When the Sixers were sold from Comcast Spectacor to an investment group led by Josh Harris, it was a great step forward for a struggling Sixer franchise. The group was called Apollo Global Management and they brought the franchise for 280 million. Global Management held a press conference on October 2011 to announce their purchase and name Adam Aron as the CEO. This new partnership was off to a rough start as the Sixers lost their first two months of the season due to the NBA lockout. Even though their was no play on the court, the new management made a promise to honor the tradition of Sixer basketball and invite back guys from past eras. On Jan 6th, they unveiled a new logo and brought some excitement to the Wells Fargo Center. The Sixers responded starting 20-9 and Andre Iguodala’s play and defensive ability earned him his first all-star appearance. They showed faith in Doug Collins and he responded by putting a team on the floor people wanted to see. The stands began to fill and their was buzz around this team for the first time since the Iverson days. They struggled in the second half and squeaked into the playoffs as an 8th seed. With a little help from a Derrick Rose season ending injury, the Sixers upset the Bulls in 6 games. They had reached the second round for the first time since 2003 and battled the veteran Celtics to a game 7. Although they came up short in Boston, this city was very proud of this team. Heading into an offseason of doubt and missing a identity, the Sixers shocked their fans. They pulled off a blockbuster getting Andrew Bynum and Jason Richardson for Andre Iguodala in a three team trade. This move pumped up the fan base and led to a packed press conference at the Constitution Center where the fans welcomed them with open arms. The Sixers were not done as they signed Dorrell Wright and Nick Young to be sharp shooters off the bench. So this team is primed to be a contender in the East and it is all due to a group of men that have made basketball a priority in this city once again.
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