In an event Thursday night at the Wells Fargo Center attended by a couple hundred Sixers fans, the team finally unveiled the new uniforms the players will be wearing starting with the upcoming 2015-16 season.
In addition to the fans, a who’s who of 76ers royalty was present from the big reveal, including Allen Iverson, Moses Malone, Billy Cunningham and Darryl Dawkins among others. I think it’s safe to say that few teams in the NBA would go to such lengths to premier new uniforms, but considering the Sixers are in the midst of a massive rebuilding process, they should be commended for giving fans something to get excited about.
There are three versions of the new uniforms, including white for home games, blue for road games and an alternate red version. The most obvious change is the loss of the word Sixers across the chest for the home and road uniforms, replaced by the work “PHILA”, which is a throwback to the version worn by Wilt Chamberlain during the 1966-67 season. The red alternates are a clear nod to the 1982-83 championship era uniforms worn by Julius Erving and all three have a column of stars down the side in honor of the 1976-77 look worn by Cunningham.
During a video played at the event, Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said the new look is a homage to the long history of the 76ers franchise.
“This organization is blessed with an incredible, rich history and tradition of this franchise. If you look at the height of the eras, the eras that make the hair on the back of your neck stand up, the eras that kind of break through and change the game of basketball. Wilt, Billy Cunningham years, Dr. J., we took the best of each of those uniforms and blended them together to what they will become.”
Robert Covington, Jerami Grant and Hollis Thompson modeled the new uniforms, which also include a patch that says “PHILA TOUGH” at the bottom of the jersey as a way to ackowledge the city and the fans who have stood by the franchise through thick and thin.
With the future of the Sixers and what the upcoming season might bring still a huge question mark, it’s great to know that at least the team will look good, even if their play on the court might not be.