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June 11, 1996 | By Raad Cawthon, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
All season, the Chicago Bulls have avoided the discussion on whether they are the NBA's greatest team. Even as the Bulls were setting a league record of 72 regular-season wins, they heard the talk that the NBA is now watered down and that the accomplishments of earlier teams were as great or greater. But now, poised one game from setting another historic benchmark, the Bulls are letting thoughts of their place in history seep slowly to the front of their minds. If the Bulls defeat the Seattle SuperSonics tomorrow, they will have run to their fourth championship with a 15-1 playoff record, giving them the all-time best playoff winning percentage of .938.
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May 10, 2000 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Only 76ers guard Allen Iverson kept Shaquille O'Neal from becoming the first player in NBA history to win the league's MVP award by a unanimous vote. The 7-foot-1 Los Angeles Lakers center, who led the league in scoring and field-goal percentage, received 120 of 121 votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters. Iverson got the other vote - cast by CNN/SI broadcaster Fred Hickman. Shaq's 99.2 percentage of the vote was the highest since the league introduced the award in 1955-56.
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April 5, 2016
In the end, the 76ers will have to ask themselves: Was the magnitude and longevity of "The Process" worth all this? They finally secured the best chance to get the first overall draft selection in their third season of sacrificing wins to secure a top lottery pick, the key element in the process of dismantiling and rebuilding the franchise. They also manipulated their roster during that time to have enough salary-cap space to attract A-list free agents in the summer. And the Sixers have the assets needed to make trades that would instantly upgrade their roster.
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January 26, 1994 | By Frank Lawlor, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Manute Bol scored his first basket of the season Sunday night - and even helped make a bit of NBA history - as the Miami Heat won their first game in eight. Yesterday, however, the Heat released the 7-foot-7 African, who had made a remarkable journey from his native Sudan to become a center in the NBA. Bol, very popular during his three seasons with the 76ers (1990-91 through 1992-93), was released so that forward Willie Burton, who had missed 18 games with a stress fracture of the right heel, could return to the Heat's active roster.
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November 23, 2012
The NBA's most surprising team so far this season is, without a doubt, Charlotte. The Bobcats have won five of their last six games to improve to 6-4 - and are one win away from matching last year's win total, when they finished 7-59 (which is the worst winning percentage, .106, in NBA history). How are they doing it? With defense. Charlotte is allowing 98.8 points per game, but ranks in the top 10 in the league in steals (86) and blocked shots (76). The Bobcats are forcing 14.6 turnovers per game.
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August 29, 1996 | Daily News Wire Services
Wilt Chamberlain is willing to debate who is the greatest player in NBA history. He doesn't think it's Michael Jordan. "I heard Michael Jordan once say that he thought he was the greatest player of all time," Chamberlain said. "I say to Michael, until they start changing the game because you are so great, then I don't think you should be giving yourself such accolades. In fact, Michael has been enhanced by some of the things the NBA has done. My game, it went the other way. [The NBA]
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February 14, 2005 | FROM INQUIRER WIRE SERVICES
Karl Malone, the second-leading scorer in NBA history, retired after 19 seasons yesterday instead of making another try for an elusive championship. The 41-year-old power forward announced his retirement at a news conference at the Delta Center in Salt Lake City, where he spent 18 seasons with the Utah Jazz. The 6-foot-9 Malone had considered signing with a championship contender this season to try to win his first NBA title. "The good, the bad, whatever you might call it - I wouldn't change a thing," Malone said, adding that he would not attempt to make a comeback.
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April 15, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
MERCIFULLY, this sad-sack season for the Sixers has ended. Like most of their games, the Sixers went out with a whimper, and not a bang, as they coughed up a 24-point lead in a 115-105 fall-from-ahead loss at the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. It's been that kind of a season. "You feel like the season is appropriately coming to an end," said Sixers coach Brett Brown, who probably felt as if it could not have gotten any worse than his first two seasons. "And it's time to move on. " Move on to what?
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May 22, 1987 | From Inquirer Wire Services
Gene Shue, the fourth-winningest coach in NBA history, yesterday signed a multiyear contract with the Los Angeles Clippers to replace Don Chaney. The financial terms and length of the contract were not disclosed. A report in the Los Angeles Herald Examiner said the contract was for three seasons. "I'm really delighted," Shue said. "This is a very challenging job. I definitely see this as the same kind of job I had when I took over the Philadelphia 76ers. "My goal right away is to try to put the best team on the floor that we possibly can. Right now I'm just analyzing the team.
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June 19, 2004 | THE INQUIRER STAFF
The Zen Master is done coaching the Los Angeles Lakers, and his two biggest stars could be leaving the team, too. Phil Jackson, one of the most successful coaches in NBA history, won't return as coach of the Lakers. Meanwhile, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant looked as if they could be playing elsewhere next season. A team source told the Associated Press on the condition of anonymity that O'Neal had requested a trade. Jackson's five-year, $30 million contract expires at the end of the month.
