It is almost October, and that means we are getting very close to Sixers season. While the Sixers have not exactly been very good recently, we hoopheads are excited that pro basketball (or some facsimile of it) will return to Philadelphia. Read more »
The Sixers are headed in the right direction.
That statement seems odd on its surface. The Sixers followed up a 19-63 season, head coach Brett Brown‘s first with the club, with an 18-64 record during his second year at the helm. Based on record, the progress doesn’t seem to be there.
Yet when you talk to Brown the progress is, to him, undeniable.
These days, professional sports teams are focused on much more than the product on the field. Over the past 10 years, they’ve become content producers and companies where social media and mobile technologies have become crucial.
On Monday night, representatives from Philly’s four major pro sports teams sat down for a panel discussion about how the teams use technology and shared thoughts about the future of tech in their businesses. Moderated by ESPN and Sports Illustrated columnist Andrew Brandt, it was a collaboration of the newly merged Philly New Technology Meetup and Mobile Monday.
Michael Harris, director of marketing and special projects for the Philadelphia Phillies said the team’s digital spend is around 40 percent to 50 percent — a major change from just a few years ago. Read more »
Technology is changing almost every business — and sports is no different. Learn how the big four professional sports teams in the area are using technology to enhance fan engagement and team operations at the Major League Sports & Tech Meetup held at The Hub Cira Centre at 2929 Arch Street. It starts tonight at 6 p.m. Buy tickets here.
ESPN and Sports Illustrated columnist Andrew Brandt will lead a panel discussion featuring the following guests: Read more »
Moses Malone, MVP of the 76ers last championship team in 1983, has died at age 60.
“The 6-foot-10 center, nicknamed the “Chairman of the Boards,” averaged a double-double while playing for eight teams over 20 NBA seasons and led the league in rebounding six times,” ESPN reports. “The 12-time All-Star averaged 20.6 points per game and 12.2 rebounds over his career.” Read more »
The Philadelphia 76ers have been in the midst of a redesign this offseason.
With a new logo comes a new court design. Philadelphia magazine has obtained an exclusive photo of the new court being put together:
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The logo at the center of the court is the most obvious, albeit subtle, change from last year’s design. The Sixers decided to put the partial logo at center court, which omits the outer blue ring that contains “PHILADELPHIA,” along with 6 stars, from the primary logo. Read more »
Darryl Dawkins, who was a 76er during the team’s glory days and became famous as “Chocolate Thunder” for his backboard-shattering dunks, has died. He was 58.
“A Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest spokesperson confirmed to the Daily News that Dawkins died there Thursday. No cause of death was given,” the New York Daily News reports. “Nicknamed ‘Chocolate Thunder’ by Stevie Wonder, Dawkins was selected fifth overall by the 76ers in the 1975 NBA Draft and became legendary for his ferocious dunks – once shattering two backboards in a three week span in 1979.” Read more »
While the Sixers and their team of All Star surgeons are optimistic that Joel Embiid will make a full recovery from his latest foot surgery, the fact remains that the talented center’s future with the team is murkier than ever. As he prepares to sit out his second straight season, he inches closer to joining a strange Philadelphia fraternity: high-profile athletes who, for one reason or another, crushed Philly fans’ high expectations after their — in some cases high-profile — acquisitions. Some of these athletes were felled by injury, others simply refused to play in the City of Brother Love, and one — we’re looking at you, Andrew Bynum, was hurt and seemed to have no interest in playing here. Here are six athletes who could not — or would not — play in Philly. Read more »
On July 11th the Sixers announced that Joel Embiid would require a second surgery to repair the navicular bone in his right foot, an injury that was first discovered mere days before the 2014 draft, and one which caused Embiid to miss his entire rookie season.
The surgery, which included replacing the two existing screws in Embiid’s foot along with a bone grafting procedure intended to help strengthen the area and promote healing, was performed Tuesday at the Hospital for Special Surgery in New York City.
“Visual inspection suggested good vascularity of the bone,” said Dr. Martin J. O’Malley, the surgeon who headed up the operation. “We were able to identify that bone’s integrity was even better than expected and has been put in a great position to support full recovery.” Read more »
Joel Embiid was a (damaged) star prospect when he was drafted third overall by the Sixers in 2014. Now, he’ll have to wait at least another year before playing in an NBA game.
Yahoo! Sports reported Saturday that Embiid will have his second foot surgery in as many years this Tuesday and is expected to miss the upcoming NBA season, which the Sixers announced back in July. Read more »