March 19, 2015 |
THE SIXERS are a few Miami Heat losses, a few not-so-friendly Los Angeles Laker ping pong balls and an Oklahoma City Thunder winning streak away grabbing four of the first 19 picks in the 2015 NBA draft. Of course, with some twists of fate, they could just end up with their own pick, which could drop as low as sixth as the NBA standings currently dictate. (Three top spots can be displaced.) Either way, the Sixers are going to be looking at the NCAA Tournament not just to see how they do in their collective pools but also to see how some of the talent they've had their eyes on the past few months perform.
March 19, 2015 |
Carol Harrison walks into her mother's nursing-home room, raises the blinds, lets in the morning light. "Hey, Mom, hey, good morning. " The daughter's voice is tender, as if waking a child. She kisses her mother's cheek. Strokes her hair. "Mom, hey, it's Carol Ann. It's Carol Ann. I'm here to see you. " No response. Grace Ward, 90, is under a blanket, in a recliner, eyes closed. She has had Alzheimer's disease for 15 years. For the last five, she hasn't uttered a coherent sentence, or recognized her daughter.
March 18, 2015 |
BOSTON - The 76ers expect their future to include a towering frontcourt of Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid. Thomas Robinson, however, could fit in as a nice backup. "When you just talk about his skill package, he's got tenacity," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of Robinson. "If he does anything, he plays hard. . . . His gift is he is highly, highly competitive. And there is a bull mentality in him. " Those are the qualities the Sixers find endearing and want in their franchise moving forward.
March 16, 2015 |
A carriage house on North 35th Street is home to one of Mantua's more successful businessmen. Rick Young is a real estate developer who also teaches entrepreneurship at a local elementary school, hoping to inspire the next Ford or Facebook. Now 50, Young has a success story that started when he was just 19. While recording hits such as "We Could Be Lovers" for his record label, the Beat Factory, he worked at a Domino's pizza franchise at the University of Pennsylvania campus.
March 10, 2015 |
The future is a big question mark for Makayla: Should she be a singer, a dancer, a podiatrist, or a psychologist? "I'm in the middle of deciding," she says, admitting to some confusion over just which career path she wants to follow. But Makayla has a bit of time. She's only 11. Upbeat and outgoing, she enjoys making new acquaintances and easily engages in conversation, with both adults and other children. She likes to sing, dance, and shop, and expresses her creative side in her drawings, her favorite subjects being people, flowers, and animals.
March 8, 2015 |
PRINCETON - The battle was hanging in the balance that January day in 1777 when Gen. George Washington boldly rode between the American and British lines to rally his soldiers. "Instantly, there was a roar of musketry followed by a shout," wrote an American colonel who was there. "It was the shout of victory. " Washington emerged from the smoke waving his hat and urging his soldiers on in pursuit of retreating Redcoats. Two hundred and thirty-eight years later, another counterattack is underway - focused on the same land where some historians say combat was fierce.
March 5, 2015 |
He got home after more than 10 hours in a jail cell, his eye as swollen and purple as a ripened plum, his scalp a patchwork of stitches from the police officers' batons, and he took a shower to wash away the blood. He had to get to work. As bad as he looked, as bad as he felt, Najee Rivera did not want to miss a shift at the hospital. His girlfriend, Dina Scannapieco, had found him the job. She worked at Children's Hospital of Philadelphia as a nurse. She had seen the listing on the website.
March 3, 2015 |
SEASONS CHANGE, the conversation does too, but the topic remains constant. Winter, spring, summer and into early fall, three of our four major professional sports franchises have positioned and decisioned themselves into hard-choice narratives about what to do next, and how to do it. That's the common thread: a gap between where they have put themselves and where they want to go. As anyone who follows professional sports in this town can attest, the...
March 2, 2015 |
IN AN EARLIER column, I said 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie was either a mad genius or just mad. After the deals he made at the NBA trade deadline, I am now convinced he's not only mad, he's completely insane. The result of trading Michael Carter-Williams and K.J. McDaniels is that our remaining lineup is surely the worst in the NBA, and our two most interesting players to watch are gone. As a result, the Sixers could have four picks in the first round and five picks in the second round of this year's draft, plus Nerlens Noel and Joel Embiid will most likely both be healthy next season.
February 20, 2015 |
SO, DID you hear the big news? Ben Davis has been added to the Phillies' broadcasting booth. Oh, and the other big news? The Eagles cut James Casey. OK, OK. Here's the part that struck me the most about Sam Hinkie's trade yesterday of Michael Carter-Williams for yet even more draft picks: His boss isn't flinching. And Josh Harris is willing to take all the public-relations hits that his general manager can dish out with one after another unpopular, eyes-to-the-future deal.