Cooler weather and maybe some rain. But by some measures, the Willis Tower in Chicago -- formerly known as Sears Tower -- can still lay claim to the title. There is no minimum required to redeem points. But the council decided the pointy thing is a real part of the New York building, and just like that, Chicago was second again. Well LOL to you too.
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A 2—10 stretch in March doomed them to missing the playoffs for the second time in three years with a 38—44 record. With the opening of the —07 season , the 76ers started out hot, going 3—0 for the first time since making it to the Finals five years previously.
However, they stumbled through the first half of the season and could not quite recover, finishing 35—47, good for third in the Atlantic Division, and ninth in the Eastern Conference tied with Indiana. On December 5, , disappointed with the direction the team was headed, Allen Iverson gave the 76ers management an ultimatum: This was confirmed via an in-game interview with team owner, Ed Snider. Then, on January 11, the 76ers' general manager Billy King announced that the Sixers and aging forward Chris Webber had agreed to a buyout of the remainder of his contract.
After the buyout, the Sixers waived Webber, making him a free agent. Webber signed with the Detroit Pistons shortly thereafter. The moves allowed the 76ers to make Iguodala the unquestioned leader of the team, and evaluate whether they saw him as a franchise player.
The Sixers had started the year 3—0, then went 5—10 before Iverson left the team. They would stumble out to an eight-game losing streak with Iverson deactivated; however, they were able to finish the season on a high note, going 30—29 for the remainder of the season. They finished the year 35— With Iguodala, the Sixers clinched a playoff berth with a win over the Atlanta Hawks on April 4, It was their first postseason appearance since , as well as the first in the post-Iverson era.
However, they were eliminated by the Pistons in six games, with Detroit winning the series 4—2. Even with this elimination, many fans considered this to be a successful season, considering that the Sixers were 12 games under.
This move has been the subject of controversy since there were rumors that he and Baron Davis had made a friendly agreement to play together for the Clippers. Donyell Marshall was signed on September 2, , after he stated to his agent that he wanted to go back home and end his career in Philadelphia. However, the Sixers could not find the form that pushed them to the playoffs last year. The Sixers started the year with a 9—14 record before firing head coach Maurice Cheeks on December Assistant general manager Tony DiLeo took over and the Sixers gradually improved.
They finished the season with a 41—41 record, with a 32—27 record under DiLeo. Brand's first season with the Sixers ended early with a right shoulder injury that required surgery. Despite the loss of Brand, the Sixers earned a playoff berth with a 95—90 win against the Detroit Pistons on April 4, , at home. In the first round, they faced the Orlando Magic. Three of the first four games of the series provided late-game heroics.
Just like in the previous year's playoffs, the Sixers led 2—1 after three games, but the Magic won three straight to eliminate the Sixers from the playoffs. It was also during the season that the Sixers played one home game at their old home, the Wachovia Spectrum. The Sixers won — over the Chicago Bulls on March 13, The game was played to provide the final curtain call on the Spectrum, which was scheduled to be imploded on New Year's Eve Following the playoff loss, Tony DiLeo returned to his front office job, creating a head coaching vacancy.
The Sixers also traded power forward Reggie Evans to the Toronto Raptors for a three-point specialist, small forward Jason Kapono , who had won back-to-back three-point shootouts in and However, the euphoria that greeted Iverson's return to the 76ers faded quickly.
On February 22, Iverson announced he was leaving the 76ers indefinitely to attend to his daughter's illness, and a few weeks later the 76ers announced that Iverson would not be returning for the rest of the season. The 76ers finished the season with a record of 27—55, their first loss season since Most cited the reason behind this as the players' inability to play within Eddie Jordan's Princeton offense , with several players unhappy with his system. Hours after the 76ers' last game at Orlando on April 14, the team fired Jordan after one season.
He was the fourth coach to be fired after one season or less since Larry Brown left the team in The 76ers had the sixth-best odds at receiving the top pick in the draft , and they managed to land the second overall pick, beating out the Warriors, Kings, Timberwolves, and Nets, who all had better odds. The Sixers started the season with an uninspiring 3—13 mark, but started turning things around, to finish with a 41—41 record.
