How do you the get the local fanbase excited about the return of the NBA and a new ear of Sixers basketball? Send the Sixers on an extended west coast trip to start the year! I kid, but that is what's happening. The Sixers 2011-2012 schedule has been released and they'll open on the road in Portland the night after Christmas. That game will tip off at 10pm eastern time. The team then plays another four straight on the road before returning to the Wachovia Center for their home opener January 6th against the Detroit Pistons.
The Sixers will then stay at home for most of January as they play 13 of 17 in South Philadelphia during the month. We'll also be seeing the Sixers on national TV later in the year as they'll play on ESPN six times between March and April. They'll also be on NBATV three times around the start of April.