Which Sixer would make the best villain in a 'Creed' sequel: Embiid or T.J.?

Which Sixer would make the best villain in a 'Creed' sequel: Embiid or T.J.?

The Philadelphia 76ers organized a team building and conditioning workout at the famed Front Street Boxing Gym last week.

You fans of the Rocky franchise and the most recent installment, Creed, may remember the location from its appearance in the 2015 film starring Sly Stallone and Michael B. Jordan as the son of Apollo Creed.

With the Sixers sharing a number of photos and videos from the workout, it got me wondering: which 76ers player would make the best villain in a sequel?

To me, there are two serious contenders for the title.

Joel Embiid and T.J. McConnell for a variety of reasons. 

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Height: 7-foot-7 (in the film, maybe not exactly the same in real life but VERY close)

Weight: 255 lbs

Reach: 7'5''

Muscles: A lot


Embiid is built like Ivan Drago and clearly has the physique to be a punishing fighter. The man is flat-out intimidating. Plus he's from Cameroon and has that sweet accent, so you could use that in some sort of storyline where he's fighting for his continent's pride or something.

"We all from Africa," he frequently says throughout the film. And given the tense political climate in the film with much of the world despising America's leadership, JoJo represents the rare talent and personality that can bring the world together again. We could all afford to do some "changing."

Embiid is the clear favorite as a movie villain who appears sans a shirt and pummels another guy. I'd also shell out $10 to see Embiid in a dance scene at Johnny Brenda's any day of the week. But...

Never count out the scrappy underdog. That's what the theme of Rocky is all about anyway, right?

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Height: 6'2''

Weight: 200 lbs

Reach: 6'2''

Muscles: Not as much


Enter T.J. McConnell. Nobody ever gave him a chance but here he is, making it in the League/film by being the most blue-collar fighter we've seen since Rocky Balboa himself. Maybe you could come up with some storyline where McConnell is the son Paulie Pennino never knew he had but he somehow convinces Rocky to train him. Then you have the unlikely storyline of Apollo's son vs. Pennino's son fighting for Rocky's love and affection? Plus, he's got incredibly small hands which makes catching chickens very difficult. And maybe he has a secret weapon in a Croatian best friend who you don't see for the first half of the movie because he's overseas and can't get the right visa or something and people start to question whether TJ's Croatian friend even exists. But, much to the chagrin of sports talk radio in Philly, this guy ends up coming over and brings some secret magical fighting technique and some bad facial hair trimmers that really help him against the steely Creed.

I don't know. There's a reason I'm a blogger and not a movie writer.

Check out this sweet clip the Sixers shared from the session though:

There's a Sam Hinkie video game where he battles the Colangelos in a tank

There's a Sam Hinkie video game where he battles the Colangelos in a tank

Process Trusters, like little kids, love attention. Good, bad, indifferent -- it doesn't matter. Just give them some attention.

So they're absolutely going to love the fact that the folks at The Ringer made a video game featuring Sam Hinkie as the hero battling the evil Colangelos.

And you can drive around as Hinkie in a tank! You can also put Joel Embiid on your back (to protect his knees) and fight the mightly collar of the Colangelo.

It's a thing that exists and you'll probably enjoy it for five minutes of your day.

God bless the Internet and long live The Process.


Markelle Fultz on 'Trust the Process': 'I thought I came up with it'

Markelle Fultz on 'Trust the Process': 'I thought I came up with it'

The Process. What does it even mean at this point?

Some actually believe it has lost all of it's meaning. Others believe the Process will never end. It's also a nickname Joel Embiid gave to himself. And now it's even a beer.

Whatever you think of the slogan mostly attributed to the Sam Hinkie-era Philadelphia 76ers, "Trust the Process" has become a rallying cry of sorts for the team's fans.

Be patient, do things the right way, and results will come.

That's a sentiment projected No. 1 overall pick in tonight's draft, Markelle Fultz, has had to ascribe to his entire life. He got cut from his varsity team as a sophomore at Dematha Catholic, so he needed to have faith in a process.

In fact, speaking at the NBA Draft media availability on Wednesday, Fultz said that for a while he thought he came up with the slogan long before the Sixers ever did.

"I've been saying 'trust the process' because -- I didn't even know about Philly -- but me, I got cut from JV so, staying at the same high school, the big thing we used to say back home was to 'trust the process' and not transfer schools," he said. "I didn't really know about the saying 'trust the process' with Philly until maybe my senior year heading into college. I saw the tweets about it and all that."

"I thought I came up with it at first," Fultz said.

And maybe he was right? Who knows. It doesn't really matter. As long as the Process is trusted, I suppose.