December 1, 2012 |
Al Domenico, the 76ers' longtime trainer who endured a 9-73 season in 1972-73 and enjoyed a championship run in 1983, died Friday at age 83. Mr. Domenico retired in July 1989 after 26 seasons as the team's trainer. Among the players he treated were Wilt Chamberlain, Wali Jones, Billy Cunningham, Julius Erving, Bobby Jones, Maurice Cheeks, and Charles Barkley. Mr. Domenico was known for his sense of humor. "I don't have enough time to tell you about Al Domenico," said Sixers coach Doug Collins, who played for the team from 1973 to '81. "The first time I met him was as a rookie.
July 27, 1992 |
They don't understand "a ghetto thing" in Barcelona. They don't understand a 250-pound basketball player throwing a hard right elbow to the gullet of a 176-pound basketball player. They don't understand shouting into the face of a referee any time you've been fouled. They don't understand trying to pull a Harlem Globetrotter off-the-backboard pass against a team you're beating by 60 points. They don't understand Charles Barkley. You thought Sir Charles would be a model citizen at the Olympics?
March 2, 1995
For Bill Conlin (column Feb. 13) to compare Charles Barkley's remarks to those made by Al Campanis and Jimmy the Greek is ludicrous! Barkley makes stupid statements as often as Conlin writes stupid, inane columns (very often). To put any serious thought and feeling into what Charles says speaks to how empty a life one must have. If you choose to take his remarks seriously, you must say he is speaking his personal feelings toward a race of people. Campanis and the Greek, on the other hand, attacked the abilities, competencies and mythical physiological aspects of a race of people.
April 16, 1999 |
Struggling for a toehold in the playoffs, the 76ers needed a diversion. Charles Barkley obliged. The Houston Rockets forward and well-known former Sixer - opining in the April 19 edition of Sports Illustrated about "bad basketball and bad players and young guys whose memories are too short" - went on to say this about Allen Iverson: "Take Iverson. I can't stand that guy. He has to show up for practice every day. He has a responsibility to cut the crap and not have some drama with the coach every week.
October 17, 1990 |
The legend continues. On his 28th birthday, 7-7 Manute Bol did not kill a lion, he merely made the Minnesota Timberwolves feel like so many lambs. Ten, count 'em, 10 blocks in the 76ers' 102-96 preseason victory in the first game played in the Timberwolves' new home, the Target Center. "I wish he was (illegal)," Wolves forward Tyrone Corbin said. "He's an asset beyond what anyone thinks he is. Every time you're on the floor, you're looking for him. One jump shot I had, I didn't even see him - until he blocked it, that is. " Said Bol, who has twice led the NBA in blocks: "The 10 blocks aren't that important.
October 6, 1990 |
Jim Lynam remembers the foul Charles Barkley took against Cleveland's Craig Ehlo in the first round of last season's playoffs. Barkley slammed Ehlo, a lithe shooting guard, hurling him to the floor in the lane. "Charles knows what I thought about that," said Lynam, the 76ers' coach. "He knows what I would have called if I had had a whistle. "Sayonara. " That's what the NBA said about unnecessarily violent fouls during the preseason league meetings in Florida. The league fathers passed a hard-foul rule, with vice president of operations Rod Thorn stamping it "the Barkley rule.
December 7, 1996 |
And now a word about the NBA . . . "What people have to realize is, there's a lot of [bad] teams in this league," Houston Rockets forward Charles Barkley told the Houston Chronicle this week. "There's a lack of talent in the league and that's why there's very few good teams. "Three-quarters of the league is terrible. You look at the Pacific Division and you've got four terrible teams. There's four teams in the Midwest that are terrible. In the Central, you've got four teams that are terrible, and Atlanta and Charlotte are inconsistent.
May 30, 1990 |
James Andrews, a noted sports surgeon, will examine Sixers forward Charles Barkley's aching right shoulder tomorrow. If Andrews concurs with the medical assessment of team physician Jack McPhilemy, Barkley will undergo arthroscopic surgery to shave away bone spurs within the next two weeks. The consultation will take place in Birmingham, Ala., where Andrews, who has operated on Philadelphia athletes Mike Schmidt and Tim Kerr, has his practice. Barkley has been troubled by pain in his shoulder for more than a year, and the condition became acute in the recent playoffs.
June 9, 1993 |
I'd like to tell you this series is going seven and that the personal rivalry between Michael Jordan and his good friend, Charles Barkley, will live up to all the hype it is receiving. But the guess here is that the combination of Jordan and Scottie Pippen will be too much for the Suns to handle. The Bulls should win one of the first two games in Phoenix and then go on to finish off the Suns in six games. Look for Chicago to dominate the boards and hold Phoenix under 100 points at least three times.
April 15, 1998 |
A lawyer for Washington forward Chris Webber said his client was not at Juwan Howard's house when a Connecticut woman alleges she was sexually assaulted. Attorney Marcele Solomon said Webber left the party between 2:30 and 3 a.m., and Montgomery County (Md.) police have said the alleged assault happened around 4:30 a.m. on April 6. KNICKS: APPEAL DENIED The NBA refused the New York Knicks' appeal of a bad call on a last-second shot in Sunday's loss to the Miami Heat, saying the matter was a judgment call.