Kevin Hart curses at Drake over Sixers' loss to Raptors

Kevin Hart curses at Drake over Sixers' loss to Raptors

Kevin Hart is somewhat polarizing around the Philadelphia sports scene. You like him because he's "from here" and pulls for our squads but you hate him because he's something of a mush.

Fans had petitioned him to stay away from the Sixers during their playoff run — which he mostly obliged — but he still took some blame for who-knows-what-exactly after Philly fell to the Raptors in seven.

Anyway, Hart visited "Live with Kelly and Ryan" this week and they spoke at length about the tough series loss to the Toronto Raptors and also the roll Drake played in it.

"[Drake] wanted to bet on the series and I didn't because he doesn't pay," Hart said. "I think my frustrations from the past is probably what brought some of the negativity into this series. If I had a bet, we probably would have won. Because I didn't bet, he reversed me. He hit me with a reverse-woo."

"You know what's bad," Hart continued. "I didn't even go to the series. I didn't go to no games because I'm so superstitious. I went to games last year and then we lost to Boston."

Then they discussed Drake "cursing" the Sixers by wearing a pair of 76ers shorts during the series. 

"[Drake] wore our team shorts because he's a jerk," Hart said. "He put the reverse on himself because everybody was saying whoever he roots for loses. I should have done the same thing, I should have put on a Toronto Raptors uniform and I didn't. I let my city down. I let my city down."

The segment ended with Kelly and Ryan asking Hart to share a message directly with Drake, who watches regularly. You can watch the whole segment and Hart's very colorful parting message below.

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Who is the Sixers fan with white hair sitting courtside? That's Alan Horwitz

Who is the Sixers fan with white hair sitting courtside? That's Alan Horwitz

Sixers fans who have been watching the team on the regular for the last couple of seasons are well aware of “Old Man Knees,” also known to his friends and family as Alan Horwitz.

“The players call me ‘Papi’ and Kendall Jenner calls me ‘Papi,’” Horwitz said today.

But basketball fans from around the country got a taste of Horwitz’s intense fandom when he was shown repeatedly on the telecast sitting courtside for Games 1 and 2 in Toronto. He was impossible to miss, holding up a Sixers sign after almost every positive Philly play.

NBC Sports Philadelphia’s Marc Farzetta sat down with Horwitz on Thursday prior to the die-hard Sixers fan sitting courtside later this evening in his regular seats next to the Sixers bench.

Horwitz, who has been a Sixers fan since the 1960s, shared tales of his beefs over the years with opposing stars like Kobe Bryant and Rajon Rondo but also fellow opposing fans such as Drake.

Drake had some words for Horwitz up in The Six.

“[Drake] was giving it to me the first game [in Toronto]. He was sitting in my seat on the other side. As I’m holding up the flag in Game 1, he’s giving me this ‘blah, blah, blah.’ He’s giving me all that stuff, then I start giving it back in the second game.”

Another famous Sixers fan, Kevin Hart, reached out to Drake on Twitter to see if the musician will be at the Wells Fargo Center this evening for Game 3. We'll find out around tip-off.

Some call him “Old Man Knees,” some call him “The Sixth Man,” some call him “Papi.” Whatever he’s called, Horwitz wants to see this Sixers team win as much as anybody. He got a special promise from the Sixers’ ownership.

“When we win the championship, I was promised I’m going into the locker room to celebrate with the players and I get the same ring the players get, from Mr. Josh Harris,” Horwitz said.

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Some Sixers fans really don't want Kevin Hart at Game 3 in Philly

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Some Sixers fans really don't want Kevin Hart at Game 3 in Philly

The Sixers bounced back in a big way in game 2 up in Toronto on Monday night which, in addition to making the series competitive heading back to Philadelphia, allowed Philly fans everywhere to gain a few notches in their Trash Talking meters.

Count comedian Kevin Hart among us.

Hart may have found a target to unleash his many words upon:

Musical stylings aside, I don't think a single person who roots for the Sixers enjoyed seeing Drake courtside up in The Six cheering on his Raptors and talking smack. Hart, being a well-established Philly sports fan, tweeted at Drake after the game.

Only problem is, Hart doesn't have the best track record when it comes to attending Sixers games. One brilliant sports writer wondered in 2018 if we need to ban Kevin Hart from attending Sixers games.

James Harden and Dwyane Wade have famously said that Hart's antics motivated them to torch the Sixers. It has been ugly in the past.

So when Hart tweeted at Drake, the response was an overwhelming "please don't go to the game!" from his followers. A sampling:

Now, Hart may have bad luck at Sixers games, but he's not a total mush. Although he may at times be a lush. Remember that time the Eagles won the Super Bowl and Hart made a big scene?

So, keep an eye out for Hart courtside on Thursday. If the Sixers lose, you'll have someone to blame other than Kawhi and Brett.