Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin purchases Mitchell & Ness and the new trailer drops for the Philly filmed Netflix flick “Hustle”.
The Sixers alliance with James Harden and a happy Joel Embiid for the All-Star game isn’t the only gleeful Philly basketball news worth sharing. The billionaire co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers and Fanatics sports apparel Michael Rubin and a team of celebrity investors acquired this city’s top vintage sports clothing brand Mitchell & Ness for $250 million, according to the New York Times.
Who are the celeb investors? Meek Mill, a buddy to Mike Rubin, of course, and his friend Jay-Z and his friend Lil Baby, and so on. The Philly-based vintage sports apparel company has been around since 1904, had its initial retail shop on Arch Street and will make for a fine totem for Michael Rubin and his Fanatics sports apparel fiefdom.
Add this purchase to the money donated by Meek, Michael and Philly-born comedian pal Kevin Hart who partnered to give $15 million to 110 underserved Philadelphia schools for 2022-2023 and there’s a lot of money flowing freely from South Broad Street.
Right after that announcement came some equally flush, equally local basketball news. Or fiction. Take your pick: the trailer for the shot-in-Philly-by-Philly-director Jeremiah Zagar’s new movie, “Hustle”, from co-producers LeBron James and its star, Adam Sandler, dropped this weekend as did the film’s release date (June 10).
The basketball dramedy (or comedy, take your pick) co-starring Queen Latifah (who was spied filming “Hustle”, holding hands with Sandler in the Italian Market by me and dosage on the day-of its shoot), shot scenes in made up courts in Center City and existing courts in South Philly’s Cheesesteak Vegas, in Manayunk, and booked extras at the 76ers Fieldhouse in Wilmington, DE.
When Sandler wasn’t busy filming “Hustle”, he could be found partying for his 55th birthday at Chestnut Hill’s Night Kitchen Bakery, eating with friends at Osteria, Steak 48, DanDan, Savona, Geno’s and Pat’s King of Steaks, and buying guitars from DiPinto in Fishtown. Spreading cash in Philly is but one of the many reasons to love The Sandman.