The Process phenomenon invaded D.C. on Saturday evening, as 350 Philadelphia 76ers fans — promoting the hashtag #BusTheProcess — bussed to the Verizon Center to support rookie center Joel Embiid and the Sixers against the Washington Wizards.
Unfortunately, Embiid sat out the matchup because he’s still restricted from playing in both games of a back-to-back set. But to make up for his absence, he met up with the fans after the game and took a photo with them on the Wizards’ floor.
— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) January 15, 2017
— Marc Zumoff (@marczumoff) January 15, 2017
According to CSN Philly’s broadcast, 76ers head coach Brett Brown helped pay for part of the trip, which was put together by The Rights To Ricky Sanchez podcast.
Buses are departing @XFINITYLive. Thanks Brett Brown for the food and drink, and Wizards fans, maybe sit this one out.
— RTRS Podcast (@RTRSPodcast) January 14, 2017
— John Clark CSN (@JClarkCSN) January 14, 2017
— Robert LeFevre (@RobSmells) January 14, 2017
— CSN Philly (@CSNPhilly) January 15, 2017
Sixers fans, who have chanted “trust the Process” several times this season, broke out a different chant against the Wizards: “first-round knockout.”
Chant of the night was “First Round Knockout” at a Wizards fan who was trying to taunt us.
— RTRS Podcast (@RTRSPodcast) January 15, 2017
The Wizards defeated the 76ers 109-93, but that appears to be of secondary concern to Sixers fans as Embiid continues to inspire new life in their fan base.
— Jovan Buha