June 11, 2014 |
THE SAYING is that the NBA Finals don't begin until one team wins on the road. The 2014 Finals begin tonight in Miami. LeBron James did indeed change the narrative concerning the leg cramps he got in Game 1 by responding with a typical monster game on Sunday in a 98-96 series-evening win by the Miami Heat in San Antonio. For all the arguments I may make that James has not yet reached Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird status, he unquestionably has displayed the rare quality that all great ones have to bounce back from adversity with superlative performances.
June 5, 2014 |
Larry Brown didn't sound like a coach who's in a hurry to get back to the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers have discussed reaching out to Brown, who coached the 76ers from 1997 to 2003 and led them to the 2001 Finals, about their vacant head coaching job, ESPN reported. During a telephone interview Tuesday, Brown did not discuss the Lakers, but he did offer some comments about coaching in the NBA that suggest he's not planning to leave Southern Methodist, where he has spent the last two years.
June 3, 2014 |
With the sudden death of Lewis Katz in a plane crash Saturday, his son, Drew, is expected to assume a large role in the ownership and management of The Inquirer as well as other organizations owned or influenced by his father. Drew Katz, 42, has long been a protégé of his father, who groomed him to run the businesses he owned and developed. H.F. "Gerry" Lenfest, co-owner of The Inquirer, the Philadelphia Daily News, and Philly.com, said Sunday that Drew Katz would replace his father on the board of the media company.
June 3, 2014 |
An independent, artistic 13-year-old, Parrish loves to draw and has exhibited his creations at his school's art show. He also designed the cover page for his class' poetry booklet. His interests, however, are not limited to art; they range from extreme sports to Shakespeare. He enjoys playing football and soccer, fishing, swimming, skateboarding, biking, and bowling. He also finds time to read classic literature (including Julius Caesar ), listen to a variety of music, play videogames, talk to friends on his cellphone, and even cook.
June 2, 2014 |
With seven draft picks, the 76ers will have plenty of options in the NBA draft June 26. New York Knicks president Phil Jackson hopes one of those options involves selling a second-round selection to his franchise for the right price. "We have a limited amount of funds that we can use," Jackson told New York reporters Friday. "It's been prorated now to every team. You know, teams do sell draft picks. "We are going to approach teams and ask them if they're willing to allow us to buy a draft pick if we feel like there's a player we want to have at a position that comes up. " He specifically mentioned the Sixers and the Milwaukee Bucks, who have four draft picks.
May 16, 2014 |
Just in time for her feast day on May 22, St. Rita seems to have interceded for her namesake shrine in South Philadelphia. The National Shrine of Saint Rita of Cascia has met with at least eight different developers about building on an empty lot next to the church, where its parochial school once stood. That's a far cry from just one month ago, when St. Rita's, a Catholic landmark, had not even a nibble on the property. St. Rita's original plans for the space didn't do justice to the corner of Broad and Ellsworth Streets, its neighbors said.
May 13, 2014 |
Linda Jagiela got her first call from Nydia Neubauer four years ago. Jagiela owned a car service in Marlton, and Neubauer wanted a driver. She didn't have a specific destination. She just wanted to be picked up in New Hope in a black Town Car and chauffeured wherever she pleased. To Lambertville, N.J., to get treatment for her dog. To a garage 100 miles away in Milford, Pa., where Neubauer said she had stored her furs. To the Jersey Shore. Neubauer, who typically traveled with two dogs and a woman she called a maid, painted herself as a rich heiress, Jagiela said.
May 2, 2014 |
As a child, Elaine Sirna Shaughnessy never liked the smell of perfume. Too unnatural. But she happily inhaled whatever wafted from her mother's kitchen in Delaware Township, later to become Cherry Hill. Especially on Sunday mornings, before church, when Mom made "gravy" for the week. Those scents were very pleasurable, and may have been a subconscious trigger for the turn her life would take in the mid-1980s. That was when Shaughnessy, a stressed-out school administrator, read an article about aromatherapy, a form of alternative medicine using fragrant "essential oils" distilled from plants.
April 27, 2014 |
For the opening salvo of four different Mozart programs in three days, conductor Yannick Nézet-Séguin on Thursday night modulated his influence to various degrees. His jumpiness in the Overture to Così fan tutte left you wondering what happened to the gracefully rounded waves of Mozart's main theme. In parts of a symphony, he stepped back and let it flow. Presiding over a piano concerto, he left a personal stamp. By the end of this weekend of overtures, symphonies, and piano concertos - so much for new formats - listeners should have a firm idea of whether this Philadelphia Orchestra music director has any firm ideas about Mozart.
April 24, 2014 |
STEVE MASON surprisingly returned to the Flyers' bench last night, less than 24 hours after completely ruling himself out of Game 3 - even as a backup. Mason stood up periodically to stretch in the tunnel leading to the Flyers' dressing room, in uniform for his first Stanley Cup playoff game since April 23, 2009. The stretching turned out to be useful. Mason was summoned from the bench for the final 7 minutes, 15 seconds last night, once the game was firmly in hand for New York.