Sixers Roundup: Team Opens Massive Training Complex
The Sixers training camp, shown here in January, was opened during a ribbon cutting ceremony last Friday. The Sixers will begin practicing at the new facility on October 2nd.
With training camp just around the corner the Sixers unveiled their new massive, state-of-the-art, 125,000 square foot training complex in Camden during a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday.
Featuring a cutting edge hydrotherapy room, a massive playing floor with two full-sized basketball courts, and all the modern ammenities you could hope for (including personal chef Jae Hee Cho from Parc and Serpico), the facility is a huge step up from the outdated, shared space at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine the team previously utilized.
While the team says the facility is ready to be used now, they will head to Stockton University to begin training camp next week. The first practice at the new training complex is scheduled to take place on Sunday, October 2nd.
The Sixers had a write-up of the complex over at Sixers.com. You can also check out this video, this slideshow, and this write-up for more information. As a nice, added touch, the front desk is made out of the court from Wilt Chamberlain‘s 100-point game.
* ESPN NBA writer Kevin Pelton released his player profiles for the Sixers. It’s on ESPN Insider, so it requires a subscription, but it’s a very in-depth look at the Sixers players from a national perspective.
* Bryan Toporek of BBallBreakdown.com wrote a profile on Nerlens Noel, looking at his strengths, weaknesses, and what the Sixers can do to maximize his effectiveness going forward. You can read that over at BBallBreakdown.com.
The Ringer took a retrospective on the 2013 NBA draft, which naturally included words about Nerlens Noel (and former Sixers point guard Michael Carter-Williams). Jonathan Tjarks is always worth your time.
* Complex released their NBA preview, written by Max Rappaport, who currently covers the Sixers on LibertyBallers.com and previously wrote for Sixers.com. You can read that over at complex.com.
* The Ringer also continued their draft coverage, taking a look at the loaded point guard class of the 2017 NBA draft. Considering the Sixers are in the market for a point guard and could have two high draft picks next year, it’s time to familiarize yourself with the likes of Markelle Fultz, Dennis Smith, Frank Ntilikina, Lonzo Ball, and De’Aaron Fox.
* Joel Embiid is really excited to play.
* Rich Hofmann ranked the Sixers roster by trade value in his mailbag over at PhillyVoice.com.
* Chris Aponte, One of the construction workers who worked to make the training facility a reality released a ton of photos and videos from the construction process.
That will wrap up this week’s roundup.