October 20, 1994 |
Already scrambling to fill vacancies created by Larry Nance's retirement and Brad Daugherty's bad back, the Cleveland Cavaliers learned yesterday starting guard Gerald Wilkins will miss the entire season because of a ruptured Achilles' tendon. He will have surgery tomorrow. He tore the tendon Tuesday night during the second quarter of an exhibition game against the Boston Celtics in Providence, R.I. The tear was confirmed during an examination at the Cleveland Clinic yesterday.
November 1, 1994 |
The Cleveland Cavaliers yesterday signed unrestricted free agent guard- forward Tony Campbell, a 10-year NBA veteran. Campbell fills a vacancy created by the loss of shooting guard Gerald Wilkins to a torn Achilles' tendon. Wilkins, who averaged 14.3 points a game last season, ruptured the tendon in an exhibition game and will be out all season. Terms of Campbell's deal were not disclosed. The Cavaliers had about $550,000 available under the salary cap - half of Wilkins's base salary from last season.
March 26, 1993 |
Local NBA fans with long memories will recall that this point of the season can occasionally be an important one. With fewer than 20 games to go, there are teams trying to position themselves for the playoffs - both in the standings and in attitude. While others play out the string, some teams try to weave a rope that will pull them through the postseason. The Cleveland Cavaliers, coming into the Spectrum against the Sixers tonight, are one of those teams. The Cavs are good, bordering on great this season, but it is on occasion a very wide and treacherous border for them to cross.
December 9, 1994 |
The husky college student broke down and cried when he talked about his best friend, who died in his arms three years ago. Gerald Wilkins, 22, testified yesterday that he was there when Derrick Thomas, 19, a Hampton University freshman, was shot in the head in broad daylight for his "Gucci" chain and bracelet. Rodney Williams, 22, of Park Avenue near Medary, is on trial, charged with the August 1991 murder. Lynda Thomas, 39, Derrick Thomas' mother, is a successful doctor with a practice in Chestnut Hill.
January 17, 1988 |
The New York Knicks did everything last night that they had done Friday night - except fold. The 76ers did the opposite of what they had done Friday night - on and off the court. On the court, they fell to the Knicks, 110-96, at Madison Square Garden, allowing New York to avenge Friday's 119-104 Spectrum defeat. Off the court, Sixers management, after having said Friday that a rumored trade with the New Jersey Nets was practically dead, made the deal during the game. The swap sent center Tim McCormick and forward Roy Hinson to the Nets in exchange for center Mike Gminski and forward Ben Coleman.
May 16, 1989 |
Not everyone in Chicago Stadium Sunday thought Michael Jordan was Superman. New York Knicks guard Gerald Wilkins, the man faced with the near- impossible task of trying to guard the Chicago Bulls' sensation, thought Jordan got some help from the officials in putting together a 47-point performance that gave the Bulls open a 3-1 lead heading into Game 5 of the best-of-seven series tonight in New York. "The first two games (when Jordan had 34 and 15 points, respectively) it wasn't as hard to guard him because the refs were really calling a fair game," Wilkins said.
April 6, 1990 |
Look out, 76ers, the Knicks are about to unleash a long-hidden weapon on them tonight at Madison Square Garden: Kiki Vandeweghe. You can stop laughing right now. The 6-8 forward has been limited to 13 games this season by back and foot injuries, but one of those outings was Wednesday night, when he burned the Washington Bullets for a season-high 21 points on 10-for-12 shooting. Part of the reason for Vandeweghe's success was the presence of teammate Patrick Ewing, who ended up with 37 points and 17 rebounds despite being double-teamed all night.
December 5, 1989 |
Haverford School basketball coach Mike Mersky says he enjoys challenges. If so, the Fords' head man should really enjoy this season. "I love coaching new kids," Mersky said. "That's why I'm in the profession. I love this bunch of kids. " Mersky goes into the 1989-1990 season with only one starter - Damien Blair - back from last year's squad. He will be joined by a number of players who have no varsity experience. Still, Mersky isn't fretting. "I think Episcopal is head and shoulders above everybody in the league," Mersky said.
April 28, 1989 |
Despite the best efforts of a sellout crowd of towel-waving fanatics and the muscling tactics of a bench full of Knicks, the 76ers did all that was required of them in the first game of the opening playoff series between the teams last night. They stayed close enough to make it a game of last shots. But on this occasion, it was the Knicks who made the shots in the final screaming moments of the 102-96 New York victory and the Sixers who missed them. Mark Jackson knocked down a three-point jump shot from well behind the bonus line with 16 seconds to go that improved a one-point New York lead to four points.
April 28, 1989 |
Gerald Wilkins played last night's game as if the rest of the players on the floor of a packed Madison Square Garden were props in a drama that Wilkins wrote, produced, directed and starred in. Unfortunately for the 76ers, Wilkins' best supporting actor was Hersey Hawkins. It wasn't that anybody else could have handled Wilkins - he was truly unstoppable - but the Sixers rookie happened to be the guy who was too often left just out of the picture. With a series of fluid dashes through the lane - keeping a feathery jumper in reserve when his path was blocked - Wilkins hit 16 of 21 shots from the floor and scored 34 points in leading the New York Knicks to a 102-96 victory in the opener of this first-round, best-of-five series.