Jahlil Okafor goes to incredible lengths to watch movies

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Jahlil Okafor goes to incredible lengths to watch movies

Sometimes people are strange. NBA players are people after all.

So upon first hearing that Jahlil Okafor sometimes takes a train all the way to New York City to see a movie, you scratch your head and think it's a weird thing to do — and it kind of is! — but also sometimes people do strange things that make them happy. And that's okay.

And maybe he has a good reason for it. Or maybe he makes a day out of it.

As Deadspin's Dan McQuade, purveyor of all things Philadelphia, points out: center city Philly doesn't have the best movie theatre options. The Ritz jawns are nice with amply buttered popcorn but not if you're looking to watch a big budget movie like Star Wars on iMax. I've been known to personally drive out from center city to King of Prussia or over to Cherry Hill (not my fave) to watch an action flick, so Okafor taking it a couple of steps further up to NYC isn't as preposterous as it sounds at first.

And maybe he has a favorite dinner spot in NYC he likes to make a night of with a good movie in tow. Maybe he likes to grab a slice of vegan pizza that is only available in New York. Who knows?

Then there's Jah's reasoning for enjoying movies so much, which makes total sense.

“People want to know why I like going to the movies so much,” Okafor says. “If I was a psychologist and I had to evaluate myself, maybe I like how dark the room is and I'm able to sit there like a normal person and not be bothered and just enjoy watching a fantasy.”

I agree! There's something about a movie theatre, perhaps the no cell phone policy, that makes it a wonderful escape from all of the noise and tweets from the outside world.

So maybe Jahlil isn't as weird as you think. He just likes what he likes and he likes it where he likes it. That just so happens to be a couple of hour train ride away.

Kevin Hart uses curious recruiting tactic to get LeBron to Philly


Kevin Hart uses curious recruiting tactic to get LeBron to Philly

Kevin Hart is one of the most well-known Philadelphia sports fans in the world.

He made a scene at the Super Bowl while showing support for the Eagles.

So it's no surprise when TMZ asked him about LeBron James and his 76ers, Hart lit up a bit, even going so far as to say he has already attempted to recruit him to Philly.

"I sent him $40. He didn't accept it," Hart said. "I really did try. I sent him 40 dollars and I said come to Philly."

"He said, 'kiss my ass!'"

"I don't think he's going anywhere," Hart added.

Probably not if $40 is the best we as a city have to offer.

Loser Colin Cowherd pays off bet, wears Sixers jersey


Loser Colin Cowherd pays off bet, wears Sixers jersey

The Philadelphia 76ers as a team, and Joel Embiid specifically, reminded the world last night that FS1's Colin Cowherd is quite often full of it when they won their 40th game of the season.

We wrote about this last night when Jojo poked fun at Cowherd for his preseason assertion that Sixers wouldn't sniff 40 wins. But today Cowherd held up his end of the preseason bet by rocking a No. 21 Sixers jersey during his The Herd show.

Cowherd's co-host Kristine Leahy posted video of the frequently wrong analyst admitting he'd lost and saying he'd own up to it, eventually.

"I'd love to have [Embiid] on this show anytime he wants," Cowherd said today. "I made a bet. I lost. I'm not going to welch."

But then he spoke about not being able to find a jersey that fit while Leahy was wearing one that would clearly fit him. They eventually found one and he put it on.

"They deserve love," Cowherd said.

Winning sure feels good. All kinds of winning.