Game 4 between the Philadelphia 76ers and Miami Heat was a back and forth affair, ultimately won by the Sixers, who evened things up at two games apiece. But for one Sixers fan sitting courtside, it wasn’t terribly exciting.

As the third quarter wound down and the Heat tried to close the gap on a four-point deficit, TNT’s cameras picked up a sleeping fan sitting courtside, oblivious to the action and excitement happening on the court.

NBA folks were astounded by the notion that anyone could fall asleep in an arena during a basketball game, especially one played in Philadelphia. And they shared that sentiment on social media.

Some people identified the sleeping man as a local car dealer who sponsors the Sixers, hence the primo seats. Hard to tell if the incident will hurt car sales or make him more endearing to Philly folks.

He’ll get a chance to redeem himself. With the series tied 2-2, things now move to Miami for Game 5 but no matter what happens they’ll be back in Philadelphia for Game 6. If a series victory is on the line, we think there’s little chance anyone will be sleeping through that one, especially if the game comes down to the wire.

Weirdly enough, it wasn’t the only strange incident involving a Philly courtside fan that evening.


About Sean Keeley

Along with writing for Awful Announcing and The Comeback, Sean is the Editorial Strategy Director for Comeback Media. Previously, he created the Syracuse blog Troy Nunes Is An Absolute Magician and wrote 'How To Grow An Orange: The Right Way to Brainwash Your Child Into Rooting for Syracuse.' He has also written non-Syracuse-related things for SB Nation, Curbed, and other outlets. He currently lives in Seattle where he is complaining about bagels. Send tips/comments/complaints to