April 15, 1994 |
Believe it or not, the 76ers still have something to shoot for this season: a better record than last year's 26-56, a record that led owner Harold Katz to release half the team one afternoon last summer. This time around, both players and fans can safely expect fewer dramatics. Katz said last week that he did not foresee cleaning house again, but with several big decisions on the horizon, he faces a crucial opportunity to do some tidying up. Some decisions are not the owner's to make: whether general manager Jim Lynam will find a return to NBA coaching irresistible, or whether Shawn Bradley will gain weight, a question that so frustrates Katz that he has hired a former Mr. World to help.
May 27, 1992 |
Doug Moe, a garrulous veteran whose teams play with three things in mind - offense, offense, and oh, yes, offense - will become head coach of the 76ers today, replacing Jim Lynam, who will move up to the general manager's office. The moves are part of a fascinating Sixers upheaval in which no one gets fired. Lynam, the Sixers' head coach for the last four years, will take over the GM job Gene Shue held for the last two seasons. Shue is expected to stay with the Sixers in a player-personnel capacity, at least for the short term.
May 3, 1988 |
As expected, the 76ers announced this morning that head coach Jim Lynam has been signed to a new multi-year contract. "The 76ers organization views Jim Lynam as a topnotch communicator and motivator," said Sixers general manager John Nash. "We were pleased with Jim's effort in a limited role last season, and feel that Jim has the ability to lead our ballclub in the right direction. " Lynam started the season as an assistant coach, but took over the head job on Feb. 8 when Matt Guokas was fired.
February 1, 1991 |
Tony Harris, the 76ers' trainer, is calling it "the miracle of 54th Street. " Nobody at St. Joseph's Fieldhouse was saying that Charles Barkley - who has missed seven games with a severe sprain of the left ankle and evidence of a stress fracture in his left foot - absolutely will play tonight against Phoenix at the Spectrum. Not Harris, not coach Jim Lynam, not even Barkley. But he might. A day after Barkley seemed likely to miss the next four games and the Feb. 10 All-Star Game in Charlotte, he felt much better yesterday after taking extensive treatment from Harris.
May 5, 1988 |
The 76ers' Gerald Henderson found himself touched by more than one news bulletin this week. First he learned that his current coach, Jim Lynam, had been rehired for three years. Then he discovered that one of his former coaches, Boston's K.C. Jones, had announced his retirement, effective at the end of the playoffs. Henderson averaged 8.4 points in 69 games with the Sixers this season. In 1983-84, en route to an NBA title in Jones's first season as the Celtics' head coach, he averaged 11.6 points and shot 52.4 percent from the floor, both personal highs in five seasons with Boston.
November 5, 1992 |
Doug Moe's teams win. But they also have been known to play touch football during shootarounds. He doesn't mind people thinking he's a schlepper, but he also has a remarkable ability to correctly multiply two sets of six figures in his head. So who is the new coach of the 76ers - schlepper, mathematician, philosopher or basketball wizard? A little of each? "He's the most complex person you could know," said Carl Scheer, a former general manager who worked with Moe in both the NBA and the now-defunct American Basketball Association.
February 9, 1988 |
Harold Katz wanted his team winning, and it was not. He wanted his team to run regularly, and it was unable. He wanted to help, and he finally did the only thing he knew to do. He changed coaches. That is why Katz, the 76ers' owner, fired Matt Guokas after 2 1/2 seasons and hired Jim Lynam for the remainder of this season. That is why Lynam will coach the Sixers tonight against the Atlanta Hawks, and why Katz was with the team at last night's practice at Georgia Tech.
June 14, 1993 |
Who's No. 2? Even though the answer to that question, as it pertains to the June 30 NBA draft, is likely to be Shawn Bradley, the 76ers are preparing for any eventuality. To that end, the Sixers - who own the No. 2 pick - have scheduled a face- to-face interview session for tomorrow with Kentucky forward Jamal Mashburn, and a similar session with Michigan forward Chris Webber that probably will be conducted tomorrow night and Wednesday. Sixers general manager Jim Lynam hopes to confirm a meeting with Bradley, the 7-6 center from Brigham Young, in a telephone conversation today with David Falk, Bradley's agent.
March 17, 1999 |
Since being relieved as the coach of the then-Washington Bullets after 46 games of the 1996-97 season, Jim Lynam has always said he isn't sure whether he wants to get back into coaching. He still isn't sure, but neither did he hesitate to help New Jersey interim coach Don Casey and Nets general manager John Nash, two close friends. Lynam, the former coach, assistant coach and general manager of the 76ers, and former Sacramento Kings coach Eddie Jordan are expected to join Casey tonight as assistants with the New Jersey Nets.
June 9, 1994 |
Chuck Daly says Brendan Suhr is the best man to become the 76ers' next general manager. Daly, in Houston on an NBA television assignment, recommended Suhr, currently an assistant coach with the New Jersey Nets, to Sixers owner Harold Katz. Suhr and Los Angeles Lakers assistant general manager Mitch Kupchak are among the candidates who have been interviewed as potential successors to Jim Lynam, who resigned to coach the Washington Bullets. Katz has said several others have been interviewed, either in person or via telephone, but has declined to identify them.