July 18, 2016 |
LAS VEGAS - Kyle Lowry is about to take his basketball career to another level. Last month, the North Philly native was one of 12 players named to the United States' men's Olympic basketball team for the Rio Olympics in August. The team begins training camp here Monday at UNLV's Mendenhall Center for an experience Lowry hopes concludes with a gold medal. "I never thought in my wildest dreams that I would get picked for Team USA, but it worked out," he said. "It's just an exciting moment, an exciting time.
February 13, 2016 |
Less than three weeks after the 76ers had made the sudden and stunning decision to hire him as their chairman of basketball operations, Jerry Colangelo cleared time on his schedule for a counseling session with Jahlil Okafor. The Sixers were coming to Phoenix on Dec. 26 to play the Suns. Because Colangelo still lives there, he made certain to set aside time that day for a sit-down with Okafor, for his first chance since joining the Sixers to talk to a player who held so much promise and, over the two previous months, had done so much to embarrass the franchise.
February 12, 2016 |
The 76ers suffered another fourth-quarter meltdown. This time, it came against the dysfunctional and seemingly uninspired Sacramento Kings. Leading by 11 points in the fourth quarter, the Sixers went on to lose, 114-110, Wednesday night at the Wells Fargo Center. It was the final game before the all-star break for both teams. This setback had to hurt the Sixers (8-45), who were without power forward Nerlens Noel. "Coach [Brett] Brown kept saying, 'Don't let them keep hanging around.
January 31, 2016 |
Temple at South Florida Sunday 2 p.m. the Sun Dome, Tampa, Florida TV/Radio: CBS Sports Network/WPHT-AM (1210). Records: Temple, 11-8, 5-3 American Athletic Conference; USF, 5-17, 2-7. On Temple: The Owls will look to rebound from Wednesday's 64-61 loss at East Carolina, when the winners converted a three-point play with 1.8 seconds left. That was ECU's second conference win of the season. On USF: The Bulls have won two in a row after Wednesday's 73-60 victory at Tulane.
January 29, 2016 |
REALITY WILL descend on the 76ers on Saturday in the form of the Golden State Warriors. They will correct any misperception of the Sixers, just in case anyone started to think they were close to being viable. As that moment approaches, it might be wise to understand what this season, and the next, is really about. The team's six wins since Jerry Colangelo usurped the throne from stubborn Sam Hinkie the last month seem to have clouded the matter. Lately, excitement generated by a win over the Suns and a close game at Detroit, games Jahlil Okafor missed because of illness, have the faithful joyous about Nerlens Noel and clamoring for less Jah. That is foolishness.
December 10, 2015 |
LEXINGTON, Ky. - John Calipari's office in the $30 million Joe Craft Center is tiny, smaller than the old office Phil Martelli had at Saint Joseph's. A new, larger office is being constructed behind a false wall, just steps away. The Craft Center, which houses the Kentucky basketball offices and a practice court, is attached to Memorial Coliseum, where Adolph Rupp's teams played. It is surprisingly less extravagant than some of the hoops palaces that have been built on other campuses.
March 29, 2015 |
THERE WAS the stutter-step dribble that led to a lefthanded floater. Another time it was the one-dribble power move to the left that led to a layup. There also was a quick power move to the right baseline over a smaller defender that went for a dunk and an ensuing free throw. He also ran down Chris Paul from behind and flicked the ball away from him during a dribble, leading to a basket at the other end. Nerlens Noel's progression can't be talked or written about enough. Last night, he was matched up against Los Angeles Clippers center DeAndre Jordan, one of the premier rebounders and shot blockers in the NBA, though offensively challenged.
March 27, 2015 |
HIS WORDS were almost as bold as his center's play of late. Following Wednesday's 99-85 win at Denver, 76ers coach Brett Brown emphatically stated: "People have to really start talking about him for rookie of the year. You don't just repetitively bang out these types of performances and produce the numbers that he is producing. He is a complete game changer. He is a complete defensive presence when he's lurking to block shots. He just continues to improve at this time of year. He keeps moving up the food chain and heading in the direction that we're all so thrilled about.
March 26, 2015 |
SACRAMENTO, Calif. — It was the same story as usual for the 76ers. They played hard, kept things competitive, but ultimately exited their opponent's arena with a loss. This time, it was a 107-106 setback to the Sacramento Kings on Tuesday night at Sleep Train Arena. Down one point with 8.2 seconds left, the Sixers called a 20-second timeout. When the game resumed, they faked the ball to Robert Covington and gave the ball to Hollis Thompson. It was a play the Sixers had a lot of success with this season.
March 16, 2015 |
IT LOOKED as though his sitting streak would reach four straight after not getting a minute in the first half. If that had happened, Henry Sims wouldn't have like it, but he wouldn't have complained. Lately, 76ers coach Brett Brown has been dividing Sims' normal minutes to newcomer Thomas Robinson and Furkan Aldemire. Those two were Brown's choices for the first half again last night against the Sacramento Kings. But Nerlens Noel was getting little help in trying to stop the Kings' beast of a center, DeMarcus Cousins, who totaled 22 points and 15 rebounds in the first half, when the Kings scored 42 in the second quarter to build a 10-point lead.