Wednesday, November 14, 2007

Pat Williams' Tales from the Philadelphia 76ers

Pat Williams' Tales from the Philadelphia 76ers
Pat Williams with Gordon Jones


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’ 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 Pat Williams’ Tales from the 76ers, the former Sixers general manager writes about those Sixers – the transcendent talents (and personalities like Julius Erving, Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks, and Andrew Toney) that made them special, the years of heartache that preceded the championship run, and a season that was surprisingly devoid of drama. (Order Now!)


Pat Williams, senior vice president of the NBA’s Orlando Magic, is the author of 42 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 19 children, 14 of them adopted from four foreign countries. Pat Williams resides in Winter Park, FL. Past titles include How to Be Like Mike: Life Lessons about Basketball's Best (HCI, 2001), How to Be Like Jesus: Lessons for Following in His Footsteps (HCI, 2003), and How to Be Like Women of Influence: Life Lessons from 20 of the Greatest (HCI, 2003).

Gordon Jones is a sports columnist for The Morning Call in Allentown, Pennsylvania. He resides in Lititz, PA.

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