Saturday, October 01, 2005

Toney pins blame on Sixers

Oh, what might have been. The Mo Cheek's return had boiled in to a full fledged giggle fest this summer. Cheeks was looking for some of the old guard to rekindle Sixers glory. Even Andrew Toney was coming back as a assistant. WoW! I thought to myself ... "The Sixers are reaching out to the player (affectionately) know as the Boston Strangler". This is gonna be great!

But it was not to be. Toney's feud with the organization exemplified the divide between the players and management in the late 80's. The team felt Andrew should have returned from a foot injury and Andrew maintained that his feet still hurt. Today it would be recognized as a classic mis-diagnose by the doctors. Back then it was about loyalty. Management's loyalty to the players and the player's loyalty to the team.

Questioning his heart and loyalty clearly hurt Andrew Toney. I am sure the wound had something to do with the indecision ... I am just as sure that he doesn't understand what his return would mean to us.

Oh, what might have been.

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