiid suffered a foot injury, the Philadelphia 76ers wondered if his misfortune was just the break the downtrodden franchise needed. Aleksandar Kolarov Jersey . "I sniffed opportunity," Sam Hinkie, the teams president and general manager, said Friday. "The moment he got hurt, we thought we might get him. We might be just the organization with just the set of owners, and we might be the one to do it." When the 7-foot centre w

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PHILADELPHIA -- As word spread through NBA inner circles that Kansas prospect Joel Embiid suffered a foot injury, the Philadelphia 76ers wondered if his misfortune was just the break the downtrodden franchise needed. Aleksandar Kolarov Jersey . "I sniffed opportunity," Sam Hinkie, the teams president and general manager, said Friday. "The moment he got hurt, we thought we might get him. We might be just the organization with just the set of owners, and we might be the one to do it." When the 7-foot centre was available at three, the Sixers pounced, even though he could miss up to a full season because of a broken foot. The 76ers are used to big men sitting out the season. Former All-Star centre Andrew Bynum never played a second because of bad knees in 2012-13. And rookie Nerlens Noel sat out all of last season because of a torn ACL. Noel, the No. 6 overall pick out of Kentucky, was antsy to play toward the end of a 19-63 season. The Sixers refused to rush him, not wanting to risk additional injury in what was always planned as a lost -- or, tanked -- season. Embiid recovery from a stress fracture in his right foot could take five to eight months. So will the Sixers play him in another season where the Sixers are building again toward a high lottery pick instead of a post-season berth? "Guess what our approach will be," Hinkie said, smiling. "Well focus on the long-term health of the player." Embiid wont be Philadelphias only lottery pick sitting out next season. Croatian forward Dario Saric, the 10th overall pick, signed a three-year deal last week to play in Turkey. The Sixers hold the rights to the 6-foot-10, 230-pounder for the next three years, and it could be that long until he plays for Philly. By the time hes set to join the Sixers, the organization hoped a playoff berth would be within reach. Hinkie said the Noel-Embiid frontcourt will be a "menace" at the rim. Coach Brett Brown was already drawing up plays for the duo -- Xs and Os hell have plenty of time to perfect. "I do think that Joel and Nerlens can co-exist," Brown said. "I think I can find a way to play those two guys together. Its a really good problem to have." Hinkie credited Philly fans for their "patience and understanding" for another lean season where the best outcome would be a No. 1 draft pick and not a seed in the Eastern Conference playoffs. Outside of rookie of the year Michael Carter-Williams and veteran forward Thaddeus Young, the Sixers have few other credible players, and will likely stack the roster again with D-League castoffs and 10-day contract stopgaps. "Its not even close to demoralizing," Brown said. Brown tried his best at an optimistic spin on the seasons ahead. Knowing the security of three more years left on his contract makes it easier to wait for a project like Embiid. The versatile 7-foot Embiid had a fantastic freshman season with the Jayhawks, averaging 11.2 points and 8.1 rebounds while blocking 72 shots to earn Big 12 defensive player of the year honours. Embiid, who grew up playing soccer and volleyball, only decided to pursue basketball a few years ago. He started to blossom as a senior at The Rock School and ultimately chose to attend Kansas, where he arrived with less fanfare than fellow freshmen Andrew Wiggins and Wayne Selden. Embiid hurt his back while landing awkwardly during a game late in the season, and missed the Jayhawks final two regular-season games and the Big 12 tournament. He also missed a victory over Eastern Kentucky and a season-ending loss to Stanford in the NCAA tournament, after which he said that he would have been able to play had Kansas advanced to the second weekend. Hinkie said the Sixers consulted various doctors and felt confident there was little long-term risk to his health once the foot healed. Embiid was projected as Clevelands No. 1 overall pick before the draft. The honour went to Wiggins. "In this scenario, and only this scenario, does he fall to three," Hinkie said. "If he can remain healthy, he can have a fantastic, fantastic NBA career." Notes: 76ers G Jason Richardson exercised the $6.6 million player option for next season and will return. The 7-foot C Byron Mullens declined his $1.1 million option and will become a free agent. Custom Roma Jerseys .com) - A chant of Zeke reverberated around AT&T Stadium before Ezekiel Elliott powered into the end zone for his fourth and final touchdown. Diego Perotti Jersey . Bibeau, Torontos sixth-round pick at No. 172 overall in last years draft, was named the outstanding goaltender