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PHILADELPHIA – The Philadelphia 76ers have a promotional schedule dotted with the standard T-shirt giveaways, discounted pretzels and the always popular $1 hot dog nights.
There's even a deal for one January game where the first 15,000 fans will receive "buy one, get one free" coupons for Pennsylvania lottery tickets.
Seems fitting, since this entire season is built around the Sixers cashing in on the NBA's version of the lottery.
Sixers owner Joshua Harris treated the offseason like one giant scratch off ticket, scrubbing away the likes of former coach Doug Collins, general manager Tony DiLeo, president Rod Thorn, and one-time franchise centerpieces Andrew Bynum and Jrue Holiday, all in the hopes of finding the winning numbers that will lead the team back into title contention.
Only problem is, there are no instant winners in this game.