Philadelphia 76ers: Of course Al Horford endorses chocolate milk

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While Al Horford, unfortunately, couldn’t go in the Philadelphia 76ers win over the Boston Celtics, his chocolate milk ad did and boy is it… something.

Did you happen to catch the Philadelphia 76ers‘ win over the Boston Celtics?

Good game, great team win, and a wonderful return to form showing for Joel Embiid two days removed from being called out by Charles Barkley and Shaq.

But something about the game rubbed me funny.

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It wasn’t all of the trick shots, or Kemba Walker‘s lopsided performance, or even Enes Kanter‘s sudden offensive explosion. No, what I was most surprised by was actually a commercial; a commercial staring Sixers power forward Al Horford.

Apparently, Al Horford loves chocolate milk.

Now for the sake of transparency, Horford’s 31-second milk message isn’t new, it actually launched back in February, but up until summer, his endorsements really didn’t affect my life – but now, now I can’t unsee the ad in question and I have so. many. questions.

For example, does Horford really drink chocolate milk that much? If so, how is his stomach? That much dairy around exercise would have to cause a severe case of the rumblies, no?

And why chocolate milk specifically? I mean, it is the best milk, but isn’t it kind of irresponsible to endorsee a drink to children that has just as much sugar as soda? At least Joel Embiid is open about endorsing an uber sugary Mountain Dew drink – a drink he then adds bottles full of grenadine to create a sickly sweet Shirley Temple monstrosity.

Check out the ad in question if you don’t believe me:

But really, should we be surprised?

A big reason why the Philadelphia 76ers signed Hoford in the first place, outside of his ability to play center for a third on the game, was because of his maturity both on and off the court – it feels somewhat obvious that the 6-foot-10 Dominican Republic product would support a balanced part of a healthy diet(ish).

Frankly, I’m surprised ‘Chocolate Milk’ hasn’t become a more popular nickname for a player sorely lacking a nickname, but I digress.

Making our way back to the court, fortunately, the 76ers didn’t need their $109 million man to take care of his former squad for the second straight game this season, as the potent combination of Embiid and Kyle O’Quinn were able to weather the storm of Kanter and Daniel Theis in the paint – in large part due to some expert coaching from Brett Brown.

For those keeping track at home, that’s now 16 games the 76ers have played without their starting five intact, versus only 10(!?) at full strength.

On one hand, you have to give Coach Brown credit for pulling off such a feat with an ever-changing collection of players filling out his rotation, but at the same time, it sure would be nice to see what this team looks like with a dozen or so consecutive full-strength contests to mesh into a proper unit.

Next. Matisse Thybulle’s recent success? Must be the shoes. dark

Until then, the Philadelphia 76ers are a game away from reaching 20 wins with six games left to play before their Christmas Day bout against the Milwaukee Bucks. If Al Horford can get his left hamstring tightness straight in the interim, we could collectively have a front seat for the best Sixers basketball of the decade, but until then, at least we have that weird, probably cursed Chocolate Milk ad to play in our dreams – nightmares – for the foreseeable future. That’s…  something. What exactly? Beats me.