Mike Scott teamed up with Red Bull Hoops to host a Sixers Fan event at North Bowl in Northern Liberties. The event was a special night for the Mike Scott Hive, a group of fans that appreciate the cultural side of the NBA. Screens all over the second floor area, that had been closed for the event, showed Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid represent the team in the NBA All Star Game. But the game itself was simply a backdrop to a connection to a player who has resonated with Philadelphia fans in a way few others have.

Mike Scott grew up in Chesapeake, Virginia, just 30 minutes or so from Hampton, home of Sixers legend Allen Iverson. “Everyone knows how Philly was like a second home for AI,” said Mike Scott Sunday night. “His passion in just their life [is] just raw,” continued Scott, 31, who is in his second season with the team after being a key part of the Tobias Harris trade last season. “I definitely appreciate the fan base.”

Mike Scott plays air hockey with fans at North Bowl

The Mike Scott Hive 

The Mike Scott Hive was a concept originated by Zainab Javed and Erica Boland. Philadelphia has long had an eye for players who typify the ethos of the city. Philadelphia views itself though a lens of toughness, grit, and perhaps at times revels in being overlooked and under-appreciated.

“The fans always been behind me – good or bad. And you see tonight, people come out and show appreciation, just shows that Philly, you know, they get a bad rap sometimes from the fan base, but… they always been good to me,” said Scott, who has brought an edge to a team that Ben Simmons had referred to as having “played soft” a number of times prior to the trade deadline last season. Speaking about the Sixers doubling down on physicality and edge this year, Scott said, “Yeah, definitely. Myself included, I get back to that mentality from when I first got here.”

When the Going Gets Tough

“These last 30-some games, [we] get ready for the playoffs,” remarked Scott about the stretch run toward the playoffs. “Gotta get back to that mentality. When I first [got here] you know, just playing hard.” He continued, “Diving and getting scrappy, you know, not dirty, but, you know if need be.” Scott has been playing 17 minutes per game this season and is known as being a consummate professional who is a shooting threat from outside. “I feel like every team needs that. I want to go out there and score, get buckets and all that, but you know of course every team needs a physical person who has that mentality.” 

Hive founder Zainab Javed plays foosball with Mike Scott

The Sixers will need the best version of Mike Scott as they race for home-court advantage in the NBA’s Eastern Conference. The Sixers are 34-21 and have historically finished strong when led by Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid. Both players flashed their immense abilities during the game Sunday. Ben Simmons scored 17 points on 8-9 shooting to go along with 6 rebounds and 5 assists in 29 minutes. Joel Embiid scored 22 points with 10 rebounds in 29 minutes as well. Embiid had perhaps the highlight of the game when he shook LeBron James who attempted to guard him in the post.

Stress Break Before the Run

The night, in all, had a relaxed stress-free air of community. Much of Sixers Twitter was on hand. North Bowl is located in the city’s Northern Liberties neighborhood at 909 N 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19123. The event also served as the official launch of the Mike Scott Hive app, available on for iPhone and Android. https://www.mikescottapp.com/ 

“I don’t feel like it’s work for me. I just feel like I’m vibing with the fans and having fun,” said the man with the emoji tattoos and tough guy reputation but generosity of spirit that has made him a fan favorite.

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