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Martin C. Sumners

The Original Sixth Man
With all due respect to John Havlicek, who was one of the first great NBA supersubs, Bobby Jones was honored with the inaugural Sixth Man Award by the NBA in 1983. For a younger generation, the former Philadelphia 76er was Pippen before Scottie Pippen. The lanky 6-7 Jones could run the floor, handle the ball and would guard the toughest offensive perimeter player.

Recently, his former team as part of their season-long recognition of the 1982-83 76ers championship team honored him. After the celebration, Sixers.com talked to Jones who reflected on seeing old friends and colleagues again as well as the prospects of the team under his former teammate and now coach, Maurice Cheeks

Clint Richardson, another player who came off the bench for that championship team was featured in the team's magazine and on the website. Richardson drafted out of the University of Seattle with the 14th pick in the 1972 NBA Draft talks about how he was one of several players the team drafted from small or hidden schools. The feature also describes his value as a guard who could play either the point or shooting guard positions.

Like Jones, Richardson has fond memories of Philly.

“I love Philadelphia…I love everything about Philly. Philadelphia is a special place."


Taking the Temperature
Keith Langlois on Pistons.com sat down with Pistons president Joe Dumars to discuss a wide range of issues at the halfway point.

January's Best
Cavs coach Mike Brown and LeBron James grab coach of the month and player of the month honors for January.

Good Moon Rising
Raptors forward Jamario Moon was named NBA Eastern Conference Rookie of the Month for January.

Something's Gotta Give
Lang Whitaker on Hawks.com blogs that the coaching situation or change in player personnel may be needed in Atlanta.

The Great Wall
Truman Reed on Bucks.com writes a feature on former Buck and the first African-American GM in the NBA Wayne Embry, better known as the Wall.

(I)tube
Connect with Indiana Pacers on the team's youtube site at pacersvideo.

Famous Firsts
NJNets.com supports Black History Month with famous firsts for African-Americans in sports.

Black History Month
The HEAT has produced a series of vignettes that will chronicle the notable achievements of various African-Americans.

The Little Earl
Earl Boykins, the 5-5 NBA vet, recently signed with the Bobcats for the remainder of the season.

Men with Hard Hats
Dave Johnson, in a special to WashingtonWizards.com describes Antwan Jamison and Caron Butler, the two All-Star forwards, as hard hat and lunch pale type players.

Mr. January
Bulls forward Joe Smith was honored as the Bulls Player of the Month for January.