June 22, 2016
SINCE MAY 17, the 76ers have known that they will be selecting first in Thursday's NBA draft. The thoughts of the front office since then have no doubt ranged from taking the best player, to taking a player of need, to trades and maybe even other places that we'll never know anything about. It is the first time since 1996 that the organization has held the No. 1 pick. Then, of course, there was little doubt who the selection was going to be, and Allen Iverson went on to have one of the most successful careers in franchise history.
December 4, 2015 |
I was in Milwaukee the December night that Charles Barkley rearranged a heckler's nose during a brief street fight that took place after the guy followed Barkley out of a bar and challenged him to show how tough he was. This was before Twitter and Instagram, before Periscope and Meerkat. It was long before everyone carried a video camera in his or her pocket. Even a conscientious newspaper beat man, one painfully aware that Barkley required considerable monitoring, might not hear of such an incident until the next morning, when a hotel worker mentioned that the Milwaukee Police Department had come to collect Barkley before he checked out. Times change.
October 28, 2015 |
CHARLES BARKLEY is nothing if not unpredictable. On Monday, while doing a conference call for TNT about the upcoming NBA season, the former Sixers star turned analyst said "I'm picking the Knicks to make the playoffs. " Say what? Just nine months ago, Sir Charles said (jokingly we think) that if TNT aired another Knicks game, he'd quit. "They haven't drafted any good young players the last 10 years, and that's why they stink," Barkley said at the time. "They try to raid everybody else's free agents, and when they don't get free agents, they stink.
September 15, 2015 |
JULIUS ERVING, Charles Barkley, and Allen Iverson were among the former players who shared their thoughts on the passing of Moses Malone. Malone, who helped lead the Sixers to the 1983 NBA championship, died yesterday morning in his sleep in Norfolk, Va. He was 60. Doctor J tweeted that he was already dealing with the death of his high school coach at Roosevelt (N.Y.) High when he learned of Malone's passing. "Lost Coach Ray Wilson and friend Moses Malone this week," Erving wrote.
July 16, 2015 |
HER CRYSTALLINE, sky-blue eyes probably caught your attention before you even read these words. CBS3's Eyewitness News team has a permanent replacement for former traffic reporter Bob Kelly , who moved over to work the roads for Fox 29 in October. Enter Meisha Johnson , who starts Monday. Johnson drove more than 1,100 miles from Minneapolis to Philadelphia, and she'll soon appear on "Eyewitness News This Morning. " This frees up Vittoria Woodill , a freelancer, to do other projects for the station, including CBS3's "Down the Shore" segment, which airs from a different beach town every Thursday.
June 7, 2015 |
Philadelphia boxer Bernard Hopkins said that his next fight - most likely in October - win, lose or draw will be his finale. "It will be my last fight," Hopkins, a 50-year-old surefire Hall of Famer, said Friday. "I'm doing it on my terms because I want to go out on my own terms. And I'm not asking for that right; I'm exercising that right. " Hopkins, the only fighter in history to hold all four sanctioned middleweight belts and to have defended them a record 20 times, had more to say. Hopkins sounded like Charles Barkley when the 76ers star said on the radio in 1991 that "Philadelphia is a racist city.
May 14, 2015 |
I'm not paid to be a role model. ... Parents should be role models. - Charles Barkley The suspension of New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, winner of the last Super Bowl and a virtual lock to one day be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame, is the latest development in an ongoing conversation about cheating in sports, and even Americans who are uninterested in athletics should pay attention. The National Football League on Monday suspended Brady for the first four games of next season for orchestrating or knowing about a scheme to deliberately deflate footballs, making them easier to throw during last season's AFC Championship Game against the Indianapolis Colts.
March 18, 2015 |
AUSTIN, Texas - At SXSW Interactive, which has attracted more than 30,000 from all over the world, real business was getting done in conference rooms and hotel bars all around the Texas capital. The SXSW Accelerator, an invitation-only tech start-up competition, took place over the weekend at the Hilton, and it had a decidedly Philadelphia flavor. But on the streets and in the Austin Convention Center, in keeping with the Internet philosophy that anything involving a cute animal will sell, there was no shortage of tech businesses putting a furry face on their clever idea.
February 25, 2015 |
One didn't lead directly to the other, the family tale of how Charles Barkley was one of the first people to hold a newborn Corey Hawkins in the hospital, and Barkley's hospital touch had nothing to do with Corey developing a great shooting touch or Corey eventually becoming one of the great current three-point shooters in NCAA hoops. Except there is a tie. That hospital was in Philadelphia and Barkley was there because the baby was the son of his teammate and friend, Hersey Hawkins.