May 12, 1992 |
Larry Bird practiced yesterday and is expected to play for the Boston Celtics when the team resumes its series against the Cleveland Cavaliers tonight. The fifth game of the best-of-seven Eastern Conference semifinal series, which is deadlocked at two games apiece, is scheduled at Richfield Coliseum in Richfield, Ohio (Cable TV-TNT, 8). According to a team spokesman, Bird, who was sidelined five weeks with back pain, suffered no discomfort during the workout. In his first game since April 3, Bird played 17 minutes in a 114-112 overtime loss on Sunday.
July 17, 1992 |
The bad news is, the Boston Celtics - the 76ers' most traditional rival - will visit the Spectrum only twice this season. The good news is, the Orlando Magic - hopefully with a signed, sealed and delivered Shaquille O'Neal, the No. 1 pick in last month's NBA draft - will visit three times. Those are a couple of key things you need to know about the Sixers' 82-game schedule for the 1992-93 season, which begins Friday Nov. 6 against New Jersey at the Spectrum. Here are some others: The Sixers face each of their six Atlantic Division opponents five times, each team in the Central Division four times and each team in the Western Conference twice.
January 27, 2009 |
A.I.'s playing time In a bombshell out of the Motor City, the Detroit Free Press said yesterday that guard Allen Iverson might be getting phased out of the Pistons' rotation. As his teammates were mounting a comeback that ultimately ended in a 108-105 home loss to the Houston Rockets on Sunday, Iverson watched the last 11 minutes from the bench. "I just feel like I can offer a little more to the team," said Iverson, who scored 17 points on 5-for-10 shooting. "I can help us do more to win basketball games.
March 26, 2012
Joe Johnson scored 37 points, Josh Smith added 22 and the host Atlanta Hawks ended Utah's six-game winning streak with a 139-133 victory Sunday night in the NBA's first quadruple-overtime game since 1997. The four overtimes tied for the third-longest in NBA history. It was the ninth NBA game to go four OTs and the first since Phoenix beat Portland 140-139 on Nov. 14, 1997. Al Jefferson finished with 28 points and 17 rebounds, and Paul Millsap had 25 points and 13 boards for the Jazz before both players fouled out in the final overtime.
November 4, 1997 |
Shaquille O'Neal was suspended for one game and also fined $10,000 by the NBA yesterday for slapping Utah center Greg Ostertag before their teams' season opener last week. O'Neal will miss tonight's game at Sacramento and lose $156,794 in salary. He apologized to Ostertag, saying he failed to set a good example for young people. "I hope he accepts my apology and that he and I can put behind us any bad feelings," he said in a statement yesterday. "I made a mistake. Instead of focusing upon what is best for the team, I got caught up in the drama of the season's first game and reacted emotionally instead of logically.
May 17, 1988 |
Glenn Rivers tied an NBA playoff record for assists and Dominique Wilkins scored 40 points last night as the Atlanta Hawks evened their Eastern Conference semifinal series with the Boston Celtics at 2-2 with a 118-109 victory. Rivers collected 15 of his 22 assists in the first half, tying the mark for a half set by the Los Angeles Lakers' Magic Johnson in 1985. Johnson established the single-game playoff mark of 24 in 1984. The Hawks outscored the Celtics by 60-31 in a 21-minute span bridging the first half and second half, turning a 10-point deficit into an 88-69 advantage with 4:49 left in the third quarter.
June 26, 2010 |
Scottie Reynolds made history Thursday night, though not for the reason the former Villanova star guard would have preferred. Reynolds, a 6-foot-2 senior who was the school's second all-time leading scorer with 2,222 points, became the first Associated Press all-American not selected in the NBA draft since the league merged with the ABA in 1976. Reynolds was not among the four all-Americans who were drafted, all of whom were chosen in the top five. Reynolds led Villanova to a top 10 ranking his senior season which ended in disappointment with a second-round loss to St. Mary's.
January 26, 2012
The Los Angeles Lakers have surpassed the New York Knicks as the NBA's most valuable team, according to Forbes' annual report. The magazine said Wednesday that the value of the Lakers, who won NBA titles in 2009 and 2010, soared 40 percent from last year due to a 20-year television deal with Time Warner Cable. The Lakers are comfortably above the second-place Knicks, whose value rose 19 percent to $780 million, largely with a boost from the renovation of Madison Square Garden.
February 11, 2004 |
Chris Ford has been in difficult situations before, and that should certainly prepare him for his new job as interim head coach of the 76ers. Think taking over a dispirited 21-31 team is a tough task? Ford spent nearly two seasons coaching in the NBA graveyard with the Los Angeles Clippers, working for notorious skinflint owner Donald Sterling. Any coach, to survive that ordeal, has to own a tad of mental toughness. That is what the Sixers hope that Ford will bring to them - a different mind-set.
June 2, 2011
MOST ELITE ATHLETES hang on too long. They keep fighting Father Time even though they are fully aware it is a battle they will ultimately lose. But when they stay around, when they keep trying although everyone knows their best days have already been lapped, they become a shell of what they were, and we begin to forget how truly great they were. I wonder if that's what happened to Shaquille O'Neal. Yesterday, the "Big Ending" finally came as O'Neal announced his overdue retirement after 19 seasons in the NBA. "We did it," the 39-year-old O'Neal said in a video on the new social media video messaging tool Tout.