They clinched a playoff berth on April 1, , their third in the last four years. The 76ers faced the heavily favored Miami Heat in the first round, and ultimately fell to them in five games. Although they lost the series, Collins was praised for turning around a lottery team in his first season, as well as winning a playoff game when many pundits predicted that the Sixers would be swept.
Collins also finished second in Coach of the Year voting. On July 13, , Comcast-Spectacor reached an agreement to sell the 76ers to an investment group led by Apollo Global Management co-founder Joshua Harris. The sale did not include any ownership stake in the Flyers or in Comcast Sportsnet.
The Sixers will continue to play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center for the foreseeable future. The new ownership group decided to retain head coach Doug Collins and president of basketball operations Rod Thorn.
Ed Stefanski, who served as the team's general manager since , was relieved of his duties. The —12 season was delayed into December due to the lockout. The Sixers did not play their home opener until January 6, The home opener marked the debut of an improved in-game presentation at the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers had their best start since the —01 season with a 20—9 record, battling for the Eastern Conference's best record and taking a firm division lead.
The Sixers, however, finished the rest of the season 15—22, giving them a 35—31 record. Attributed to their lack of a true go-to scorer, [ citation needed ] the 76ers lost hold of the top-three seed and division championship that they held for most of the season, by going on the losing steak. Nevertheless, they clinched their fourth playoff berth in the last five years on the penultimate play date of the season.
Philadelphia earned the eighth seed in the NBA playoffs , facing the first-seeded Chicago Bulls. Philadelphia improved from their struggles in the second half of the regular season, beating Chicago 4—2 to win their first series since This was the fifth time in NBA history that an eight seed has beaten a one seed.
They then faced their rival, the Boston Celtics , in the second round, and were eliminated 4—3. The Sixers once again faced criticism for their lack of a true scorer, as they were not able to keep pace with the Celtics' scoring. They were, however, given credit for winning the regular-season series against Boston and forcing the playoff series to seven games against the Celtics, who had won the last four division championships. The Sixers started the —13 season with high expectations with the help of Andrew Bynum and the growth of the young Sixers.
However, Bynum's debut with the 76ers took a hit when he was sidelined for precautionary reasons, in relation to the Orthokine knee procedure he received during the off-season. At first it looked like Bynum would be out only shortly, but little success in healing and setbacks pushed Bynum's return date further and further. As a result of many setbacks, on March 19, the Sixers announced that Bynum would have season-ending surgery on both knees.
On February 8, Jason Richardson also went through a season-ending knee surgery. By the end of the season, Evan Turner and Spencer Hawes were the only Sixers to play in every game during the season. The Sixers started the season 12—9 but stumbled through a tough stretch and could not recover. The Sixers finished the season 34—48, missing the playoffs for the first time since Doug Collins had taken over as head coach.
On April 18, Collins resigned as 76ers coach, citing his declining health and need to spend time with his grandchildren. He stayed with the team as an adviser. On May 11, it was announced that Sam Hinkie , who had previously worked for the Houston Rockets , would replace DiLeo as general manager. Aron maintained his position as co-owner of the team. Following the —13 season, the Sixers, led by Hinkie, chose to shift in the direction of rebuilding the franchise.
In an interview, Sixers guard Tony Wroten would refer to the major rebuilding culture surrounding Philadelphia as "The Process". The trade was later made official on July Additionally, Noel was recovering from an anterior cruciate ligament injury suffered while in college, strongly indicating that he would not be able to make an immediate impact for the Sixers as he would be inactive to start the season.
The Sixers used the 11th pick in the draft to select Michael Carter-Williams as Holiday's replacement as the starting point guard.
Following the Holiday trade, many of the team's returning players were either waived or left the team in free agency, most notably Andrew Bynum ; of the 15 players on the team's roster during their final game of the —13 season, only six remained with the team by January 1, In their place were a number of young prospects, many coming from the NBA Development League or signing with the Sixers after playing limited roles on other teams.
Further moves at the trade deadline on February 20, , saw the exits of veterans Spencer Hawes , Evan Turner , and Lavoy Allen , all of whom were key rotational players. The 76ers, predicted by many [ who?
