Roy Rubin, Who Coached Worst-Ever 76ers Team, Is Dead
Roy Rubin, the coach of one of the most memorable teams in NBA history, died of cancer on Aug. 5 at the age of 87.
Of course, the 1972-73 Philadelphia 76ers are memorable for all the wrong reasons — they finished an astonishingly bad 9-73.
Rubin saw the 76ers lose their first 15 games and enter the All-Star break at 4-47, at which point he was mercifully fired and replaced by player/coach Kevin Loughery, who finished up 5-26 that season.
“I don’t hold any grudges,” Rubin once said, “but the day I came in, Billy Cunningham, the team’s best player, jumped to the ABA, and things went downhill from there.”
Rubin left basketball entirely after that experience, instead taking over an IHOP restaurant in Florida.
In related news, reports say the Sixers have finally hired a new coach: Brett Brown, until now an assistant with the Spurs. Given that the Sixers just shipped their only All Star out of town, and the team’s first-round draft pick will open the season recovering from a knee injury, can Brown challenge Rubin’s record for futility? Sadly, that seems to be in play.