Other than the awkward wording on “We are poorly designed for that kind of loss” — almost as if he wants to remind you the Sixers are designed for some kind of loss — Sam Hinkie released a very nice statement about the passing of Joel Embiid’s younger brother, Arthur. Embiid is returning home to be with his family in Cameroon during this terrible time. On Instagram, Embiid said some words about his late brother, who was thirteen years old. Said Embiid:
“RIP for my brother who died at the age of 13. The bad thing is that I hadn’t seen since I left Cameroon 4 years ago and all these days, I was just thinking about next summer so I have a chance to finally see him again….. GOD has a plan for all of us. We just gotta pray. HES GONNA BE MISSED.”
We, too, wish Joel and his family the best.
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In an effort to bring the team closer to the fans — “The Sixers: They’re Only Kind of Better at Basketball than You” — the 76ers are hosting their first ever Sixers Fan Fest. The event, which takes place on October 24th at the Bloomingdale’s court inside The Court at King of Prussia, will feature the entire 76ers team, Phlight Squad, and Sixers Dancers. And, there will be a chance to talk to your favorite players:
During the event, the entire team will be introduced to the crowd, and children in the audience will have the chance to ask questions of their favorite Sixers. Children from a local non-profit organization will then join the players and coaching staff on stage, where they will be presented with gift cards to shop for clothing at King of Prussia Mall.
It looks like only kids will be able to ask questions, so you might want to get on practicing with your child right now how to appropriately ask anyone on the team “Do you know what Hinkie’s plan is? What’s the goal in all of this?”
The Sixers were home last night to kickoff their pre-season, which, really, is essentially their entire campaign this year. About 20 people showed up, including everyone favorite Molly Sullivan and CEO Scott O’Neil, who showed off to Sullivan his odd, but kind of endearing Nerlens Noel jersey-lined blazer.
O’Neil was unnaturally perky during the interview, and assuming he’s not always that way, it was either because he was talking to Molly (which will make this guy InSaNeLy jealous) or because he had a few aged Zins with Joshua Harris before the game. Whatever the case, the blazer (which is totally a Villanova thing) is a nice, fun touch, but I wonder if the other side has a Patrick Elias sweater sewn into it? If so, O’Neil can wear the same thing tonight!
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We love you, we’re just not in love with you guys
Season ticket holders get all kinds of perks: Some teams put their names on the court, they get to meet and greet legends, eat catered food and listen to dumb presentations, etc. But us normal, single-game buyers? We don’t get shit. Not that we should. We are just buying tickets to one, maybe two games after all. But the Sixers — who may be only expecting attendance numbers in the dozens this year — want to go that extra mile for you, person who just wants to maybe go to one game.
When tickets go on sale tomorrow morning — or today if you’re on their email list — the tickets you buy may result in your name being plastered on a billboard, so that gives you about 24-hours to legally change your name to something ridiculous. Get thinking.
Bill Campbell, who called every professional team in Philadelphia (minus the Flyers) over the span of almost 40 years, has passed away. Campbell’s most famous call may be that of Wilt Chamberlain’s 100-point game (above), but he also called play-by-play for the ’60 Eagles, the collapse of the ’64 Phillies, and the ’80 76ers.
Campbell was a local boy through and through, having gone to Roman Catholic High School and Saint Joseph’s University. Along with the late Andy Musser, Campbell was the only man to do play-by-play for the Eagles, Phillies and Sixers. Baseball was his favorite sport, however, and when he was dismissed by the Phillies in 1971 (and replaced by a 35-year-old Harry Kalas, possibly because of Schmidt’s Beer), it hurt. Campbell told the Daily News last year, “it took me a generation to get over it, it broke my heart. Baseball is my favorite sport, and I put everything I had into it.”
Campbell’s accolades over his career include four Broadcaster of the Year awards from the National Sports Broadcasters Association, a Philadelphia Sportswriters Award, a spot in the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame and the Pennsylvania Sports Hall of Fame, and the Curt Gowdy Broadcaster Award from the Basketball Hall of Fame. Though before my time (likely the case for some of you as well), Campbell represented an era when play-by-play announcers were the only way to take in the game. And if that wasn’t enough, Campbell also ran teams’ entire broadcasting departments and doubled as a beer pitchman. The praise has already come in from so many of the people who followed in Campbell’s footsteps, and if you want to learn more about the man, Sam Carchidi’s biography is probably a good place to start.
Email from reader Ryan:
Thought you would get a kick out of this. Sixers sent season ticket holders a schedule for the upcoming season… only they flipped every home and away game based on the key at the bottom. I’m pretty sure we’re not hosting the Clippers at 10:30pm on January 3rd. Can’t even get the damn schedule right. Over/under how many poor souls who are already tortured with season tix screw up their plans by going off this until they figure it out?
8. Because I’d imagine that’s about half the Sixers season ticket holders. Of course, by following this schedule you wouldn’t have to sit through one terrible, god awful Sixers game. Glass-half-full kind of guy, I am.
Among the things the 76ers are going to distract us with this year is their new, very fancy court projection system. We knew they’ll use it for pre-game and halftime shows, but that’s not all — they’ll also use it to honor the release of Wilt Chamberlain stamps:
The U.S.Postal Service and Philadelphia 76ers, in conjunction with the National Basketball Association (NBA), will formally dedicate the Wilt Chamberlain Forever stamps — the first of its kind featuring an NBA player — in a halftime ceremony featuring a special three-dimensional tribute video using the team’s state-of-the-art court projection system. Throughout the night, the Sixers will celebrate the life and legacy of the legendary Chamberlain with videos during breaks in play. Tickets for this 7 p.m. game will be available to the general public beginning Oct. 8 via Sixers.com.
So I guess I misspoke earlier, and this will actually be the high point of the Sixers season, and even more so if this tribute chronicles each one of Wilt’s 20,000 conquests. Don’t know if halftime is long enough for that though.
Today was the 76ers’ media day, and while it was mostly some light stuff — no breaking news or important information or leaked internal Hinkie files came out of it — we got to see Joel Embiid (and many of our other new Sixers) interact with their teammates and the media for the first time. Embiid, for his part, is sticking to being the goofball he’s shown himself to be on Twitter. After walking around in a boot, he switched to sneakers, and showed that he can at least move around a little:
He even used the Sixers’ iPad-on-a-stick Instagram station, where he called himself “Rihanna’s spirit animal.” I’m probably more excited about this Sixers season than a lot of you guys — and it might even be more of an excitement about the general intangible “future” — so for now I’m happy to see the team be entertaining off the court, because they might not be close to that on the court.