"Philly is a tough town," says Katz. "This is no science. Either you make moves, or you don't. I made moves."
Friends wonder how Katz will survive. "Basketball was his life," says Magic general manager Pat Williams, who was the Sixers' general manager in that championship season. "He was the first person I knew who had a satellite dish. He'd come into the office and say, 'Hey, how about that kid at Nevada-Reno last night?' I knew the game had been on at 3 a.m., and he was the only guy on the East Coast who saw it, but I'd say, 'Yeah, Harold, he looks like a player.' "
Around the league Katz's tireless work on expansion and finance committees was appreciated. "Harold was great for the NBA," says Suns president Jerry Colangelo. "People question his expertise, but he delivered for his city one thing I still haven't: a championship."
Line of the Week
Magic guard Anthony Bowie, March 19, versus the Pistons: 41 MIN, 8-14 FG, 4-5 FT, 20 points, 10 rebounds, 10 assists. Bowie was one assist shy of his first career triple double when he called a timeout with 2.7 seconds to play and his team in front 111-91. Orlando coach Brian Hill, visibly angered, handed Bowie his clipboard and distanced himself from the Magic's huddle. Fuming Detroit coach Doug Collins waved his team to the side of the floor and allowed the Magic to inbound the ball to Bowie, who passed to David Vaughn for a clunk. Collins and his players quit before time expired, and Hill apologized profusely after the game.
"I'd do it again," said Bowie.
"I'd tell him to do it again," added Shaquille O'Neal.
Collins was fined $5,000 for his actions. Said Bowie, "What do you think? Should I send him a check?"
Around the Rim
Forward Jerome Kersey is averaging 19.2 minutes a night for the Warriors, who signed him on Oct. 18 for the league minimum of $225,000. If Kersey finishes the season averaging 20 minutes or more, he receives an additional $50,000. He's also being paid $4.4 million by the Trail Blazers, the team he played for last season....