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November 2, 2004 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim O'Brien was a typical Philadelphia kid. He avidly followed all of the Philadelphia professional sports teams when he was growing up. Though he was a big baseball fan, basketball was his first love, and the 76ers were the team for whom he cheered louder than any other. In fact, the first time he came face-to-face - in a manner of speaking - with a Sixers player, it happened in his neighborhood, and it was unforgettable. The player: Wilt Chamberlain. "It was at Broad and Butler," O'Brien recalled.
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March 15, 2001 | by Phil Jasner Daily News Sports Writer
This was at a team party thrown by St. Joseph's University coach Jack McKinney and his wife, Claire, in 1974. It was the McKinneys' way of thanking the basketball team for its dedication and determination. It was a Hawks rite of spring. Claire McKinney recalls striking up a conversation with Jim O'Brien, the Hawks' gritty senior point guard from Roman Catholic High. "So Jim, what will you do now?" she said. "I think I'm going to work for Procter & Gamble," replied O'Brien, ever-businesslike, perfectly content with the knowledge that he did not have a future as a pro player.
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October 10, 2012
SO WHO WAS responsible for turning radio's Howard Eskin into TV's Howard Eskin? The folks at KYW-TV who, in 1982, gave him his first television sports-anchoring gig, certainly played a role. But there is someone else Eskin credits as much, if not more. That would be the late, great Jim O'Brien, whom Eskin met when he was just starting out in broadcasting in the 1970s, when working behind the scenes at Top 40 powerhouse WFIL-AM. At the time, O'Brien was already a beloved personality, doing double duty at both 'FIL and its then-corporate sibling, Channel 6. Eskin recalled that in 1981, a year before he was hired at Channel 3, "Jim O'Brien said, 'You should be on television.' " Then the Channel 3 offer came, and, remembered Eskin, "He was the first guy I called.
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May 24, 2005 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Billy King spun the 76ers' head coach revolving door again yesterday, pushing out Jim O'Brien after just one season and bringing in Maurice Cheeks, the popular former Sixers player and assistant coach, as O'Brien's replacement. Nearly three weeks after the Sixers ended their season, King decided to fire O'Brien, who still has two years and $8 million left on the contract he signed when he was hired by the Sixers on April 21, 2004. Cheeks, who was fired March 2 as head coach of the Portland Trail Blazers, is the fourth head coach since King took over as the team's president and general manager on May 26, 2003.
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October 25, 2004 | By Marc Narducci INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Under first-year coach Jim O'Brien, the 76ers have enjoyed a relatively calm preseason so far. No controversies. No major injuries. And no shortage of competition for each position. O'Brien has lauded many of the players who have enjoyed solid preseasons. Most players - led by Allen Iverson, who looks very much like somebody looking to atone for a disappointing and injury-plagued season - are performing at a higher level than last season. So with so much positive news coming from the Sixers, one area of concern has been the play of Samuel Dalembert.
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October 3, 2004 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim O'Brien, a long-suffering Philadelphia sports fan dating back to his days as a 12-year-old Olney kid watching the 1964 Phillies cough up a sure National League pennant, has had almost six months to reacquaint himself with the area since the 76ers hired him as their head coach. Now, it's time to go to work. With training camp beginning Tuesday in Durham, N.C., O'Brien has a plan and a purpose to get the Sixers back into the playoff mix following a woeful, injury-wracked season that saw two head coaches, a career-low 48 games for Allen Iverson, and only 33 wins, fewest for a full season since 1997-98.
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January 5, 2005 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Jim O'Brien intently watches practice. He meticulously reviews game tapes. He pores over statistics and trends and tendencies, which he refers to as "volumes of data. " In doing all of this, the coach of the 76ers seeks to come up with the best five-player group he can put on the court. And in his team's 30 games thus far, that has meant going with a different starter at the shooting-guard spot from time to time. O'Brien went with third-year man John Salmons at that position on Monday night in the Sixers' 112-104 victory over the Golden State Warriors.
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May 24, 2005 | By Nikki Usher INQUIRER SUBURBAN STAFF
Basketball fans across the Philadelphia area said that Sixers head coach Jim O'Brien's departure will be a welcome change, and many are looking forward to seeing former Sixer Maurice Cheeks take over. To many, O'Brien's failing was that he was unable to manage his players in a way that produced consistent results. "No one seemed to like him. His players didn't like him. Philly didn't like him. The players would have played better if they were happy, but they haven't been happy for quite a while," said Mark Weinmann, 35, of Wynnewood.
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October 8, 2004 | By Joe Juliano INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
He is the other A.I. of the 76ers. But unlike the guy the NBA world knows as A.I., rookie Andre Iguodala has been so quiet at the Sixers' training camp to date, people wonder if he left the gym. Unless, of course, the people are Jim O'Brien and his coaching staff. They are pleased with what they've seen from the team's No. 1 draft choice thus far. "He doesn't speak up a lot, but he has a very aggressive and confident demeanor on the court," O'Brien said yesterday, after the first of the day's two practice sessions at Duke's Cameron Indoor Stadium.
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March 20, 1999 | By Ray Parrillo, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
After each improbable win this season, Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien would gather his assistants together and say, "Can you believe how well we just played?" Yesterday, as he rubbed the sleep from his eyes after a late night of kicking top-seeded Auburn out of the NCAA South Regional with a 72-64 win that was built on courage, chest-to-chest defense, and splendid guard play, O'Brien was still amazed by his stunning Buckeyes. "Is there any more left? Can we keep giving more? I've asked myself those questions, and they keep coming up with something more.
