Scott O’Neil Rumors
The young man has charisma and personality. Philadelphia is eating out of the palms of his hands and he’s only 30 games into his pro career. “(At games) it’s not just that it’s a sellout crowd — it feels like the playoffs,” Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said. “Every game feels like a big game. When he touches the ball, it’s like when (Wayne) Gretzky used to touch the puck. You just lean up and lean in. “Boy, does he have the magic Philadelphia touch. His heart’s on his sleeve. He’s got the Iverson ear cup. He’s got the ‘3’ celebration (holds up three fingers with each hand). He has it all. It’s pretty special.”
The Sixers are also 19th in home attendance with an average of 16,974 fans in 24 home dates. They averaged just 14,230 over the three previous seasons (123 games), lowest in the NBA. That’s 2,754 more per night. “Joel Embiid has been a monster on the court and has had a monstrous impact off the court, that’s for sure,” said O’Neil, comparing Embiid’s impact to Jeremy Lin’s “Linsanity craze” in New York and Steph Curry’s early days with the Warriors.
The 2016-17 NBA season is underway, and Ben Simmons will play in it, Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil said on TCN’s Breakfast on Broad. Simmons, the first overall pick in the 2016 draft, suffered an acute Jones fracture in his right foot during the final scrimmage of training camp. He underwent surgery on Oct. 4 and recently had the sutures removed. “Injuries happen, as we saw with Simmons, who fortunately will be back this season, which is terrific news,” O’Neil said Wednesday morning.
The NBA announced last month that it would be the first league among the four major sports to allow advertising on regular season uniforms as part of a three-year trial approved by owners. Teams will be allowed to sell advertising in the form of a patch, approximately 2 ½ inches x 2 ½ inches, beginning in the 2017-18 season, coinciding with Nike’s new deal with the league. “First off, hats off to Adam Silver,” Sixers CEO Scott O’Neil told USA TODAY Sports. “He’s a commissioner who will take opportunities and will make the right decision and sometimes the tough decision and he continues to lead through policy. He gives teams the opportunity to drive our business.”