Philadelphia 76ers TicketsAccording to nbahoopsonline.com, one of the greatest oddities in NBA history would have to be when four players played for both teams during the same NBA game. This actually happened when there was a protest of a game played between the Nets and the 76ers on November 8, 1978 and the replay of the game was done on March 23, 1979. In the period in-between the Nets and the 76ers made a trade that sent Harvey Catchings and Ralph Simpson from the Sixers to the New Jersey Nets and Eric Money and Al Skinner from the NJ Nets to the Philadelphia 76ers. Up to date, this has been the only time in NBA history where players started a game with one team and finished it with another team.
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Who Are the Philadelphia 76ers
The Philadelphia 76ers are an American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. They have won three NBA championships (1955, 1967, and 1983) and have advanced to the NBA finals on nine occasions. The Philadelphia 76ers are often referred to as the Sixers. They are the oldest franchise in the NBA and they are members of the league’s eastern Conference Atlantic Division. They are also one of the only eight teams to survive the league’s first decade. The 76ers play their home games at the Wells Fargo Center.
The Founding of the Franchise
The Sixers’ franchise was originally founded in 1939 in Syracuse, New York, as the Nationals but commonly referred to as the Nats. They initially started as an independent team, unaffiliated with any professional league, however, in 1946, they became part of the National Basketball League (NBL). Later, in 1949, the NBL eventually merged with the Basketball Association of America to form the NBA. That season the Nats lost the inaugural NBA finals to the Minneapolis Lakers. It was after the franchise brought in forward-centre Dolph Schayes that the team finally saw success and made it to their first NBA finals where unfortunately lost to the Philadelphia Warriors. Nevertheless, they made it to the finals again in 1954 and in 1955 where they finally captured their first NBA title.
From Nationals to 76ers
Syracuse, New York was too small of an area for the franchise so the team was looking to move even though they were year in and year out one of the best teams in the NBA. The team ultimately found their opportunity to move when the Warriors left Philadelphia for San Francisco, and so the Nats dove in. The NBA returned to Philadelphia a year after the Warriors left. Through a contest, Philadelphia was able to select a new name for the team and they became the “76ers”. The name comes from the signing of the United States Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia in 1776. The newspaper writers liked the name because they would easily shortened it to “Sixers” in headlines.
Greatest Players in NBA History Were 76ers at One Time
The 76ers are known to have had many of the greatest players in the NBA history play for their franchise. These players include: Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson. In 1967, the Sixers won their second NBA championship led by Chamberlain. Then, in 1983, they won their third championship title, this team was led by Erving and Malone. In 2001, the Sixers made it once again to the NBA Finals, where they were led by Iverson but lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in five games.
Sixers Quick Facts:
Arena: Wells Fargo Center
Division Championships: 11 last one in 2001
NBA Titles: 3—1955, 1967, 1983
Best Season: 1966-67 with a record of 68-13
Worst Season: 1972-73 with a record of 9-73
50 win seasons: 17 (Last One 17-18)