Sixers Have Big Plans For Home Opener

The Sixers are bringing the controversial "process" back to South Philly starting Friday night, as they host the Utah Jazz in this year's home opener.

In addition to the home debut of star rookie Jahlil Okafor, the evening will include tributes to three men associated with the team who have passed away over the course of the offseason: star players Darryl Dawkins and Moses Malone, and legendary statistician Harvey Pollack.

The tributes will include videos, interactive memory walls, uniform patches, court decals and more, the team said.

In addition, each fan in attendance will receive a "Since 1776" T-shirt. And mascot Franklin will make a "dramatic entrance."

"This year's opening night tributes to Darryl Dawkins, Moses Malone, and Harvey Pollack will hold special significance, not only to Sixers fans in Philadelphia, but NBA fans, and basketball enthusiasts around the world," Sixers CEO Scott O'Neil said in a statement.

"These are more than just names on a banner - this is our family: who we are, our storied past, and the inspiration for our future."

Tickets are still available for the game, which tips off at 7 p.m.