July 25, 1990 |
Gene Shue, the coach who 17 years ago raised the 76ers from the ashes of the worst season any NBA team has endured, returned to the organization yesterday as general manager. The appointment brought the Sixers a man who has traveled across much of the NBA map and experienced plenty of professional basketball's highs and lows. Shue, 58, ranks fourth on the career victory list among NBA coaches with 784 triumphs. He has also lost more games than any other NBA coach, 861. "I have unbelievable roots here in Philadelphia," said Shue, whose trek as an NBA survivor includes two stints with both the Washington Bullets and the Los Angeles and San Diego Clippers during a 22-year career as a coach.
July 10, 1991 |
Gene Shue acknowledges he initially approached the idea of signing Charles Shackleford with a negative attitude. That's an amazing statement for Shue, who never sees a glass as half-empty, always sees it half-full. But Shue, the 76ers' general manager, feels his attitude changing as the Sixers inch closer toward tendering a contract offer to Shackleford, a 6-10, 25-year-old prospect who spent last season with a team in Italy. There's a strong possibility that they could take that step this week, as Shackleford is mulling a couple of European offers.
February 5, 1988 |
Los Angeles Clippers coach Gene Shue was philosophical after becoming the first head coach in NBA history to suffer 800 defeats. "I'm never ever going to have a great record," Shue said after reaching the milestone with a 117-86 loss to the visiting Los Angeles Lakers last night. "Every job I've had has been a rebuilding job. It would be nice to be able to take over a team that has higher expectations. "I'm a very competitive person, and the losses are very unfortunate to me. Thank God there's victories in the NBA. That's what I live for. " Shue has gotten 767 of them in his 21 seasons and is fourth on the all-time victory list.
October 26, 1991 |
Don't read anything into this, but 76ers general manager Gene Shue spent part of yesterday doing his homework on Ralph Sampson. Shue called Jerry Reynolds, Sacramento's director of player personnel, to check into the scenario in which the Kings Thursday bought out the final two seasons of Sampson's contract. Shue did not say the Sixers, who already have 14 players under contract, have any direct interest in Sampson. "All I'm saying is, I'm doing some follow-up work on the situation," Shue said while the Sixers were preparing for tonight's final preseason game against New Jersey in Syracuse, N.Y. "I don't have a complete answer, but if Ralph could play, why wouldn't Sacramento keep him?"
January 20, 1992 |
Yes, the Washington Bullets were among the teams that inquired in recent weeks about the availability of the 76ers' Charles Barkley. "I just said that, if they were interested (in making a trade), I'd appreciate them getting back to me," said Bullets general manager John Nash, the former Sixers general manager. "Gene Shue (the Sixers' general managerEL-1) said he didn't believe that they'd trade him. But I would expect that most teams in the NBA did their homework, in much the same situation last spring when it was thought that Patrick Ewing might be available from New York.
March 20, 1986 |
The Washington Bullets were looking toward the future when they replaced coach Gene Shue with former Baltimore Bullets star Kevin Loughery yesterday. Bullets general manager Bob Ferry said "the decision was not made for just this season" in an interview after it was announced that Loughery would be signing a multiyear contract. Loughery, 46, who was fired last year as coach of the Chicago Bulls after two seasons, is expected to meet with the Bullets players at a noon practice today.
February 21, 1987 |
Gene Shue wouldn't mind coaching the Sacramento Kings in 1987-88. He has already told the Kings that, but isn't sure anyone has been listening. Shue, who has coached the Washington Bullets, 76ers and San Diego Clippers, and is now the Sixers' television analyst, has already placed a phone call and written a letter to Kings' president Joe Axelson, inquiring about the situation. The Kings fired coach Phil Johnson and assistant Frank Hamblen just after the All-Star break and left the team in the hands of assistant Jerry Reynolds, saying they are conducting a search for the best available man. Shue, in the meantime, has hired high profile agent Ron Grinker to help him get back into the coaching business.
July 22, 1986 |
In April, a month after he was fired as coach of the Washington Bullets, Gene Shue said he still wanted to be an NBA coach. Funny how a few months without coaching offers can change a man's thinking. "Coaching is something I really love, but there just aren't any jobs available," Shue said last night from his Maryland home after PRISM announced that he will be the cable network's new Sixers analyst. Shue, the former coach of the Sixers, Baltimore Bullets, San Diego Clippers and Washington Bullets, will team with Jim Barniak on the Sixers games.
February 18, 1992 |
The NBA's legendary Rumor Central keeps throwing off sparks about possible moves before Thursday's trading deadline. But real sparks? Or puff and fluff? "I don't see anything happening," Sixers general manager Gene Shue said yesterday. "To my knowledge, there's not one thing going on. " That's what Shue has said all along, while rumors have circulated wildly about a potential major deal for the Sixers with the Los Angeles Clippers and a lesser one with the Dallas Mavericks.
April 14, 1992 |
The published quote was attributed to an unnamed official of the 76ers. The quote, in Sunday's Inquirer, rips Sixers forward Charles Barkley. It said Barkley "plays for himself," that "if you don't play defense, you don't play hard," and that "he doesn't play to win. " Barkley was led to believe that the quote was from general manager Gene Shue. Whether or not Shue was the source, Barkley plainly does not like Shue. That became even more obvious yesterday, when Barkley - unable to practice and doubtful for tonight's game against the Boston Celtics because of a dislocated middle finger on his left hand - said exactly what he thought about the man who has been the team's GM for two seasons.