Construction on the 76ers’ new practice facility at the Philadelphia Navy Yard could begin as early as this summer, Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said Monday night. First-year Sixers coach Brett Brown said the facility is an integral component to attracting top-tier free agents and building a championship contender and was a major reason why he decided to join the Sixers after winning four NBA titles as a longtime assistant with the Spurs.
Philadelphia Navy Yard Rumors
Though another source said the Navy Yard plans haven’t been officially scratched yet, it is likely to happen. Several sites are being scouted and management would like to have “shovels in the ground soon,” according to a source. “We look forward to our own practice facility,” said coach Brett Brown. “There is so much going on with practice facilities and how we attract people and how we keep people and how we develop people.
There are so many elements that need addressing for the 76ers to seriously start the rebuild they’re currently in, with a new practice facility being at or near the top of the list. But sources have told the Daily News that some employees have been told that the plan of building at the Navy Yard has been scratched, leaving management frantically searching for a place to build a state-of-the-art facility they can call their own. Currently, the Sixers practice at the gym at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, which doesn’t provide the intimacy or the updated equipment that most other teams in the league already have.