It has been more than half a decade since the 76ers revamped their franchise with a tank-centric approach, forgoing wins in the short term with the goal of greater victories in the long term. The new mindset gave birth to a three-word rallying cry for both fans and players in Philadelphia, with the team’s brightest star trademarking part of the mantra as a self-proclaimed nickname.
What is “Do a 180?”
That response, given by Paul Trifiletti, a contestant on Wednesday night’s episode of “Jeopardy!”, was, of course, incorrect. It cost Trifiletti $1,000.
No one buzzed in with the correct question, which is “What is ‘The Process’?” as in “Trust The Process,” the phrase repeated around the league as the 76ers went from winning 10 games in 2015-16 to back-to-back 50-plus win seasons in 2017-18 and 2018-19, led by All-Star center Joel Embiid.
The gaffe got plenty of laughs on Twitter and even drew a response from Embiid, who is notorious for trolling players, fans or just random people like poor old Paul. The Philadelphia big man changed his name on Twitter to JOEL “DO A 180” EMBIID and tweeted out a video from his high school days of him clumsily running past the basket and literally doing a 180 to save the ball from going out of bounds.
To add insult to injury, Trifiletti came in second in Wednesday’s episode, falling $1,400 short at the end of Final Jeopardy. He should have just trusted the process.