However, the Sixers struggled heavily after that, at one point posting a game losing streak which set a franchise record,  and tied the all-time NBA record for most consecutive losses in a single-season.
Carter-Williams led all rookies in points, rebounds, assists, and steals, joining Magic Johnson and Oscar Robertson as the only rookies to do such a feat. In the off-season, the Sixers traded Thaddeus Young to Minnesota in the Kevin Love to Cleveland trade, and received the Heat's first-round draft pick, Luc Mbah a Moute and Alexey Shved , leaving only two players with three years of experience on the Sixers remaining. In June the it was announced that the team would move their practice facility and home offices to the Camden Waterfront , across the Delaware River from Philadelphia in Camden, New Jersey.
On November 29, , the 76ers lost to the Dallas Mavericks — and set a franchise record for losses to start the season, as they fell to a record of 0— The Sixers finished the season with an 18—64 record, tied with the second-worst in franchise history since —96 when Jerry Stackhouse drafted in Philly.
On May 19, the 76ers were awarded the third overall pick in the NBA draft , where they selected Duke center Jahlil Okafor with the third overall pick. The 76ers also signed J. Tokoto with the 58th overall pick. On November 27, the 76ers lost to the Houston Rockets —, giving them a game losing streak dating back to the previous season, which became the longest losing streak in professional sports.
During the same game the Sixers set a franchise record of 16 three pointers made during the losing effort. On December 1, the 76ers beat the Los Angeles Lakers at home by a score of —91, but not before setting a league record 28 consecutive losses dating to the —15 season. In doing so, the 76ers also managed to avoid setting a new NBA record of most losses to begin a season.
They instead tied the old record of 18 losses set by the then- New Jersey Nets in the —10 season. The 76ers finished the season 10— On April 6, , Sam Hinkie resigned by way of a 7, word letter of resignation. On June 23, , following the —16 season , and after the 76ers were awarded the first overall pick in the draft, the team selected LSU Point Forward Ben Simmons first overall.
The —18 season was the most successful season since the —12 season as the team finished the regular season in third place in the Eastern Conference with a 52—30 winning record and clinched a playoff spot. While team colors have changed somewhat over the years, with emphasis alternating between blue, white, red, and even black and gold, the 76ers have always been closely identified with the logo featuring the number 76 with 13 stars arranged in a circle above the number 7 to represent the original 13 American colonies.
The logo portrays the patriotic nature of the United States, prominently featuring the colors red, blue and white, and Philadelphia 's reputation as the birthplace of American independence.
The logo was used from to , after which it was slightly modified to feature the full team nickname and a basketball adorning the logo. This iteration was used from to The 76ers also had an alternate logo with the '76' wordmark inside the silhouette of the Liberty Bell with 'Philadelphia' on top.
Uniforms during this era varied between blue and red. During much of the s, the abbreviated city name 'PHILA' adorned the uniforms, ranging from fancy and contemporary two-tone script to classic block lettering, the latter of which was used during their title run. Blue was the primary road color for most of the s except the —66 season , but for the —69 season, red became the primary away color, with the away uniform featuring 'PHILA' and the block numbers in white with blue trim later switching color designations in the —71 season.
Player names were also added as part of the NBA mandate. A uniquely designed home uniform was used in the second half of the —71 season, featuring a script 'Seventy 76ers' wordmark in red with blue trim, the only time the full team name was used on the uniform. With various adjustments from block lettering to Bookman Old Style font, this version with stars in side stripes stayed until The uniforms from to were a classic nod to their uniforms, except that the road color is red and the home lettering is blue with red trim.
This uniform was used in their title run. From to , the Sixers followed other teams in designing more graphic-laden uniforms by featuring a streaking blue splash with tricolored stars heading up to the word 'SIXERS' in Helvetica and in either red home or white away. From to , the Sixers return to a more basic uniform design, featuring a more ornate lettering.
The team name is in red home and white away , with numbers in blue. In the —98 season, the Sixers drastically changed their logo and colors in an effort to appeal to a more youthful, hip-hop oriented culture. The iconic 76 logo was dropped, and a new logo was introduced, featuring a bigger 76ers script, with a single star behind the number 7 and a streaking basketball below.
