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76ers CEO Adam Aron yesterday said that the team “has acquired the court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points.” Aron tweeted that “it will ‘mostly be preserved,’ though details are still being worked out about how it will be used or displayed.” In Philadelphia, Peter Van Allen noted the acquisition is “significant timing because the 50th anniversary of Chamberlain’s historic scoring night is coming up on March 2.” 76ers PR Dir Michael Preston yesterday said that the team is “still working out details of how it will mark the anniversary when the Sixers play the Warriors at the Wells Fargo Center March 2” (BIZJOURNALS.com, 2/13).

WEST WORLD: In S.F., Rusty Simmons noted Warriors Exec BOD member Jerry West “has acted merely as a remote adviser" for the club to date. West said that he will “be a regular in the Bay Area" after this weekend's PGA Tour Northern Trust Open in L.A., for which he serves as Exec Dir. West: "I'm going to be up here a lot more. I think something can be done here, and it's kind of fun for me." His focus will be “planning for the first full offseason of working with Mark Jackson's coaching staff and the newly structured basketball operations team to identify the franchise's next steps” (S.F. CHRONICLE, 2/12).

REFORM MOVEMENT: CSNBAYAREA.com’s Ann Killion wrote 49ers CEO Jed York “is on a pretty amazing 13 month run.” Starting a little more than a year ago, York “stuck with 49ers general manager Trent Baalke,” and paid coach Jim Harbaugh “what it took.” He also “concentrated on the task of getting a new stadium.” It currently looks as if York is “going to get done what his father and his uncle could never achieve -- get the 49ers a brand new stadium.” Rather than “running from the team’s past success York has embraced it, bringing in former greats, including his uncle,” former 49ers owner Eddie DeBartolo. Their regular contact “has mended one of the uglier rifts in sports ownership” (CSNBAYAREA.com, 2/13).
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