Dallas Mavericks center Boban Marjanovic and Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris are back together again. Back with their fun-loving shenanigans.
One of the NBA’s best bromances, Marjanovic and Harris recently got together and filmed a Goldfish crackers commercial that’s making the rounds on TV.
The commercial starts with Marjanovic sitting in a chair on the left side of the screen and Harris sitting on a couch on the right side. Harris has one of his hands deep in a bag of crackers and is rattling the bag very loud and then pulls out a bunch of crackers.
At that moment, an obviously agitated Marjanovic looked at Harris with disdain and said: “Really?”
Harris said: “They’re goldfish. I always go for the handful. I’ve got about 73 here.”
Marjanovic said: “Let me see that.”
Marjanovic proceeded to tear into the bag of Goldfish and pulls out a fistful, and said: “I’ve got more than 73.” As Marjanovic starts eating the goldfish, he spills several of them on the floor while sheepishly staring at Harris.
From there, Harris said: “Bobi! Get the vacuum!”
Marjanovic and Harris have been teammates with the Detroit Pistons, Los Angeles Clippers and Sixers, and during that period they always got together and created something playful that got folks laughing. The duo had a podcast when they were with the Sixers, and when the Clippers had their training camp in Hawaii in 2018, Marjanovic and Harris rode ATV’s through the area where the movie Jurassic Park was filmed.
Harris and Marjanovic also had a show called the Bobi & Tobi show when they played for the Clippers.
Marjanovic played for San Antonio during the 2015-’16 season, and Spurs coach Gregg Popovich remembers him being a huge asset in the locker room and in the community.
“He’s a very special individual,” Popovich said. “From day one when we brought him in he was a team favorite and a fan favorite for sure. He’s a loving, loving man.”
Asked if he’s seen the Marjanovic/Harris commercial, Popovich said: “I haven’t seen his commercial. I love to see it now because he’s a hoot for sure.”
Although they are currently on different teams, Marjanovic and Harris have remained fast friends. And they’ll get to see one another on Monday when the Mavs entertain the Sixers at 6:30 p.m. at American Airlines Center.
Popovich and the Olympics: San Antonio Spurs coach Gregg Popovich will coach USA Basketball men’s national team at the Tokyo Olympics this summer. And there’s not a day that goes by where he doesn’t think about it.
“I probably think about it every day in some way, shape or form,” Popovich said before Sunday’s game against the Dallas Mavericks. “The preparation started a while back. From designing what you might want to do offensively or defensively with 50 million versions of what the team might be, because you have no clue on who’s going to be able to go and who’s going to want to go, so that takes up a lot of time.
“There’s also watching film of the teams that we’re going to be playing once we get there. And then all the administrative type things that you talk to USA Basketball people about.”
Popovich will succeed Duke coach Mike Krzyzewski, who coached the USA in the 2016 Olympics and gave the Spurs’ coach some sage advice on what to anticipate when coaching the world’s greatest basketball players.
“I don’t spend half-a-day on it, but it’s always there,” Popovich said. “Coach K told me that was the way it would be and that it would always be on my mind.
“It’s a huge responsibility and you want to do a good job. So you do everything you can to make sure you’re prepared for when the time comes.”
Melli not a throw-in: Mavs coach Rick Carlisle knows power forward Nicolo Melli wasn’t a throw-in during last month’s trade that also brought guard JJ Redick to the Mavs from the New Orleans Pelicans for James Johnson, Wes Iwundu, a second-round draft pick and cash.
“He’s been very solid,” Carlisle said of Milli. “He joined us the game at New Orleans (on March 27), and looking back we probably should have played him some against (Pelicans center Zion) Williamson that night because we were really having challenges trying to guard him. But he ended getting in the next game against Oklahoma (City) late in the third quarter and had 12 very solid and productive minutes, and then from there we’ve needed his minutes.
“We’ve needed some help at the (power forward position) and some help at the (center position). He’s got very good versatility, he defends better than I believe what people think, he’s had to fill in and he always keeps himself ready. He has good skill, good knowledge of the game, so we’re happy to have him here.”
Briefly: Center Willie Cauley-Stein was activated for Sunday’s game against San Antonio, but didn’t play. Cauley-Stein had missed the previous 12 games due to the NBA’s health and safety protocols. “He has not practiced with the team,” coach Rick Carlisle said. “But he has been working out individually and he looks good and he’s excited to be back.”