of the 2014 MasterCard Memorial Cup. CALGARY -- While the Winnipeg Jets have reversed their fortunes under new coach Paul Maurice, it was same old, same old Thursday night for the Calgary Flames. Olli Jokinen, Mark Scheifele, and Bryan Little each had a goal and an assist as Winnipeg won 5-2, handing Calgary its record-setting seventh consecutive loss on home ice. "Its pretty tough to generate energy when you give up the first two goals," said Flames coach Bob Hartley. "Bad coverage right in front of our net. In the NHL, you let guys get great shots from 10, 15 feet away, youre looking for trouble." Considering the Flames had scored only two goals over their previous six home games, that early 2-0 deficit courtesy of Little at 5:01 and Dustin Byfuglien three minutes later seemed to take the life right out of the building, except for the pockets of vocal Jets supporters. "Its frustrating for our fans, for sure," admitted Flames centre Matt Stajan, who has gone 16 games without a goal and has no points in his last 12. "Every year, we take pride in wearing this jersey, especially on home ice. Weve always had success in this building. In this recent stretch, it hasnt been very pretty. " The Flames have been outscored 22-4 during the losing streak at the Scotiabank Saddledome, which broke the previous mark of six straight losses set in December 1998. "We cant wait for it to turn around. The game doesnt work that way. Its not just all of a sudden, youre going to start winning. Youve gotta make it happen," Stajan said. Home or away, goal scoring has been a real trouble spot of late. Calgary has mustered only 12 goals in its last 11 games. They have lost nine of those games to sit 28th in the NHL, three points up on Edmonton. The last place Buffalo Sabres have climbed within six of the Flames. "I felt tonight, not to make up any excuses, but we had zero legs." Hartley said. "In the third period, we saw a little life but in the first two periods, skating was painful. We were trying but I dont know if it was the trip, and I even hate to mention this, but we had zero intensity, we couldnt move." Travelling a long distrance for a short two-game road trip, Calgary played back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday, winning in Carolina and losing in Nashville. Jacob Trouba also scored for Winnipeg (21-23-5), which opened up a 4-0 lead after 40 minutes and cruised to its second consecutive win under Maurice. "We just have to keep focusing on what were doing and getting better everyy game and having a short memory is going to be good for us," said Trouba. Gerson Jersey. "Forget about the game we just played and treat every game as a new one and be ready to play." Maurice was hired Sunday, the same day that former Jets coach Claude Noel was fired. Winnipeg won 5-1 over Phoenix in Maurices debut on Monday. "Hes been really good for us," said Scheifele. "Hes really instilled a mindset that were playing for each guy in the locker room, youre playing for the guy beside you. I think thats the big thing, weve really been doing that the last two games." The Jets will try to make it three wins in a row Saturday night when they play host to the Edmonton Oilers. "I thought we were pretty good," Maurice said. "Calgary wasnt sitting back and feeling sorry for themselves. They compete, they work and to our credit, we respected that coming into this game. We came to work because we knew they would." Mark Giordano and Lance Bouma scored for Calgary (16-26-6), which hits the road for games in Vancouver and San Jose next. "It seems like were lacking confidence offensively right now but you try not to think about too much," said Flames winger Paul Byron. "It seems like when we get a goal early in a game, we have a completely different hockey team so we know thats a recipe for success so hopefully we can get back to doing that." Exposed on Byfugliens first-period goal, leaving him uncovered in the slot, Calgarys defensive coverage was also poor on both second period goals. Schieffle was left all alone at the side of the net for an easy tap-in at 9:09, set up neatly by Blake Wheeler. At 17:31 on the power play, nice puck movement resulted in Jokinen having an empty net to fire his 13th of the season into. Making his fourth start in a row, Pavelec finished with 20 saves to improve to 13-19-4. Berra had 18 stops. The 27-year-old first year goaltender from Switzerland falls to 5-14-2. Notes: Prior to the game, the Jets placed Evander Kane (hand) on injured reserve and recalled Carl Klingberg from St. Johns (AHL). Klingberg has played seven career NHL games but has yet to make an appearance with the Jets this year.... Calgary LW Mike Cammalleri (concussion) missed his third game... The Flames next home game is against Phoenix next Wednesday... Flames LW TJ Galiardi has no goals in his last 32 games... The next game for both Flames LW Jiri Hudler as well as Byfuglien will be their 500th career NHL game. 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