June 9, 2016 |
That man on the Golden State Warriors' bench, the one they sometimes see Warriors head coach Steve Kerr talking to - they recognize that guy, even almost two decades later. In his eighth NBA stop, Ron Adams is acknowledged as an NBA defensive guru, an assistant coach to be trusted with a vital part of the game. For a group of guys around Philadelphia in their late 20s, Adams isn't just any assistant coach - he also was their assistant coach, when they were a little band of third graders at Valley Forge Elementary School, playing in the Malvern Summer League.
December 24, 2015 |
Several 76ers are excited that former NBA players Chuck Hayes and John Lucas III recently met with coach Brett Brown as the team possibly looks to add much-needed veteran leadership. "I think that will be good for us to have any type of veterans," Nerlens Noel said. "I think [general manager] Sam [Hinkie] is looking into that a little more. . . . You know Chuck Hayes is a big man and I think it's going to help us. " Tony Wroten would also welcome the additions. "We are just trying to do whatever we can to help the team get better and better in the future and the present.
December 2, 2015 |
When the 76ers were preparing for the 1995 draft, head coach and general manager John Lucas invited college stars to St. Joseph's University for private workouts, and there they found a skinny, young player against whom they were matched one-on-one. "Is he on your team?" one player asked Lucas after his workout, which ended badly for the prospective draftee. "No, son," Lucas said. "He's a junior in high school. " The pages that fall from the calendar form pathways that bend and twist as they flutter to the ground and land.
February 24, 2014 |
HOUSTON - The morning after the greatest basketball game of his life, after he had scored 48 points Dec. 18 in a one-point upset at Temple, Aaric Murray sat by a gate at Philadelphia International Airport and plugged his name into a Twitter search engine on his phone. He began retweeting some of what he read: Aaric Murray scores D-I season-high 48 points in Texas Southern win over Temple. Murray shot 20-28 from the field. He is a Philly native!! . . . Shouts to Aaric Murray for setting the Liacouras Center scoring record!
February 23, 2013
Rudy Gay scored a season-high 32 points, DeMar DeRozan had 18 and the Toronto Raptors beat New York, 100-98, on Friday night, handing the slumping Knicks their season-worst fourth straight loss. Kyle Lowry scored 15 points, Amir Johnson 12, and John Lucas 10 as the Raptors won for the sixth time in seven games. Carmelo Anthony had 32 points for the Knicks, winless since beating Minnesota on Feb. 8. Elsewhere: James Harden and Carlos Delfino each scored 22 points, and the Houston Rockets tied their longest winning streak against any opponent by beating the Nets for the 13th straight time, 106-96, in New York.
November 21, 2011
Dr. J has scored big again. SCP Auctions said more than 140 items from Julius Erving's personal collection sold for a record $3.5 million. The auction ran from October until Sunday. Among the highlights: His 1974 New Jersey Nets ABA championship ring sold for $460,471; 1983 76ers championship rings sold for $244,240; 1983 All-Star Game MVP trophy ($115,242); final game-worn jersey from May 3, 1987 ($88,826); and 1974-75 ABA MVP trophy ($173,10). Erving told the Associated Press last month he's never been a "hoarder or collector," and planned to donate a portion of the auction proceeds to the Salvation Army.
December 29, 2008 |
Dallas Mavericks forward Dirk Nowitzki was suspended for one game for a flagrant foul during Friday's 97-88 loss to the Utah Jazz. Stu Jackson , the NBA's executive vice president for basketball operations, announced the suspension yesterday. Nowitzki sat out the Mavericks' 98-76 win over the Los Angeles Clippers. Nowitzki tangled with Jazz forward Matt Harpring under the basket with about 10 minutes left in Friday's game. As they were separating, Nowitzki swung his right arm and caught Harpring squarely in the mouth.
August 26, 2007 |
It's a nondescript four-lane street, nothing fancy, with a post office and a self-service "Car Spa" on one side of the railroad tracks. The Lawndale Avenue Baptist Church sits just over on the other side. There are no visible skid marks, old or new, by the tracks, no signs that Eddie Griffin - former Roman Catholic High School basketball star and NBA player - and his Nissan SUV slowed down on Aug. 17 before slamming into a southbound Union Pacific freight train. That collision ignited a blaze and instantly killed the 25-year-old Griffin in a crash so horrific that it took four days for authorities to identify his 6-foot-10 body from dental records.
August 26, 2007 |
HOUSTON - It's a nondescript four-lane street, nothing fancy, with a post office and a self-service "Car Spa" on one side of the railroad tracks. The Lawndale Avenue Baptist Church sits just over on the other side. There are no visible skid marks, old or new, by the tracks, no signs that Eddie Griffin - former Roman Catholic High School basketball star and NBA player - and his Nissan SUV slowed down on Aug. 17 before slamming into a southbound Union Pacific freight train. That collision ignited a blaze and instantly killed the 25-year-old Griffin in a crash so horrific that it took four days for authorities to identify his 6-foot-10 body from dental records.
December 6, 2004 |
Eddie Griffin's return to the NBA and the Minnesota Timberwolves was paved by a former 76ers coach who, like the former Roman Catholic star, had paid heavily for his indiscretions. The person most instrumental in Griffin's return to the NBA after a season in exile has been John Lucas. From 1994 to 1996, in two forgettable seasons, Lucas was the Sixers' head coach, posting a 42-122 record. But his success rate with reclamation projects such as Griffin has been much better. Lucas, 51, knows firsthand of the pitfalls of substance abuse.