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April 15, 2016 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
MERCIFULLY, this sad-sack season for the Sixers has ended. Like most of their games, the Sixers went out with a whimper, and not a bang, as they coughed up a 24-point lead in a 115-105 fall-from-ahead loss at the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday. It's been that kind of a season. "You feel like the season is appropriately coming to an end," said Sixers coach Brett Brown, who probably felt as if it could not have gotten any worse than his first two seasons. "And it's time to move on. " Move on to what?
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April 5, 2016
In the end, the 76ers will have to ask themselves: Was the magnitude and longevity of "The Process" worth all this? They finally secured the best chance to get the first overall draft selection in their third season of sacrificing wins to secure a top lottery pick, the key element in the process of dismantiling and rebuilding the franchise. They also manipulated their roster during that time to have enough salary-cap space to attract A-list free agents in the summer. And the Sixers have the assets needed to make trades that would instantly upgrade their roster.
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November 4, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
LEBRON JAMES sauntered into the Wells Fargo Center Monday morning for the Cleveland Cavaliers' shootaround and didn't seem at all fazed by the throng of media awaiting him. He did seem a little shocked at the subject, though. James was 21 points from becoming the youngest player to reach the 25,000-point mark. He surpassed it with a little more than eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter on a one-handed, alley-oop dunk. During the next timeout, when the milestone was put on the scoreboard, the fans gave James, 30, a warm standing ovation that he acknowledged with a long wave.
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October 3, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
IT WAS A TALL ORDER, but the U.S. Postal Service was up to the task. Yesterday, it unveiled the images of two Wilt Chamberlain forever stamps, one of him as a Philadelphia Warrior and the other as a Los Angeles Laker. The stamps are long and lean, just like the Big Dipper in his prime. At just over 2 inches in length, they are one-third larger than most commemoratives. The U.S. Postal Service and the Sixers, along with the NBA, will formally dedicate the stamps and show a tribute video during halftime of the Sixers vs. Oklahoma City Thunder game on Friday, Dec. 5, at the Wells Fargo Center.
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March 15, 2013 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
JORGE BERGOGLIO didn't make an appearance at the Wells Fargo Center Wednesday night, as he was busy being elected Pope over in Rome. If anyone is going to beat the Miami Heat any time soon, some divine intervention may have to occur. With their exciting, 98-94 win over the 76ers, the Heat has now won 20 games in a row, tying for the third-longest streak in NBA history. It was also the 14th straight regular-season victory over the Sixers by the Heat, who improved to 49-14. The Sixers, who meet Miami one more time this season, fell to 24-40.
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March 11, 2013 | Associated Press
The Los Angeles Lakers routed the Chicago Bulls, 90-81, at home to improve to 33-31. It marks the first time this season they have been two games over .500. The Lakers also moved a half-game ahead of the Utah Jazz and into sole possession of the No. 8 playoff spot in the Western Conference. The win was a team effort for the hosts: Dwight Howard had 16 points and 21 rebounds; Kobe Bryant finished 19 points, 9 assists, and 7 rebounds; and Steve Nash chipped in 16 points. They led by as many as 18 points in the third period.
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February 14, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
LEBRON JAMES became the first player in NBA history to score 30 points and shoot at least 60 percent in six straight games, Chris Bosh scored 32 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, and the Miami Heat held off the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, 117-104, on Tuesday night. James surpassed Adrian Dantley and Moses Malone, who had accomplished the feat in five straight games. James has made 66 of 92 shots (71.7 percent) over the past six games, all wins. On Tuesday, James scored 30 points on 11-for-15 shooting and Dwyane Wade added 24 points for Miami, which wasted a pair of 14-point leads - then put the game away with a 14-0 run in the final minutes.
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February 8, 2013 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
15th in a Series of 25 THE FAT KID from Leeds did all right for himself. Charles Barkley, once a 300-pound curiosity, went from Alabama to Springfield, Mass., in what seemed like one giant lunge. He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game and will easily appear on a Sixers' Mount Rushmore. But try thinking of an iconic moment that captured him, that defined him. After all, most of his wow moments were not the ones you would want to be remembered by, like spitting on a little girl in New Jersey (with whom he became friendly later on)
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January 31, 2013 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
OK, CAN WE all now finally accept that Allen Iverson's NBA career is done? His time as one of the most dynamic players in NBA history is over. Those who say Iverson would be one of the better players in the league today still are dazzled by what was, instead of seeing the reality of what is. Iverson is a 37-year-old with a broken-up and abused body who hasn't played competitive basketball since a 10-game stint with a second-tier team in Turkey...
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December 9, 2012
A look at the faces of the franchises In my Small opinion . . . If Major League Soccer were at the level of the other major sports in Philadelphia, the Union reacquiring forward Sebastien Le Toux on Thursday would be the equivalent of Cliff Lee returning to the Phillies, Allen Iverson returning to the Sixers or Jeremiah Trotter re-signing with the Eagles. That's how popular the fan-friendly Frenchman was with the crew that shuffled down to the edge of the Delaware River and PPL Park.
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