December 5, 2014
THE BILL COSBY saga had a built-in local angle. While Cos no longer lives here, he hung out at Temple and the Penn Relays so often it was like he never left. In the court of public opinion, the death of Michael Brown is the flip side of the Cosby story - Cosby is crucified while Brown is canonized - but the Brown story lacked a Philly local angle until Charles Barkley jumped in with his size-16 feet. Although Cosby hasn't been charged with anything, let alone convicted, it's hard to believe he's a lamb.
December 2, 2014 |
FRED BARNETT, Roy Green and Charles Barkley turned around Jordan Matthews' season without ever speaking to him. They left that to someone better qualified. Barkley played for the Sixers during Barnett's time as an Eagle (1990-95). Barkley ran into Jackie Barnett, Fred's ex-wife, in August. She told Sir Charles about her new focus as an Elite Athlete Coach; that she intended to train athletes' minds and bodies through a hybrid approach that fuses yoga practices and mental coaching.
October 31, 2014 |
FOR MANY, the start of the NBA season conjures images of acrobatic slam dunks, magical passes and even some trash-talking. For us it means the return Charles Barkley, who is the best reason for watching TNT's "Inside the NBA. " You'll never know what he'll say, as was evident in a recent interview he did with Richard Deitsch, senior editor at Sports Illustrated. Asked about how the NFL has handled domestic abuse, Barkley answerd: "They dropped the ball on this domestic violence thing.
October 30, 2014 |
EXPECTATIONS are low for the Sixers, who open their season against the Pacers tonight. Which makes leafing through Sports Illustrated's coffee-table book, "Basketball's Greatest," a nice distraction. The Sixers are well-represented in the book, which ranks the 10 best players and coaches in numerous categories. Best shooting guard goes, of course, to Michael Jordan. But Allen Iverson is ranked sixth, ahead of George Gervin (seventh) and Oscar Robertson (eighth). Larry Bird is named best small forward, followed by LeBron James and Julius Erving.
July 11, 2014 |
I F YOU ASK Charles Barkley's opinion - on anything - he gives it. Yesterday, in an appearance on Cleveland's 92.3 The Fan, the former Sixer was asked his thoughts on Johnny Manziel, the ex-Texas A & M quarterback who was drafted by the Browns in May. "The only problem I have with Johnny Manziel is him and his friends are always taking pictures," said Barkley. "You should never take selfies of yourself doing anything that can be considered stupid . . . Most of his pictures are selfies and that tells me he's just too immature to handle the fame thing right now. " This is the same Barkley whose spit aimed at a heckling fan landed instead on a little girl.
May 9, 2014 |
TOMMY LASORDA doesn't mince words. The former Dodgers manager recently took a swing at V. Stiviano, while addressing the Donald Sterling racism scandal. Lasorda, a Norristown native, told WPBF in West Palm Beach that he wasn't surprised by Sterling's taped comments, which got the the Clippers owner banned from the NBA. "I've been a friend of that guy's for 30 years," Lasorda said. "It doesn't surprise me that he said those things. And he shouldn't have said it. He just hurt himself by talking too much and doing things he shouldn't be doing.
April 18, 2014 |
DONOVAN MCNABB spent Wednesday night in a Maricopa, Ariz., jail. But, unlike Charles Barkley, he didn't get to meet Joe Arpaio, who bills himself as "America's Toughest Sheriff. " McNabb was released from one of the county's detention facilities yesterday after serving a 1-day sentence for a misdemeanor DUI arrest last December. "I have had other high profile athletes who have been incarcerated with no problems," Arpaio said in a statement yesterday. "And this latest athlete follows that same pattern.
March 13, 2014 |
SOMEWHERE CBS sports producers are cringing. The NCAA Tournament starts up next week, which means the return of Charles Barkley to the studio. Chuck has been on board since 2011 when CBS and Turner struck a deal to carry the tournament until 2024. As usual, all 67 games will been televised by CBS, TNT, TBS or TruTV. This year, Barkley will be on the New York set with Ernie Johnson, Clark Kellogg and Kenny Smith. And, as any Sixers fans know, things can get interesting with Barkley in the house.
November 1, 2013 |
IMAGINE YOU are on a park bench and this guy sits next to you and begins to talk. He tells you he was there that night in Hershey when Wilt scored 100, tells you he even had the 100-point ball in his possession before he wrapped it in a bunch of towels and stuffed it in The Dipper's gym bag. You nod and smile a patronizing smile. And then he starts to tell you about that time on the White House lawn, when he was again in charge of the ball, this one signed by every member of the 1983 NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers, how he was just doing his job when President Reagan came out, took the ball from him, clowned around and shook his hand.
November 1, 2013 |
Jeff Millman touched many people's lives during a half-century of service to the 76ers. Many of the greatest names in franchise history returned to honor him Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat. Among the former Sixers on hand were Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Moses Malone, Billy Cunningham, Bobby Jones, Darryl Dawkins, and Doug Collins. In a pregame ceremony, the Sixers dedicated their locker room to Millman, a longtime equipment manager who had several jobs with the team over the years.