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Meek Mill Rings Bell Before 76ers-Heat Game 5 After Release from Prison

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistApril 25, 2018

PHILADELPHIA, PA - APRIL 24:  Meek Mill arrives at the arena before the game between the Philadelphia 76ers and the Miami Heat in Game Five of Round One of the 2018 NBA Playoffs on April 24, 2018 at the Wells Fargo Center in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2018 NBAE (Photo by David Dow/NBAE via Getty Images)
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The Philadelphia 76ers got an extra boost before Game 5 against the Miami Heat on Tuesday when Meek Mill rang the ceremonial Liberty Bell to kick off the game.

The rapper was released from prison earlier in the day after the Pennsylvania Supreme Court overturned his conviction, per TMZ Sports. Sixers co-owner Michael Rubin was there to greet him upon his release and was called a "good friend" in Meek's statement thanking people for the support.

In his first Instagram post following his release, Meek wrote, "Let's go Sixers."

He went straight to the Wells Fargo Center and greeted the players in the locker room before the game, as the team's account showed:

Philadelphia 76ers @sixers

.@MeekMill has arrived. #PhilaUnite x #HereTheyCome https://t.co/pub80aDdnI

The Philadelphia native has been a rallying symbol for local teams like the Eagles and Sixers. He's now in attendance to provide the Sixers with extra momentum to close out Miami.

The 76ers entered Game 5 with a 3-1 series lead over the Heat.

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