The Philadelphia 76ers have a month until the start of the season. But that doesn’t mean the city is devoid of explosive games until James Harden alley-oops Joel Embiid.
On Monday night, the Philadelphia Eagles hosted the Minnesota Vikings during a Week 2 NFL showdown. But the game was largely over at halftime; Eagles quarterback Jalen Hurts had over 300 yards in the middle of the game. And Philadelphia showed up, including movie star Bradley Cooper, reigning NL MVP and Phillies star Bryce Harper and Sixers star James Harden.
After the game, Hurts spoke about what it meant to have support from the Philadelphia kings, including Harden.
“That’s what Philly is all about” Hurts said. “It’s a winning culture.”
After the game, Hurts jogged into the home team’s tunnel to see Harden chatting with Eagles cornerback Darius Slay. Slay was no slouch on Monday night either, racking up two interceptions and banning Vikings star receiver Justin Jefferson. and Hurts got Harden caught before hitting the shows.
Hurts is right about Philadelphia athletes showing up for local teams. In fact, Harden isn’t the first Sixer to show up for another Philadelphia team this summer.
Earlier this summer, Sixers star Tyrese Maxey attended a Phillies game at Citizen’s Bank Park. At one point, the Phillies broadcast crew made it into the stands to discuss his rapid rise with the Sixers. Of course, the always cheerful John Kruk also had to take a moment to poke fun at Maxey’s teammate Joel Embiid. Maxey took the bait and the two laughed:
However, Maxey was an equal opportunity joker. When Kruk made the jokes about Maxey, the former Kentucky Wildcat took it all in stride.
A few days later, Maxey was spotted at a Philadelphia Union football game. It was his first time seeing Union and he was given the honor of beating the team’s victory drum before the game.
It’s evident that Maxey has what it takes to be a Philadelphia athlete for years to come. But not everyone can say the same thing. In fact, Sixers GM Daryl Morey recently explained what kind of mentality it takes to survive in the city of brotherly love.
Morey appeared The Take Off with John Clark last week to discuss the Sixers’ busy summer and what to expect this season. And Morey also took a moment to explain why Philadelphia is a different place to play and that the city isn’t for every player.
“And I never understood being in Houston when people were like, ‘Oh, you have to have a special attitude to play in Philly. You have to have a special mindset to maybe play in New York.” Although I think that’s less true. Honestly, I can only speak to Philadelphia because I’ve been here now. I think I really pay attention to the mindset of the players. Can they handle playing in Philadelphia? Because I think it’s a different matter.” said Morey.
according to the sound Morey took the moment to call former Sixers star Ben Simmons. Simmons never really made Philadelphia his home, and fans have often berated the former top pick for his apparent disinterest. The growing feud should make for excellent television viewing as the Sixers take on the Brooklyn Nets, Simmons’ new team, in just a few short weeks during the preseason.