March 11, 2016 |
Penn women's coach Mike McLaughlin wasn't always a winner. For a few years, McLaughlin couldn't seem to win a basketball game at all. That was his time playing for the Washington Generals, taking on the Harlem Globetrotters around the world. As McLaughlin looks at all the forks in the road that led him to this point - coaching the Quakers, making the NCAA tournament for the second time in three years after Tuesday's 62-60 win over Princeton in a winner-take-all Ivy finale - a big fork was the simple act of getting on a plane for Moscow, staying at a hotel next to the Kremlin.
August 1, 2015 |
Everybody appreciates a few days at the Jersey Shore. Especially the Clown Princes of Basketball. The Harlem Globetrotters finish up their annual four-day visit to Wildwood, N.J., this weekend, and star Big Easy Lofton says it's a treat for the team. "Wildwood has become a must-play tradition for us every summer," he says. "From riding the tram car when we arrive to tossing out Frisbees on the beach, our annual trip to Wildwood is much more than four games. " The Trotters, also featuring dribbling wizard Handles Franklin and former Temple standout TNT Maddox, even brought along their perennial foes, the Washington Generals.
July 29, 2015 |
The long : Summertime tradition just five years old, the visit of America's iconic, talented, trick- basketball team dominates this week in Wildwood with appearances, clinics-and farcical games vs. the Washington Generals. The short : Georgia Brown is sweet. Sweet J is sweeter. Rare opp : This is the red-white-and-blue shortsters' only stateside stop this summer. Today : The Trotters are so big at the beach, Wildwood moved its 106th annual Baby Parade so as not to interfere with a game.
July 16, 2014 |
HOW COULD the owner of a basketball team that lost 14,000 games expect to get in the Hall of Fame? Every year when the inductees were announced, Red Klotz died a little. But he was not the kind of guy to brood. He took his lumps and moved on. And moving on meant continuing to coach and play the game he loved, into his 90s. Louis Herman "Red" Klotz, whose involvement in basketball as player, coach and team owner went back 80 years, and the owner and coach of a team that was created to lose to the legendary Harlem Globetrotters in games all over the world, died Saturday.
July 16, 2014 |
Louis "Red" Klotz, 93, a Philadelphian whose basketball life spanned much of the game's history and produced a historic legacy of losing, died Saturday at his Margate, N.J., home. Mr. Klotz won championships at South Philadelphia High, with the barnstorming Philadelphia Sphas and with the NBA's Baltimore Bullets. But it was with the Washington Generals, the Harlem Globetrotters' longtime foils, that the 5-foot-7 redhead made a lasting impact. Mr. Klotz, whose family still owns the team, founded the Generals in 1952.
April 29, 2014 |
Kevin loves many sports, but his favorite is basketball, and the 14-year-old dreams of playing the game professionally when he grows up. However, if that doesn't work out, then he is considering becoming a lawyer. Kevin was thrilled to have the opportunity recently to visit the Harlem Globetrotters. He spent some time with players Handles and TNT, who gave him tips on improving his game and presented him with a team basketball and tickets to their next game. Along with sports, Kevin also enjoys a variety of music styles, including jazz, hip-hop, and rhythm and blues.
March 10, 2014 |
PLASTERED HIGH on a beige cinderblock wall along the bowels of the Wells Fargo Center, there is an orange basketball rim that strangely blends in. There is no backboard, no glamour of a big stage - though it is positioned down the corridor from where the Sixers' court is kept. It is a few feet from the loading docks, where you might think it was installed so arena workers could shoot a few hoops while on break. You probably wouldn't have guessed that Flyers captain Claude Giroux asked for the hoop to be set up. Shooting hoops is as much a part of his pregame routine as grilled cheese sandwiches - a chance to decompress before taking the ice. Part of that is because he isn't as talented a soccer player as some of the Flyers' European players, as one-touch soccer games are an NHL pregame staple.
March 8, 2014 |
The Harlem Globetrotters bring their on-court tricks and sportsmanship to the Liacouras Center Friday and to the Wells Fargo Center Sunday for the Fans Rule Tour. At Sunday's game, Kevin Grow of Bensalem, a teen who has Down syndrome, will make his debut performance with the Globetrotters. Performing for 88 years, the Globetrotters will let the audience take charge and make the rules for the games, hence Fans Rule. Fans can choose from three rules for the game: the Hot Hand Jersey, the Make or Miss, and the Trick Shot Challenge.
November 29, 2013 |
Tim Kelly realized early on that his book about Louis "Red" Klotz needed to be "more than a basketball story. " And so it is: Kelly's newly released The Legend of Red Klotz (ComteQ Publishing) tells a lively and loving tale of a carrottopped South Philly kid who enjoyed a unique role in the history of sports, entertainment, and even international diplomacy. "Red's the greatest shooter who ever lived, and that wasn't even the best part of his game," Kelly, 61, says of the gentlemanly, yet fiercely competitive, fellow who helped introduce American basketball to the postwar world.
August 23, 2013
THE 76ERS have started adding to their thin roster. Yesterday, they acquired point guard Tony Wroten from the Memphis Grizzlies. In a statement, the Sixers said they gave up future considerations. The Grizzlies announced that they received a conditional second-round pick in 2014 and a trade exception. The Sixers now have two painfully young players at the point, as Wroten is only 20, and 11th overall pick Michael Carter-Williams, right now the team's starter at the spot, is 21. Like Carter-Williams, Wroten has good size, at 6-6. He appeared in 35 regular-season games last year for Memphis.