March 25, 2015 |
Here are the NCAA men's basketball national champion teams since 1985 and the first-round NBA picks on their rosters: 1986 Louisville: Billy Thompson, Pervis Ellison ('89), Kenny Payne ('89) 1987 Indiana: None* 1988 Kansas: Danny Manning 1989 Michigan: Glen Rice, Rumeal Robinson ('90), Loy Vaught ('90), Terry Mills ('90) 1990 UNLV: Larry Johnson ('91), Stacey Augmon ('91), Greg Anthony ('91) 1991 Duke: Christian Laettner ('92), Bobby Hurley ('92), Grant Hill ('92)
June 24, 2010
NEW YORK - Do you remember the 2006 NBA draft? In an effort to appease hissed-off season ticketholders, the 76rs decided to have a party for fans at the Wachovia Center, even though they had only the 13th overall pick in an extremely suspect draft. It was lightly attended, but when NBA commissioner David Stern announced, via the television scoreboard, the Sixers had picked Thabo Sefolosha, a guard from Switzerland, the boos that resonated made the building sound like a full house.
June 26, 2008 |
WELCOME TO YOUR first NBA draft as president and general manager of the 76ers, Ed Stefanski. Hope you survive the experience, or at least do better than many of your predecessors. It's unreasonable to expect Stefanski to find a franchise-altering player at No. 16 in tonight's draft, but hopefully, he will buck the trend of the majority of the Sixers' draft history and hit a double to left instead of whiffing on a third strike. The Sixers' draft results are full of what-ifs, did-not-becomes, and flat-out misses.
May 9, 1999 |
Pro basketball is back in. That's the statement the 76ers made when they beat the Orlando Magic 103-86 on national television two weeks ago. It had been six years since the Sixers were on network TV. It's been eight years since they made the playoffs. Their series with the Magic starts today. This shortened NBA season has been a beacon for downtrodden fans in NBA cities such as Philadelphia and Sacramento, who consistently have had a seat at the NBA lottery table during the '90s.
August 16, 1996 |
Hundreds of mourners gathered at the St. Stephen Baptist Church in Louisville, Ky., for the funeral of Washington Bullets assistant coach Derek Smith, a former 76ers player who died aboard a cruise ship last Friday. NBA players Charles Barkley, Rex Chapman, Calbert Cheaney, Johnny Dawkins, Pervis Ellison, Juwan Howard, Rick Mahorn, Danny Manning, Gheorghe Muresan and John Starks were among those in attendance yesterday. They joined Smith's wife, Monica, and their two children, Sydney and Nolan, and about 1,000 friends and family members to honor Smith, a former University of Louisville star who played nine seasons in the NBA with five teams.
June 27, 1996 |
The 76ers surprised no one last night by selecting Georgetown University's Allen Iverson as the first pick in the National Basketball Association draft. But in choosing the quick, flashy 21-year-old who is expected to play point guard, the Sixers did more than fulfill an obvious need on the basketball court. They added what they believe is a major building block in the restructuring of one of the NBA's sickest franchises. Some 5,000 fans cheered Iverson's choice at the first draft party the Sixers have dared host since 1989, when their announcement of Kenny Payne as their first pick was roundly and, it turned out, rightly booed.
April 20, 1993 |
Beginning their off-season search for talent very quickly, the Sixers hope to have a new player in uniform when they play the Chicago Bulls tonight. Thomas "T.J. " Jordan, a sleek 6-foot-9 forward, is expected to be signed today after he is officially declared a free agent. Jordan recently finished playing in the Spanish professional league and has spent four seasons overseas since a one-year collegiate career at Oklahoma State. Jordan, 24, accompanied the Sixers to Chicago last night after passing the team physical.
January 7, 1993 |
The Sixers began to retool their roster yesterday with an eye to the future, releasing seldom-used veteran forward Kenny Payne. Payne's release also saves the Sixers some money. Only half of his $500,000 salary, the final year of a four-year contract, was guaranteed this season. By requesting waivers yesterday, the Sixers beat the league deadline of Sunday, when contracts become locked in for the remainder of the season. If he had not been waived yesterday, the Sixers would have owed him the additional $250,000.
January 7, 1993 |
In many ways, Kenny Payne never had a chance. When his name was announced to the crowd at the Spectrum on draft night in 1989, they booed. John Nash, the Sixers' general manager at the time, couldn't control the crowd. Jim Lynam, then the Sixers' coach, tried to calm the them by explaining that Payne, drafted 19th overall, was the closest thing to former Sixers forward Cliff Robinson. The crowd wasn't placated. Yesterday, Payne was waived. It was a decision based partially on finances.
December 24, 1992 |
Medical bulletins and body counts occupied the 76ers yesterday. Hersey Hawkins and Jeff Hornacek missed practice, Andrew Lang was barred from attending, and coach Doug Moe had to ice down an aching right knee. "I'm going on the injured list," Moe said as he limped off the court and headed for the trainer's table. Did that mean general manager Jim Lynam was about to be activated? "Please," Lynam demurred, with an upward cast of his eyes. The Sixers are enjoying a slow week of practice and rehabilitation before starting a four-game Western road trip on Saturday in Portland, Ore. They are enjoying it particularly because the break comes when the team is on a two- game winning streak.