Big Bruce fan Brett Brown talks Springsteen at Friday's show


Big Bruce fan Brett Brown talks Springsteen at Friday's show

If anybody needed a week off, it's Philadelphia 76ers coach Brett Brown.

The Sixers head coach used the All-Star Break to take a timeout from coaching but he still wanted to show up at the Wells Fargo Center.

And for good reason.

They're not booing this time though, Brett, they're saying, "Bruuuuuuuuuuuuuuce."

Brown got to watch another Boss call the shots on Friday when he attended the Bruce Springsteen and E Street Band performance of "The River" tour.

Sixers' PA announcer and WMMR host Matt Cord had Brown on the air before the concert to talk about his affinity for Springsteen.

Cord asked Brown when he was first exposed to Bruce.

โ€œ[19]76. My roommate from Boston University was from Freehold, New Jersey," Brown said. "Back in high school I remember when the Born to Run album hit, then you started following all of it: Jungleland, Badlands, Rosalita, the whole thing. You just immediately got immersed with his ability to tell stories. When you first hear it, you just love the beat, you love the passion, but when you really dig into the words and appreciate his ability to tell a story, like Bob Dylan to me, it just goes to a higher level. As I've gotten older and you watch how he's progressed through the years and still looks like a million dollars. He's still so healthy and he still brings that energy. You pay attention a little bit deeper to the words and I think that's a thing as I've gotten older that you respect even more.โ€

It seems like Springsteen has the kind of attitude and persona that Brown would want out of one of his players.

"I think his passion, and how he takes care of himself, he's a big family guy, and how he brings it every single night is something you have to step back and respect."

Brown will attempt to lead his 76ers to a rising of their own from the bottom of the standings when they get back in action on Friday night against the New Orleans Pelicans.

You can listen to the whole 5+ minute chat between Cord and Brown here.

Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

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Kevin Hart finally gets his Lombardi Trophy

Kevin Hart finally has his Lombardi Trophy.

Hart, a comedian and a native of Philadelphia, had a few too many adult beverages during Super Bowl LII and attempted to get to the stage for the presentation of the trophy. He was unsurprisingly denied.

But Hart refused to accept "no" for an answer.

The lesson here is, if you're big enough of a celebrity to get on the field after your hometown team wins the Super Bowl, you probably have enough coin to just buy your own trophy instead of trying to drunkenly crash the trophy presentation.

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

On his birthday, Embiid delivers present to fans

Most Sixers fans probably could've predicted the 2-0 result of the Sixers' back-to-back swing against the Knicks and the Nets, but the expenditure of energy it'd take to get there was hard to see coming. One night after needing a fourth-quarter comeback to escape from New York, the Sixers went even further down to the wire against Brooklyn at home, needing a huge final-minute three from Robert Covington and some savvy playing of the foul game from T.J. McConnell to squeak out the 120-116 win.

Both one of the biggest reasons the Nets were able to hang around and one of the biggest reasons the Sixers won anyway was the birthday boy himself, Joel Embiid. JoJo turned 24 yesterday, and he matched that with a 24-point performance -- though he needed 23 shots to get there, only hitting a Kobe-like six of them. But The Process was eminently trustworthy elsewhere in the box score: a career-high 19 boards, four assists (with only one turnover), and most importantly, an immaculate 11-11 from the foul line, where he'd been struggling recently (just 63% from the stripe this month previously). It was about as dominant a performance as our big guy could submit while being an absolute mess from the field.

And he was matched along the way by Ben Simmons. The Fresh Prince didn't notch his third consecutive triple-double, sadly, but he came damn close with his 21-8-12 line -- to go with three big steals and just two turnovers -- his highest-scoring night since he hung 32 on the Bulls in February. We've said it before, but having a superstar to carry your team when they're struggling is the ultimate luxury; having two feels downright immodest. (Simmons since All Stars were announced in late January, btw: 16-8-9 on 58% shooting and under three turnovers, with four triple-doubles and double-digit scoring in 25 out of 25 games.)

So the Sixers move to 38-30, two games up on Milwaukee in the seventh seed, half a game behind Washington at five, a full game behind Cleveland at four, and 1.5 behind Indiana at three. While the Sixers have struggled some against top-level teams in the past month -- going 1-5 in their last six games against playoff-bound opponents -- they've kept pace in the East by taking care of business against the sub-.500 teams, winning their last eight against losing squads, dating back to them taking an L against these Nets in Brooklyn at the end of January. Now they get a couple hard-earned days off before two more home games against lottery-bound squads in Charlotte and Memphis. Trust -- and celebrate -- The Process.