The last time we saw the Philadelphia 76ers play a meaningful basketball game, the hearts of fans hoping for the Sixers to make a deep playoff run broke. Ex-Toronto Raptors star Kawhi Leonard’s four-bounce buzzer-beater knocked Philly out of the playoffs, setting in motion an offseason that saw the team revamp its starting lineup. With new, albeit talented, players, it might take some time for this team to come together. But if they click, the sky might be the limit. The Sixers open their season tonight against the Celtics.
And in other news, Pennsylvania looks poised for major reforms to its election system. Also, a trans inmate shared his story with The Inquirer about his experience at Philadelphia’s only female jail.
As the Philadelphia 76ers open their 2019-20 NBA season tonight against the Celtics, they have their sights set on bringing an NBA title back to Philly. But the team with the biggest starting lineup in the NBA will have to work through some growing pains. One key question: Will the playing styles of the team’s top players mesh?
And, they’re not the only franchise with high expectations this season. In their own conference, contenders have retooled, and the Sixers will have to go through the reigning league MVP and NBA champs.
As a transgender man, Zack was frightened after a fight with his boyfriend led to him being put in jail. He was afraid of what the guards might do to him. Zach is now in state prison after he was locked up in Philadelphia’s only female jail. While there, he said he faced a series of dehumanizing abuses.
Records show that officers gathered around at breakfast to laugh at Zach’s beard. One refused to refer to him as a man. Another denied him shoes as punishment for sticking to his identity, according to a lawsuit Zack filed against the Philadelphia Department of Prisons. He also alleges that he was sexually assaulted and subjected to an illegal genital search. Prison officials deny that guards and medical officials abused Zack, but settled the lawsuit this year.
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“I wasn’t sure what to expect when I walked into police headquarters. I knew what I wanted, and what these babies deserved — to have at least one public official who walked into that room to be visibly reeling with rage at the state of our city, to slam a fist on the podium and cry out, “No More!” and really mean it, and then get to work to make that happen." — columnist Helen Ubiñas writes about the response to the shootings of two young children in Philadelphia.