October 30, 2015 |
THE MAIN STORY that developed for the 76ers in their season-opening loss to the Boston Celtics was the play of rookie Jahlil Okafor, and rightfully so. The third overall pick has Sixers faithful salivating with his 26-point effort, which included the type of nimble footwork and brute force he showed during his national title run in his one season at Duke. Okafor torched Celtics starting center Tyler Zeller, making his first five shots against him. The rookie's offensive success forced Boston coach Brad Stevens to bring burly Jared Sullinger off the bench to try to slow down Okafor.
July 14, 2015 |
JEROME ALLEN looked at his time back coaching at his alma mater as an "opportunity. " When that ended in March, he did not really understand why everybody kept asking him how he was doing. He was taking his kids to school, helping coach a girl's soccer team at his church, continuing to teach four classes at Strawberry Mansion Promise Academy. He was doing just fine waiting for the next opportunity. That has come with Brad Stevens and the Celtics. Allen just spent the last week in Boston and will become a Celtics assistant coach.
June 26, 2014 |
MIKE GREEN always had this vision as he was growing up in North Philly. He wanted to do something for his community. The point guard and Horizon League Player of the Year for Brad Stevens' first Butler team, Green left college in 2008 with a résumé and a talent that was going to allow him to play basketball professionally, make a nice living and translate what he imagined long ago into something tangible. This weekend at the courts at the Blumberg Projects (22nd & Jefferson)
February 28, 2014 |
VILLANOVA BEGAN playing basketball in 1920. Before last night the Wildcats had won 25 regular-season games four times. The first was in 1937-38, the season before the inaugural NCAA Tournament. The most recent, and only one in the last six-plus decades, happened 5 years ago, from a team that would get to a Final Four. That was also the only one not coached by Al Severance. Now, a group that began the season unranked after being picked to finish fourth in the Big East has added their names to that list by beating Butler last night at the Pavilion, 67-48.
October 14, 2013 |
NEWARK, Del. - The dreary weather and Friday night traffic made it impossible to get to the 76ers-Boston Celtics preseason game at Bob Carpenter Center at the University of Delaware any quicker than at a snail's pace. Once inside, however, it was a regular track meet. The 76ers and Celtics are both in the same position: rebuilding mode. For coaches Brett Brown and Brad Stevens, that means a ton of faced-paced basketball with not a whole bunch of guys who are very good right now at accomplishing it. The Sixers did it a little better, and fueled by 20 points from Thaddeus Young, 17 for Spencer Hawes, 16 from James Anderson, and 12 for Evan Turner, they defeated the Celtics, 97-85, in front of an energetic, sellout crowd.
September 6, 2013 |
VILLANOVA WILL open the first season of the revamped Big East on New Year's Eve at one of the three newest members, Butler, which of course also has a new coach (Brandon Miller) now that Brad Stevens has moved on to the NBA's Boston Celtics. The Bulldogs visit the Main Line on Feb. 26. Each team will play an 18-game round-robin conference schedule for the first time in nearly two decades. The Wildcats will play four games at the Wells Fargo Center: Jan. 20 against Creighton, another newcomer; Feb. 22 against St. John's; March 2 vs. Marquette; and the March 8 regular-season finale with Georgetown.
July 8, 2013
Amid a disappointing season, Johnson Wagner has found a comfort zone not far from his college stomping grounds. Wagner shot a 6-under 64 Saturday to take a 2-stroke lead after the third round of the Greenbrier Classic in White Sulphur Springs, W.Va. AUTO RACING: Jimmie Johnson became the first driver in 31 years to sweep Daytona International Speedway, accomplishing the feat with a dominating run in the Coke Zero 400 for his fourth win of the season. CYCLING: Tour de France favorite Chris Froome overpowered his main rivals on the first tough mountain climb of the race to win the eighth stage and take the leader's yellow jersey.
July 5, 2013 |
BOSTON - Butler's historic Hinkle Fieldhouse couldn't compete with the Boston Garden and all those NBA championship banners hanging from its rafters. The Boston Celtics hired Brad Stevens away from the school he led to back-to-back NCAA title games, putting the 36-year-old coach in charge of their rebuilding effort. Stevens had turned down offers from bigger college programs, but couldn't resist the lure of the NBA's most-decorated franchise. "There are some brands in sports, and in the world of basketball the Celtics are one of those," Butler athletic director Barry Collier said in an on-campus news conference on Wednesday night.
March 29, 2013 |
BUTLER'S Brad Stevens is the top target in UCLA's search for a new men's basketball coach, sources with knowledge of the situation told ESPN. In a text message to ESPN, Stevens reaffirmed his coaching status at Butler, but also said he would not comment on "any other speculation or situation. " "I'm the coach at Butler," he wrote. A UCLA representative referred questions about Stevens to a general statement issued by athletic director Dan Guerrero earlier this week that said UCLA would "not comment on the process, the candidates, or provide status updates.
March 17, 2013 |
NEW YORK - This time of the year, there is NCAA heaven, and there is NCAA hell. And there is limbo, too, the place where teams that failed to seal their own fates with a final good deed or two are sent to wait out the next few days. The La Salle University basketball team finds itself in that purgatory, its sins a few late losses to tournament-worthy teams, most recently Friday's grueling and at times gruesome loss to Butler in the Atlantic 10 quarterfinals. "One of the schools in our situation is Boise State," La Salle coach John Giannini said after the Explorers were bounced, 69-58.