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76ers Will Honor Former Stars On Opening Night

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PHILADELPHIA (AP) — The Philadelphia 76ers are bringing back former stars Moses Malone and Dikembe Mutombo as part of their opening night festivities on Wednesday.

The stars return as the Sixers kick off the start of their 50th anniversary celebration. They will wear their new alternate blue uniforms, usually worn on the road, and every fan in the arena will receive a 50th anniversary blue T-shirt.

The Sixers also upgraded their overhead scoreboard so the entire box score will be displayed. Their biggest attraction won’t be injured 7-footer Andrew Bynum, but their new 10-foot, 600-pound T-shirt launcher dubbed “Big Bella,” which shoots 100 shirts between 15 and 20 seconds.

Sixers CEO Adam Aron says they also will parachute T-shirts and other merchandise or tickets from the top of the arena into the stands.

(© Copyright 2012 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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