Aaron McKie: Philly’s Basketball Jewel Comes Full Circle

Posted in Blogroll on January 8th, 2015 by Ron Glover

(Philly.com)

Make no mistake, former Temple star Aaron McKie is one of John Chaney’s most beloved players.

Aaron McKie is a Philadelphia basketball legend at the high school, collegiate and professional level. A bona-fide student of the game, McKie learned at the knees of Bill Ellerbee, former head coach of national powerhouse Simon Gratz high school and one of the NCAA greats in head coach John Chaney. As a professional, McKie was bounced around until landing back home in Philadelphia where he blossomed into one of the NBA’s best sixth men. Under head coach Larry Brown McKie won the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year Award in a magical 2001 season for the 76ers.

After a stint with the 76ers as an assistant, McKie has returned to his Temple roots as an assistant under Fran Dunphy, another Philly coaching legend. Here is our brief conversation after the Owls upset the then 10th ranked Kansas Jayhawks on December 22nd.

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