Bleacher Report sheds light on the Sixers' Chick-Fil-A rookie hazing tradition.
Every NBA team has their own way of hazing rookies. Filling a rook's car with popcorn, forcing the first-year player to carry around a Peppa Pig backpack on road trips, or making them pick up a hefty tab at a restaurant are some of the most common forms of rookie initiation in the NBA.
And then there's the Philadelphia 76ers, who have their own special way of needling newcomers.
According to Bleacher Report's Yaron Weitzman, Sixers rookies such as Landry Shamet are required to supply their teammates with Chick-Fil-A sandwiches before team flights.
"According to Jason Richardson, who spent three seasons with the Sixers before retiring in 2015, Thaddeus Young and Evan Turner started the tradition in the fall of 2012. The team has gone through five general managers and nearly 100 players since. And yet, somehow, preflight Chick-fil-A endures."
Four-year point guard TJ McConnell tells Weitzman that he took part in the rookie tradition when he entered the league in 2015, but fellow rookies Jahlil Okafor and Richaun Holmes weren't having it.
"So I ended up going every time," McConnell said. "It wasn't too bad, though. I've heard of much worse stuff that other rookies have had to do."
You can read the full story here, in which Weitzman details Landry Shamet's struggle of getting every teammate's order correct in time for the team flight.