Andrew Toney aka The Boston Strangler, Philadelphia 76ers ’80-’88
Ben Gordon of the Chicago Bulls is reminding me of one of my all-time faves Andrew Toney of the Philadelphia 76ers. As a longtime, diehard 76ers fan my NBA Playoffs have been a lovely surprise watching Gordon pull off this identity theft. Some of you may not remember or know of Andrew Toney, but let me drop some wisdom on you.
See, back in the 80’s the 76ers were a beast and they had a kid wearing #22 from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette (now Louisiana-Lafayette). This cat was such a prolific scorer against the Celtics during playoff series that he earned the nickname The Boston Stangler (hereafter TBS). Toney was more feared than Dr. J if you can believe it by the ‘Cs’ during his career. It was the main reason why Dennis Johnson (RIP) was brought to Boston… he was the Toney Stopper.
With all due respect to DJ… along with Bird, McHale, and Parrish they had no answer for TBS. When he dropped 34 pts. in Game 7 of the 1982 Eastern Conference Finals at The Boston Garden, the fans showed their respect and began to shout “Beat LA, Beat LA, Beat LA.” That’s the beginning of a legend…
Family, I have never, ever, never, ever mentioned a shooting guard in the same sentence with Toney after ’88. Today, I have to let it go and say that Ben Gordon should now be referred to as The Boston Stangler II (hereafter TBS2). Gordon has earned that level of respect in 5 games… I just hope that NBA fans will continue to see TBS2 in the playoffs for many years to come
Respect to Andrew Toney!!!!!
Celtics Head Coach Doc Rivers asked for just 1 volunteer during halftime to step up and score the basketball in the 2nd half of game 2. I’m sure he didn’t think Ray Allen would be the man after scoring just 2 points in the first half. However, Ray Ray was the man in the second half scoring 28 points and hitting the game winning jumpshot with just 2 seconds left on the clock.
Welcome to the series Ray… He Still Got Game!
Nuff said… this cat is cool like dat. Looks like the President needed to kick it at the game and have a cold one after a tough day at the office… the Oval Office.
The entire city of Chicago is mourning today along with the Chicago Bulls organization. Norm Van Lier and Johnny “Red” Kerr died on the same day Thursday. Van Lier (61) was a three time all-star and the face of the franchise in the 70’s. Kerr (76) was a former Chicago Bulls coach who spent more than three decades as a broadcaster for the team.
The Chicago Tribune is running great stories online. Here are links to some of the great tributes.
This article will not be received well by the Michael Jordan fans that believe His Airness can do no wrong. Let me SHOUT THIS to those people… look what he’s doing (again) in Charlotte!!!
MJ became a part-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats last year and has since loaded up the front office with longtime friends, confidants and ex-teammates (i.e. Rod Higgins, Buzz Peterson, Sam Vincent). None of these three have a track record or experience in building winning franchises. What they are is a trio that will not challenge MJ but do whatever it is he tells them.
In two years (drafts), MJ has drafted Adam Morrison (#3 – ’06) and traded North Carolina forward Brandan Wright (#8 – ’07, 6′ 10″) to the Golden State Warriors for Jason Richardson (6′ 5″). Jason Richardson is owed 48 million dollars and has a history of knee problems during his 6-year career with the Warriors. Adam Morrison was drafted 3 spots higher than the 2006 Rookie of the Year – Brandon Roy.
It’s an established fact that he cannot draft (see Kwame Brown) and he cannot hire the right coach (see Leonard Hamilton). Why is he turning over the keys to this franchise to Sam Vincent who only has a year of NBA coaching experience as an assistant with the Dallas Mavericks?
As much as I like MJ, I don’t like what he’s done in his post-playing days in the NBA. Knowing the tough, bottom-line owner Bob Johnson’s history of bullying his employees (see Tavis Smiley formerly of BET), this relationship will not end happily every after.