Pat Croce Rumors
Owners meetings may have been meant for debate and discussion, but much of the decision making was left to Stern. “I went to every board meeting for five years and it was just amazing to me,” said Pat Croce, former co-owner of the Philadelphia 76ers. “We’d get the agenda, but whatever David wanted to get done, got done. He really cares about fans, too, and will get really radical with owners when he thinks the fans are getting shafted.”
The Daily News caught up with former Sixers president Pat Croce on the reported “imminent” sale of the team. “I think if you get bought by a passionate owner, who is into it 100 percent, I think it’s great … You want that owner who is dedicated, who has leadership, who will bleed red, white and blue. “When I was there, I didn’t care about any other team. I wanted the Sixers to be better than the Flyers, the Eagles and the Phillies. I still rooted for those teams, but I wanted us to be the best, to be the No. 1 team among the fans.
“It’s not like you’re buying the Dallas Mavericks, who have been a top level team, but this is a great time to be taking over that franchise. A perfect time. Sixers fans will hope, and demand, whoever it is taking over gives it their all. You can’t beat the city of Philadelphia or its fans.”