April 13, 2013 |
Twenty years ago, in the first season after divesting themselves of Charles Barkley, the 76ers scuffled through a long year with a starless roster and a coach who didn't see much point in getting too emotionally involved with the outcomes of the games. Doug Moe won more than 600 NBA games in his career, and he didn't do it with mirrors, but he also didn't do it with four centers named Andrew Lang, Manute Bol, Charles Shackleford, and Eddie Lee Wilkins taking up room on his roster.
January 18, 2013
ALONG THE SIDELINES Starting with the four men already in place, here are the dates of hire of the Philadelphia pro head coaches since 1976. Note, the start date of one coach's tenure may not coincide directly with the end of his predecessor's: Date PHILLIES EAGLES SIXERS FLYERS 1976 Danny Ozark Dick Vermeil Gene Shue Fred Shero Nov. 4, 1977 Billy Cunningham July 5, 1978 Bob McCammon Jan. 30, 1979 Pat Quinn Aug. 31, 1979 Dallas...
November 23, 2012 |
ANYONE WHO considers Andy Reid's tenure a failure is too tangled up in this age of instant gratification. Of course, Reid hasn't had the ultimate success, but five NFC Championship appearances and a Super Bowl loss is hardly a failure. Marion Campbell going 17-29-1 from 1983-85, that was a failure. Doug Moe going 19-37 in half a season for the Sixers in 1992-93, that was a failure. But Reid's work in his first 10 seasons was laudable. It's the last two that've been laughable. Think the Buffalo Bills miss the Marv Levy years?
November 9, 2012 |
OVER THE years, the Sixers have made some horrendous decisions on coaches, especially when reaching outside of the organization or Philly basketball family. No matter the ownership or general manager, decisions were made that set the franchise back years. The most recent coaching faux pas was the hiring of Eddie Jordan in 2009. His credentials were that he was a friend of general manager Ed Stefanski from their days with the New Jersey Nets, he would work cheaper than other candidates and he was going to run the Princeton offense.
June 26, 2012 |
THE DEATH of Jerome Brown 20 years ago today was a devastating loss in the middle of a unique time in Philadelphia sports involving star athletes. On June 20, the Flyers acquired the rights to Eric Lindros in a blockbuster trade with Quebec. The Flyers sent Ron Hextall, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Mike Ricci, Peter Forsberg, Chris Simon, first-round picks in the 1993 and 1994 NHL drafts and $15 million to the Nordiques. The deal led to a hearing within days involving the Flyers, Nordiques and Rangers.
August 30, 2005 |
Denver Nuggets assistant coach Doug Moe has been diagnosed with prostate cancer and will have surgery next month. "The prognosis is good and I expect to be in training camp," Moe said yesterday in a statement released by the team. Moe's diagnosis comes 5 weeks after Denver head coach George Karl had successful surgery to treat the same cancer. Karl met with Denver media yesterday for the first time since his surgery and said he had received a clean bill of health. Moe is the winningest coach in Nuggets history, 432-357 from 1980-90.
December 17, 2002 |
Doug Moe lasted less than a season as head coach of the 76ers, but he harbors no resentment toward the organization. Moe was fired before completing the 1992-93 season, his only one in Philadelphia. The Sixers were 19-37 when he got the pink slip from then-owner Harold Katz, who replaced him with Fred Carter. Since then, Moe has been away from basketball, but he has come out of retirement for this season to work as a consultant with the Denver Nuggets. "To be perfectly honest, I did a bad job and we had a bad team," Moe said of his stint with the Sixers before last night's game between the Nuggets and the Sixers at the First Union Center.
January 3, 1994 |
The 76ers are pretty much the team Doug Moe expected to see. "They got rid of most of the guys I would have gotten rid of," Moe said yesterday, taking a break from charting key players in his fantasy football league. "I knew they had to do it, I didn't know whether they would. Really, it was addition by subtraction. They did the right thing. Now they have to build from there. " Moe, though, isn't the slightest bit interested in any NBA building programs. After winning 628 games in 15 seasons, all but the last one with San Antonio and Denver, he coached the Sixers for the first 56 games of last season.
October 18, 1993 |
The 76ers lost a preseason game Saturday night in Denver, Doug Moe's hometown. But Moe, who coached the Sixers for 56 games before being fired last season, didn't give it a second thought. Or even a first thought. "At this point, I don't have interest in seeing anybody play," Moe said before leaving for Portland to spend time with Charlotte coach Allan Bristow and serve as a consultant on the running game during a break in the Hornets' schedule. While Moe was busy elsewhere, the Sixers were dropping to 0-2 via a 126-110 loss to the Nuggets despite 27 points, eight rebounds and 11-for-13 shooting from forward Clarence Weatherspoon.
March 10, 1993 |
Doug Moe's supporters around the NBA would say that the title of a 1973 sports book co-authored by Jim Bouton and Neil Offen perfectly describes Moe's tumultuous, 56-game tenure as coach of the 76ers. "I Managed Good, But, Boy, Did They Play Bad!" was a compilation of interviews with current or former major league managers of 20 years ago, many of whom were fired and who blamed underachieving athletes for their troubles. Was the 76ers' 19-37 record under Moe the result of players who sabotaged him by not playing as hard or as well as they might have?