June 18, 2007
Mike Gminski, a former 76ers center who spent 14 seasons in the NBA, has been contacted by Comcast SportsNet as a possible successor to Steve Mix as the analyst on Sixers telecasts. "This was really preliminary," Gminski confirmed by telephone from his home in Charlotte, N.C. "They asked if I were interested, and I said I'd love to talk. I'm waiting to hear back from them. I'm wide open. " Gminski recently completed his third 2-year contract as a college basketball analyst for Fox Sports, primarily covering Atlantic Coast Conference games.
February 4, 1993 |
When you consider that his nickname is "G-Man," it probably shouldn't come as a surprise that Mike Gminski is considering a career in politics or government service when his NBA playing days are over. The Charlotte Hornets backup center and former 76er met with his political role model, former President Richard Nixon, in Nixon's Woodcliff Lakes, N.J., office for 45 minutes on Jan. 20, the day Bill Clinton was inaugurated as president. Richard Nixon? "When I first started forming my political beliefs, (Nixon)
January 3, 1992 |
Rick Mahorn says some of the current 76ers either don't want to win or don't know how. He says that some of them "are lucky to have jobs. " Mahorn was the Sixers' power forward in 1989-90, their center last season. Now, he's playing for Il Messaggero, a professional team in Rome. The Sixers jettisoned him at the end of last season, when they decided not to exercise what would have been a $1.6 million option on him for this season. His contract in Italy is believed to be worth more than $3.6 million over two seasons.
October 19, 1991 |
At the frustrating end with the 76ers, Mike Gminski was viewed by management as part of the problem. With the Charlotte Hornets, he's looked at as part of the solution. It doesn't take a G-Man to figure out why. "I might not necessarily have been the (Sixers) scapegoat, but because of the way I played early last season, I might have been the recipient of a carryover of feelings that they had had with some other players, such as Andrew Toney and Derek Smith," Gminski said. His new team, the Hornets, had just turned back his old team, 128-120, in a preseason game last night at the Charlotte Coliseum.
May 16, 1991 |
The 76ers gathered in a locker room for the season's final time on Tuesday night. They trudged slowly off the floor of Chicago Stadium, while the Bulls frolicked the other way with arms raised, future still bright. "You just don't want the season to end," said 36-year-old Rickey Green, who has played 13 seasons in the NBA and never finished the playoffs with a win. "You want to keep going. " Instead, it is the Bulls who kept going by virtue of their 4-1 domination of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series.
March 30, 1991 |
Mike Gminski walked the familiar corridors of the Spectrum last night and had to remind himself to take a sharp left at the visitors' locker room. He had been there before, during seven seasons of toil for the New Jersey Nets. And now, after going from the 76ers to the Charlotte Hornets in a January trade, he was once again a stranger in a familiar land. The poor shooting that had caused the Sixers to trade Gminski had turned around, just as Gminski had predicted it would. And the Sixers, without a frontcourt player who could shoot effectively from the perimeter, had struggled in his absence.
January 27, 1991 |
The hardest part is the losing. Mike Gminski has been there before, and now, playing for one of the NBA's expansion franchises, he's there again. "It's a big adjustment," Gminski said before the Sixers played the Charlotte Hornets last night. "We won the division championship in Philly last year, and you get used to that kind of thing. " Whatever dreams Mike Gminski may have harbored of playing for a championship team before his career is finished may have disappeared when the Sixers traded him to Charlotte for Armon Gilliam and Dave Hoppen on Jan. 4. Gminski has played 10 games for Charlotte now. Before last night, his team had won just twice in that span.
January 8, 1991 |
The new G-Man sets up low, lays his body against whatever tree is planted defensively in the post. The G-Man turns on his defender now, sometimes goes left, other times goes right, sometimes rolls inside for a layup, other times lofts a soft jumper or a jump-hook. The G-Man wears jersey No. 43 now, one digit up from Mike Gminski. That's G, as in Gilliam, rather than as in Gminski. Armon Gilliam won't really inherit the nickname, but he has already inherited the minutes the 76ers desperately need from their new man in the post.
January 7, 1991 |
Mike Gminski saw it coming. He just didn't know when, didn't know where. When one of the swirling rumors finally came true, it deposited him in Charlotte, the 76ers' pawn in a trade that brought them power forward Armon Gilliam and backup center Dave Hoppen. And when rumors involving the Los Angeles Lakers and Golden State turned up barren, the Hornets' deal stung him. Friday morning, Sixers general manager Gene Shue said "absolutely nothing" was going on. In Salt Lake City, where the Sixers were preparing to play the Utah Jazz that night, coach Jim Lynam told Gminski things seemed quiet.
January 6, 1991 |
The 76ers entered the current season with a starting lineup that seemed stable and promising. It was a versatile array: Dawkins, the rapier point guard; Hawkins, the cold-eyed scorer; Barkley, the enraging, inspiring superstar; Mahorn, the proud enforcer, and Gminski, the deft-shooting center. That group came together well enough to provide the Sixers with a division championship last season. The task this season was to build a strong bench around that starting unit. That attempt brought Manute Bol, Rickey Green, Jayson Williams and Brian Oliver to the team to shore up a reserve unit that had long been Ron Anderson and little more.