March 31, 2001 |
The roof wasn't on fire. Not like the old days in the Spectrum, when the flames that leapt from the passionate play of Charles Barkley roared through the stands and the city's heart melted. That was another time, but this was pretty good, too. The Sixers threw a lovefest for Barkley last night, officially retiring his number and raising it to the top of the First Union Center, where the player only visited as a guest. He's up there now, swaying ever so gently next to Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer, Bobby Jones, Billy Cunningham and Mo Cheeks.
March 9, 2011 |
NEW YORK - Ernie Johnson stood in front of the room with a microphone in hand. Jim Nantz - who, a little earlier, revealed he was taking painkillers for back pain and was "channeling his inner Charlie Sheen" as a result - was to his left. The NCAA tournament will be different this year. CBS Sports and Turner Sports are partnering to broadcast all the games in real time across four networks: CBS, TNT, TBS and truTV. The move is long overdue. No more screaming at the television after some mindless executive makes the inexplicable call to switch to a blowout rather than stay with a game that's close and exciting.
October 22, 2012 |
Charles Barkley has heard all of the variables. He knows about as much about Andrew Bynum's knees as you do. He's well aware that Doug Collins' coaching style doesn't always go down easily with players. And he's well aware that his old team has added significantly more athletic players, and players who in theory should make the 76ers dramatically better - at least on paper - as an outside shooting team. But the way Barkley sees it, the one critical variable in all of this is whether Bynum is ready to be "The Man" the Sixers believe he can and should be. "I love the Bynum trade for the Sixers," Barkley, who spent eight seasons of his Hall of Fame career in Philadelphia, said earlier this week via phone.
July 27, 1996 |
The U.S. NBA all-star team finally found a team it can look good blowing out. The Chinese entered last night's Olympic game with a deceptive 2-1 record, with wins over Angola, the weakest team in the Games, and Argentina, noted more for good steaks than basketball players. They lost to Croatia by 31. The United States, which has played without interest so far in running up a 3-0 record, turned on the jets and ran to a 37-point lead over China at halftime. The Dream Team went on to win, 133-70, before an Olympic basketball record crowd of 34,417, the first sellout at the Georgia Dome.
June 16, 1993 |
Phoenix Suns rookie coach Paul Westphal received abundant praise for his team's three-overtime victory against the Chicago Bulls on Sunday night after changing all of his defensive assignments following consecutive home losses to the defending NBA champions. "Paul was just like a baseball manager who changes his batting order, trying to shake things up," said reserve guard Danny Ainge. "And this time it worked. " Westphal's biggest gamble was assigning point guard Kevin Johnson to defend Michael Jordan.
March 3, 1993 |
There are five of them on the roster of the 76ers. Five former Phoenix Suns. They are struggling through a long year on a muddled team, five players that the Phoenix organization judged expendable and sent on their way. The Suns don't appear to be suffering from the loss. The sun and Suns are shining in the desert and the warm breeze whispers of even better things to come. But for Andrew Lang, Armon Gilliam, Tim Perry, Jeff Hornacek and Greg Grant, and the rest of their Sixers teammates, the future is decidedly uncertain and not just a little chilly.
November 5, 1992 |
There are leaders who lead by example, leaders who lead by motivating others, and then there was Charles Barkley. As captain and self-appointed conscience of the Philadelphia 76ers, Barkley wasn't exactly Norman Vincent Peale when it came to leading those around him in a positive way. "Unfortunately, everyone wasn't as tough as Charles," Hersey Hawkins said this week, with a laugh. "He thought they should have been, but they weren't. A good leader has to know what players can take and what they can't.
November 4, 1989 |
There are only a handful of them in the NBA - players around whom championship teams can be formed. They are players whose talents place them in a special category, above the stars, above even the superstars and on a plateau all their own. They are franchise players. Once in a generation, if a team is lucky, a franchise player comes along. As with other NBA players, his tenure is fragile, his longevity threatened nightly by the warfare of the regular season. Teams fortunate enough to possess such a player must act quickly, nearly frantically, to form a cast to complement the franchise player.
May 26, 1993 |
For the first time in 10 years, the Most Valuable Player in the NBA is not named Bird, Johnson or Jordan. Presiding over this transition is a gifted forward who may have played his best basketball in Philadelphia but who is now playing his winningest basketball in Phoenix. "If this is all it took to get the award, I should have gotten traded sooner," Charles Barkley said yesterday when the league announced that he had easily outdistanced Hakeem Olajuwon, Michael Jordan and Patrick Ewing to win this year's honor.
April 6, 2005 |
What gives Charles Barkley the audacity to write a book about race in America? "If I don't do it, who will?" Barkley retorts. "Y'all won't let no poor black person write a book about black America. . . . I think it's more pure from my situation, because I'm rich. This little money they're paying me for this book is nothing to me. " When did Sir Charles ever need permission to be bodaciously outspoken? Remember his eight seasons as a Sixer? The words that came out of his mouth packed as much of a punch as he did on the court, a one-man wrecking crew destroying the opposition.