June 23, 2015 |
WHEN SAM HINKIE took over as president of basketball operations and general manager of the 76ers in May 2013, he inherited a team that was without a head coach (Doug Collins had retired the month before), had finished with a disappointing 34 wins, and seemed to have more years of mediocrity ahead. He did have a young, All-Star point guard to build around in 23-year-old Jrue Holiday, who was coming off a season in which he averaged 17.7 points and eight assists. But Hinkie's first major move as the lead dog of the Sixers was to deal Holiday on draft night and select Michael Carter-Williams as Holiday's replacement.
June 22, 2015 |
Barbara Laverty Igo, 88, of Mount Laurel, a former teacher for the Willingboro School District, died Tuesday, June 16, at Samaritan Healthcare & Hospice in Mount Holly following an infection. Born in Somerville, Mass., Mrs. Igo graduated from Somerville High School. She earned a bachelor's degree in education in 1949 at what is now Framingham State University and a master's in education in 1952 at Boston University. Married in 1953 to Thomas J. Igo, "she was a homemaker, raising seven kids," said a daughter, Pat Igo. In the early 1970s, she began her late-blooming career, teaching first and third graders at the former Buckingham Elementary School in Willingboro.
May 31, 2015 |
The Lindenwood women's rugby team sat in a circle with their legs crossed and their eyes closed. First-year head coach Billy Nicholas paced around them and told them to visualize what went right in their last win against Boston University. While doing so, he placed a full water pistol behind each of their backs. "When I say go, I want you to turn around and use what's behind you," Nicholas said to his team. And when he did, the players whipped around confused before screaming and shooting water at each other, cooling off physically and mentally at the same time.
May 20, 2015 |
FORMER FLYERS center Jim Montgomery knows a little about the new coach his ex-team hired yesterday. Montgomery, 45, has coached the University of Denver ice hockey team for the past two seasons. This year, the Pioneers went 2-2-1 against Dave Hakstol's North Dakota team. So Montgomery is familiar with the Flyers' new hire. But, like many fans, he wasn't expecting the move. "I personally was surprised," Montgomery said yesterday. "The last time [a coach went from college to the NHL]
April 3, 2015 |
WASHINGTON - You can sit down and talk basketball with Brett Brown 24/7 without hesitation. But the 76ers coach doesn't prefer to do that. Though basketball is his livelihood, he is a well-traveled man who graduated from Boston University and is very informed about all sorts of subjects. He feels a real importance to interact with his young team on other things besides the game they play for a living. It's why the team organized a trip to the White House on Tuesday. Before last night's game against the Wizards in the nation's capital, players and others from the organization on the tour showed off cellphone pictures of what they saw the day before.
March 21, 2015 |
Having received limited playing time in two years at Syracuse, former Lower Merion High basketball standout B.J. Johnson said Thursday he will transfer. "He wants a chance to go somewhere where he can maximize his playing potential, get 25 minutes or more a game," said his father, Bobby Johnson. "And with the year off, he'll have time to work on his body and put on a few pounds. " Johnson made the announcement the same day that Syracuse coach Jim Boeheim said in an hour-long news conference that he and the university will appeal punishments for academic and benefits violations.
November 23, 2014 |
Greg Lawson (Medford Tech) totaled 17 points and 11 rebounds to lead Widener over FDU-Florham, 75-49, in the Scotty Wood Tournament in Allentown, Pa. Mark Pryzbylkowski (New Egypt) finished with 13 points for Widener (3-1). The Pride play Muhlenberg for the title on Saturday. The Mules (3-0) beat Cairn, 88-43. Catholic 68, Gwynedd Mercy 63 - Darnell Artis (La Salle) and Aaron Goodman (Council Rock North) each had 13 points, but the Griffins (2-1) fell to the Cardinals (2-1) at the Hoopsville National Invitational in Owings Mills, Md. Top 25 Ryan Boatright had 20 points and No. 17 Connecticut (3-0)
October 29, 2014 |
BRETT BROWN may not be as familiar as he's going to get with Marquis Teague's game, but he certainly is familiar with the makeup of the young man. Brown and Shawn Teague, Marquis' dad, were roommates at Boston University, where the two played for coach Rick Pitino. Shawn transferred to BU from Missouri to play for Pitino and also to play with his brother, John. Jeff Teague, Marquis' older brother, plays for the Atlanta Hawks. In Marquis, whom the team acquired on Friday from the Brooklyn Nets with a 2019 second-round draft pick for Casper Ware, Brown envisions a lightning rod of an offensive player and someone who will have to prove himself defensively in order to see minutes.
October 28, 2014 |
A man standing in a Palace of Auburn Hills hallway glimpsed at the 76ers' preseason roster before Thursday's game against the Detroit Pistons. He shook his head in bewilderment before whispering something that folks will wonder all season. "Usually you look at a roster and say, 'I know this guy. He's a legitimate NBA player,' " he said. "I'm looking at this roster, and I never heard of most of these guys. And the ones I heard of, I'm not sure if they are NBA players. " Nor are the Sixers, but they are willing to find out. The quest is to find defensive-minded, diamond-in-the-rough role players to place around lottery picks Michael Carter-Williams, Nerlens Noel, Joel Embiid, and Dario Saric in the future.
October 15, 2014 |
THIS MIGHT not come as a real surprise, but recent history has shown the 76ers are not very good at giving information on players' injuries - such as those to Andrew Bynum and Nerlens Noel. Now there appears to be a little confusion over the shoulder surgery that has sidelined NBA Rookie of the Year Michael Carter-Williams. Just after MCW received his award in May, the team said that he had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his shoulder and that the recovery period would be 2 to 4 months.