He also exchanged a greeting with star center Joel Embiid before tip from his courtside seat — where Mill is wearing an Embiid jersey.
I’d like to thank God, my family, and all my public advocates for their love, support and encouragement during this difficult time. While the past five months have been a nightmare, the prayers, visits, calls, letters and rallies have helped me stay positive.— Meek Mill (@MeekMill) April 24, 2018
Mill, whose given name is Robert Williams, had received a visit earlier Tuesday from comedian Hart and Rubin at a state correction institution in Chester, Pa., at which he was incarcerated for five months for a probation violation. A short time later, Rubin posted on Instagram a picture of himself, Mill and Hart at a Sixers game, and said he was going back to the prison to pick the rapper up. The lift Rubin provided turned out to include a helicopter trip to rush the rapper back to Philadelphia for the 8 p.m. tip-off at Wells Fargo Center.
Sixers players ran out onto the court Tuesday night for pregame warm-ups to Mill’s “Ima Boss” after sharing embraces with the rapper inside their locker room.
Mill’s case has been championed by players across the NBA — including Sixers rookies Ben Simmons and Markelle Fultz, who reportedly went to visit him in prison, as well — and he has frequently attended Philadelphia games over the years. After ringing the bell Tuesday, Mill headed to a seat courtside.
And after advancing out of the first round for the first time in his career, Joel Embiid spoke at the podium about Meek Mill’s release from prison.
“When he was in jail, I went to visit him,” Embiid told reporters. “He was’t feeling good. You could tell he was trying to hold on. … I was just excited he got to witness this. I know he’s always representing the city and loves this city so much.”
Sixers' Joel Embiid on rapper Meek Mill attending Game 5: "When he was in jail, i went to visit him. He was't feeling good. You could tell he was trying to hold on... I was just excited he got to witness this. I know he's always representing the city and loves this city so much." pic.twitter.com/v4zGYVRE4I— Ben Golliver (@BenGolliver) April 25, 2018
And before the Sixers’ Game 5 win, just the idea of the rapper being in attendance for Tuesday night’s game had swept across the Internet.
Meek Mill is free.— Cycle (@bycycle) April 24, 2018
Sixers winning by 100 tonight.
if meek mill is courtside tonight, sixers by 50— kelly cohen (@politiCOHEN_) April 24, 2018
Meek free 🙌🏾— CJ McCollum (@CJMcCollum) April 24, 2018