James Harden snubs The Sixth Man, ushering in a new era of 76ers that we so desperately need
Last night the Philadelphia 76ers beat the Chicago Bulls to move into sole possession of second place in the Eastern Conference. The Sixers are now a half game up on the Milwaukee Bucks and three games behind the East-leading Miami Heat.
Joel Embiid moved to a perfect 11-0 against the Chicago Bulls in his career and put up a masterclass last night, scoring 43 points and grabbing 14 rebounds. James Harden put up 16 points, 14 assists, and eight rebounds in what was a somewhat quiet game for The Beard at the Wells Fargo Center.
The 76ers are now a perfect 5-0 during the James Harden era, and optimism surrounding the team has been at an all-time high.
Last night, however, there was one video that stole the show on Twitter.
In the video, you see Alan Horwitz, also known as the 76ers Sixth Man approaching James Harden as Harden is stretching before joining the team huddle.
Horwitz, for those unfamiliar, is a mega-rich businessman and the Founder and Chairman of Campus Apartments, a student housing company headquartered in Philadelphia.
The 76ers Sixth Man is at basically every single Sixers home game and travels to a ton of away games.
The issue that surprisingly, split Twitter in half last night on whether it was right or wrong, is Horwitz, a fan that buys expensive court side seats, approaching Harden.
Im going to have to go with the side that agrees on this being totally inappropriate.
I don’t care if you spend $50 on Sixers tickets or thousands of dollars on Sixers tickets, there’s absolutely no reason for any fan to approach a player. Honestly, I would have thrown Horwitz out of the arena. Why give this guy special treatment?
The Sixth Man is not a part of the team. How is he allowed to do this during a game? Money doesn’t give him a reason to approach players. Sit the hell down, Alan and watch the game like everyone else. Sorry, I don’t care who you are or how many games you have attended and apparently James Harden doesn’t either.
Imagine if you’re Harden and some fan approaches you as you’re stretching and getting ready to play basketball. Obviously, you’re going to just completely ignore the guy or hell, even call security to get this man away from you.
Good on Harden for ignoring him and just walking by him joining the huddle.
How annoying can Horwitz be? The replies on the tweet state over and over “That’s the Sixth Man!” And “Rude on Harden’s part…” but I don’t know how people are coming to that conclusion.
This guy is a fan. He’s not a part of the Sixers organization. I’m sure the level of entitlement comes from the fact that he spends so much money on Sixers tickets and other charitable events that people within the organization suck up to him, but still this can’t happen.
The Harden-era has brought a new regime of 76ers basketball and I’m perfectly fine leaving The Sixth Man as a thing of the past. Get rid of the process years too and praising bad players. We are NBA Finals contenders and nothing else matters.
Sit the hell down Alan, we have a championship to win.