But Ed Snider, one of the young minority owners of the Philadelphia Eagles, had become a fan of the National Hockey League and had heard that the league was about to expand. Keeping it to himself, so that no one else in the city would bid against him, Snider secured the rights to an expansion team. A big part of Snider’s presentation to the NHL was that the new team would play in a new arena, one that he would get built. But Snider could not even begin to think of building an arena until he had secured a partner, another team that would fill seats at least 30 to 35 times a year. And he had a plum in his own backyard, a 76ers team that would eventually be called the greatest team in the history of the NBA. Former Philadelphia Warriors owner Eddie Gottlieb, one of the all-time great movers and shakers in the history of the NBA, knew Snider needed help. “Eddie Gottlieb often told me in conversation that before that building can make money,” recalled super statman Harvey Pollack, who served as a publicist under Gottlieb with the Warriors, “they have to have 150 dates in which the building is used during the course of a year.”
February 18, 2018 | 9:59 pm EST Update
Marc J. Spears: To start the 2018 NBA All-Star Game, Anthony Davis is wearing injured New Orleans Pelicans teammate DeMarcus Cousins’ All-Star jersey. Davis will wear his familiar No. 23 jersey later in the game.
Ben Golliver: East and West combined for an ASG quarter record 101 first-quarter points in 2017. Team LeBron and Team Steph combined for 73 first-quarter points in 2018, fewest in first quarter since 2013 (57).
Ramona Shelburne: Jimmy Butler is the only All Star who hasn’t played yet. He says he’s fine, so this is just a rest thing. He told D’Antoni not to worry about playing time or getting him into the rotations.