Posted on: December 16, 2008 9:53 pm

a childhood memory...moses in the desert!

i remember growing up as a young sixers fan. in the early '80s the 76ers were a highly competitive team. but unfortunately they were never able to get to the "promised land". they were always close. a loss to the Celtics in the eastern conference finals or a loss to the Lakers in the nba finals kept the title out of reach. it was a troubling time because we didn't win but the sixers were successful.  the sixers were then sent a "savior". the savior wore the number 2. he led the 76ers to the nba championship. he was the missing piece for doctor j, maurice cheeks, andrew toney, and bobby jones. he was moses malone.

moses malone came to the 76ers in 1982. he originally signed with the sixers as a free agent but because of free agent rules eventually a trade was worked out between the 76ers and houston Rockets that sent malone to the 76ers. he had been very successful in his previous stops. he had come from high school straight to the aba. he eventually landed on the rockets as the aba dispersed.  a powerful inside force who could dominate offensively. a powerful scorer and rebounder. he won several mvp awards and rebounding titles. but the most memorable thing he did was when he uttered his most famous quote. during the '83 playoffs moses told the press that the team wanted to go, "fo,fo,fo!" sweeping each series. but unfortunately we could only go, "fo,five, fo"! it will never be forgotten.

it was after that season that moses malone led the 76ers to the "promised land" that a poster was made of moses malone in uniform with a giant staff in one hand standing in the desert basketballs were scattered around him. there were other good posters at the time- george gervin sitting in an ice chair is one that comes to mind. but moses malone in the desert was by far the best!
Posted on: November 24, 2008 11:52 pm
Edited on: November 24, 2008 11:54 pm

Bright Future

To be honest the start of the season has not gone as planned for the Philadelphia Sixers in my opinion. With the strong close to last season, the performance the team had in the playoffs against the Pistons and the off season signings, I anticipated a very competitive team that would be poised to make noise in the Eastern Conference.  Those hopes have not come to fruition. The team has struggled to protect the ball and have had disappointing losses against the Hawks and Timberwolves.  Their have been some bright spots. The team had a huge comeback win against the Pacers.  Fortunately they have also been able to avoid any early injuries. But the brightest spot in all has been the play of second year player, Thaddeous Young.  Having been a Sixers fan for over twenty years I have witnessed some low spots in the draft- Sharon Wright, Shawn Bradley, and Speedy Claxton come to mind. So its really refreshing when the team got one right. I know its really early, but it seems that Young could become a very good player. Hopefully he will be one that we look at and say, "Can you believe 11 teams passed on him?" or "Can't understand how they could have drafted (insert name) ahead of Thaddeous Young". I am not sure that Thaddeous Young will continue to develop into the All Star franchise player that the Sixers need, but he seems headed in the right direction. He is a bright spot in a young season. Hopefully he will turn into a spotlight player that he has shown glimpses of.
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