More controversially, gold and black were introduced to the color scheme, along with red, white and blue. Uniforms were primarily white home , and black away , with slight adjustments in the home logo lettering gold —, black — , trim and piping. Until the —07 season, player names featured a red trim, before dropping it altogether and shrunk the font size in the —08 season; the alternates adopted this design that season, with the regular uniforms following suit that same season.
A blue alternate uniform was worn —, while a red alternate uniform, featuring a return to the 'PHILA' script in then-current lettering, was worn — This logo and color scheme were used until the —09 season. During the —09 season, while the previous logo was still in use, the original 'Stars and Stripes' 76 logo was revived to coincide with the team's 60th anniversary counting the Syracuse years. The previous —97 logo was reintroduced, with the addition of a red square and 'Philadelphia' inside a blue rectangle below it, although the partial logo without the square, city name and rectangles was also used.
The anniversary uniforms proved so popular that they inspired the team to return to the old logo and color scheme full-time for the —10 season , with red away uniforms completing the ensemble.
This variation featured different striping patterns, team name in blue and numbers in red on the home uniforms, and monotone script. This combination continues to represent the 76ers to the present.
A blue alternate uniform, which mirrors that of the red away uniform, was unveiled before the —13 season. For the —14 season , the blue uniforms became the primary while the red uniforms became the alternate, marking the first season since the —78 season that the 76ers wore blue as a primary away uniform.
The red uniform was retired prior to the —15 season. A new version of the classic 76ers logo was unveiled for the —16 season, featuring a slight tilt to the white basketball and a roundel featuring the city name and six stars. A secondary " Dribbling Ben Franklin " logo was also introduced. Side stripes featuring seven stars on one side and six on the other pay homage to the s uniforms, while the shoulder piping was a callback to the s uniforms.
The switch to Nike saw the Sixers make some slight tweaks to their uniform set. On February 10, , Franklin the Dog was introduced as the new Philadelphia 76ers mascot to fans and media at The Franklin Institute. In almost his first year as the new mascot, he has had more than appearances around the Delaware Valley area entertaining fans of all ages with his fantastic dance moves, his dunking skills on the trampoline and his cuddly and warm kid-friendly, entertaining and amusing comedic antics.
The two teams have the most meetings in the NBA Playoffs , playing each other in nineteen series, of which the Celtics have won twelve. The —67 Sixers, voted the best team in league history during the NBA's 35th anniversary, set a then-record by winning 68 games in the game season a record since broken by the Lakers, Bulls and Warriors and ending Boston's eight-year title reign which led to the infamous "Boston's Dead!
The 76ers went through a rebuilding period through the early s, however came back to relevance during the —77 season in which they defeated the Celtics en route to a Finals appearance. Both teams would peak in the s, with every single Eastern Conference Championship between and belonging to either the 76ers or Celtics.
The Charles Barkley-led Sixers of the later s took the fight to the Celtics, however neither team experienced much playoff success in the late s and both took steep nosedives in the Eastern Conference rankings throughout the s. The rivalry was reborn in the new millennium. The first time, the Allen Iverson-led defending-Eastern Conference champions 76ers were defeated in the first round of the playoffs by the Paul Pierce-led Celtics 3—2. In the ten years in between, the Sixers would experience limited success whereas the Celtics won a championship and contended for most of that span.
In a memorable regular season meeting between the two, the 76ers defeated the Celtics — in triple overtime, with Iverson leading the way with 33 points and 10 assists. The 76ers' training facility and headquarters for basketball operations are located at the Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, New Jersey.
In , the 76ers announced their plans to construct a new training complex,   which was officially opened on September 23, The team previously practiced at the campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. The 76ers hold the draft rights to the following unsigned draft picks who have been playing outside the NBA. A drafted player, either an international draftee or a college draftee who is not signed by the team that drafted him, is allowed to sign with any non-NBA teams.
In this case, the team retains the player's draft rights in the NBA until one year after the player's contract with the non-NBA team ends. All of the 76ers' retired numbers are hanging on the rafters in the Wells Fargo Center.
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