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Tobias Harris is posting as if the Sixers are still playing

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Tobias Harris is posting as if the Sixers are still playing

The Sixers haven’t played a basketball game since last Wednesday, with the 2019-20 season suspended because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Don’t tell that to Tobias Harris. 

First, Harris posted on Instagram Thursday night after the Sixers would have played the Hornets. 

He later posted a photo of himself walking into (or out of?) an arena with sunglasses and style.

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The fit hit different after a W 😎🥶😤

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As Magic guard Evan Fournier astutely pointed out in the comments, the Sixers’ game against the Hornets was scheduled to be in Charlotte. Harris' location was "In My Own World," though, so the photo seeming to be from outside of Wells Fargo Center isn't really relevant.

Saturday night’s “game” vs. the Hawks was apparently a big one for rookie Matisse Thybulle. “All them TikTok videos paying off the for the kid,” according to Harris.

Thyublle confirmed in the comments that his TikTok exploits are why he shined in Harris’ unique simulation, writing, “It was all those hours I've been putting in to learn that 'Renegade' dance. Hard work really does pay off!!”

When Thybulle acknowledged the reality that the Sixers did not, in fact, beat the Hawks on Saturday night and called out Harris for his creative use of his time in self-quarantine, Harris hit on a new nickname.

The Sixers had the Timberwolves up next on the schedule. If you’re curious about what might have happened Tuesday night, Harris will probably have an answer. 



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NBA players know their social media activity is monitored around the clock, so any likes, comments, or follows that reach the public are noteworthy.

Which is why one Buddy Hield Instagram comment has Sixers fans on high alert.

On Wednesday night, Hield posted a fairly normal social distancing Instagram post for an NBA player, of him working out. Nothing too crazy... until a Philly-area Instagram user with the handle @1kevaan dropped a "Trust the Process" in the comments, and Hield actually responded:

Now, it's no secret that Trust the Process is a Sixers rallying cry. After years of ignoring the phrase during the tanking years, even the team embraced the slogan, and allowed Embiid to introduce himself as "The Process" before games.

So Hield - a 27-year-old digital savvy basketball player who started playing in the NBA right around the same time "Trust the Process" reached the masses - not knowing what the phrase means is unlikely.

It's possible that Hield didn't think to connect the phrase to the Sixers while typing his response. It's equally possible that he did, because Hield's Instagram activity earlier this season pointed fans towards the idea of a Hield-to-Philly move in the first place.

Hield liked an Instagram post posing the idea of a Hield-for-Al Horford swap back in February, and hasn't removed the like in the month-plus since, which at least suggests that it wasn't inadvertent:

Hield signed a four-year extension with Sacramento back in October, but the Kings regressed in their first year under head coach Luke Walton, and The Athletic reported in February that Hield, unhappy with his role, might be eyeing a move.

In terms of contract length and salary hit, the Hield and Horford deals are strikingly similar, and Hield's game would be an instant improvement for the Sixers' offensive spacing: he's a two-guard who shoots a career 41.1 percent from deep, and can create his own shot. Plus, he's substantially younger than Horford.

Will the move happen? If the Kings deem their relationship with Hield unfixable, it's possible. Horford hasn't fit well in Philly, but he's still a savvy veteran with a good track record. And Hield would certainly check the boxes for the Sixers' front office.

We'll see!

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The city of Philadelphia absolutely wishes we were currently watching the Sixers right now in the middle of a championship run.

Alas, live games are on hold for the time being, so there's a Marc Zumoff-sized void in our lives.

But given all of the extra free time broadcasters and media personalities have lately, Marc Farzetta was able to create the dream of longtime Sixers play-by-play man Zumoff calling his daily life at home.

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