Doug Collins is a Big Will Smith Fan

Doug Collins is a Big Will Smith Fan

Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah nah! Nah, nah, nah, nah, nah nah!

They're not floor seats at the Lakers, but Will Smith is set to sit courtside a the Wells Fargo Center this evening in South Philadelphia as the Sixers take on the Charlotte Bobcats. After becoming a part owner of the franchise when Josh Harris and his group purchased the team from Ed Snider this summer, tonight will be the Fresh Prince's first time watching Doug Collins' boys up close and courtside.

Coach Collins was asked about Smith being in the building this evening. Turns out, Doug admires Hitch's catalogue.

"I've always been a huge fan of his. I like his music, I like his acting. I love his energy," Collins said of the star of such hits as Bad Boys, Bad Boys II, and Blossom.

"I know he loves basketball," Collins said. "Let's face it, we are a celebrity culture. I know we do TNT games and we'd do celebrity packages, who's at the game, if certain people are at the game it must be a big game. So it's nice to have Will here. We hope we'll get him connected to where he loves his team. We know he loves Philly. We want him to love his team."

Collins went on to point out that athletes and celebrities would often love to flip roles in a heartbeat.

"Will would probably like to play tonight and our players would probably like to rap."

We sure know Lou Williams would. But even the coach himself?

"Everybody loves music. I'd love to get on stage and sing to but that would be a disaster," Collins closed with.

Let's hope Doug sticks to the coaching. Let's hope Lou Williams sticks to the last-second shot taking. And, I guess, let's hope Will Smith sticks to whatever it is he does in Hollywood.

I'm sure he'll get quite a warm welcome this evening in South Philly.

VIDEO: Doug Collins after Friday's shoot around [Sixers]

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Watch every single minute of Joel Embiid's super fun NBA debut against OKC

Oh, man. Remember that time Joel Embiid did the Dream Shake?!? And then that time he did the crossover. And when he was pumping the crowd up on his way back down the court after drilling a three ball?!?

Well now you don't have to just remember it. You can watch it all again.

Our friendly video team cut together a video featuring every single minute of JoJo's action in his NBA debut. Sadly, he was on a 20-minute restriction, but that didn't stop Brett Brown from getting him out there for a couple of extra minutes.

Enjoy. And as Dario Saric would say, "I love him so much."

If reading is more your thing, check out Jess Camerato on Embiid's debut and Andrew Unterberger on The Process being secured.


Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Report: Sixers anthem singer Sevyn had contract barring political statements

Sevyn Streeter, the performing artist who claimed Wednesday that the Sixers replaced her for the national anthem because of her intent to wear a jersey with the words "We Matter," signed a contract that prohibited political statements, according to CBS3's Jan Carabeo.

Per the report, Streeter was offered an alternate shirt and told she could wear her own shirt in the stands after the performance.

"I was angry, extremely, extremely angry and disappointed and honestly brought to tears by all of it. It broke my heart," Streeter told The Associated Press. "Honestly, I was very excited about being able to perform the national anthem. I was really looking forward to that."

The Sixers didn't directly confirm or deny the allegation but responded with the following statement:

"The Philadelphia 76ers organization encourages meaningful actions to drive social change. We use our games to bring people together, to build trust and to strengthen our communities. As we move from symbolic gestures to action, we will continue to leverage our platform to positively impact our community."

This statement is consistent with efforts being made throughout the NBA calling for action over gestures, as detailed in a feature in B/R Mag. 

“I’m past the gestures,” Carmelo Anthony told B/R Mag. “I’m past that. It’s all about creating things now and putting things in motion. So, that’s what I’m on. I’m trying to get guys on board with that and help them understand that — enough of the gesturing and talking and all of that stuff — we need to start putting things in place.”