March 7, 2014 |
CAUGHT SOME of the Sixers game the other night. Not too much of course, because extended views can make winter seem longer, deepen depression, even leave your eyes overly sensitive to light. But I watched the Thunder's 125-92 victory, the Sixers' 15th loss in a row, as long as I could, just to familiarize myself with players I might someday win a prize or free drink for identifying. Maybe as soon as this summer. That's when we're supposed to uncover our eyes again, I guess.
January 17, 2014 |
LAST YEAR at about this time, Doug Collins had had it up to his kind eyes with conjecture about the health of his rehabbing big man. Andrew Bynum would tell us that he might play next week, or next month, and then he would come to practice, and then he wouldn't. Doug was asked daily, weekly, monthly, and Doug would answer daily, weekly, monthly, until finally one day Doug told reporters: "You should talk to him. I don't want to be the messenger because they shoot messengers. " Brett Brown seems to be at that point when discussing Nerlens Noel.
November 10, 2013 |
The boos were predictable, and they were as loud and long as you'd expect, and they began with 3 minutes, 54 seconds left in the first quarter - the instant Andrew Bynum lifted all 7 feet and 285 pounds of himself off his chair along the Cleveland Cavaliers' sideline and made for the scorer's table. The boos were cathartic, because Andrew Bynum was supposed to have been some kind of savior last season for the Sixers. Andrew Bynum, acquired from the Los Angeles Lakers in a thunderclap trade involving four teams.
November 8, 2013 |
AT 6-8 AND now a chiseled 235 pounds, Thaddeus Young can bang down low and challenge around the basket with opposing centers. Other times he is tussling with players closer to his size at his now familiar power-forward spot. He is actually the size of yet another position, a small forward. Throughout his 7-year career he has been asked to step out and shoot jump shots, beat slower defenders off the dribble, score in the paint. He always has been at his best when he is running the floor and getting to the rim, difficult to stop as a lefthander with exceptional athletic ability.
November 7, 2013 |
Jeffrey Millman, 67, of Pennsauken, longtime equipment manager for the Philadelphia 76ers who began with the team as a ball boy when he was 10, died of lung cancer Tuesday, Nov. 5, at a friend's home in Mantua. Ten years before he became the equipment manager in 1972, the 15-year-old Mr. Millman was with the old Philadelphia Warriors when Wilt Chamberlain had his 100-point game in Hershey on March 2, 1962, nephew Jerrold Colton said in a phone interview. "He was very tight with Wilt," Colton said.
November 1, 2013 |
Jeff Millman touched many people's lives during a half-century of service to the 76ers. Many of the greatest names in franchise history returned to honor him Wednesday at the Wells Fargo Center against the Miami Heat. Among the former Sixers on hand were Julius Erving, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Moses Malone, Billy Cunningham, Bobby Jones, Darryl Dawkins, and Doug Collins. In a pregame ceremony, the Sixers dedicated their locker room to Millman, a longtime equipment manager who had several jobs with the team over the years.
November 1, 2013 |
IMAGINE YOU are on a park bench and this guy sits next to you and begins to talk. He tells you he was there that night in Hershey when Wilt scored 100, tells you he even had the 100-point ball in his possession before he wrapped it in a bunch of towels and stuffed it in The Dipper's gym bag. You nod and smile a patronizing smile. And then he starts to tell you about that time on the White House lawn, when he was again in charge of the ball, this one signed by every member of the 1983 NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers, how he was just doing his job when President Reagan came out, took the ball from him, clowned around and shook his hand.
September 28, 2013 |
Brett Brown's message for Evan Turner: Don't read media reports. "And I hope he's not caring about what goes on on Twitter," the new 76ers coach said. Brown wants the Sixers' second overall draft pick in 2010 to get into a gym and rediscover a passion for the game. He said the key would be to go back to his time as a youth when he really enjoyed playing basketball. "Now that sounds a lot easier than it is to achieve," Brown said. "But it starts with the knowledge that you are putting in the time.
August 15, 2013 |
The game is called "Beat Sam Brown," and it is a staple of practice sessions for the San Antonio Spurs. It is a shooting game, but not an easy one even for an NBA player to win. A contestant must shoot from the five standard stations behind the three-point line: the two corners, the two wing positions and the top of the free-throw circle. He gets to shoot at each of the stations until he makes one, and then can keep shooting at that station until he misses. Then he moves on to the next and the next.
August 14, 2013 |
SINCE LARRY Brown left for Detroit after the 2002-03 season, the 76ers have tried seven different coaches to hold down the position. Seven coaches have been hired during the past 10 seasons, and seven have gone, from Randy Ayers to Doug Collins (with Chris Ford, Jim O'Brien, Maurice Cheeks, Tony DiLeo and Eddie Jordan in between). Cheeks lasted three seasons plus 23 games into a fourth. Collins had the second-longest tenure during that time, having stepped down in April after three seasons at the helm.