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April 27, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
The words from the sentimental poem Fran O'Hanlon read at Jack Kraft's memorial service Thursday afternoon must have held a special resonance for some in attendance. " 'I didn't yet know the meaning of heartache or recognize pain,' " O'Hanlon said, quoting the poem "Two Paths" by Grace Easley. "And I took it for granted that youth would remain.' " That illusion, virtually universal among humans, is particularly heartbreaking when it involves former athletes. Kraft died in August at 93. The basketball players he coached through 15 extremely successful seasons at Villanova are now in their 60s and 70s. Many reunited in the university's chapel for the ceremony, one that current Wildcats coach Jay Wright had arranged to precede that night's basketball banquet.
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April 16, 2013
The Sixers have gone through seven coaches in the 10 seasons since Larry Brown (1997-2003) left: Randy Ayers 2003-04 Chris Ford 2004 Jim O'Brien 2004-05 Maurice Cheeks 2005-08 Tony DiLeo 2008-09 Eddie Jordan 2009-10 Doug Collins 2010-13
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October 10, 2012
SO WHO WAS responsible for turning radio's Howard Eskin into TV's Howard Eskin? The folks at KYW-TV who, in 1982, gave him his first television sports-anchoring gig, certainly played a role. But there is someone else Eskin credits as much, if not more. That would be the late, great Jim O'Brien, whom Eskin met when he was just starting out in broadcasting in the 1970s, when working behind the scenes at Top 40 powerhouse WFIL-AM. At the time, O'Brien was already a beloved personality, doing double duty at both 'FIL and its then-corporate sibling, Channel 6. Eskin recalled that in 1981, a year before he was hired at Channel 3, "Jim O'Brien said, 'You should be on television.' " Then the Channel 3 offer came, and, remembered Eskin, "He was the first guy I called.
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April 22, 2012 | By John N. Mitchell and Bob Cooney, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER DAILY NEWS STAFF WRITER
Guard Lou Williams, the 76ers' leading scorer (14.9 points per game), will opt out of the final year of his contract at the end of this season and become an unrestricted free agent, according to a league source with knowledge of the situation. If he were not to opt out, Williams would be due $6.4 million from the Sixers. Said the source: "He's indicated that he's not going to pick up his option. All indications are that he's going to opt out. " Reached at courtside via phone before the 76ers' game at Indiana on Saturday, general manager Rod Thorn said he had not spoken with his leading scorer about his contract but acknowledged that Williams can opt out of his contract and become an unrestricted free agent.
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January 4, 2012 | BY JOHN F. MORRISON, morrisj@phillynews.com 215-854-5573
GRACE O'BRIEN Flintermann would sit among the children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren gathered in her home and marvel. "Look what I did," she would say. Grace had wanted eight children, but got five. But tack on eight grandchildren and six great-grandchildren, as well as spouses, and you had a considerable crowd at those family gatherings. "I brought all these people into the world," she would say with wonder in her voice. Grace O'Brien Flintermann, who came from the Pennsylvania coal-mining region with its grim heritage of disaster that killed a great-grandfather, a woman who reveled in family and family get-togethers, a fighting Democrat in a Republican county and a frequent volunteer in worthy causes, died Monday of congestive heart failure.
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July 6, 2011 | Daily News Staff and Wire Reports
The Indiana Pacers have scheduled a news conference for today, when they are expected to announce that Frank Vogel will be the team's permanent coach. Vogel took over for Jim O'Brien in the middle of last season and the team finished the year 20-18. The Pacers made the playoffs for the first time since 2006, losing to top-seeded Chicago in five games. Early in his tenure, Vogel said Eastern Conference powers Boston, Miami and Orlando wouldn't want to play the Pacers when - not if - they made the playoffs.
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May 18, 2011 | Daily News Wire Services
Former Boston College and Ohio State coach Jim O'Brien has been named Emerson College basketball coach. O'Brien, who played at Boston College and also coached at St. Bonaventure, was chosen yesterday to take over the Division III program in Boston that does not award athletic scholarships. O'Brien was fired by Ohio State in 2004. He started his tenure there in 1997 and led the Buckeyes to four NCAA Tournaments, including the 1999 Final Four. He sued the school over the firing and was awarded $2.74 million when the court ruled in his favor.
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February 7, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
NEWARK, N.J. - Frank Vogel was back in his home state, still trying to put into perspective the dizzying events of the last week, his first as an NBA head coach. On Jan. 30, Vogel, a 1991 graduate of Wildwood High, was named interim head coach of the Indiana Pacers after the firing of his mentor, Jim O'Brien. "It's humbling, it's overwhelming," the former 76ers assistant said before Sunday's 105-86 win over the New Jersey Nets at the Prudential Center, putting the Pacers at 4-0 under their new coach.
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January 12, 2011
76ers Notes Andres Nocioni admits that he's feeling a lot of pain, but for now he doesn't want to hear about sitting out. In the 76ers' win over the Chicago Bulls on Friday, Nocioni suffered a dislocated and fractured middle finger on his right (shooting) hand. The next night he played 39 minutes in the Sixers' 112-109 overtime loss at Detroit. "It's really painful right now and sore," Nocioni said before Tuesday's 111-103 loss to Indiana at the Wells Fargo Center.
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June 23, 2009
I'D LIKE TO make a suggestion to the staff and management of WPVI 6ABC once they move this fall to their new headquarters on Monument Road: Dedicate the facility to the late anchor/weatherman Jim O'Brien. He was the life and guts of Action News and would've been 70 were he still with us physically. Bhoke S. Lumumba Merion Station
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