April 24, 2011 |
A few months back, when the Sixers were playing well and it looked as if they'd secure an unexpected invitation to the NBA's annual postseason soiree, some people got excited. Charles Barkley wasn't one of them. "Why is Doug Collins trying to win games? That's stupid," Barkley told an Inquirer reporter. "They should develop the young guys and try to get a better draft pick. " The Sixers and anyone who's watched them would likely point out that the team did "develop the young guys" this year.
March 12, 2011
76ers Notes The 76ers begin a five-game trip Saturday in Milwaukee, one that includes games in Utah, Los Angeles (against the Clippers), Sacramento, and Portland, where it ends on March 19. It's the last extended trip of the season. After that, the Sixers will have just four road games. "It is nice to know after we get back from this trip the long trips are behind us," Sixers coach Doug Collins said before Friday's 89-86 win over the Boston Celtics at the Wells Fargo Center.
March 9, 2011
NEW YORK - Charles Barkley has had an agenda for a long time. He's just never had the crown jewel of collegiate athletics as a forum to air his complaints about the NCAA and what he sees as its lack of commitment to educating student athletes. But if the NCAA suits in Indianapolis are holding their collective breath in anticipation - or fear - of what the outspoken Barkley will say during broadcasts of the NCAA Tournament, they have no one to blame but themselves. Barkley said that before he agreed to be a part of the new NCAA broadcast partnership between CBS and Turner Sports, he needed a meeting with NCAA staff to air some private grievances and get assurances that he would have the liberty to air said grievances publicly during the tournament, while the games were being televised live.
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.
December 15, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA'S first beloved No. 34 is very excited about Cliff Lee 's return to the Phillies. "It's great for the Philly fans," Charles Barkley told us yesterday. "As a fan, I just think that you want a legitimate shot to win every year. "The Phillies for the next three or five years are going to have a legitimate shot to win, and that's awesome," said the Sixers legend, now living in Arizona. We asked if Lee's having worn 34, Barkley's old Sixers number, made him more fond of the pitcher, and it turns out it does.
October 4, 2010 |
Philly fans love Charles Barkley. Considerably less so when he's strolling through the Lincoln Financial Field parking lots an hour before kickoff wearing a Redskins jersey. It was No. 5, but still . . . "I just want to give him the respect he deserves," the ex-Sixer said when asked about his Donovan McNabb jersey, which was sent to him by Skins owner Daniel Snyder. Hard-core/drunk Eagles fans were not so understanding. "You traitor! What are you wearing that shirt for?"
June 24, 2010
1. Billy Cunningham (1965, 4th overall) 2. Maurice Cheeks (1978, 36th) 3. Charles Barkley (1984, 5th) 4. Allen Iverson (1996, 1st)
December 18, 2009 |
Remember when you were a kid and your parents told you not to stare at the sun because it's harmful to your eyes? That's sort of how people treat the 76ers. The fans are taking the necessary precautions to avoid prolonged exposure. When Allen Iverson returned to Philly, the Sixers' attendance momentarily spiked, hitting approximately 20,000 for his first game back. After that, the numbers quickly plummeted, falling below 14,000 for the games against Detroit, Houston, and Golden State.
March 10, 2009 |
Former NBA star Charles Barkley was released from jail yesterday after serving a 3-day sentence on a drunken-driving conviction. Barkley left the Tent City jail in Phoenix just before 8 a.m., and avoided a group of reporters by leaving through another door, Maricopa County Sheriff's Office spokesman Lt. Brian Lee said. Barkley, a TNT studio analyst, reported to the jail Saturday morning wearing a blue warmup suit with red stripes. He was not required to wear a jail uniform.
February 10, 2009 |
Barkley returning Charles Barkley should soon be back in the studio, offering his familiar quips and one-liners. Barkley, 45, who faces drunken-driving charges, took a month's leave of absence from TNT's Inside the NBA after being arrested Dec. 31 in Scottsdale, Ariz. TNT said yesterday that it would bring the former 76er back to the studio soon after this weekend's telecast of the All-Star Game. No specific date was announced. Police said tests on the night of his arrest showed Barkley had a blood-alcohol content of nearly 0.15 percent.