December 21, 2012 |
Eighth in a series of 25 Setup: It hadn't happened since 1991, when Charles Barkley led the 76ers to their last playoff appearance. After seven seasons and 393 losses, the Sixers, led by a gritty, unworldly talented 6-foot, 165-pound guard and a coach who demanded that his players play the right way, made it back to the postseason - and even made some noise. ONE WOULD think that after the longest playoff drought in franchise history, fans in Philadelphia would have seen it coming, would have had expectations for a team on the verge of making the postseason.
December 6, 2012 |
L IAM HEMSWORTH and Amber Heard shot a scene at the Four Seasons on Monday for the corporate espionage thriller "Paranoia. " You may recall that the movie, which also stars Harrison Ford and Gary Oldman , was being shot in town over the summer but that filming was interrupted because Hemsworth had another movie assignment, "Catching Fire," the second "Hunger Games" film. It seems Hemsworth's fiancee, Miley Cyrus , who stayed with him in Washington Square for more than a month, did not tag along for the remaining shoot, which we're told will take about three weeks.
November 23, 2012 |
The setup: After years of rumors, rhetoric and bickering, the 76ers, on Dec. 19, 2006, finally put their actions where their hearts were and sent Allen Iverson, one of the most beloved players, and the most exciting, in franchise history, and Ivan McFarlin to the Denver Nuggets for veteran point guard Andre Miller, former Sixer Joe Smith and two first-round draft picks. And on March 19, 2008, he came home. THE CITY of Philadelphia had a love affair with Allen Iverson.
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.