February 13, 2015 |
WE DON'T KNOW if LeBron James has a craving for savings. But he definitely has a passion for fashion. The Cavaliers forward is producing the NBA All-Star All-Style runway competition that will air tomorrow at 6:30 p.m. on TNT. The show, which will be taped tonight at New York's Hammerstein Theater, features several All-Star models, including Klay Thompson, James Harden and DeMarcus Cousins, who on Sunday will play for the West squad. In addition, there will be plenty of female contestants, including models Erin Heatherton and Rachel Hilbert.
November 16, 2014 |
Two much-admired Philadelphia sculptors are being remembered in eloquent exhibitions that should not be missed. Robinson Fredenthal's enormous, geometric steel sculptures are ubiquitous in this city if you know where to look: in the lobby and outdoor plaza of the SEPTA building at 1234 Market St.; in a pedestrian walkway behind the Wells Fargo Bank on Market between Fourth and Fifth Streets; at Eighth and Spring Garden; and on Woodland Walk, near...
April 5, 2013 |
Winning the 1977 NBA championship was supposed to be a formality for the 76ers. With the addition of ABA stars Julius Erving, George McGinnis and Caldwell Jones, and the infusion of draft picks Doug Collins, Darryl Dawkins, Lloyd Free and Joe Bryant, the Sixers had one of the deepest teams in the league, won 50 games and disposed of the Boston Celtics and Houston Rockets in the playoffs. All they had to do was beat the upstart Portland Trail Blazers, led by the big Dead head Bill Walton, ABA refugee Maurice Lucas and a bunch of role players cleverly managed by coach Jack Ramsay.
July 14, 2009
I WAS ONLY 7 years old when Bill Walton had the greatest performance in an NCAA championship game by making 21 of 22 field goals to lead UCLA past Memphis State in 1973. I was just getting into the NBA in 1977 when Walton rallied the underdog Portland Trail Blazers by the 76ers for the NBA championship. The following season Walton broke his foot. It started a cruel string of foot and ankle injuries that would mar his career. Walton spent 13 seasons in the league and won two NBA championships, but the injuries limited him to just 468 games, 6,215 points, 4,923 rebounds, 1,590 assists and 1,034 blocks.
January 24, 2006 |
Bill Walton entered the Wachovia Center in a tie-dyed Grateful Dead T-shirt only to change quickly into suit and tie. It was symbolic for somebody who has been known to go quickly from one extreme to another. Walton was in town earlier this month to provide commentary on the Sixers-Celtics game on ESPN. On Sunday, working for sister network ABC, he caused a bigger stir with his comments on the Sixers' lethargic first-half play in their 86-84 win at Minnesota. As a college star at UCLA and an NBA player on two championship teams, Walton had a noticeable stuttering problem and was not very engaging when it came to dealing with members of the media.
May 19, 2004
A RECENT article reported on the coach of a middle-school basketball team in Pleasantville, N.J., who humiliated one of his players by giving him a "Crybaby Award. " The coach's behavior was appalling, and I'm pleased that school officials have already taken strong disciplinary action against him. But his case sadly represents only one of far too many extreme examples of the problems associated with youth sports programs today. With parents and coaches sending the wrong messages more often than not, youth sports has been approaching a crisis for years.
May 11, 2001 |
Bill Walton can relate to Allen Iverson's spectacular 54-point performance for the Sixers in their 97-92 victory over Toronto Wednesday night. "I played in the game where Michael Jordan scored 63 points," Walton, an NBC Sports analyst, said yesterday from his San Diego home. Walton was in the homestretch of his NBA career in 1986 when he played for Boston in a best-of-five first-round series. "I fouled out, as we all did," Walton said. "In the first game, Jordan scored 49 points and we said he'll never do that again.
March 16, 2001 |
Princeton's Nate Walton has been getting inspirational messages on his answering machine all week. Walton described them: "They say stuff like, 'It's not how big you are, but how big you play. It's not how high you jump; it's when and where you jump. Basketball is not a game of size and strength; it's a game of position, timing and skill.' " The author of those messages is former UCLA coach John Wooden, but the messenger is Wooden disciple Bill Walton, Nate's father. Unlike Nate, the elder Walton was always favored when his college team went to war. His son, however, is a 6-foot-7 forward who has played center for undersized Princeton all year.
February 11, 2000 |
After watching Allen Iverson toss up 40 shots in the Sixers' run-and-gun, 119-108 victory over Sacramento Sunday, Doug Collins was not tempted to drive his rental car off the Girard Point Bridge on the way to the airport. Collins, in town as NBC's analyst for the telecast, realizes Iverson is the Sixers' offense. "He is the only primary scorer on their team," Collins said during a conference call to promote Sunday's NBA All-Star Game on NBC (Channel 10, 6:30 p.m.) "It's unfortunate for his team that he's the guy that has to take this number of shots.
December 3, 1996 |
Growing up the son of Basketball Hall of Famer Bill Walton is no easy proposition. Whenever Nate Walton had an off game in high school, people would say: "Well, the apple sure has fallen far from the tree. " Then, if he happened to do well in a particular game, it seemed as if the same people would say: "He ought to be able to play. Do you know who his father is?" "I have been able to handle it better as I have grown up," Nate Walton said. "When I was just starting out in high school, a freshman and even as a sophomore, it was tough . . . There was always a lot of pressure.