“I say I have a day job and a night job,” he said.
If there’s been a drawback, it’s been the time commitment, Harris said. He’s attended most 76ers’ games, even traveling on the road for some.
“How does he do it all? Well, he doesn’t sleep a lot,” said his wife, Marjorie.
Those who know Harris say he can’t help but expend the same energy and fervor on the 76ers that he has every other life project, from his time on Wall Street to his days wrestling in dimly lit gyms around Washington.
“In contrast to a lot of people I see who change when they find success, Josh has been able to remain the exact same guy,“ said Mark Ein, a childhood friend who’s the chief executive of Venturehouse Group and owner of the Washington Kastles.
Marjorie took the seat next to Harris for the second half of last Friday’s game, and the Bulls — even without injured MVP guard Derrick Rose — pulled ahead by 14 points. Philadelphia chipped away, though, and with only 2 minutes 11 seconds remaining in the game, Spencer Hawes hit a jumper to give the Sixers a one-point lead. Harris jumped from his seat and threw his hands in the air. When the final buzzer sounded and the Sixers had locked up an emotional 79-74 win, Harris leapt up and down, hugging his wife and then Collins.
It was the team’s biggest win in years. For Harris, it was more.
“You know, I think I’m doing something important here. That’s what you hope, at least,” he said. “And then you see everyone celebrating, you see everyone come together and it’s like, yes, that’s exactly what I’m here to do.”
When the night’s festivities wound down, the Escalade picked up Harris and his family and headed back up the Jersey Turnpike, arriving home in New York around 1:30 a.m. He didn’t have much time to sleep. There was more Apollo work. Another 76ers game two days later (which they‘d also win, giving Philadelphia a 3-1 series advantage).
Plus, Harris had a simulated triathlon to complete at 9 o’clock the next morning.