The Philadelphia 76ers have had a 2017-18 season that brings to mind some of the amazing 76ers teams of yore. In Ben Simmons, Joel Embiid and company, Philly’s faithful see echoes of Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Andrew Toney, Doctor J, Bobby Jones, Wilt Chamberlain and Hal Greer. Those are the names that hang in the rafters. And those are the players responsible for the championship banners that fly high next to their individual banners in the Wells Fargo Center.
The black patch the new young 76ers are wearing on their jerseys during the 2018 playoffs honors the last name mentioned above, the great Hal Greer, who died the day the playoffs began. Greer, along with Chamberlain, led the 76ers to the NBA title in 1967. Greer wore the number 15 with style and tenacity for 15 seasons with the franchise. Greer was a 10-time All-Star who is the 76ers all-time leader in points, field goals made and attempted, games played, and minutes played. His jersey was the first that the 76ers retired, putting #15 up in the rafters in 1976. Greer was 81 when he died.