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Sixers to Honor Syracuse Roots by Playing Knicks at Carrier Dome in Preseason

Sep 14, 2012, 4:30 PM EDT

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Adam Aron and the Sixers like mixing things up, that’s for sure.

In addition to playing the Brooklyn Nets at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, New Jersey, the Sixers will also honor their roots by playing a preseason game against the New York Knicks at the Carrier Dome in Syracuse, New York.

The Sixers will play their 50th season in Philadelphia this season so the preseason game on October 22nd in Syracuse will honor their roots, with the franchise originally being called the Nationals with their home in Syracuse.

You may recall when they rocked the Syracuse Nationals throwback uniforms a couple of years back as modeled by Allen Iverson above.

From the Sixers release:

“As we celebrate our 50th season in Philadelphia, it’s important to remember our Syracuse roots while looking forward to the exciting season we have ahead of us,” said Sixers CEO and co-Owner Adam Aron. “What fun to see the Sixers take on our division rivals in this historic hometown game.”

Hall-of-famer Dolph Schayes, who played all 14 seasons for the Nationals and finished his career as a Sixer, will be in attendance.  Schayes also coached the Sixers for three seasons, taking the team to the Eastern Division Finals twice.  A 12-time All-Star, Schayes retired as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and was named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History.

“I’m thrilled to see the franchise return to play a game in Syracuse,” said Schayes.  “This will bring excitement to generations of fans in central New York who have heard of the great basketball tradition the Nationals started in the area back in the 50’s and early 60’s, which has been carried on by Syracuse University.”

The game will also be a home-coming of sorts for former Syracuse Orangemen and current New York Knick Carmelo Anthony.