August 17, 2017
Instead, the "current Mayor of Philadelphia is Joel Embiid." As of Thursday morning, the Sixers center has been in office since June 26, 2014, the day he was drafted by Philadelphia.
Joking aside, Embiid has plenty of the tools needed for a great candidate. For starters, he has a well-recognized campaign slogan that's already been embraced by many Philadelphians: "Trust the process."
And he's a hell of a campaigner. He led an ultimately unsuccessful but highly publicized bid to make the NBA All-Star Game last season, gaining the support of WWE wrestlers and even former Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie.
On top of all that, he's not afraid to get political, like after the election of Donald Trump when he joked the country was "tanking," a reference to the Sixers' past few seasons in which they lost frequently and acquired high draft picks.
Well America is tanking!!! All we can do is Trust The Process...— Joel Embiid (@JoelEmbiid) November 9, 2016
Kenney is up for re-election in 2019. He may want to keep an eye on Embiid.