The Philadelphia 76ers defeated the Brooklyn Nets 96-88 on Saturday to complete the sweep in the first round of the NBA playoffs, passing the first test in the team's attempt to win their first championship in 40 years. But former MLB star and Philadelphia Phillies outfielder made sure to tell the Sixers to avoid doing one thing if they want to break the title drought: make sure First Lady Jill Biden doesn’t get invited to the NBA Finals if the 76ers get that far.
Congratulations to the @sixers on sweeping the Nets in the first round. Hopefully it won’t get all fucked up in the Finals, like with the Phillies and Eagles, by the curse of DOCTOR Jill Biden showing up.— Lenny Dykstra (@LennyDykstra) April 23, 2023
Dykstra’s proposition has some validity to it. Within the past six months, two other Philadelphia sports teams made it to the championship of their respective sports, only to lose as soon as Biden was in attendance.
In 2022, the Dykstra’s Phillies were playing in Game 4 of the World Series against the Houston Astros when “Dr.” Biden came to watch the game. The Astros proceeded to throw a no-hitter on the Phillies for only the second time in World Series history, and Philadelphia lost the next two games and the series.
Lightning would strike twice after the First Lady attended the Super Bowl in February with their grandson. The Philadelphia Eagles were winning for most of the game, but the Kansas City Chiefs rallied behind Patrick Mahomes to eventually top the birds 38-35.
The 76ers have a long way to go before they start making a guest list for the Finals, but Dykstra seems to be on to something. If Philly fans - who are hungry for a championship - want to finally reach the NBA’s summit, they might want to take his advice and make sure Biden doesn’t get a seat in the arena.