November 23, 2012 |
The setup: It's May 7, 2002, and 4 days earlier the Sixers had been eliminated in five games in the first round of the NBA playoffs by the Boston Celtics, 129-87. It was Philadelphia's third-worst postseason loss. A year after reaching the NBA Finals, the club went 43-39 and there were questions to be answered. IT WAS BOUND to boil over and become public. Larry Brown had had enough. The organization had had enough. For years, Allen Iverson used verbal crossovers to get around showing up for practice.
November 16, 2012 |
To commemorate the Sixers' 50th season in Philly, the Daily News will be looking back at the franchise's Top 25 defining moments, one moment every Friday through the end of the season. Not to forget the bad times, we also will remind you of the lean times, 13 of them in all, to run alternate weeks (No. 12 is next Friday). It was 1997, Larry Brown's first year in Philadelphia and, as we came to learn, patience was never one of his virtues. There were 22 players who donned a Sixers uniform that first season in which the team went 31-51 and the thought of getting to the NBA Finals any time soon seemed ridiculous.
October 31, 2012
ANDRE IGUODALA returns Wednesday night. It is a quirk of fate that brings the Sixers' best player over the past 6 years back to town on their season's opening night; the schedule came out before the Sixers traded Iguodala to Denver. It was youthful petulance that led Iguodala to review his final few seasons in Philadelphia so harshly. The quick return and his bitter words put Sixers fans in a troubling spot. Should they greet Iguodala with typical Philadelphian bile and spite?
September 6, 2012 |
ALLEN IVERSON is considering playing this season in China, according to a Hoops Hype translation of a Chinese article. "I definitely want to return to the NBA, but if I can't get back there, I'm hoping to play ball here [in China]," Iverson is quoted as saying. "China is still one of my choices, but the team that wants me to join has got to show me that they really mean it, like 'Hey, we really need you.' " Iverson, 37, last played in the NBA in 2009-10, in his second stint with the Sixers.
August 2, 2012 |
A BIT OF OLYMPIC history was made on the grass courts of Wimbledon's All-England Club Tuesday, when Jo-Wilfried Tsonga of France defeated Milos Raonic of Canada, 6-3, 3-6, 25-23, in the second round. Check out that last set — 25-23. The longest set ever in Olympic history and the longest in tennis since 2010 when fellow Frenchman Nicolas Mahut fell to John Isner 70-68 in the fifth set of first-round Wimbledon play. The Tsonga-Raonic match lasted 3 hours, 57 minutes. During that time, Serbia's Novak Djokovic made light work of American Andy Roddick, needing just 59 minutes to defeat Roddick, 6-2, 6-1. Russia's Maria Sharapova began her match with Great Britain youngster Laura Robson, during the second set of the Tsonga-Raonic match and won before it was over.
May 31, 2012 |
TWO MONTHS ago, Allen Iverson filed a motion to dismiss his pending divorce case, claiming he and his wife were reconciling. That, most likely, is no longer the case. According to TMZ.com, the former NBA star is accusing his wife, Tawanna, of tearing his house apart earlier this month while he was out of the country. According to the website, Allen claims that Tawanna took memorabilia, furniture, art, and a large amount of cash out of his home in Atlanta. The website reported that Allen has filed legal documents in Georgia, claiming he is being harassed.
May 30, 2012 |
THE NEW YORK Knicks are caught with their guards down but don't expect Allen Iverson to be the answer to their woes any time soon. There was thought that the Knicks might be interested in the 36-year-old Iverson, who last played in 2011 in Turkey, because Knicks head coach Mike Woodson had coached Iverson here in Philly. Not so, according to the New York Post. According to the Post, "The Knicks won't pursue [Iverson], deeming it too big a gamble. " That's not good news for Iverson, who said on Wednesday, "I want to play basketball so bad. " The Knicks have been devastated at the guard position.
May 27, 2012
The pursuit of Allen Iverson as the opening ceremony in an Eastern Conference semifinal game last Wednesday between the 76ers and Celtics was not unlike a search for the Jewel of the Nile. Or, if you prefer Iverson by his hip-hop identity, the Jewelz of the Nile. We know now that it all worked out fine. Iverson made his flight, caught his limo ride from the airport, and did indeed make it on time to the Wells Fargo Center, where he slapped on his sideways ball cap, draped a baggy Sixers warm-up over a Lou Williams jersey ("Das my lil' man, right dare," Allen said afterward, in that classic raspy monotone, about his tribute to Williams)
May 25, 2012 |
THESE WERE the type of moments that made Allen Iverson a legend in Philadelphia - season on the line, odds all against you, desperate situation. I guess it was only fitting that Wednesday was the night that Sixers management persuaded Iverson to come home. If ever the Sixers needed the kind of inspiration that Iverson provided for a decade in South Philadelphia, it was Game 6 of the Eastern Conference semifinals, trailing the Boston Celtics, 3-2. I'm not really the metaphysical type.
May 24, 2012 |
Hours before Wednesday's game, fans and players alike were caught up in whether the "little guy" was in the house. "Is AI here?" Elton Brand asked a reporter two hours before the game. Fans were standing from the time they entered the Wells Fargo Center to try for a glimpse of Allen Iverson after word leaked that the former Sixers superstar would be in attendance. And the place exploded when Iverson came out of the tunnel close to the Sixers bench and, wearing a Lou Williams jersey and a Sixers warm-up jacket, handed the game ball to referee Joey Crawford.