October 19th, 2011
02:03 PM ET
Rapper, movie star and all-around A-lister Will Smith can add basketball team owner to his resume, because Will and wife Jada Pinkett Smith now own minority stakes in the Philadelphia 76ers.
Will, 43, and Jada, 40, joined a group of investors led by multibillionaire Joshua Harris to buy the NBA team from Comcast-Spectacor, according to CSN Philly.
At a press conference Tuesday morning, Harris announced the new ownership via press release: "It is an honor to become part of this storied franchise. We have a lot of work to do, but we have a rich history, a strong foundation and a bright future.”
Philadelphia is close to Will’s heart. The Oscar-nominated actor was “born and raised” in West Philadelphia, as mentioned on his '90s sitcom, “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air.” Smith gained fame essentially by playing himself on the series – a street-smart West Philly kid.
Sixers players seem to be happy with the actor’s involvement in the team. Guard Evan Turner posted his approval on Twitter: "I think it's dope that the fresh prince is one of our new owners. Maybe Willow can perform at halftime."
About this blog
Our daily cheat-sheet for breaking celebrity news, Hollywood buzz and your pop-culture obsessions.