The Sixers debuted their Reading Terminal Market-inspired City Edition jerseys earlier this week, and they’re doing… well.
The idea is cool – Reading Terminal is absolutely one of Philadelphia’s biggest attractions – but the execution is, well, visually not a super interesting jersey, nor one that stands out much more from last year’s “City of Brotherly Love” alternative .
Plus, once again, it’s not the jersey many Sixers fans have been asking for: a revival of the black and gold design from the Allen Iverson era of the late 1990s and early 2000s.
However, according to our old friend Kyle Neubeck, now at PHLY, there may be hope that these nostalgic threads are finally making a comeback.
“I will say this: I know that there are, let’s call them, ‘important’ people in the organization who are actively committed to getting these black Iverson jerseys made and brought back.” [PHLY]
So there is a chance. No promises, but a chance.
For an entire generation of fans growing up in the ’90s, those black Iverson jerseys were the thing The Look for the Sixers, and while the organization has had no problem selling merchandise with that style and logo in recent years, returning those jerseys on the field has always been prohibited at the behest of former president of business operations Chris Heck.
However, Heck left the Sixers in June 2022which theoretically reopened the door for the return of the Iverson-era jerseys.
However, perhaps not soon, as the design process between NBA teams and the league’s apparel provider, Nike, for the City Edition jerseys often begins well in advance of the specific season in which these jerseys would be released.
Maybe next year.
At least the possibility is out there.
The full episode of the PHLY Sixers Podcast can be seen here HERE (The conversation about the City Edition and the Iverson jersey starts at 41:40.)
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