Allen Iverson Makes His NBA Debut, and More in The Vault
See what Ray Dunne and Andrew Salciunas found in the Audio Vault today. Every day they go back in time and pull out stuff either from this day in history, or that is relevant to something going on in the news. It was a big day for anniversaries, including the debut of Allen Iverson, the debut of one of the biggest movies of all time, and more.
- Allen Iverson Makes His NBA Debut for the Sixers
- Sandy Koufax Became the First 3 Time Cy Young Winner on This Day in 1996
- Koufax talks about why he retired
- Willie Mays, Mickey Mantle, and Duke Synder Talk About Koufax
- The Titanic Had Its World Premier On This Day in 1997
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Meet the 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers
The controversy surrounding James Harden dominated the conversation during the offseason. However, the 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers are ready to move forward. They’ll do it with luxuries that most NBA teams don’t have.
The energy surrounding the team certainly isn’t perfect. However, Joel Embiid is the reigning MVP, and one of the best emerging guards in the NBA will be feeding him the ball.
The Nick Nurse Era
The Sixers hired Nick Nurse to replace Doc Rivers as the head coach. Nurse led the Toronto Raptors to a title in 2019, infamously advancing past the Sixers on the Kawhi Leonard buzzer-beater in the second round.
Kate Scott joined The John Kincade Show to talk about Nurse’s first year in Philadelphia.
“Don’t question the fact that he had lots of offers this offseason. He chose to come here because he’s intrigued by the pieces and the passion of this sports city.” -Kate Scott
Despite the negativity surrounding Harden and six consecutive years of heartbreaking playoff exits, the Sixers hired a qualified head coach who has the motivation to lead them over the hump into the Eastern Conference Finals and to the ultimate goal of winning their first championship since 1983.
The 2023-24 Philadelphia 76ers
Fan favorites Tyrese Maxey and “B-Ball” Paul Reed will return looking to take the next step in the development of their respective NBA careers. They have the opportunity to flourish in a rotation with minutes up for grabs.
Maxey’s lighthearted attitude and Reed’s emergence as a prominent contributor give the sense of positivity that the fan base needs. Years of distress through The Process and repeated postseason letdowns have been hard enough. Fans deserve reasons for hope. Tobias Harris has underwhelmed them in recent seasons. He still has the talent to reemerge as a primary offensive option without Harden on the floor.
The additions to the roster won’t push the national media to obsess over the Sixers like they have in past seasons. However, Philadelphia has an opportunity to reverse the pain of the past on the back of Joel Embiid.