The Philadelphia 76ers’ Best Season: 1983

The 1983 Philadelphia 76ers have perhaps the greatest honor anyone can bestow upon a basketball team. Kurtis Blow, in his classic rap track “Basketball”, name-checks “Dr. J and Moses Malone” early on. And considering that when Blow wrote the rap in question, it was during the 1983-84 NBA season, when Julius Erving, Malone, Maurice Cheeks, Bobby Jones (all four men Hall of Famers) and the rest of the ’83 Sixers were the defending champions, having swept Magic Johnson and the Los Angeles Lakers in the NBA Finals. Now, granted, Malone was probably always going to get name-checked because not a …

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