MAY 11, 1980 Philadelphia
REVERSE LAYUP, GAME 4 OF THE NBA FINALS VERSUS THE LAKERS
We lost the series. There are plays that are timeless. You see Babe Ruth knock it out of the park, you see Hank Aaron hit 755. Joe Montana throwing the pass into the corner of the end zone. This is one of those moves that won't go away. It's also celebrating the individual; the individual artistry of my game is shown full tilt here, in terms of creating something out of nothing.
When I got in this position, I felt like I had been there before. Actually, the first points I ever scored as a varsity basketball player were on a baseline drive and a layup on the other side of the basket. I was a freshman in high school. I moved up to the jayvee, moved up to the varsity. I played in a varsity game and scored two points. The next day, Newsday had Julius Irving, I-R-V-I-N-G, one field goal, two points. But it was a good two. And it resembled that play right there.
FALL 1982 | Philadelphia
BEFORE THE SIXERS' 1982--83 CHAMPIONSHIP SEASON, THE TEAM'S FIRST WITH MOSES MALONE
[Moses] is a guy who will always be underappreciated. He wasn't always the most articulate guy when he dealt with the media, so they would dismiss a lot of things he said. He's a basketball icon, and he's a great human being. I hope he'll get his due.
I was in China [when I found out the Sixers acquired him]. I was on a mission, and [Celtics guard] M.L. Carr was on the trip. [Sixers] G.M. Pat Williams was on the trip. So we're witnessing to young athletes, kind of on the sly. We'd give them a basketball clinic and then invite them to a Bible study. Bibles were outlawed in China, but we had ours. The previous year we had that great seventh game against Boston, then didn't win the championship against L.A. Thinking about next year, I'm feeling very vulnerable, because M.L. was on the team that won in '81, and he's still bragging about that. "We're gonna get y'all next year, and blah blah blah. You got to the Finals and let L.A. beat you." A chatterbox going on.
Then Pat gets the call that Harold [Katz, the 76ers' owner] made a deal for Moses Malone, and it was like zip. Just zipped M.L. right up. He said, "What, are you s------- me?" I'm like, I got Moses over here. I'm starting to feel good about it. I couldn't wait to get back. For good reason.
MAY 8, 1976 Uniondale, Long Island