Sixers greats honor beloved equipment manager

Dedicating the Sixers locker room to Jeff Millman longtime Sixers and warriors equipment man after 50 years of service honored by former players coaches and team personnel. Millman is battling stage 4 cancer, Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer )
Dedicating the Sixers locker room to Jeff Millman longtime Sixers and warriors equipment man after 50 years of service honored by former players coaches and team personnel. Millman is battling stage 4 cancer, Wednesday, October 30, 2013. ( Steven M. Falk / Staff Photographer ) (Steven M. Falk)
Posted: November 01, 2013

Jeff Millman touched many people's lives during a half-century of service to the 76ers. Many of the greatest names in franchise history returned to honor him Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat.

Among the former Sixers on hand were Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Moses Malone, Billy Cunningham, Bobby Jones, Darryl Dawkins, and Doug Collins.

In a pregame ceremony, the Sixers dedicated their locker room to Millman, a longtime equipment manager who had several jobs with the team over the years. They also honored him with a video tribute.

The 67-year-old Millman, who is battling cancer and is retired, was introduced to the crowd and received a warm ovation.

"It's overwhelming - my mind is spinning," Millman said before the game. "I appreciate this so much."

Many others appreciated his work, and more important, his friendship.

"Jeff Millman is the most beloved employee this organization has known," said Collins, now working for ESPN. "There isn't a man or woman whose life he has touched who hasn't been better off because of it."

Cunningham talked about how special their friendship was. "He is always saying, 'What do you need? Can I help you?' " Cunningham said. "He has never wanted anything back."

Barkley said he has long admired Millman's demeanor.

"He is so soft-spoken and has never wanted any attention," Barkley said. "I have never seen him mad and I don't think I ever heard him raise his voice."

Scott Rego, the team's current equipment manager, said he has looked up to Millman for years.

"He has always been an influential person, a father figure," Rego said. "Whether it was a millionaire basketball player or a ball boy making the minimum wage, he treated everybody the same, made them all feel great."

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