SIXERS FANS WANT HARRIS ($32.74M A YEAR) TO LEAD, AND HE CAN’T!

By Jerry Wein

The relationship between Sixers forward Tobias Harris and the fan base is fast reaching a tipping point.

Harris reportedly makes $32.74 million a year.

And he is performing like a sub.

He got 14 points last night, but it took him 15 shots to make 6 from the field, though he did total 6 rebounds and 6 assists.

His 18.5 PPG is about where he has been since coming to Philly in a 2018 trade.

But, with Ben Simmons out all season and Tyrese Maxey in COVID protocols, Harris is the No. 2 scoring option for the Sixers after Joel Embiid.

And his personality seems to be a lousy fit with that kind of leadership.

He dribbles around, looking for a shot, then bails to another Sixer with the shot clock winding down.

He is not a closer.

And many in the crowd last night were hoping that his time in Philly would come to a close.

He shot 3 of 10 in the first half and mockingly waved his arms toward the crowd for boos in his direction to get louder.

When he scored a basket in the fourth that made it 112-96, he backpedaled on defense and appeared to mutter a profanity between the words “don’t clap,” according to the AP.

“He’s maybe, since I’ve been here, one of the surprise guys for me with how professional he is,” Burke said. “He really leads by example, not very vocal, so when I saw him raise his hands when they were booing, we talked about it at halftime. The only thing that matters is within that locker room.”

Embiid shrugged it off and said “fans are going to be fans.”

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