July 12, 2013 |
"Man, I love basketball. I just really love playing basketball. " - Dionte Christmas ORLANDO - In a little more than a week, Dionte Christmas has gone through almost a dozen practices, will have played five games in 6 days and then will leave tomorrow to do it all over again in Las Vegas. And still, despite the soreness and the early wake-up calls and the nonstop grind that is Summer League basketball, the Temple alum simply can't get enough. His energy is boundless, his enthusiasm almost noncontainable.
August 7, 2012 |
TWO DAYS removed from signing his first professional contract, former Temple guard Ramone Moore put on a show in a bizarre basketball showcase. The 6-4 shooting guard, who signed a deal Thursday with Angelico Biella of the Lega Basket Serie A in Biella, Italy, suited up for Team Philadelphia in The-BALL showcase and did not disappoint. The-BALL showcase, which made its debut this weekend featuring teams of former college stars from Philadelphia and Washington, came to St. Joseph's Hagan Arena Sunday night for its second of two contests this summer.
August 6, 2012 |
Two days removed from signing his first professional contract, former Temple guard Ramone Moore put on a show in a bizarre basketball showcase. The 6-foot-4 shooting guard, who inked a deal Thursday with Angelico Biella of the Lega Basket Serie A in Biella, Italy, suited up for team Philadelphia in The-BALL showcase and did not disappoint. The-BALL showcase, which made its debut this weekend featuring teams of former college stars from Philadelphia and Washington D.C., came to St. Joseph's Hagan Arena Sunday night for its second of two contests this summer.
July 13, 2012 |
ORLANDO — Dionte Christmas is a pretty happy soul, with an infectious smile, a hearty laugh and a zest for life that endears many to him. If you want to change that sunny disposition, just mention the date June 25, 2009, to the Temple graduate and he snarls menacingly. That was the date of the NBA draft. Christmas, whom many predicted to be a second-round selection, waited in his Olney home in vain. His name was never called and his road trip to reach his dream job started. There was a training-camp session with the Sixers after his draft snub, but he didn't latch on with the team.
March 18, 2012 |
NASHVILLE - A basketball never sounds more hollow than when it stops bouncing, and it was that sudden silence that found the Temple Owls after their opening game of the NCAA tournament late Friday night. Across the street from the Country Music Hall of Fame, the 58-44 loss to the University of South Florida told a sad story of heartbreak and betrayal. The rim was a liar, the ball was cheating and the stat sheet was drunk. Maybe someone would even get shot, but if it was by either of these teams, it would probably be a miss.
October 12, 2011 |
THE BIG EAST is looking for teams, and Temple looks to be one of the possibilities. So naturally, first-year Owls' coach Steve Addazio was asked if he had any thoughts on the topic. "I don't," he said yesterday. "I get so locked in here. I'm worried about, like, next week. And every once in a while I'm worried about what dinner I'm having here. That's about where I'm at. I mean, I'm not trying to evade the question. There's just so much going on. I was mentally and physically exhausted just getting ready for [Saturday's 42-0 win at Ball State]
October 7, 2011
Holding a disposable razor, about to clear the hairy space between his mouth and nose for the first time in four decades, Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy explained Thursday how it got to this: "Sometimes, you talk too much. My M.O. is not to say too much. " But every time Dunphy saw former Owls player Dionte Christmas in recent years, the coach got on him for not graduating despite needing only one more course. Dunphy finally told Christmas he'd shave his mustache if he got it done.
October 7, 2011 |
GONE. Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy had sported his trademark mustache for 40 years, going back to his days in the Army. But yesterday at the Liacouras Center, he shaved it off, in front of an amused crowd and a row of cameras capturing the moment, for the best of reasons. A couple of years ago, he made a promise. Now it was time to keep his word because, this summer, former Owls standout Dionte Christmas took an online elective class that gave him the final three credits necessary to earn his degree in African-American studies.
October 5, 2011
SCOOTING FROM THE LIP A few years ago, Temple basketball coach Fran Dunphy made a promise to Dionte Christmas. Now, he's going to keep his word. Since his former standout player has earned his degree, Dunph is going to shave his trademark mustache, the one he's been sporting for 40 years. The honors will take place late tomorrow morning on campus, with Christmas by his side for the historic moment. No word yet on whether - as was the case when New York Jets quarterback Joe Namath got rid of his Fu Manchu mustache some four decades ago - it will be made into a commercial.
March 16, 2010 |
A day after the Temple basketball team experienced the twin thrills of winning its third consecutive Atlantic Ten tournament title, and finding out its destination in the NCAA tournament, the Owls were back at the Liacouras Center yesterday for a film session and practice. On Sunday at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, Temple handed Richmond a 56-52 defeat in the tourney championship game. With the win, the No. 17 Owls picked up the A-10's automatic bid to the field of 65. Now, fifth-seeded Temple (29-5)