February 22, 2013 |
IN HONOR OF his 50th birthday, which was Wednesday, we honor Charles Barkley for saying, "I'm not a role model . . . Just because I dunk a basketball doesn't mean I should raise your kids. " Chuck was right. We should not allow our kids to worship athletes and other sports figures, because we are setting them up for disappointment. Teach them right from wrong and hopefully the rest will take care of itself. Sometimes, it's difficult. When it's a high-profile athlete who is consistently on TV commercials, magazine ads, has his own video game and is on "SportsCenter" every night, hero worship could become inevitable.
February 12, 2013 |
CHARLES BARKLEY has an opinion on just about everything. And, apparently, a short memory. On Monday, Barkley appeared on the "Dan Patrick Show" and said that Lakers center Dwight Howard should tell off meddlesome teammate Kobe Bryant. Bryant has said on several occasions that Howard should stop complaining about playing with a shoulder injury. "He should have already told Kobe Bryant to shut the hell up by now, or [tell him he's going to] kick his ass" Barkley said. "He should have done that by now because, as a man, there's only so many times you can call me out publicly.
February 8, 2013 |
15th in a Series of 25 THE FAT KID from Leeds did all right for himself. Charles Barkley, once a 300-pound curiosity, went from Alabama to Springfield, Mass., in what seemed like one giant lunge. He is one of the greatest players to ever play the game and will easily appear on a Sixers' Mount Rushmore. But try thinking of an iconic moment that captured him, that defined him. After all, most of his wow moments were not the ones you would want to be remembered by, like spitting on a little girl in New Jersey (with whom he became friendly later on)
January 4, 2013 |
Five in a series of 13 WHEN IT comes to uniforms, the Sixers usually get it right. There was the 1965-66 uni that didn't make the grade, but it wasn't because of the look. The players considered the high waist bands and baggy shorts too flashy and the uniforms were discontinued after 1 year. Put a good team in a bad uniform and the talent overcomes the eyesore. But put a bad team in a bad uniform and there is no place to hide. Enter the 1991-94 Sixers uniform.
December 14, 2012 |
The Dark Ages: From 1992 to 1997. Or from when Charles Barkley left to when Pat Croce and Larry Brown arrived. BEFORE CHARLES Barkley decided it was time to get out of Dodge and forced a trade to the Phoenix Suns, the decline already had begun. It was obvious Barkley realized that owner Harold Katz was surrounding him with less-than-mediocre talent, expecting Barkley to turn the pumpkins into a gold carriage. Maybe it began with the trade of Mike Gminski, a Barkley pal, to the Charlotte Hornets for Armon Gilliam.
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.
November 9, 2012 |
FORMER NFL quarterback Joe Theismann tore into the Eagles' offensive line in a recent interview, saying there are college o-lines that could do a better job of protecting Michael Vick. "Mike has no offensive line in front of him," Theismann told the Sporting News. "I watched the New Orleans-Philadelphia game Monday night, and what I saw was a man running for his life. "I blame the management of the Philadelphia Eagles for some of this. Two years ago, you took a guy who was an offensive line coach, and a damn good one in Juan Castillo, away from the offensive line.
November 7, 2012 |
TERRY BRADSHAW was in damage-control mode after making a comment that could be construed as racist. On Sunday, the Fox studio analyst was describing highlights of the Dolphins-Colts game. In one clip, Miami running back Reggie Bush was on his way to scoring on an 18-yard touchdown run and Bradshaw said it looked "like he was chasing that bucket of chicken the wind was blowing. " On Monday, Bradshaw offered an apology via USA Today saying he was "so sorry if I hurt anybody . . . " Geez, did he really say if ?
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.
October 5, 2012 |
NFL quarterback Peyton Manning, wife Ashley, and former NBA player Penny Hardaway have agreed to join the group of minority owners for the Memphis Grizzlies, said a person familiar with the deal. The Mannings and Hardaway join a minority group that includes singer and actor Justin Timberlake and a couple of Memphis businessmen, the person told the Associated Press on Thursday on condition of anonymity because prospective buyer Robert J. Pera's purchase of the Grizzlies is pending approval by the NBA. Pera, owner of a California tech company, agreed to buy the Grizzlies from Michael Heisley in June for $350 million.