The Delaware 87ers have gone out of this world for their latest promotion on Star Wars Night for this Friday's game against the Erie BayHawks at the Bob Carpenter Center in Newark.
Not only will the first 1,500 fans get a Darth Vader poster but the team will wear these dope uniforms with an R2D2 motif.
From the release:
Sevens players will wear special R2-D2 jerseys that will be auctioned off to fans to benefit Nemours/Alfred I. duPont Hospital for Children. Twenty percent of tickets purchased using promo code NEMOURS here will also be donated to Nemours.
Fans can count on an out-of-this-world night! Upon entry, the first 1,500 people will receive a commemorative Darth Vader poster. Star Wars characters from local performance groups Garrison Carida (501st Legion) and Ghost Base (Rebel Legion) will fill the arena, and Jedi Master Yoda will serve as the public address announcer. All fans are encouraged to dress up as Star Wars characters and participate in a costume parade for the chance to win prizes.
It's a huge shakeup for one of sports most legendary franchises.
This was of particular interest to a certain segment of Philadelphia 76ers fans who remember how fondly Magic spoke of Jahlil Okafor back when many believed the Lakers would select him with the second pick in the 2014 NBA Draft.
The tweets date back to May and June of 2015:
Getting the #2 pick was important. Now we can sign Okafor/Towns & FA's will want to sign w/ the Lakers because they … http://t.co/1D91xhGoWJ
Plenty of time has passed since the 2015 draft. Kobe Bryant certainly isn't around to help the Lakers compete in the West. They went with D'Angelo Russell with the No. 2 pick instead of Okafor. And Jahlil has had some rocky times in Philly.
But one thing hasn't changed: Okafor still holds the claim as a national champion with the Duke Blue Devils. Magic loves a winner.
Okafor is the most on-the-market player in recent memory.
With just 48 hours until the trade deadline, could Johnson be in a position to make a splash? Stranger things have happened.
Many Sixers fans are begging for it.
@MagicJohnson congrats on the job magic! You CAN'T have Ilyasova OR Okafor! Don't even make an offer! They're TOO valuable here!
Would Okafor actually be a piece for LA to build on? His skill set seems to be quite similar to that of Julius Randle. So it doesn't jump out as a great fit at first glance. Maybe he could at least be good pals with fellow Dukie Brandon Ingram. Plus, nobody knows yet what sort of vision Magic will have relative to his predecessors. It would seem foolish to part with any sort of draft assets with a team uncertain of its grand plan.
And if nothing else, the state of the Lakers over the next few months and into next season will be worth watching for Sixers fans for when that first round pick conveys.