The Philadelphia 76ers are self-isolated, socially distanced, and thoroughly bored.
It’s Monday, March 16, 2020. The novel coronavirus continues to traverse American soil, with many schools and businesses shutting down. One such business is the NBA, which may not resume until June or July, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski. Members of the Philadelphia 76ers — like most people — continue to isolate themselves to mitigate the spread of the virus.
A lot remains unknown about COVID-19, and the current trajectory in America is not a promising one. There is a good chance the NBA’s hiatus draws on for months, with fans left isolated and at home for similar amounts of time.
The virus has left many people struggling to cope with the new limitations of a socially distanced life. How does one find entertainment? How does one stay active? How does one not eat Oreos for dinner five nights in a row? These are all pressing concerns.
More strictly isolated due to the NBA’s recent exposure to COVID-19, the Sixers, too, are on the struggle bus. Without basketball to fill the day, players have had to alter their lifestyles and find ways to survive the solitude.
There is no better example of such struggles than Matisse Thybulle, who has made the unfortunate decision to pivot to TikTok stardom. There is no shame in TikTok, an app millions use and love. I simply do not understand it.
Here is Matisse doing something in front of a phone camera.
But wait, there’s more.
He likes LEGOs too!
If you would like to subject yourself to more Matisse Thybulle Content™, you can follow him on TikTok. If you are Mike Scott, you may want to consider other options (NSFW, but chances are you’re not at work).
Thybulle and Scott are not the only two coping with new realities. Josh Richardson has been the tweetiest of all the Sixers during this pandemic, pondering the very nature of human existence and the ties that bond us as a species.
He seeks answers to our most important questions.
You must become one with yourself in times of crisis.
As for the heart and soul of the Philadelphia sports scene, Joel Embiid has used Twitter to spotlight a very different topic — less focused on the foundations of man, and more focused on the fairness of FIFA. He wants change, and he wants it now.
The Sixers. The fans. At the end of the day, we’re all people. We’re all confused, concerned, and bored. As COVID-19 spreads in the U.S., remember to wash your hands, stay home, and avoid contact with elderly and immunocompromised individuals as best you can.
If you won’t take my word for it, take it from the Sixers’ Adult In The Room, Al Horford.
He even retweeted a former Celtics teammate to drive home the point! A truly unifying message.