Maurice Cheeks Rumors
Notable players eligible again this year on the include Kevin Johnson, Maurice Cheeks, Tim Hardaway, Mark Price, Chris Webber and Paul Westphal. Coaches again up for induction include Wisconsin’s Bo Ryan, Charles “Lefty” Driesell and Oklahoma State’s Eddie Sutton.
Barkley was asked about it on SportsCenter — is this true? And Barkley confirmed: Williams was telling the truth. Chuck says: “That’s the truth. When I got to Philadelphia, Dr. J, Moses Malone, Maurice Cheeks—they never practiced. They’d sit on the side, on the stationary bike, eating McDonald’s. So once I had been in the league X amount of years, I adopted that philosophy. I had played 48 minutes the night before, I wasn’t going to get up the next morning and go to practice.”
It was from Feb. 26, 1997, the first matchup between the guards. Johnson, at age 30, scored 36 points with eight assists and two steals as the Suns won, 111-104, at America West Arena. Iverson, a rookie, finished with just 8 points on 3-for-15 shooting and said he cried after the game. “When I was a rookie, you know what you did to me?” Iverson said to Johnson, now the mayor of Sacramento. “You know what you did. And I remember Maurice Cheeks was our coach, and he said — you know, because I was crying. Honestly. That was the only time somebody destroyed me like that. And Maurice Cheeks told me, don’t worry about it, AI, one day you’ll get somebody. Y’all go back and look at it, and that’s what he did to me. He killed me.”