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Tobias Harris’ pretend season continues with congratulations to Matisse Thybulle

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For those who do not follow Philadelphia 76ers forward Tobias Harris on Instagram, he has begun posting as if the current NBA season were not currently suspended.

Harris posted a picture of himself and Joel Embiid on Thursday, saying “Great W tonight,” among other things. The post elicited plenty of reaction, with Brooklyn Nets guard Spencer Dinwiddie joking that Harris was referring to an imaginary “closed scrimmage” in which the Nets dominated the Sixers.

Not to be deterred, Harris is continuing with this current theme. He posted about Sixers rookie Matisse Thybulle’s “career” night on Saturday, with Thybulle responding and saying he owes the success to hours spent learning the “Renegade” dance.

Harris has humor aplenty, though it is clear just how much the players miss the game.

The NBA suspended the regular season due to the coronavirus pandemic last Wednesday, and the illness has already had a tangible impact on players and organizations throughout the league.

Moreover, league officials have encouraged players and coaches to remain in their respective markets and to stay as isolated possible. Obviously, these circumstances are totally unnatural especially for players, who are used to being surrounded by teammates, coaches, trainers etc. under normal pretenses.

There is no telling when or even if the season will resume, though Harris would love the opportunity to improve on his run of good form. The 27-year-old struggled with a lack of perimeter efficiency early in the year, but he was quickly becoming one of Philly’s more reliable weapons from beyond the arc in the last few months.

In any case, Harris seems determined to will basketball back into existence, even if it comes in the form of social media.