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Sixers call Hollywood superstar among ‘Ultimate Bell Ringer’ list

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James Harden wasn’t the only one representing the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday Night Football. Bradley Cooper was also spotted at the stadium cheering on his hometown football team. The Hollywood actor wowed the crowds while showing his love for the Sixers via a retro Allen Iverson shirt.

Cooper – a big Philadelphia sports fan, on and off the screen – was showered with love on Twitter for his wardrobe choices. And the “Cooper Iverson shirt” quickly became a bestseller on the Internet.

The Sixers watched from a distance as everything unfolded and then jumped at the opportunity. Your social media team asked to be contacted by Cooper: “He seems to be a great hunchback this season!” It is a great honor to ring the ceremonial Liberty Bell before Sixers games.

It is a great honor to ring the ceremonial Liberty Bell before Sixers games. Cooper would join people like Gentle millKevin Hart, Charlie Manuel, Dawn Staley, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael B. Jordan – and of course Iverson himself. Someone has to track down Cooper and get him to do this.

1. Jalen hurts: The Sixers know how crazy the Wells Fargo Center gets when Philadelphia Eagles players are in the house. Jordan Davis, Nakobe Dean and Haason Reddick all had fun at Tyler Herro’s expense in a playoff game last season. Hurts is QB1 and on his way to NFL MVP (jinx). It’s hard to come up with a better choice to cheer on the crowd for the Oct. 20 home game against Milwaukee. This game happens to take place during Eagles bye week.

2. Bradley Cooper: Assuming his new Netflix film about legendary composter Leonard Berstein is up and running, Cooper is the perfect choice to send the crowds into a frenzy when the Los Angeles Lakers – the pride of Hollywood – come to town on December 9th. The Jenkintown, PA native has never been shy about professing his love for his hometown, telling CBS News, “I’m very proud because my family’s roots are embedded in Philly.” Another connection: Cooper attended Georgetown University when Allen Iverson was there.

3. Sam Hinkie: The architect of the process never got a chance to complete his masterclass on refueling (blame Adam Silver), but calls for him to ring the bell have raged. Joel Embiid suggested that Hinkie deserved the opportunity to do so in 2021. The Sixers would dip their toes in shallow water if they brought back their former GM, but the ovation would blow the roof off the arena. Hinkie has a cult following in Philly, one that arguably rivals Rocky Balboa.

4. Will Smith: The disgraced Oscar winner is in dire need of some positive PR following his harrowing stunt at last year’s Academy Awards. He beat one of America’s most popular comedians and then deservedly received a 10-year ban. Smith, who holds a minority stake in the Sixers, has since apologized while keeping a low profile. Time to get back out there. And what better way to do that than to show up on November 4th when the Sixers host the New York Knicks. (The Knicks are Chris Rock’s favorite team).

5. Nia Lang: Too early? Probably. The Boston Celtics have been dragged through enough mud this offseason. Save the date: February 25, 2023.

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