The Philadelphia 76ers’ new City Edition uniforms were released exclusively to ESPN on Tuesday, and they look good.
The Sixers’ new jerseys are inspired by the ‘Rocky’ movie franchise, which was set in Philadelphia. The Sixers kept their traditional red, white and blue color scheme for the new uniforms, but gray dominates the jersey. Still, the new threads have a freshness to them.
Last season the City Edition jerseys were cream-colored, with ‘Phila’ across the front. While those jersey’s looked good, they had a relatively basic look, much like the new ones.
Per the team, here’s a look at the uniform’s meaning and much more:
The uniform’s core displays the iconic circle of 13 stars derived from the boxing ring where Rocky Balboa first squared off against Apollo Creed, while the gray sweatsuit-textured base was influenced by both Adonis Creed’s and Rocky’s legendary training scenes throughout the streets of Philadelphia. The crisp blue, red and white waistband trim on the shorts is inspired by Rocky’s championship belt. Meanwhile, the phrase “PHILADELPHIA, USA,” is embroidered on the lower left hem of the jersey as a nod to the city’s fans, heart and determination.
The Sixers have also promoted the jerseys well. They took photos of Ben Simmons wearing the uniform at Front Sreet Gym, a Philadelphia boxing gym.
Per Keith Pompey of the Philly Inquirer, Markelle Fultz also posed for pictures at The Victor Cafe, which has been used during scenes in the Rocky and Creed movies.
Gray-dominant jerseys aren’t the norm in the NBA, and the Cleveland Cavaliers’ city uniforms last season weren’t anything special. The jersey was gray, and it simply had “The Land” and jersey numbers on the front in gold lettering.
The first time the Sixers will wear their new uniforms at home will be Nov. 9, when they’ll play the Charlotte Hornets.