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Alaa Abdelnaby To Join Sixers Broadcast Team As New Color Analyst

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Abdelnaby spent five seasons in the NBA.

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The Philadelphia 76ers broadcast team has finally filled the void left by Malik Rose, and just in time for Thursday night's preseason game against the Cleveland Cavaliers.

CSNPhilly.com is reporting that former NBA big man Alaa Abdelnaby will join Marc Zumoff and Molly Sullivan as a TV color analyst for the 2015-16 season. Abdelnaby spent four years at Duke University, and was a first round pick of the Portland Trail Blazers in 1990. After bouncing around the league for several years, Abdelnaby signed two ten-day contracts with the Sixers in 1995 before eventually being released.

In regards to his broadcasting career, the 47-year-old has worked for CBS Sports Network as a studio analyst, and also does color commentary for Westwood One Radio.

Abdelnaby had this to say about the up and coming Sixers, as told to CSN Philly:

"Timing is a lot in life, and I think this team is on the rise," Abdelnaby said Thursday. "I think with the pieces that the Sixers have acquired over the offseason, a guy like (Jahlil) Okafor in particular, a Duke guy, for me in particular it's even more relatable a place because of his presence here. But this team is rising, and for me to be able to hitch my ride at this moment is a great opportunity, one I couldn't pass up."

He'll be in the booth Thursday night, and you can listen to his debut on The Comcast Network at 7 p.m.