Last night down at the Wells Fargo Center, the Philadelphia 76ers were back at home after a long road trip, and despite a loss by the team, it was quite a memorable night!
The Sixers saluted the team from the 1982-1983 season, which, of course, won the NBA Finals that year – the last time the team has won the championship.
The team was honored at halftime in front of a sold-out crowd that was in attendance to see the current team take on the Chicago Bulls.
In all honesty, that team will always be my first love when it comes to the Sixers!
Obviously, they won the championship, but there were so many iconic moments along the way that make that team so memorable!
One memory that comes to mind is Moses Malone declaring the 76ers would sweep all 3 series with his infamous quote.
“Fo, Fo, Fo.”
You would be hard-pressed to find a more iconic sound bite in Philly sports history.
Rest in peace to the all-time great.
Although he couldn’t be there last night, a ton of his teammates were there carrying the torch for him and the rest of the team.
Julius ‘Dr. J’ Erving was in the building and even challenged the current team to end the championship drought for the franchise because 40 years is way too long!
I agree, Dr. J!
Hopefully, we can get it done!
Mo Cheeks was also in attendance, but this time as a visitor.
He is an assistant coach for the Bulls.
And he must be doing something right against his former team because the Sixers lost another game this season to a Bulls team they can’t quite figure out.
But that’s enough about the loss because the team won eight straight prior to last night, so you can’t win them all, and there’s no point in focusing on the negative in what was such a great night otherwise.
Not only did the team get honored at halftime, but Billy Cunningham’s daughter rang the ceremonial pregame bell!
Welcome to the club, ladies!
Altogether, it was awesome to be a part of the celebration last night for a team that made me fall in love with Sixers basketball.
Hopefully, in another 40 years, we will be celebrating this year’s team’s 40th championship anniversary!
Only time will tell!