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Johnny Davis Is Named 76er Coach

June 11, 1996|Associated Press

New ownership, new management, new arena, and now, new coach.

The attempt to usher the hapless Philadelphia 76ers into a new era continued Monday as the team introduced former NBA guard Johnny Davis as its sixth coach in 11 years.

"My goal is simple but lofty. . . . I want to bring a championship to the city of Philadelphia," Davis said. "If you can't be excited about [the new attitude] then something's wrong."

Davis replaces John Lucas, fired last month after compiling a 42-122 record in two seasons. Davis joins the 76ers from the Portland Trail Blazers, where he was an assistant for two seasons.

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