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THE MICHIGAN DAILY

Friday, June 16, 1972F

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CUNNINGHAM TO CAROLINA:
76ers lose star, find coach

By The Associated Press
The Philadelphia 76ers lost their best player
yesterday, but gained a new head coach. Billy
Cunningham, the 76ers' all-league forward has re-
portedly agreed to terms with the Carolina Coug-
ars of the American Basketball Association fol-
lowing a court order that he join the Carolina
team,
Earlier in the day Philadelphia announced the
appointment of Ray Rubin as the 76ers' new
coach.
Rubin, 45, who says he's used to starting at
the bottom, rebuilt Long Island University's
basketball program after the 1951 college basket-
ball gambling scandals, and later became the uni-
versity's athletic director. In 11-years as basket-
ball coach at LIU, Rubin had only one losing sea-
son.
76ers general manager Don DeJardin handed
Rubin a team which won 30 and lost 52 last season
and finished a poor next-to-last in the Atlantic
Division of the NBA.
Cunningham, a 29-year-old New Yorker who
starred for the University of North Carolina, has
played seven seasons with the National Basket-
ball Association Philadelphia 76ers, averaging 21.3
points per game.
The 6-foot-7 Cunningham was to be introduced

at both meetings. Beforehand he said, "I've never
had anything against playing with the Cougars.
I'm impressed that their people are the type who
will build a successful organization. I'm just glad
it's all over. I love the game of basketball and
I'm anxious to play here."
Cunningham, while still with Philadelphia, was
signed to a three-year Cougar contract in August,
1969. It was to start with the 1971-72 season.
But in April 1970, he signed a new three-year
pact with the 76ers, claiming that. Carolina had
reneged on $80,000 of a $125,000 bonus due that
month. He said he no longer felt himself bound
to the ABA team.
Last fall an effort by Carolina to obtain an in-
junction preventing Cunningham from playing for
the 76ers was denied by U.S. Middle District Court
Judge Edwin Stanley.
But in April of this year; the 4th U.S. Circuit
Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., ordered that
Cunningham be barred from playing for any pro-
fessional team except Carolina until October of
1974, the expiration date of his Carolina contract.
"I know Philadelphia has problems," Rubin
said. "Cunningham is a tough loss. Whatever Cun-
ningham did, five-to-eight other guys are going
to have to make up, split his statistics among-
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