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Sixers unveil new Classic Edition uniforms for the 2019-20 season

Sixers unveil new Classic Edition uniforms for the 2019-20 season

The Sixers are bringing back the 70s with their new Classic Edition uniform for the 2019-20 season, an idea that’s actually been in the works for years.

“We saw the uniform when we were doing research years ago, building the statues that we have in our training complex, both with Billy Cunningham and Hal Greer, and they were so unique without being silly that we all gravitated towards them,” Sixers president Chris Heck said.

And now, that idea has come to life. The uniforms are anything but silly, with a funky, old-school script so sleek, that even I did a double take. In addition to the white base and crew neck, there’s plenty of additional intricacies that make this jersey so distinct.

“Across the front of the uniform has that big S in red, spelled out, with Seventy on the first line and Sixers on the second line, sharing that same S,” Sixers chief marketing officer Katie O’Reilly said. “The shorts, which I think are killer, are also white. They have an awesome belt, which is sometimes my favorite detail on these uniforms. You'll see the trim of the shorts is red, white and blue striping, and then what we did was add a logo on the belt buckle, which is a throwback liberty bell logo with this block lettering.”

And there’s more.

Check out the huge NBA logo on the front of the shorts. Another symbol of the authenticity to the 1970-71 season.

All of the details of the jersey both tell a story and preserve an important time in Sixers history — though some of the exact details about that season are up for debate.

Like, for example, the exact reason why the Sixers only wore this jersey for a limited amount of games that year.

“It's almost like urban legend,” O’Reilly said. “I think that’s kind of the fun with it. I think a lot of it has to do with superstition and what the record was when they decided to stop wearing it.”

But that’s still up for debate.

What’s not up for debate is the impact that Cunningham, who wore this uniform the same season he received All-NBA First Team honors, had on this organization.

“Not only does he have his number retired and won a world championship for Philadelphia, he also coached a world championship,” Heck said. “I don't think we speak enough about Billy Cunningham. He's the best and every chance we get to tip our cap to Billy Cunningham is warranted in our books.”

Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid, featured in the unique uniform photo shoots, also had significant hands in this project.

“They were both really involved and engaged, which was really the fun of this, to have them be a part of the process and be a part of the roll out,” O’Reilly said. “You'll see in the photos that come out. ... We get to tell sort of another story from our past.”

And while the Sixers get to tell a story from the past, they also get to tap into one of Simmons’ passions — his love for cars.


“It's really cool to have these guys engaged and want to tell stories that humanize them," O'Reilly said.

The Sixers could wear the jerseys as early as opening night.

For more, fans can visit Sixers.com/ClassicEdition to enter to win two special Classic Edition prize packages, one including the jersey Simmons wore during the Classic Edition photo shoot and one including the jersey Embiid wore during his. Each package will be complete with two tickets to the first home game the Sixers wear the Classic Edition uniform, courtesy of StubHub.

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NBA trade rumors: Could Sixers make a deal for Danilo Gallinari work?

NBA trade rumors: Could Sixers make a deal for Danilo Gallinari work?

The Sixers need shooting. They also need shot creators.

As the Feb. 6 trade deadline approaches, expect them to be linked to players that can do one or the other — or perhaps both.

That’s why the report from Kevin O’Connor of the Ringer that the Sixers “have expressed interest” in Thunder forward Danilo Gallinari makes a ton of sense.

Gallinari is averaging 19 points a game and he does it in a variety of ways. He’s shooting 40.8 percent from three, is deadly in the midrange, is crafty with the ball in his hands and can use his size against smaller defenders. While nobody will confuse him for an All-NBA defender, he has improved throughout his career.

Oklahoma City is one of the biggest surprises in the NBA and the 31-year-old is a huge reason why. Gallinari was essentially the salary match in the trade that sent Paul George to the Clippers. He’s on an expiring contract so it makes sense that the Thunder may look to move him, despite their success.

His fit with the Sixers and former Clipper teammate Tobias Harris is obvious.

Hate to throw cold water on the rumor, but it’s hard to imagine it making sense financially. Gallinari’s cap number for the season is $22.6 million. A trade would almost have to include Al Horford and his $28-million hit, but why would the Thunder be interested in taking on the rest of the 33-year-old’s four-year, $109-million deal? You could get a third team involved, but that would still be tough.

You could possibly use Josh Richardson ($10.1 million) and a few other players, but the Sixers already have depth issues. Trading Richardson — who’s become a big part of what the Sixers do on both ends — and any rotational player isn’t helping those issues.

While the Sixers could certainly use a player of Gallinari’s skillset, GM Elton Brand would have to get awfully creative to make it happen.

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No, Zion Williamson's NBA debut doesn't need to be about Ben Simmons

No, Zion Williamson's NBA debut doesn't need to be about Ben Simmons

Zion Williamson made his long-awaited NBA debut Wednesday night, and to hear some tell it, you might think his Pelicans were facing the Sixers.

Williamson, who was patient and solid through three quarters, exploded in the fourth for 17 points, including making all four of his three-point attempts. It was a head-turning stretch from an obviously special player, which should've been the only takeaway from Wednesday's game. 

And yet, somehow, the narrative surrounding Williamson's debut turned into a referendum on ... Sixers point guard Ben Simmons?

In the moment? Yeah, OK, it's a funny, or at least interesting, stat to note.

But we don't need to do this. Different players have different skillsets. No one wants Zion running a fastbreak instead of Simmons. No one (so far) wants Zion locking up opposing point guards and stars on defense instead of Simmons. And, while he threw a few dimes last night, no one wants Zion looking for open teammates on offense instead of Simmons.

Most important, though, we all knew Zion was bringing a usable jump shot to the NBA. This was an established thing, not a surprise. He made 24 of 71 attempts from deep during his lone year at Duke, and showed a ready willingness to shoot jumpers. It's impressive that he drained his first four from NBA range, but he's a talented player who shows up in big moments.

Simmons never did this at LSU, and thus no one expected the Sixers' young star to start launching from beyond with abandon, which is perfectly fine. He does so many things — the passing, the defense, the speed, the acrobatic scoring — very well. 

At this point, it would be nice if Simmons had followed up his offseason hype videos with more in-game jump shots, but he's just not there. 

But we can still enjoy Simmons' game for its many glorious moments, while also marveling at the potential game-breaking star Zion can become. It's better, and healthier, that way.

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