Sixers co-owner picks up Meek Mill from prison after release
The Philadelphia 76ers have had quite a season with their long-awaited draft picks all healthy at the same time playing together as Sam Hinkie predicted.
What manifested is a 52-30 record in the 2018 season and the third seed in the Eastern Conference. After the Philadelphia Eagles miraculously defeated the New England Patriots to win Super Bowl LII, there has been plenty of support and excitement going around the city of Philadelphia.
After starting off the postseason strong, the young Sixers are on the verge of eliminating the Miami Heat, leading their first round series 3-1. In their first two home games, the Sixers have had legend Allen Iverson in attendance, as well as actor and passional Philly fan Kevin Hart watching court-side as well. As if the team needed any more motivation to advance to the second round, their support will likely get a huge boost for Game 5 on Wednesday night.
Philadelphia native and rapper Meek Mill, who had been in prison after a long legal battle stemming from a 2008 incident was finally released from prison. Who was there to pick him up after his release? It was none other than Sixers’ co-owner Michael Rubin.
The rapper garnered much support from athletes such as LeBron James and Joel Embiid, team owners of the Sixers, Eagles, and Patriots, as well as other entertainers who all started a #FreeMeek support line to voice their solidarity which led up to this day.
Rubin, along with Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid, and Markelle Fultz, all took time to visit the rapper during his time of incarceration.
Even more exciting for the Sixers is that according to Rubin, Meek Mill is expected to be in attendance for Game 5. On top of that, the Philly native will also ring the ceremonial bell pre-game if he’s able to get to the arena in time.
Just spoke to Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin. He said it’s “more likely than not” Meek Mill will attend Game 5 tonight, and he’ll ring the ceremonial bell pre-game if he can get there in time.
— Daniel Victor (@bydanielvictor) April 24, 2018
While Heat players are likely also happy to see Meek Mill freed, they won’t be happy to see him energize the Sixers’ crowd tonight should he show up. The Sixers haven’t won a playoff series since 2012, when they beat the Chicago Bulls in the first round of the playoffs.