As we all know, the Philadelphia 76ers are off to a ridiculously hot start in 2017. Joel Embiid is turning out to be a lot better than expected and is probably going to win the 2017 Rookie of the Year award. ‘The Process’ is finally starting to show signs of life after 3 long seasons of tanking. I get it. Embiid is a total beast on and off the court. When he isn’t dream-shaking opponents out of their shoes, he’s probably on Twitter talking shit or posting some ignorant comment on Mia Khalifa’s Instagram.
There’s no denying that Joel Embiid is hilarious. He’s one of the more vibrant personalities the NBA has seen in a long time and I have absolutely no problem with that. I actually really enjoy his sense of humor and I understand why so many others feel the same way. And even though TJ McConnell felt the need to go Michael Jordan on my Knicks a few weeks ago, I really can’t hate on what Philly is doing right now.
We’ve seen this happen year after year in all kinds of sports. An obscure franchise starts winning and all of a sudden, everybody and their mother wants in. I’m typically not bothered by bandwagons because they usually have the attention span of a goldfish and don’t care anymore once things go bad. They’re type of people to watch the Super Bowl just for the commercials, or to bet all of their money on Cam Newton. These people flat out suck. And even though I try to pay them no mind, this recent Philly hype is where I’m going to draw the line. The 76ers having bandwagon fans is simply not allowed.
As a lifelong Mets fan, nothing ticked me off quite like the slew of bandwagons that hopped on during the glorious 2015 World Series run. The fact that I had to sit through almost 6 years of utter mediocrity before finally seeing my team compete again is what makes me so angry about this. Similar to the bandwagon Mets fans, these people were not interested during the dark days. They probably can’t name one player from the 2013 76ers’ roster without using Google, yet their Twitter page is full of #RAISETHECAT. No. Fuck that. You simply cannot just jump into all the action and prance around acting all giddy like you’ve been there since day one.
It is beyond insulting to the people that actually care about their team. A lot of diehards avoid paying any mind to bandwagons because they are more interested in their team’s success. I, on the other hand, am extremely petty and will not stand for people hopping on the bandwagon of previously-shit teams. So if you were going haywire over Steph Curry and Klay Thompson a year ago, please keep it that way. Don’t start screaming “TRUST THE PROCESS” and please put your pet cat down. The only people who should be celebrating the recent breakthrough of ‘the process’ are the ones who actually suffered through it.