May 7, 2015 |
After watching Olympic champion Bruce Jenner declare himself a transgender woman during a nationally televised interview last month, Billie Jean King realized her next ophthalmologist visit was going to be a long one. King's ophthalmologist is Renee Richards, the tennis player who in 1975 underwent a sex-change operation to become a woman. "We'll be having a lengthy discussion about it, I can guarantee you that," said King, 71, who became one of the first openly gay sports superstars following a 1981 lawsuit by a former lover.
December 24, 2014 |
I am looking for Andrei Kirilenko, but he is hard to find. This should not be the case because Kirilenko is a 6-foot-9 Russian. He should either be on a basketball court or in a James Bond movie. I have searched the basketball courts and movie theaters. No Kirilenko. The 76ers are not helping at all. They traded for Kirilenko this month and I see his smiling face on the roster page of their website. The blue and red of the team colors have been drawn onto the uniform top he is wearing in the photo.
September 2, 2014 |
Courtney Witte, the 76ers' director of player personnel and a fixture in their scouting department for more than a decade, is leaving the Sixers to join the Los Angeles Clippers, two sources confirmed Sunday. Based on information provided by the two sources within the Sixers organization, it does not appear Witte was fired. Rather, he and general manager Sam Hinkie seem to have reached an agreement to allow Witte to take a scouting position with another team. The rest of the Sixers scouting staff will remain intact, one source said.
June 5, 2014 |
The final decision was left for Billie Jean King to make, which is just the way she likes it. The Philadelphia team in the brand-new World Team Tennis league was either going to be called the Philadelphia Liberty or the Philadelphia Freedoms. "I thought a lot about it and freedom is just one of the most powerful words in the world. It means so much to me in this country that we have freedom," King said Tuesday during one stop in a media tour to promote July's WTT season. "It had to be Freedoms.
May 17, 2014 |
To the strains of Elton John's "Philadelphia Freedom," tennis icon Billie Jean King walked onto the pristine courts at Hunting Park on Thursday and said, "I am a public park kid. " King, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and owner of the Philadelphia Freedoms professional tennis team, was at the park in North Philadelphia to celebrate the reopening of the courts for the season. The revamped courts are important "because this is where the kids are," said King, a native of Long Beach, Calif.
December 21, 2013 |
It was after midnight on Feb. 24, 2005, when Billy King talked for the first time about the trade that was supposed to resurrect the 76ers. On the campus of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Evans Hall - the building the Sixers still use as their practice facility - was dark save for the second-floor student lounge above the basketball court. His shirttail untucked and webbed with wrinkles, his eyes rimmed red, King had spent the previous 24 hours negotiating with the Sacramento Kings, finessing the details of a six-player deal to get Chris Webber.
September 11, 2013 |
BILLIE JEAN KING thumped Bobby Riggs 40 years ago. Pounded him, 6-4, 6-3, 6-3. Some people might have said she beat him like a redheaded stepchild. Not around Billie Jean, because the phrase reeks sourly of child abuse and prejudice, and Billie Jean was wary of words that hurt, even back then. Beat him like a rented mule wouldn't have been acceptable either, a phrase tainted by animal cruelty, with harsh notes of slavery and sharecropping. But she did beat Riggs handily and the women's movement had a new heroine, a talented, determined athlete with a social conscience.
September 11, 2013 |
* SONS OF ANARCHY. 10 tonight, FX. * AMERICAN MASTERS: BILLIE JEAN KING. 8 tonight, WHYY12. I'D SAY THAT Kurt Sutter rushes in where angels fear to tread, but I don't actually know of any angels working in television. And I don't think the "Sons of Anarchy" creator is anyone's fool. As FX's highest-rated show returns for its sixth season tonight, it's playing with fire - and firepower - even more than usual, with a 90-minute episode whose climax may disturb even its most bloodthirsty fans.
June 13, 2013 |
JASON KIDD has reached an agreement to become the next coach of the Brooklyn Nets, according to a league source. Kidd has the framework in place for a 3-year deal and could be introduced at a news conference at the Nets' facility within the next few days, possibly as early as tomorrow. It's a remarkably rapid ascension for Kidd, who just retired last week after 19 seasons in the NBA. The Nets tabbed Kidd, 40, despite his lack of coaching experience, opting to go with the future Hall of Famer over Pacers associate head coach Brian Shaw.
June 10, 2013 |
YOU HAVE TO wonder about the lack of urgency new Sixers president and general manager Sam Hinkie has shown in searching for a head coach to replace Doug Collins. Collins resigned on April 18, opening the door for Hinkie to be hired from the Houston Rockets on May 11. Since then, there has been a lot of talk about how Hinkie might go about putting together a new roster for a team coming off a disappointing 34-48 season, but barely a whisper about who will direct the team once it gets on the court.