"The most important part of any season in any sport is the first five minutes
of the first practice session."
--Paul Brown, coach of the Cleveland Browns
The worst opening-season gambit in the history of the NBA was presented by
Roy Rubin, the spectacularly inept coach of the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers.
Facing his players for the first time, Rubin presented himself as a tough
disciplinarian and said he'd accept no excuses for any infractions of the rules. The players would have a strict ...