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June 14, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is always adjustment to new owners, and that will certainly be the case if New York billionaire Joshua Harris and his group completes the deal to buy the 76ers. If that happens, Sixers president Rod Thorn and his staff will be in for an adjustment period. But it's unlikely that they will have to go through what Pat Williams did when facing his first ownership change. Williams, the senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, was Sixers general manager from 1974 through 1986, a span that included three owners - Irv Kosloff, Fitz Dixon, and Harold Katz.
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May 10, 1999 | By Claire Smith, INQUIRER COLUMNIST
Pat Williams, the senior executive vice president of the Orlando Magic, had his choice of journeys down memory lane yesterday when his third-seeded team hosted the 76ers in the opening round of the NBA playoffs. One road, grown over and long deserted, led back to his days with the Sixers during the Harold Katz regime. The other, more vivid in memory and thus more painful, revolved around the initial Magic playoff-worthy clubs that were built upon Shaquille O'Neal and Penny Hardaway.
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May 20, 1986 | By PHIL JASNER, Daily News Sports Writer
Pat Williams, the 76ers' general manager since Aug. 6, 1974, has been offered a job with a group attempting to obtain an NBA expansion franchise in Orlando, Fla. "We've offered him a job," said James Hewitt, a real estate investor putting together an ownership group that intends to formally apply for a franchise that probably would not play before the 1988-89 season. "I've known Pat a long time, and he has helped me with advice from a friendship standpoint for quite a while.
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June 4, 1995 | By Frank Lawlor, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
As the Orlando Magic take the court against the Indiana Pacers for Game 7 of the Eastern Conference finals this evening, the perception is that win or lose, they will enjoy many such opportunities in the future. Such assumptions are worthless, as Orlando general manager Pat Williams can attest. Williams was the 76ers' general manager in 1977, when a loss in the NBA Finals to Portland resulted in that infamous public promise to Sixers' fans: "We owe you one. " The Sixers waited six seasons to make good on it. "I think we sensed, and the public sensed, that we had a divine right to be in the finals for 10 straight years," Williams said on Friday, before the Magic got plastered 123-96 in Game 6 at Indianapolis.
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February 10, 2016
Pat Williams, 64, a longtime employee of Temple University, was found dead Monday morning on the ninth floor of Gladfelter Hall. No foul play is suspected, said university spokesman Ray Betzner. She was found by another staff member, he said. Williams was the administrative coordinator for the department of history in the college of liberal arts. She had worked for the university for 47 years. - Susan Snyder  
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February 25, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. - Reggie Miller has a chance to nail his legacy, just as he did so many three-point shots. The Indiana Pacers great was announced Friday as a first-time finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is one of 12 finalists for the Class of 2012. Miller, a five-time all-star, was joined as a first-time finalist by five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. On the ballot again are Maurice Cheeks, Don Nelson, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women's professional basketball team.
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May 21, 1990 | By Phil Jasner, Daily News Sports Writer
Pat Williams says that Harold Katz needs John Nash, that it is in the best interests of the 76ers to retain their general manager. "Harold knows that, the basketball world knows that," said Williams, the former Sixers general manager and now the vice president and general manager of the Orlando Magic. Nash, who succeeded Williams in 1986, resigned May 7, effective at the conclusion of the NBA playoffs, but asked for "time to clear his head" after Katz, the team's owner, made what amounted to a public plea for him to stay.
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May 21, 1986 | By PHIL JASNER, Daily News Sports Writer
Pat Williams says he is fascinated with the possibility of NBA expansion, which is why he was willing to listen to a job offer from a prospective ownership group in Orlando, Fla. Williams, the 76ers' general manager since 1974, spent Sunday and Monday visiting with James Hewitt of Hewitt Properties, who intends to formally apply for a franchise that probably would not begin operations before 1988-89. "He's my No. 1 choice to run our team," said Hewitt, who projects Williams as president and general manager, perhaps even owning a small percentage.
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May 24, 1993 | by Sam Donnellon, Daily News Sports Writer
It was supposed to be just a walk in the park for Pat Williams. No pressure, no great expectations, just a visit to the big city for a stroll in Central Park, a bite at the famous Carnegie Deli, and a little television exposure for his Orlando Magic and their lone pingpong ball. "I read all the Dallas Green articles, had a nice roast chicken," he said yesterday. "Just had a wonderful day. " With one shot in 66, the Magic - excuse the expression - low-balled the whole lottery this season.
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October 27, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova overcame a mistake-prone first half and dominated the second in its final nonconference game of the season, defeating Morgan State, 48-28, Saturday at Villanova Stadium. The game was tied at 21 at halftime, but No. 5 Villanova (7-1) scored 27 unanswered points in the third quarter to secure the win. "We preached at halftime that we've been down twice at halftime before, to both William and Mary and James Madison," Villanova coach Andy Talley said. "Let's manage this game a little better in the third quarter.
