Philadelphia 76ers

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The Philadelphia 76ers are a professional basketball team based in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. They play in the Atlantic Division of the Eastern Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Originally known as the Syracuse Nationals, they are one of the oldest franchises in the NBA. After their move to Philadelphia, a contest was held to decide on their new name. The winning name, chosen by Walter Stalberg, was the "76ers", after 1776, the year the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. The nickname was quickly shortened to "Sixers" by headline writers, and the two names soon became interchangeable for marketing purposes.

The Sixers have had a very good history, since many of the greatest players in NBA history have played for this organization, including Wilt Chamberlain, Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson. They have won two NBA championships. The first title came in the 1966-67 season, a team, which was led by Chamberlain, that is highly regarded to be the best NBA team ever assembled. The second title came in the 1982-83 season, which was led by Erving and Malone. They have only been back to the Finals once since then, during the 2001 campaign, which was led by Iverson, only to lose to the rival Los Angeles Lakers, 4-1. Although they haven't had much success since the 2000-01 season, they continue to be remembered as one of the league's most well known and successful franchises.


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