You don't have to be in the Philadelphia area to trust the process.
As the Sixers used a 39-point second quarter to take a double-digit lead over the Celtics, Joel Embiid dominated Boston on both ends of the court. He limited the C's in the post while scoring left and right, particularly forcing his way to the free throw line against smaller Celtics defenders.
And when Embiid made it to the line, the chants came out (see the video above).
Fans at the Sixers-Celtics clash on Friday night serenaded Embiid with "trust the process" chants when he went to the free throw line during that second quarter. The Boston fans tried to boo and drown out the chants, but they continued to come back with Embiid's trip to the line.
"Joel’s getting worldwide," Nerlens Noel said of the chants. "He needs a tour now. I think he’s getting on another level. I think he’s very loved everywhere, really. As we go along, I wouldn’t be surprised to hear it in multiple places."
On his last free throws of the quarter with 16.5 seconds left, calls of "trust the process" rained down on Embiid, who nodded his head to what was certainly music to his ears.
"They were actually really loud," Embiid said. "It's impressive. We're in Boston, it's supposed to our rival, and for the fans to come out and just chant trust the process so loud, it was amazing."
Check out the video above for highlights of the "trust the process" chants taking over the TD Garden.
Oh, and check out this dunk. Sheesh.
In case you haven’t heard, the Sixers traded big man Nerlens Noel to the Dallas Mavericks before Thursday's deadline (see story).
While Noel's former teammates were saddened by the trade, including Joel Embiid, the rookie big man is already looking forward to squaring off against his friend.
The Sixers face Noel and the Mavericks on March 17 at the Wells Fargo Center.
Nerlens Noel's tenure in Philadelphia wasn't characterized by a whole lot of winning, but he'll still likely be remembered fondly by Sixers fans as being one of the original members of the process.
It's always an emotional time when a fan favorite departs for another city and a new team instead of seeing the championship aspirations many had for them in Philly through to fruition.
Noel posted an emotional message to his Twitter account on Thursday evening thanking the city of Philadelphia and its fans for the support they showed him through the ups and downs.
The tweet contained the hashtag #Philly with a couple of exclamation points with a screenshot of a note that read:
What an exciting journey it’s been… To have such an amazing city embrace a kid from Boston coming out of Kentucky the way y’all did, is something I’ll truly never forget. And even through the ups and downs I never doubted the love here and that won’t change. Thank you to everybody that’s believed in me and supported through #TheProcess.
He posted the same message on Instagram as well.
Noel was traded earlier in the day to the Dallas Mavericks for Justin Anderson, Andrew Bogut, and a conditional first round pick that will likely turn into two second round picks.
Bryan Colangelo will address the media on Friday morning to discuss his rationale behind moving Nerlens.
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