SPIRIT OF THE CHAMPION
During the All-Star break in 1965, the Philadelphia 76ers traded for the awesome talent of Wilt Chamberlain. Although the team finished the season with a 40-40 record, they pushed the defending champion Boston Celtics to a seventh game in the Eastern Division Finals.
The 76ers/Nationals franchise has had a wealth of superstar, supremely talented players. Wilt Chamberlain, Moses Malone, Julius Erving, Dolph Schayes, Allen Iverson, Billy Cunningham, Charles Barkley, and on and on and on. Well, none of those players is the franchise’s all-time leader in games played and points scored.
From 1957 to 1969, the Boston Celtics won 11 of the NBA’s 13 championships. Their dynastic domination featured two interruptions in 1958 and 1967. The man who stood as the strong-willed roadblock to their absolute domination of the NBA in this era was Alex Hannum.
When the 1967 Philadelphia 76ers dethroned the Boston Celtics, it was a joyous victory nearly a decade in the making. From 1959 to 1966, the Boston Celtics won every single NBA title.
The 1967 Philadelphia 76ers had a squad assembled of Hall of Famers, All-Stars, role players, and men fighting for a place in the NBA. When all of their careers were said and done, every man on the roster had left a sizeable impact on professional basketball.
In the 1890s, Philadelphia was a city seemingly bursting at the seams as its population hit one million people for the first time. Irish, German, Polish, Italian, and Jewish immigrants saw the City of Brotherly Love as their haven from destitution and persecution in Europe.