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February 10, 2016
Pat Williams, 64, a longtime employee of Temple University, was found dead Monday morning on the ninth floor of Gladfelter Hall. No foul play is suspected, said university spokesman Ray Betzner. She was found by another staff member, he said. Williams was the administrative coordinator for the department of history in the college of liberal arts. She had worked for the university for 47 years. - Susan Snyder  
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August 29, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Darryl Dawkins, 58, the flamboyant center with a first-rate sense of humor who went from high school directly to the 76ers in 1975, died Thursday. He was pronounced dead at Lehigh Valley Hospital-Cedar Crest in Allentown. Mr. Dawkins played the first seven of his 14 NBA seasons with the Sixers. During his NBA career Mr. Dawkins was known for his engaging personality and his array of powerful dunks, and he earned the nickname "Chocolate Thunder. " Always quick with a quip, he would tell people he was from the planet Lovetron.
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October 27, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Villanova overcame a mistake-prone first half and dominated the second in its final nonconference game of the season, defeating Morgan State, 48-28, Saturday at Villanova Stadium. The game was tied at 21 at halftime, but No. 5 Villanova (7-1) scored 27 unanswered points in the third quarter to secure the win. "We preached at halftime that we've been down twice at halftime before, to both William and Mary and James Madison," Villanova coach Andy Talley said. "Let's manage this game a little better in the third quarter.
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October 22, 2014 | BY MIKE KERN, Daily News Staff Writer kernm@phillynews.com
SO HOW is success measured? If it's by how far someone has come and what they've had to overcome, then there can't be many young men who have accomplished more than Villanova senior Pat Williams. His story is worth celebrating simply for him being here. Instead of being, as he put it, "In jail, selling drugs, in a gang or dead. " Which is what he believes could have, or even would have, easily happened had he not escaped the life he was once exposed to growing up in the projects of Orlando, Fla. "To be honest, I never thought I was going to see 18," said Williams, who is having by far his best season as a nose guard for the Wildcats' football team and is on schedule to graduate in May with an English degree.
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June 26, 2014 | By Bob Brookover, Inquirer Columnist
All the 76ers had to do on that June day in 1986 was use the first overall pick on the consensus best player available and they surely would have been back in the conversation as a championship contender for the next three or four years. All they had to do was select North Carolina's Brad Daugherty, a 7-foot center who would have guaranteed that the Sixers had an inside scoring and rebounding presence even when a sweat-soaked Moses Malone was seated on the bench. "Select Daugherty!"
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November 9, 2013 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
Andrew Toney, whose 76ers career was cut short by foot injuries, was inducted Thursday into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame. Toney was among 17 inductees in the ceremony at the Society Hill Sheraton, and arguably the most intriguing. An all-star on the 1982-83 championship team, Toney appeared in 70 or more games in his first five seasons from 1980-81 through 1984-85. Injuries limited him to just 87 games over his final three years. His career ended in 1987-88 with Toney playing just 29 games and averaging just 7.3 points.
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May 8, 2013 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
Which of the 1983 Sixers players was famous for loving chocolate-chip cookies? Answer that question and nine more in this week's DN Sports Quiz for a chance to win a $50 Amazon gift card. You can also download our free ebook remembering the 1983 title.   No. 13 in a series of 13 JUNE 16, 1986, a day in Sixers history that will live in infamy. The Sixers traded Moses Malone, Terry Catledge, the 21st pick in the 1986 draft and a first-round pick in 1988 to the Washington Bullets for Jeff Ruland and Cliff Robinson.
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April 10, 2012 | DAILY NEWS WIRE REPORTS
ORLANDO MAGIC senior vice president Pat Williams, who helped found the franchise in 1989, said Monday he would like to see star center Dwight Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy both remain with the franchise for a long time. Williams said restoring the team's health and winning would do a lot to help the franchise move past recent turmoil, capped when Van Gundy last week said that Howard wanted him fired. The coach and the star later met with Magic general manager Otis Smith, agreeing to get along the rest of the season and put the team first.
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February 25, 2012
ORLANDO, Fla. - Reggie Miller has a chance to nail his legacy, just as he did so many three-point shots. The Indiana Pacers great was announced Friday as a first-time finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. He is one of 12 finalists for the Class of 2012. Miller, a five-time all-star, was joined as a first-time finalist by five-time NCAA Final Four coach Rick Pitino, former NBA coach Bill Fitch, and two-time Olympic gold medalist Katrina McClain. On the ballot again are Maurice Cheeks, Don Nelson, Bernard King, Dick Motta, Hank Nichols, Ralph Sampson, Jamaal Wilkes, and the All-American Red Heads, known as the female version of the Harlem Globetrotters and the first women's professional basketball team.
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June 14, 2011 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
There is always adjustment to new owners, and that will certainly be the case if New York billionaire Joshua Harris and his group completes the deal to buy the 76ers. If that happens, Sixers president Rod Thorn and his staff will be in for an adjustment period. But it's unlikely that they will have to go through what Pat Williams did when facing his first ownership change. Williams, the senior vice president of the Orlando Magic, was Sixers general manager from 1974 through 1986, a span that included three owners - Irv Kosloff, Fitz Dixon, and Harold Katz.
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