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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
Getting his Wawa on