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The Sixers won 65 games and an NBA championship in 1982–83, still one of the finest seasons in NBA history. It was Moses Malone who, in the days before the playoffs, gave the team its battle cry. Asked by coach Billy Cunningham how he thought things would go in the playoffs, Moses said, "Fo’, fo’, fo’,”— meaning, in Moses's shorthand, that he expected the Sixers to sweep each of the three series they would need to play in order to win a championship. In this newly revised edition of Tales from the Philadelphia '76ers Locker Room , sports maverick Pat Williams teams up with writer Gordon Jones to capture a behind-the-scenes look at this legendary season. With wit and candor, Williams and Jones relive the unforgettable victories as well as the wrenching disappointments and painstaking efforts to rebuild that preceded that season. Readers are reintroduced to Julius “Dr. J” Erving, the beloved but unfulfilled superstar; Billy Cunningham, the hard-driven coach; Harold Katz, the relentless owner; and Moses Malone, the final piece of the title puzzle. Joined by a star-studded cast of players, they rampaged through the league, leaving a trail of devastated teams in their wake. With a thirty-year legacy that has yet to be surpassed by any '76ers team, Tales from the Philadelphia '76ers Locker Room is both a celebration of past glory and a promise of future victory to the loyal fans of the '76ers nation.
About the Author
Allentown, Pennsylvania. He lives in Lititz, Pennsylvania.
Pat Williams , senior vice president of the NBA's Orlando Magic, is the author of 80 books. The general manager of the '76ers from 1974 to 1986, he previously held front-office positions with the Chicago Bulls and Atlanta Hawks, as well as
Major League Baseball's Philadelphia Phillies and Minnesota Twins. He and his wife, Ruth, are the parents of nineteen children, fourteen of them adopted from four foreign countries. Pat Williams resides in Winter Park, Florida.
Billy Cunningham is a '76er through and through. The former NBA player and coach was drafted fifth overall by Philadelphia in 1965. Except for a two-year stint with the Carolina Cougers of the ABA, Cunningham remained with the '76ers for his entire career. He served as a '76ers coach from 1977 to 1985, and helped lead the team to their third National championship in 1983
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
An enjoyable read, particularly if you are / were a Sixer fan during that period. Thoroughly enjoyed the insight on the whole Sixer organization during that time when they were aspiring to become NBA Champs and what it took for them to become one.