June 14, 2011 |
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.
May 10, 1999 |
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.
May 20, 1986 |
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.
June 4, 1995 |
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.
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
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.
May 21, 1990 |
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.
May 21, 1986 |
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.
May 24, 1993 |
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.
October 27, 2014 |
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.