With potential future stars in Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, the Philadelphia 76ers are focused on the development of their young roster. But while the 76ers have been mired in losing for the last several seasons and may be a ways from turning things around, they are a franchise steeped in history. Which is why the Sixers are planning on celebrating their 1966-1967 championship team throughout the upcoming season.
For six games next season, the Sixers will wear special throwback uniforms inspired by the ’67 team and Philadelphia will also be showcasing a commemorative center-court logo.
Philadelphia will also unveil sculptures of Sixer legends like Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer during the celebrations. From the Sixers:
The campaign, “Spirit of the Champion: Celebrating 50 Since ’66-’67”, includes the first-ever tribute center court signed by Sixers Full Season Ticket Members, collectible tickets and ticket boxes for Season Ticket Members, the unveiling of sculptures honoring 1966-67 legends Wilt Chamberlain, Billy Cunningham, Hal Greer and more. Sixers players will wear hardwood classics throwback jerseys inspired by the 1966-67 road uniforms during six “Salute Saturday” night tribute games presented by StubHub. Alumni from the 1966-67 championship team will attend “Salute Saturday” games throughout the season. The campaign name, “Spirit of the Champion,” is inspired by the 1967-68 Sixers season motto and team program following the 1966-67 Championship.
For each of the six “Salute Saturday” tribute nights presented by StubHub the Sixers will install a specially made 16’6″w x 20’h commemorative center court logo, which will bear the signatures of all Sixers Full Season Ticket Members. This will be the first time in NBA history fan signatures will appear within the playing surface of an NBA court and the first custom center court created to honor a championship team during the regular season. Player throwback jerseys, featuring shorts adorned with a campaign tribute patch, and the commemorative center court will be featured in the highly anticipated video game NBA2K. After the 2016-17 season, the tribute center court hardwood will be displayed in the new Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, NJ, scheduled to open this September 23.
It will be interesting to see what these sculptures will look like and if they will be permanent fixtures in Philadelphia or just temporary for the ’67 celebrations. Overall, though, the court and the uniforms look phenomenal and all of the festivities should help remind Sixer fans about an era when their team was on top of the league. A prospect that could potentially happen in the future if Simmons and the rest of the Sixers’ young stars develop accordingly.
Source: CBS Sports / LOOK: 76ers will honor ’67 championship team with Wilt sculpture, new uniforms