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December 5, 1997 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As Pat Croce sat inside Miami Arena on Wednesday night, watching his Sixers lose yet another close game, he knew as well as the players what would be coming from coach Larry Brown after the game. A direct, pointed and brutally honest assessment of their play. Poor execution, sporadic defense, and a tendency toward selfish play are just a few of the criticisms leveled by Brown toward his new team. Yet, no outbursts and very few dissenting words come from the players, at least publicly.
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October 30, 1997 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the season ticked away, as each game became another nightmare to forget, the Sixers and everyone affiliated with them began to ponder an obvious question: How on earth can we fix this mess? Step one was hiring Larry Brown as coach. Step two was dismantling a roster full of overrated and overpriced talent. Step three arrives tomorrow night when the regular season begins. "That's when we begin to show the city of Philadelphia that we have moved in the right direction," said Brown, "that we have made every effort to make things better . . . that losing is not an option of ours and will never be acceptable.
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October 17, 1997 | By Stephen A. Smith, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
If you look at Allen Iverson's statistics, then peek at the score, you'll probably ask what's happening to the 76ers? In 37 minutes of play last night, Iverson had an evil three sixes - six points, six shots, six turnovers. And in the end, the result of last night's game was just about as eerie: Knicks 88. Sixers 83. But to Iverson's new coach, his performance was not a devilish omen. "I have no complaints about him," Larry Brown said of last season's NBA rookie of the year.
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July 14, 1997 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Johnny Davis, fired as the coach of the 76ers after a 22-60 season, is close to landing a job as an assistant with the New Jersey Nets. Nets general manager John Nash confirmed that Nets coach John Calipari "has a high regard for the professionalism" Davis showed in "a very difficult situation" last season. Davis, who came to the Sixers after six seasons in the NBA as an assistant, was dropped despite having two seasons remaining on a guaranteed contract. "We have legitimate interest," Nash said.
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June 20, 1997 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Try to visualize these components of a starting backcourt in the NBA: One member is barely 6-foot, with two seasons of college experience, with the NBA's Rookie of the Year award, with a spectacular crossover move and an uncanny ability to get to the basket. With a scorer's mentality in a point guard's frame, he also led the league in turnovers and shot just 41.6 percent from the floor. The other is 6-3, with two seasons of college ball, with a desire to play the point, a blend of skills but a career shooting percentage of 41.3.
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May 10, 1997 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
The news was exactly what Ed Badger anticipated: He and Bob Ociepka will not be retained as assistant coaches with the 76ers. The Sixers made their decision formal yesterday. Maurice Cheeks, a three-year assistant under John Lucas and Johnny Davis, will remain on new coach Larry Brown's staff. "I talked to [team president] Pat Croce the other day, and he said Larry wants to bring in his own guys," Badger said from his summer home in Marco Island, Fla. "That's something we already knew.
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May 10, 1997 | By Raad Cawthon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The other shoe finally dropped for 76ers assistant coaches Bob Ociepka and Ed Badger yesterday when the team announced their firings. Both had been with the Sixers for one season, and when team president Pat Croce fired general manager Brad Greenberg and coach Johnny Davis on April 20, it was expected that Ociepka and Badger might not stay around. Greenberg and Davis were let go only 11 months after being hired. Their firings came after the Sixers finished 22-60 - the third-worst record in franchise history.
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May 9, 1997 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
When the NBA initiated its salary cap in 1984-85, the per-team limit was $3.6 million. By next season, it will be at least $25 million. By 2000-01, it will be at least $28 million. The 76ers' numbers, though, spiral even higher. Quick, somebody call a capologist. That's the fashionable term for the salary-cap numbers cruncher and rules interpreter who has become an integral part of every team's front office. With the Sixers, some of that responsibility belongs to controller Andy Speiser.
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May 7, 1997 | by Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
It's too soon to know who will surface as the 76ers' general manager, the person deemed most compatible with new coach Larry Brown, but we know who it won't be. One of Brown's first thoughts was to consider close friend and former teammate Doug Moe. But Brown was reminded this was the same Doug Moe who lasted 56 games as the Sixers' coach in 1992-93, getting fired with two seasons-plus remaining on his contract. Next? It won't be Billy Cunningham, the former Sixers player and coach and onetime part owner of the Miami Heat.
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May 6, 1997 | By Raad Cawthon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Sixers president Pat Croce said he felt the pressure to hire the right coach for the 76ers at the strangest times. "Like at 3 o'clock in the morning when I would wake up sweating," he said. Yesterday, at the news conference introducing Larry Brown, the new Sixers coach, Croce said, "I think we have the man. I feel lucky we have the man. " Brown was one of three names Croce had on his A-list. The others were University of Kentucky coach Rick Pitino and Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson.
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