The Friday before last the Philadelphia 76ers played a preseason exhibition game against the Boston Celtics at the University of Delaware. The venue shift from Wells Fargo Center was to help promote the franchise’s new D-League team, the Delaware 87ers, who will play their home games at the University of Delaware’s Bob Carpenter Center.
This was a first for Delaware so I wanted to do something different from the standard floor shots we always get from basketball. I first thought about doing an overhead remote camera from the catwalk, but with increased security for the game, it would mean setting the camera up 36 hours before the game and I’d have no way to turn it on the day of the game, let alone get the card out in time for deadline.
Instead I settled for a backboard camera and had my SD card clot on my 1DmkIII not failed I would have had some amazing shots of the 76ers flight crew going nuts on the basket I set up at halftime. Unfortunately, I didn’t get anything from the end of the first half onward from the backboard remote.
The game itself had to be a success as far as the 76ers were concerned. They announced a sellout crowd (though the arena was probably only 80% full) and the 76ers won pretty easily. The Celtics aren’t exactly the team they were four years ago, or two years ago for that matter, but the 76ers are in a major rebuilding phase, so any wins are a plus for them.
I also got my season credential at the game, so hopefully that means some more games in the future.