Photos: Sixers unveil new practice facility
The 76ers unveiled their new 125,000-square foot, state-of-the-art practice facility in Camden, New Jersey at a ribbon-cutting ceremony on Friday.
The reception desk near the main entrance of the facility is made out of wood from the court where Wilt Chamberlain had his 100-point game.
The practice gym within the facility consists of 20,480 square feet of court space, including two full-size NBA courts and six additional baskets. It's comprised of over 16,000 pieces of maple wood athletic flooring.
Some players were already in the facility for voluntary workouts, including Dario Saric (pictured), Ben Simmons, Robert Covington, T.J. McConnell and Sergio Rodriguez.
The Sixers' two first-round picks from the 2014 draft have adjacent lockers at the facility.
On the second floor of the facility is a player's lounge, which overlooks the gym.
The Sixers installed a full-service kitchen with customizable options based on the players’ needs. The organization found its head chef in an unconventional way — impressed by the food at the popular Philadelphia restaurant Parc, Bryan Colangelo inquired about its chefs and hired Jae Hee Cho.
With an extra emphasis on health and fitness, the weight room and training room are located next to each other, right off the court.
The proximity of the weight and training rooms fosters communication between the training staff with strength and conditioning coaches to easily discuss medical situations, whereas they were separated on different floors at the previous facility.
“It makes for a great place of what we call ‘continuity of care,’” head athletic trainer Kevin Johnson said on a tour of the building.