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Fresh Prince of Society Hill: Will Smith buys part of 76ers

Oct 18, 2011, 2:17 PM EDT

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Now we have four rappers who are part owners of NBA teams. Still only one that anyone talks about, but four total.

Will Smith — rapper, actor, the Fresh Prince himself — and his wife Jada Pinkett are now minority owners of the Philadelphia 76ers, it was announced at the introductory press conference for the ownership group. He did not attend the press conference because, well, he’s Will Smith. “Men in Black 3” and all. But he’s all in.

Smith was born and raised in West Philly, if you didn’t know. That was before he moved to Bel Air. But he didn’t forget how to play hoops — we have the video footage.

Smith is part of the new ownership group headed by Joshua Harris, who came in and made a splash at their first public introduction. That started by slashing ticket prices for the majority of seats in the building.

The new owners also set up a Web page where fans can leave thoughts and suggestions for ownership. Just don’t tell them to trade Elton Brand (they already know).

As for the other rappers in the ownership game, there is Jay-Z and his one-percent of the Nets, Usher with the Cleveland Cavaliers, and Nelly with the Charlotte Bobcats.

The new Sixers owners also officially let former GM Ed Stephanski go, which was the humane thing to do rather than watch him twist in the wind. He was on his way out with Rod Thorn and others being called in. Stephanski is in the running for the Portland GM job and started to have serious talks with Toronto but those have apparently run into a snag.

  1. edmazeing1 - Oct 18, 2011 at 2:43 PM

    Maybe will can suit up & play like he did in the one episode of fresh prince!!!

  2. pete611 - Oct 18, 2011 at 6:32 PM

    I am sure he wants the lockout over but he believes ”players just don’t understand”.

  3. The Baseball Gods - Oct 18, 2011 at 9:05 PM

    I’m pretty sure that Usher would not consider himself to be a rapper.

    • The Baseball Gods - Oct 18, 2011 at 9:11 PM

      I’m also pretty sure that calling someone a rapper because they are a black musical performer can be considered slightly racist.

      • Kurt Helin - Oct 19, 2011 at 10:58 AM

        I’ve heard Will Smith’s work, I wouldn’t describe him as a singer. How would you define his music?

      • The Baseball Gods - Oct 19, 2011 at 3:24 PM

        I was referring to Usher, not Will Smith, which you would know if you actually read what I wrote.

  4. vrsatile1 - Oct 19, 2011 at 9:21 AM

    @ Kurt

    Usher is not a rapper

  5. acdc363 - Oct 19, 2011 at 11:20 AM

    Will smith was def a rapper just not the hood gangsta type. And usher is R&B I guess or whatever the girls listen to.

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