How’s this for a pitch: Joel Embiid meets a shady version of The Office.
That’s the loose premise behind the third season premiere of The 5th Quarter, a sports mockumentary series chronicling “the greatest untold and untrue stories in sports history” that airs on Verizon’s go90 platform.
The show’s creator and show runner, University of Pennsylvania graduate Michael D. Ratner, got to know Embiid during a ride along he directed that aired on Vice Sports in June 2016. He wanted Embiid for season one of the show, but at the time the injured Sixers star was still sitting out and “it wasn’t the best look to go doing a second career before really being successful on the court,” Ratner said.
When season two rolled around, Ratner pitched a couple of ideas to Embiid, one of which ended up becoming “The Processor,” which involves the Sixers star taking an internship at a shady import/export company run by Chapelle Show alum Donnell Rawlings. ESPN’s Kenny Mayne and NBA legend Julius “Dr. J” Erving also make appearances in the 11-minute episode.