All the places James Harden has been spotted around Philly…according to Sixers Twitter

The Beard should fit right in.

Billy Penn illustration

💌 Love Philly? Sign up for the free Billy Penn newsletter to get everything you need to know about Philadelphia, every day.

Most Philly sports fans are finding a reason to celebrate the blockbuster Deadline Day trade between the Brooklyn Nets and the Sixers, which was headlined with the swap between All-Stars Ben Simmons and James Harden.

Whether it’s excitement over Harden’s arrival, sheer Simmons schadenfreude — because how long will Nets fans be able to stand him, really? —  or delight at Joel Embiid’s tweet for the ages, there’s something for Philadelphians to smile about (just don’t think about the draft picks included in the exchange).

There’s already an I-95 billboard welcoming “The Beard” to the city, per CBS3.

As rumors swirled in the days leading up to the deadline, Sixers Twitter seemed to recognize the former Thunder, Rockets, and Nets guard everywhere they looked.

It’s a meme we can’t quite find a point of origin or an explanation for, but it blew up amid the urgent desire to get Simmons off the roster and welcome one of the NBA’s best scorers to Philly.

Here’s what the step back specialist has been up to, as alleged by Sixers fans.

Entering the Commonwealth

Tasting a trademark

Enjoying Philly’s public transit

Learning how democracy really works

Decentralizing finance in Cedar Park

Being a cat guy

Swiping samplers on Front Street

Patiently enduring an infamous intersection

Enduring a rite of passage for parking

…or two

Getting his Wawa on

Trending hard




Mornings are for coffee and local news

Billy Penn’s free morning newsletter gives you a daily roundup of the top Philly stories you need to start your day.

You finished another Billy Penn article — keep it up!

We hope you found it useful, fun, or maybe even both. If you want more stories like this, will you join us as a member today?

Nice to see you (instead of a paywall)

Billy Penn’s mission is to provide free, quality information to Philadelphians through our articles and daily newsletter. If you believe local journalism is key to a healthy community, join us!

Your donation brought this story to life

Billy Penn only exists because of supporters like you. If you find our work valuable, consider making a sustaining donation today.

Being informed looks good on you

Thanks for reading another article, made possible by members like you. Want to share BP with a friend?