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Derrick Coleman

Back To Philadelphia

In a three-team swap, Coleman was traded back to the Philadelphia 76ers in October 2001. Coach Larry Brown expressed unprecedented support for Coleman, saying, "He's talked to me for two years about coming back here and it's no secret how much I like him, what a terrific player I thought he was."

Career Statistics

Yr Team GP PTS FG% 3P% FT% RPG APG SPG BPG TO PF
CHA: Charlotte Hornets; NJN: New Jersey Nets; PHI: Philadelphia 76ers.
90-91 NJN 74 18.4 .467 .342 .731 10.30 2.2 .96 1.34 2.93 2.90
91-92 NJN 65 19.8 .504 .303 .763 9.50 3.2 .83 1.51 3.82 2.60
92-93 NJN 76 20.7 .460 .232 .808 11.20 3.6 1.21 1.66 3.20 2.80
93-94 NJN 77 20.2 .447 .314 .774 11.30 3.4 .88 1.84 2.70 2.70
94-95 NJN 56 20.5 .424 .233 .767 10.60 3.3 .63 1.68 3.07 2.90
95-96 PHI 11 11.2 .407 .333 .625 6.50 2.8 .36 .91 2.55 2.70
96-97 PHI 57 18.1 .435 .269 .745 10.10 3.4 .88 1.32 3.23 2.90
97-98 PHI 59 17.6 .411 .265 .772 9.90 2.5 .78 1.15 2.66 2.40
98-99 CHA 37 13.1 .414 .212 .753 8.90 2.1 .65 1.14 2.43 2.60
99-00 CHA 74 16.7 .456 .362 .785 8.50 2.4 .46 1.76 2.34 2.60
00-01 PHI 34 8.1 .380 .392 .685 5.40 1.1 .29 .62 1.24 1.60
01-02 PHI 58 15.1 .450 .337 .815 8.80 1.7 .72 .88 2.05 2.70
TOTAL 687 17.6 .448 .298 .768 9.60 2.7 .78 1.40 2.75 2.70

Chronology

1967 Born June 21 in Mobile, Alabama
1986 Begins playing for Syracuse University
1990 Graduates from Syracuse University
1990 Number one draft pick in NBA, signs to New Jersey Nets
1991 Named Rookie of the Year
1994 Plays in NBA All-Star game
1994 Accused of rape (never charged)
1994 Plays on Dream Team II, wins gold medal
1995 Traded to Philadelphia 76ers
1998 Traded to Charlotte Hornets
1999 Involved in traffic accident, charged with DWI (later acquitted)
2000 Turns himself in on a warrant for driving with suspended license
2001 Traded back to Philadelphia 76ers
2002 Arrested for speeding, DUI in Detroit; pleads no contest

Coleman's troubles weren't over with the trade to Philadelphia, though. In July 2002, Coleman was pulled over in a Detroit suburb for speeding; he had been clocked going 120 miles per hour on a freeway. He refused the Breathalyzer test, but later pleaded no contest to the DUI charge. Again, Coleman felt singled out because of his celebrity status. After the sentencing (which some felt to be inappropriately light—three days of community service and nine months of no-report probation), Coleman stated publicly, "If I was a regular Joe Schmo, they probably would have just given me a ticket and sent me on my way. We, as athletes, are in the public eye. That's the bad thing about it."

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