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The Sixers either just teased a new alternate jersey or are trolling us

The Sixers either just teased a new alternate jersey or are trolling us

Two prominent employees of the Philadelphia 76ers showed a glimpse of a new uniform design on Tuesday, either hinting at what could likely be the team's new Statement or City Edition jerseys or they're trolling us.

The short video, posted by Sixers' microphone/hype man Christian Crosby featuring the team's president, Chris Heck, and appears to feature a blue jersey that leaked a few weeks ago with "Philadelphia" written across the front in script.

The fact that the video features these two prominent employees would lead me to believe these are legit.

It also appears to be the same mannequin that leaked earlier as well.

The mannequin and tweet also feature Crosby's clothing brand, Live Life Nice, which made some news recently with new gear being sold at Footlocker. Could this all be a troll job just to promote that? Maybe.

Or the jersey shown above could very well be the new Statement or City Edition jerseys for the 2019-2020 season. The team unveiled their Classic Edition unis that are a throwback to the 70's earlier this month. The two regularly featured jersey editions, the Icon (standard blue) and Association (standard white) round out the jersey options we already know for the upcoming season. The City Edition featured the Rocky Balboa inspired sweatpant look last season while the Statement Edition were the red with "Sixers" across the front in a unique script. Those two editions could be up for a change this coming season. Teams are allowed five in total.

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Sixers to wear a new white 'Earned Edition' jersey on Christmas in Boston

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Sixers to wear a new white 'Earned Edition' jersey on Christmas in Boston

Philadelphia fans won't just be dreaming of a white Christmas this year, they'll get to see white on the court when the Sixers take on the Celtics up in Boston on Dec. 25.

According to Sixers president Chris Heck, he strongly hinted in a tweet that the team will wear a white Earned Edition uniform made by Nike on Christmas Day.

For those unfamiliar with the Earned Edition unis, the NBA is rewarding teams who made the playoffs the previous season with a one-off variation of the City or Statement Edition jerseys as part of the Nike NBA Earned Program.

The white uniforms that Heck showed off Wednesday very much resemble the team's City Edition grey look, which we were big fans of.

The Sixers travel to Boston to play at 5:30 p.m. on Christmas in a rematch of last season's tough playoff matchup. The Sixers, of course, have a new high-powered edition to their lineup in Jimmy Butler, who could help to deliver a win to all of the boys and girls in the Delaware Valley.

Here's a look at the white uniforms as well as some of the other Earned jerseys from around the league.

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Sixers’ new grey uniforms are perfect for sweatpants capital of the world

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Sixers’ new grey uniforms are perfect for sweatpants capital of the world

The Sixers channeled everyone in Philadelphia’s inner hypebeast by unveiling their new alternate uniforms for the 2018-19 season last week. Did I like the uniforms when they slowly began to leak before the official reveal? No. They didn’t look great in any computerized renderings. They just seemed boring without the same clean simplicity that last season’s “Parchment” City Edition uniforms had. The jerseys felt like a letdown. 

Forget the leaks. Forget the digital mockups. Look at those threads on Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons and Dario Saric. The heather grey just pops when you see them on actual players and not some weird online mannequin. It looks like the Sixers are going to be draped in athleisure wear on the court. If you don’t like them, you’re missing a crucial aspect of what truly makes Philly the city that it is.

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Philadelphia is literally the nation’s top per capita consumer of sweatpants. My friend Greg (Massachusetts native and fan of the Patriots, who, people often forget, lost to the Eagles in Super Bowl LII) once came to one of my dad’s Eagles tailgates while I was in college. The next day he said, “I’ve never seen so many grown men in sweatpants and Air Maxes in my life.” 

He’s right! I didn’t realize it wasn’t “normal” for adult men to not wear sweatpants all the time until I moved into my freshman dorm and everyone else’s dad was wearing button-down shirts tucked into jeans like Danny Tanner. What would be better for Philly’s large adult sons than to wear uniforms that look like sweatsuits taken right from 9th and Wolf? Let the Sixers be comfortable. Let them take the court swagged out with the DGAF attitude that comes with unnecessarily wearing sweatpants at every given opportunity. Let them look like a 46-year old man from Port Richmond who believes he can shoot free throws better than Markelle Fultz. 

Give me those shorts with the Rocky-influenced title belt going around the waist. I will wear them every night to bed until I die. I will roll out of my bed on Christmas morning in this full uniform set, put on my Eagles Super Bowl Champions hat (I put it on every day) and watch basketball on my couch for 15 hours. I will watch the Sixers beat the Celtics, who are the most annoying basketball team in the universe, and I will feel more comfortable than I ever have previously in my life. 

And for those people who don’t like that this uniform set pays homage to the Rocky franchise, I would say they’re also just full of themselves. Philadelphia, for better or worse, will always be Rocky, cheesesteaks and soft pretzels (and now sweatpants). Rocky Balboa, who I definitely thought was a real person until I was, like, 11 years old, is just part of Philadelphia’s lore. That will never change. 

If you asked some random 35-year-old dude from Big Arm, Montana, if he knows what Philly looks like, he probably does just from the training montages in the original Rocky and Rocky II. And what does Rocky, who everyone under the age of 12 from South Philly believes actually exists, wear in the most iconic shots of our glorious city? 

Grey sweatpants.

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