The Sixers Week in Review for February 14, 2016. Your home for news and info from around Sixers Nation.
Allen Iverson named Hall of Fame Finalist
It should come as no surprise that when the names of the finalists for election into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame were released this week, Allen Iverson‘s name was among them.
Called by many one of the greatest to ever play the game, Iverson was drafted by the Sixers with the first overall pick in the 1996 NBA Draft and went on to achieve just about everything a player can, with the exception of winning an NBA Championship. He won Rookie of the Year, was the NBA MVP in 2001 and was named as an All-Star nine times. He finished his career averaging 26.7 points, 6.2 assists and 3.7 rebounds per game and led the Sixers almost single-handedly to the NBA Finals in 2001.
Of course, if Iverson does receive basketball’s highest honor, someone will have to remind him when and where it will take place.
Never change Allen. Philly wouldn’t want you any other way.
Jahlil Okafor sinks a 3-pointer at All-Star game
After 47 games with the Sixers, rookie center Jahlil Okafor has yet to sink a shot from three-point range. It isn’t all that shocking considering Okafor’s skill set, and he seems fully aware of this as he only attempted three shots from beyond the arc.
However, at the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge during All-Star weekend, Okafor not only took a shot from three-point range, but made it to help the U.S. beat the World by a final of 157-154.
Okafor finished the night with 13 points, four rebounds and three assists and seemed to have a great time, telling CSN Philly.com:
“It was fun. I wish Nerlens could’ve played. It’s good to have one of your teammates with you, but he was on the bench talking to me. We were pretty much joking the whole time. It was a fun experience.”
Watch the Sixers build their training complex in real time.
The Sixers new training facility has its own website.
No, I’m not joking.
This past week the Sixers gave everyone a sneak peak at just what their new headquarters/training complex will look like when finished. The massive structure will be the largest in the NBA and provide everything a professional basketball team could need, including two courts, a state-of-the-art wellness center, a press room and a player restaurant.
In addition, if you head to the Sixers website, you can watch the complex be built in real time.
There is a time-lapse video of the work that has been done so far and then you can watch as the construction continues from the comfort of you computer of phone.
The 76ers have needed a training facility for years and I, like many Sixers fans, are glad to finally see them getting one. The building should be ready for the start of the 2016-17 NBA season.
That’s it for this edition of the Sixers Week in Review. As always, I leave you with the greatness that is the Sixers Dancers.
Until next Sunday Sixers Nation!