Kenny Smith donates to Philly recreation center

Posted: April 10, 2014

FORMER UNIVERSITY of North Carolina and NBA star Kenny Smith was in Philadelphia yesterday. He, along with Coors Light, donated $25,000 to the Urban League of Philadelphia as part of the Coors Light Full Court Refresh program.

The money will be used to restore the Leon H. Sullivan Center at 3601 N. Broad Street. The likes of actor Kevin Hart, University of South Carolina women's basketball coach Dawn Staley and NBA players Markieff and Marcus Morris have played at the Sullivan Center, which is a part of the Zion Baptist Church.

The program is restoring courts all over the country, and works closely with city groups to find eligible candidates. While Smith was in town to christen a project, he could not resist talking basketball. He thinks regardless of whom the Sixers take in the draft, it will be an upgrade.

"They have needs in every area," Smith said. "There is no one area that they can say, 'We can't use it in that.' You could even say a point guard, they could take a backup point guard or move Michael [Carter-Williams] over to the two at times. They lost 26 games in a row. Anyone is going to be a helpful addition."

As for this season, Smith says the Sixers do have some good, young talent. He sees flashes in them, but says they can't seem to put it together consistently.

"It is learning how to play vs. learning how to win," Smith said. "Some of those guys know how to play, but they have to figure out how to win."

The biggest win the Sixers can score this season is May 20, when the pingpong balls are picked in the NBA draft lottery.

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