Why do the sixers have phila?

Often known simply as the Sixers, the team is the oldest franchise in the NBA and is named after the 1776 signing of the Declaration of Independence in Philadelphia. The name of the Philadelphia 76ers originates from the year 1776, when the Declaration of Independence was signed in Philadelphia. The Philadelphia 76ers, known colloquially as the Sixers, are an American professional basketball team based in the Philadelphia metropolitan area. The 76ers compete in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as members of the league's Eastern Conference Atlantic Division and play at the Wells Fargo Center, located in the South Philadelphia Sports Complex.

Founded in 1946 and originally known as Syracuse Nationals, it is one of the oldest franchises in the NBA and one of eight (out of 2) that have survived the league's first decade.

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