PHILADELPHIA (CBS) — Gregg Popovich took his team to the Palestra for a practice on Wednesday morning, ahead of the Spurs’ 111-103 win over the 76ers at the Wells Fargo Center.
The 68-year-old five-time NBA champion head coach couldn’t resist the opportunity of practicing in the historic Philadelphia gym.
“This is a real gym, not the NBA places we play,” Popovich told reporters on Wednesday. “This is for real. It would be great to play every game in a place like this with the history. So, whenever we get here we do it. So it’s great.
“It’s the acoustics,” he continued. “You hear the ball bouncing, you can hear everybody talking — kinda like Butler Fieldhouse at Indiana. Always good to find a place like this that still exists. They’re dropping like flies everywhere, but it’s still here.”
The Palestra, which holds just about 9,000 people, opened in 1926 located at 235 South 33rd St. It was home to all of the “Big 5” Philadelphia basketball teams, now it’s just the home for Penn basketball.