March 28, 2013 |
LOS ANGELES - La Salle assistant Horace "Pappy" Owens was the city Player of the Year at Dobbins Tech in 1979 when he averaged 29.3 points. That spring, he got a very close look at what he thinks is the closest Big 5 parallel to what La Salle has done so far in this NCAA Tournament - the Penn team that went all the way to the Final Four. It was the first year of seeding, and Penn was a No. 9 that, like La Salle this year, had to play its way into the main bracket. Now it is 64 teams, then only 32. Penn beat Iona in an 8-9 game, just as La Salle beat Boise State in a 13-13 game.
February 28, 2013 |
Thaddeus Young was on schedule in returning from his hamstring injury, a positive development for the 76ers in a season that has had few of them. Young returned to the lineup for Sunday's 99-93 loss to the New York Knicks after missing six games. He was hurt Feb. 4 in a 78-61 win over the Orlando Magic. At the time, Young was expected to miss three weeks. He returned on schedule, playing nearly 36 minutes and collecting 11 points and 10 rebounds. "I am feeling good and I have no pain at all," Young said after Tuesday morning's shootaround.
January 30, 2013 |
THE ASSIGNMENT was to decide on the five best Big 5 guard combinations and what made them so good. After contemplating the magnitude of that task, I made a decision. I would only consider the combos I have seen in my quarter-century of covering the Big 5, with a nod toward the great combos that played long before I saw my first City Series game. I was not thinking I would take one combo from each school, but that is exactly how it came out, again with a look back at history, concentrating on all Big 5 players and Player of the Year winners.
December 5, 2012 |
GRAHAM SPANIER wants a judge to allow him to travel outside of Pennsylvania. It is, after all, the holiday season and the former Penn State president wants to visit his mom, who is sick and living in Chicago. He also has relatives in Iowa he wants to see, and there's that second home in New York that he hasn't been to in a while. Last month, however, Spanier was charged with covering up complaints that former assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky had showered with minor boys in facilities on Penn State's main campus.
November 24, 2012 |
The Nets' Brook Lopez had 26 points, including consecutive baskets during the game's decisive stretch, as Brooklyn shut down the visiting Los Angeles Clippers in the fourth quarter for an 86-76 victory Friday night. Brooklyn outscored the Clippers, 23-13, during a final period in which Chris Paul had no points, two assists, and six fouls. Deron Williams didn't have a great game either, but he improved to 14-4 in the longtime rivalry between two of the NBA's top point guards. Joe Johnson added 19 points for the Nets, who limited the Clippers to 29 points in the second half and got back on track after losing the final two games of a six-game road trip.
November 5, 2012
Former 76er Lou Williams scored 10 of his 19 points during Atlanta's decisive fourth-quarter surge; Al Horford had 23 points and 12 rebounds; and the Hawks beat the Thunder, 104-95, on Sunday night in Oklahoma City. Williams, who was let go by the Sixers despite leading them in scoring last season, hit a three-pointer, a 24-foot jumper, and converted a three-point play off a driving scoop in the lane during a 12-4 push midway through the fourth quarter that put the Hawks in front to stay.
July 6, 2012 |
The Orlando Magic are making some progress on solidifying their roster for next season, agreeing in principle to a new deal with Jameer Nelson. The 30-year-old point guard announced the news on his Twitter account Thursday. The deal comes just a week after the St. Joseph's and Chester High product opted out of the final season and nearly $8 million of his contract with Orlando to test free agency. "Glad to say I've reached an agreement with the Magic. . . I'm blessed to have the best fans and a great organization supporting me!"
May 9, 2012
Danny Granger scored 25 points to help the Indiana Pacers defeat the Orlando Magic, 105-87, in Indianapolis on Tuesday night, clinching their first-round Eastern Conference series four games to one. Darren Collison scored 15 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and George Hill added 15 points for the Pacers, who trailed by two at the end of the third quarter but outscored the Magic, 36-16, in the final 12 minutes. It was Indiana's first series win since 2005 and its first clincher on its home court since the first round of the 2000 playoffs.
April 8, 2012 |
The 76ers couldn't take advantage of an opponent that was clearly hurting both physically and emotionally. Despite having two starters out with injury and still wearing the scars from one of the most bizarre news conferences in NBA history, the Magic defeated the Sixers, 88-82, on Saturday night at the Wells Fargo Center. The loss was the Sixers' third in a row and fourth in five games. The Sixers visit Boston on Sunday, two games behind the Celtics in the Atlantic Division.
March 9, 2012
Dwight Howard scored 29 points and pulled down 18 rebounds to lead the Orlando Magic to a 99-94 road win over Chicago on Thursday night, ending the Bulls' winning streak at eight games. Chicago twice overcame double-digit deficits and led, 91-89, with 2 minutes, 56 seconds to play. Orlando responded with an 8-1 run started by Jameer Nelson's lob to Howard for a dunk. Carlos Boozer led Chicago with 26 points. The Bulls played without guards Richard Hamilton (right-shoulder bruise)