Good morning, Philadelphia

Good morning, Philadelphia, and good morning, Insiders.

It’s too bad that the Tri-State leg of this road trip ended in Brooklyn, because unlike Madison Square Garden or Prudential Center, there’s no convenient means to take the train down to Philadelphia. Barclays Center sits atop the Long Island Railroad’s Atlantic Terminal, which does not have Amtrak access, so instead of taking a bus to Penn Station and hopping on the train, we simply rode the bus all the way down to Philly. The trip across Staten Island – Wu Tang, forever – and down the New Jersey Turnpike clocked in at roughly one hour and 45 minutes.

I don’t want to get into too deep a dive here, but if you’d like to know more about the New Jersey Turnpike, I’d recommend watching Being John Malkovich. See it for a second, or third, or 10th time, if you haven’t seen it in a while. The educational video explaining why the 7 1/2 floor exists is among my favorite scenes in any film or TV comedy.

It’s right up there with the educational video Meat and You: Partners in Freedom from Lisa the Vegetarian.

Well, we’ve hit the Good Morning trifecta: transit updates, obscure movie references and a Simpsons clip. That’ll do it for now. Waking up with the Kings should come out around the 10:00 hour L.A. time, possibly sooner. It’s a day in the weight room but off the ice for a team that just completed a back-to-back and will face the red-hot Flyers tomorrow at the Wells Fargo Center. I’m starting to work on a Dustin Brown feature to commemorate his approaching 1,000 game milestone, so there won’t be much else in terms of player or staff interviews today, barring any breaking news. Enjoy your Sunday, Insiders. Thank you, as always, for reading. Let’s talk soon.

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