Under normal circumstances I would say that it's less than ideal for a fan of the opposing team to give the most motivated player in the entire NBA even more motivation. Especially when the opposing team in question has literally had no motivation to do anything but lose since 2012. This wasn't normal circumstances though. This was opening night in Philadelphia. This was the dawn of a new era. This was 'The Process' finally starting to come to fruition. This was the world premiere of Joel Embiid. As sad and underwhelming as it sounds, last night was relatively special for those in attendance. That's why I can appreciate the old man who was not only passionate enough to make sure he had court side seats for it, but passionate enough to bump his ball-and-chain out of the way to draw birds on one of the best players in the entire league.
Ironically enough, I was just thinking about this while watching one of the 8 million fights between people that have no business trying to fight on YouTube the other day. Giving the finger is old hat. It's lost it's luster. Doesn't pack the same punch that it used to. That, however, is only true if you keep your birds close to the nest. As far as I am concerned, the arm extension has a direct correlation to the power of the gesture. So while I don't necessarily endorse going around flipping off NBA players, I do suggest taking some tips from this guy if you plan to do so. Those stubby little arms couldn't have been more outstretched. Those fingers were reaching so high up towards the sky that their foundation (this senior citizen's underarm fat) began to shake. Usually I err on the side of not getting into it with professional athletes, but if you are going to then you better make your damn presence felt. By being two beers short of going full blown 'Stone Cold Steve Austin', one of Philly's finest did just that, so let's all offer a well deserved 'Rest In Peace' to his season tickets.