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.
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.
February 9, 2000 |
Former Houston Rockets guard Clyde Drexler criticized former teammate Charles Barkley yesterday for his training habits and lack of discipline said Barkley often looks like "he's not trying very hard. " "If you are a competitor, you've got to look at effort on the court," said Drexler, now the University of Houston coach. "And that effort not only has to mean 10 rebounds; you have to play defense, too. Charles is not the greatest defensive player in the world. And sometimes it looks like he is not trying.
April 21, 1994 |
Charles Barkley has decided - again - that he's retiring after this season, championship or no championship. This time, he insists it's official. "I'm retiring either way," Barkley told the Phoenix Gazette. "It's time. I've made up my mind. You can write whatever you want. You've got me for two more months and then that's it. I'm out of here. " Asked if anyone could change his mind, he said, "No. I'm serious. " Barkley has said several times this season might be his last.
March 14, 1994 |
Charles Barkley looked healthy again. To the Phoenix Suns, that meant more than yesterday's 100-93 victory over the host Orlando Magic. Barkley, in his best performance since returning from a knee injury that sidelined him for 17 games, scored 30 points and grabbed 20 rebounds to lead the Suns, who also got 30 points from Kevin Johnson. "This was the first game since he's been back that he looked like Charles Barkley," Phoenix coach Paul Westphal said. "Now I hope he can bounce back.