September 6, 2012 |
ROBERT "JAY" McKEE was no angel, but he flew like he had wings. He got the name "Elevator Man" as a troubled teen, playing basketball in a summer league at Chew Playground after a 15-month stint at Glen Mills reform school. The moniker stuck at South Philadelphia High, where he wowed crowds as a 6-foot-2 forward with an insane vertical leap. Dude could dunk. Ask his mom. "He leaps out of the gym," said Elicia McKee. "Elevator going up . . . " That's why there was a soggy basketball sitting in a milk crate Tuesday afternoon at 12th and Bainbridge streets, where McKee was gunned down hours earlier.
June 16, 2010
Villanova assistant basketball coach Doug West is leaving the school for a business opportunity, according to a source. West, a 1989 Villanova graduate, spent 3 years on Jay Wright's staff. He will be replaced by Keith Urgo, who is being promoted from manager of basketball operations. Baker Dunleavy, who played at Villanova from 2002 to '06, will replace Urgo. Dunleavy is the son of former Sixers player and NBA head coach Mike Dunleavy. An official announcement is expected today.
September 20, 2000
The sacking of Indiana University's head basketball coach, Bob Knight, has been a little like evicting the Pope from the Vatican. His three-decade pontificate has included three national championships, 11 conference titles, an Olympic victory and the fourth best all-time record in college basketball. For decades this record was enough for the university to excuse his fatal flaw, an uncontrollable temper abetted by an almost superhuman arrogance. . .For all his thuggishness, Mr. Knight ran a squeaky-clean program, and he made sure that his athletes graduated, but . . . he plainly thought he was above the law. Whatever his effect on college sport, his passing will reverberate through a state where . . . the fondest dream of every lanky teenager had been to play for Bobby Knight.
February 3, 1988 |
On the one hand, you had a heat wave in February. Plus one of the largest college-basketball crowds in the history of Pennsylvania. On the other hand, you had an air-conditioning system that hadn't been turned on in months. Plus a basketball floor laid on top of a hockey rink. All those unusual factors combined to produce a strange new creation witnessed by millions of people from coast to coast Monday night - the first- ever Big East 10-man ice-dancing and water-polo competition.
April 29, 2011 |
Patrick J. Carey, 73, formerly of Southwest Philadelphia, a high school basketball star and retired trucking company executive, died of cancer Sunday, April 3, at Odyssey Hospice in Las Vegas. Mr. Carey played basketball on neighborhood playgrounds in Southwest Philadelphia and with summer leagues at Narberth Playground and was an All-Catholic player at West Philadelphia Catholic High School. In 1955, his senior year, he scored 47 points in a game against Roman Catholic, breaking the Catholic League record.
January 17, 2000 |
Yankuba Camara couldn't eat. He couldn't drink. Nothing was wrong with the Chester High center out of Gambia. He was merely following the tenets of Islam, which - though counterproductive to good basketball - were of utmost importance to Camara during the recently completed holy month of Ramadan. "Anytime we'd take water breaks, I couldn't drink," Camara said. "I couldn't even chew gum. From 5:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., I couldn't eat or drink anything. It really, really had an effect on me, but it's something I had to do. " Something Camara had to do. That is why the 6-foot-11 Chester center, at the behest of Chester resident and former Gambia national team assistant coach Kevin Fenning, came to America in March 1999.
May 5, 2005 |
Chad Maclies, the leading scorer and rebounder on the Centenary basketball team this season, was found dead in his dormitory room. Authorities said Maclies, 22, was apparently talking with his girlfriend over his computer Tuesday when he suddenly stopped. After no one had heard from him for several hours, friends went to his room and found him lying on the floor and alerted authorities, a Shreveport (La.) Fire Department spokesman said. Paramedics attempted to revive him but Maclies was unresponsive, a police spokesman said.
February 6, 1988 |
Ed Harvard has left his job as the boys' basketball coach at Vineland High after an apparent dispute with the school's administrators. On Thursday, Vineland principal Gerald Luongo reinstated 10 players suspended by Harvard for disciplinary reasons on Jan. 15. Luongo took the action after receiving a written recommendation from superintendent Carl Simmons. The players had been suspended for missing a Jan. 15 pep rally for the school's winter sports teams, Luongo said. They missed the next seven games - all losses.
March 17, 2012
First team Pos. Name, School Yr. Ht. Pts. G Natalya Lee, Rancocas Valley Sr. 5-7 11.4 G Taylor Umbrell, Delran Sr. 5-7 16.8 F Micahya Owens, Willingboro Jr. 5-10 16.1 F Aliyah Murray, Delran Jr. 5-10 13.7 C Brittany Snow, Seneca Sr. 6-0 17.4 Second team...