It’s September, which apparently means that it’s time for NBA teams to start coming out with new alternate uniforms. Yesterday saw the Brooklyn Nets release their “Remix” alternates, then the Memphis Grizzlies unveiled alternate uniforms in honor of Martin Luther King, Jr. Now, the Philadelphia 76ers have announced that they will honor the 1966-67 NBA Champions with a season-long tribute that will include throwback alternates and an alternate court as well.
The Sixers have detailed exactly how they’re going to honor the team in their press release:
Sixers players will wear hardwood classics throwback jerseys inspired by the 1966-67 road uniforms during six “Salute Saturday” night tribute games presented by StubHub. Alumni from the 1966-67 championship team will attend “Salute Saturday” games throughout the season. The campaign name, “Spirit of the Champion,” is inspired by the 1967-68 Sixers season motto and team program following the 1966-67 Championship.
For each of the six “Salute Saturday” tribute nights presented by StubHub the Sixers will install a specially made 16’6″w x 20’h commemorative center court logo, which will bear the signatures of all Sixers Full Season Ticket Members. This will be the first time in NBA history fan signatures will appear within the playing surface of an NBA court and the first custom center court created to honor a championship team during the regular season. Player throwback jerseys, featuring shorts adorned with a campaign tribute patch, and the commemorative center court will be featured in the highly anticipated video game NBA2K. After the 2016-17 season, the tribute center court hardwood will be displayed in the new Philadelphia 76ers Training Complex in Camden, NJ, scheduled to open this September 23.
As you can see, the uniforms are pretty accurate — then again, considering how simple the original uniform is, it would be really hard to mess this up. The only major addition is the commemorative patch, which is also going to be placed at center court on the alternate court.
These aren’t the most eye-catching throwbacks, but they’re still very solid-looking uniforms, so there’s really nothing to complain about when it comes to this. The uniforms and the court are a pretty solid tribute and a nice way to celebrate an achievement from half-a-century ago.