By Sean Kennedy (@PhillyFastBreak)
With the last two top overall picks ready to hit the court and everyone around the team talking playoff expectiations, excitement surrounding the Philadelphia 76ers is ramping up to levels not previously seen in the post-Iverson era. Apparently, the league concurs with that sentiment and has decided the Sixers are ready for a bigger stage.
Been told that the Sixers will play the Knicks on Christmas Day at Madison Square Garden.
— Spike Eskin (@SpikeEskin) August 9, 2017
The Christmas Day games are an unofficial barometer of who the NBA wants to showcase when all eyes are on the league. In the span of two years, the Sixers have gone from being a 10-win team to being a marquee draw. For fans that stuck through the years of losing, this was the end game. Like Andy Dufresne, we crawled through a tunnel of the most vile substances imaginable and have come out on the other side.
Joel Embiid matched up against Kristaps Porzingis sounds like a terrific present for Sixers fans to find under their Christmas trees this holiday season. It also means we’ll get to see Sixers Christmas jerseys in real life! I’m sure the marketing department wishes the Holiday brothers and Nerlens Noel were still around.
In addition to the news of a Christmas Day game, we also received word of when we’ll first see this new juggernaut out on the court together.
— Keith Pompey (@PompeyOnSixers) August 9, 2017
Camp begins in a little over 6 weeks. The hype train is getting ready to pull out of the station; grab a seat next to Mike Trout and enjoy the ride!
— Mike Trout (@MikeTrout) August 9, 2017