Thursday, March 26, 2015

Cheeks Feels World Series Vibe

Maurice Cheeks knows what it's like to be so close to a championship.

Cheeks Feels World Series Vibe

Maurice Cheeks was the point guard with the 1982-83 76ers who swept the Los Angeles Lakers in four games to win the NBA championship. He knows, he really knows, what it's like to be sooooo close to a title. He also knows what it's like to come agonizingly close and not make it. That's what happened in 1979-80 and '81-82, when the Sixers got to the championship series and lost--both times--to the Lakers.

He was also there as a Sixers assistant coach when they lost in five games in 2000-01, again to--who else?--the Lakers.

So he knows what it's like for the Phillies to be on the brink.

''You can't imagine where they are in terms of being (up) 3-1, '' said Cheeks, now the Sixers head coach, referring to the Phils' advantage over the Tampa Bay Rays in the World Series. ''It's having a chance of winning, which is what we all play for. Whoever has never been in that position cannot imagine it.

''Having been there a couple times with a chance to try and win it, and then finally winning it, I didn't know what the other side was like until I won it. When you're the last team standing--most times you're not that team--that's a heckuva compliment.''


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Bob Cooney has been at the Daily News for more than 20 years, working in the sports department for the past 15. This is his third season on the Sixers beat. He has covered just about everything, but mostly college basketball, where he was the La Salle beat writer for six seasons. E-mail Bob at and follow him on Twitter.

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