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Saying Goodbye To The Spectrum

Tom Moore on Mar 12 at 14:34

My dad, myself, his friend and friend's son went to the 1976 NBA All-Star Game at the Spectrum. We bought $10 second-level seats at the door -- the building had thousands of empty seats. Abdul-Jabbar scored the quietest 21 points imaginable. Amazing how different all-star weekend is now -- it's all stars, private parties, etc.

Perhaps my second most memorable NBA Spectrum memory was getting to see Jordan at his highlight-film best in the 1990 and 1991 Eastern Conference finals vs. the Sixers. He absolutely dominated.

Hersey Hawkins on Jordan...I remember those days well :) They sure could use a guy like Hawkins right now.

Bryon reply to Tom Moore on Mar 12 at 15:50

Both '90 and '91 were the Eastern Conference Semi-finals as both years Jordan and the Bulls went on to play Detriot in the Eastern finals.

Tom Moore on Mar 12 at 17:03

I got to cover all five games of the 1990 and '91 series with the Bulls (three in Chicago, two at the Spectrum). It was men against boys. Jordan did whatever he wanted, especially in the fourth quarter.

As for the '76 all-star game, I was 12 and while the league's best were there, the game had no "juice" to speak of.

i heard Mo declined the team's invitation for tomorrow night. it's really not right that he won't be there.

It's really a shame, but I can understand it. I wouldn't want to go back to be honored by a team that just fired me a couple of months ago.

Mike reply to Brian on Mar 12 at 21:13

yea i can't blame him.

Tom Moore on Mar 12 at 21:44

No Billy Cunningham either. Heard Cheeks is in San Fran on a little vaca ... Spoke with Wali Jones, who started at shooting guard in the first Sixers game at the Spectrum (Oct. 67), this morning. Funny that the building was state of the art at the time.

Another memory: Point guard Scott Brooks, now the Oklahoma City Thunder coach, frustrating the normally mild-mannered Mark Price with his ball-hawking defense to the point where Price exchanged words with Brooks. That happened during the Sixers' opening-round series-deciding Game 5 win over the Cavaliers on May 5, 1990. "Scotty was born to be bad," raved Charles Barkley.

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