July 15, 2015 |
JUSTIN PARKER learned much more on his neighborhood basketball court than how to shoot a free throw. "I learned how to treat people," the 17-year-old said of his time on the pavement in Oxford Circle. "Being on that court taught me respect. " Chad Dion Lassiter, sitting inside a packed gym in South Philly last night, beamed at Parker's words and offered him a fist bump. If there were a poster child for "Brotherhood and Basketball" - as the event was titled - it would be Parker, a young African-American who found direction and focus through love of the sport.
July 11, 2015 |
Matt McDonald, a 6-foot-5 forward who played last season at Fairleigh Dickinson, has transferred to Penn. "Matt is a great addition to the Quaker basketball family," Penn coach Steve Donahue, hired earlier this year, said in a statement released by Penn. "He is the type of player, on and off the court, who we feel can help us compete for an Ivy League Championship. Matt has started the last two years at Farleigh Dickinson, and was a captain his sophomore season. He will be a terrific leader for our young players.
July 11, 2015 |
The basketball courts are easily overlooked: Just three blacktops and a dimmed scoreboard bracketed by a couple of sets of metal bleachers. They stretch along an otherwise barren block of Seventh Street near downtown Chester, in the shadows of a railroad overpass. But in the gritty city of 34,000 with a remarkable basketball tradition, the Seventh Street courts are king. For many, they are home - a relief, an escape, the premier athletic battleground. A tiny haven of safety within one of the region's most dangerous cities.
July 7, 2015 |
Muhammad, 13, hopes to play basketball and football in the coming school year and, long term, dreams of becoming either a professional athlete or a musician. For the time being, though, he happily watches sports, and listens to hip hop and rap. He recently completed seventh grade, where he excelled in his classes. Math is his favorite, though he loves learning, regardless of the subject. Polite and outgoing, he gets along well with his peers and adults, although it takes some time to build a rapport with new acquaintances.
June 28, 2015 |
Ron Pollack watched his father crunch numbers for years as a member of the 76ers' statistics crew and as a pro basketball employee since 1946. Harvey Pollack was credited with coming up with the system of tracking rebounds, steals, turnovers, blocked shots and other statistics. However, "the one number he never came up with was how many lives he touched," Ron Pollack said Friday afternoon at his father's funeral at Goldstein's Rosenberg's Raphael-Sacks on North Broad Street. Those sentiments were echoed repeatedly at a gathering of about 200 to say goodbye to Pollack.
June 26, 2015 |
NEW YORK - It was like the parade before the beauty pageant yesterday on the fifth floor of the Westin Hotel in Times Square for 19 players who are anxiously awaiting tonight's NBA draft. The fashion was subdued - kind of like business casual - compared to how the players will be decked out tonight. The moods were light and loose, the exact opposite of what they'll be tonight. It was one last chance for them to meet with the media and talk about how their lives will be changing once their names are called.
June 26, 2015 |
Edward T. Garrity Jr., 83, of Narberth, a retired insurance agent and college basketball star whose skill on the court earned him the nickname "Fast Eddie," died Sunday, June 21, of congestive heart failure at his home. Commitment to athletics defined Mr. Garrity's life, his family said. The West Catholic High School graduate played on the men's basketball team at St. Joseph's University on scholarship in the 1950s, scoring more points than any team player had before in a single home game.
June 20, 2015 |
The Inquirer reported Tuesday that former coach Larry Brown has been lobbying the 76ers to hire Allen Iverson as an assistant general manager. There is one person who wholeheartedly supports that move: Iverson himself. "I may not know everything about physical talent or anything like that, but I have a sharp mind when it comes to that look, being able to look into somebody's eyes to tell if they are going to be in the foxhole with you tonight or if they are not," Iverson said Thursday night.
June 19, 2015 |
VILLANOVA incoming freshman Jalen Brunson, considered one of the top lead-guard prospects in the country, has made the 12-man roster for the USA Basketball Under-19 team that will play in the FIBA World Championships in Crete, Greece, from June 27 to July 5. Brunson was part of the U-18 team that qualified for this competition by winning the FIBA Americas title last summer. In the first game, he broke Stephon Marbury's 20-year-old USA Basketball record with 13 assists against Uruguay.
June 18, 2015 |
Paul P. Budniak, 80, of Magnolia, who retired in 1999 as a teacher and coach at Cherokee High School in Marlton, died of complications from heart problems Saturday, June 13, at Virtua Marlton Hospital. Mr. Budniak joined the Cherokee faculty when the school opened in 1975, teaching history and English, and becoming the school's first coach of its basketball and golf teams, his wife, Margery, said. He retired from basketball coaching in 1980, she said, but continued to coach the golfers until his 1999 retirement from teaching.