- NBA - 76ers part ways with O'Brien; hire Cheeks - Monday May 23, 2005 4:41PM

I watched enough Sixers games this season to expect something dramatic like this. O'Brien just didn't seem to have his Mojo. - NBA - 76ers part ways with O'Brien; hire Cheeks - Monday May 23, 2005 4:41PM:
Jim O'Brien was fired Monday after one season as coach of the 76ers and replaced by former Portland coach Maurice Cheeks, one of the most popular players in Philadelphia's franchise history.

O'Brien, a Philadelphia native who played for Saint Joseph's, went 43-39 in his only season and the Sixers were eliminated in the first round of the playoffs.

He was in the first year of a four-year contract that paid him about $4 million a year. O'Brien, though, was not very popular with his players -- most notably former All-Star Chris Webber -- who often complained about their roles.

Cheeks was one of the most popular 76ers from 1978-89 and played on Philadelphia's last championship team, in 1983.

And personal cheap shot, anyone who coached the Celtics with the Pierce/Walker show was already suspect.....


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