December 2, 1996 |
The 76ers' seventh victory last season came Jan. 12, in their 32nd game. Their fourth victory at home came Dec. 20, in their 22nd game. If you're searching for a way to measure their progress in their first season under coach Johnny Davis, Saturday night's 96-90 victory over the Vancouver Grizzlies qualifies as a checkpoint. That's seven wins, four at home, in the first 15 games. A 7-8 record in November is light-years ahead of the 2-10 mark in the first month of last season.
July 27, 2001 |
Sometimes you carpe the diem, and sometimes the diem carpes you. Pat Croce is gone. And now, for us Philadelphia sports fans looking to identify with the moneyed personages who run our beloved franchises, we have only the zany, madcap antics of Phillies president David Montgomery - whose idea of edginess no doubt consists of eating lobster bisque with a demitasse spoon. The single greatest service Croce gave to fans was his air of treating us all as if we were his partners, and not the powerless herd we really are. He was a regular guy. Yes, a shrewd multimillionaire regular guy . . . but I would rather have an owner who rappels from the rafters to show his gratitude for our money than one who sits in his suite expecting our money while repelled by the notion of gratitude.
November 28, 2003 |
Scott Skiles will be named the new coach of the Chicago Bulls today, ESPN.com reported. Skiles would replace Bill Cartwright, who was fired Monday because of the team's 4-10 start. Other names that mentioned for the job were former Orlando coach Doc Rivers, Mike Fratello and Chicago native Isiah Thomas. But Rivers, fired earlier this season, is working as a TV analyst and already said he's not interested in coaching this season. Skiles, 39, was 116-79 as coach of the Suns from 1999-01, and was 5-8 in the playoffs.
March 17, 1999 |
Since being relieved as the coach of the then-Washington Bullets after 46 games of the 1996-97 season, Jim Lynam has always said he isn't sure whether he wants to get back into coaching. He still isn't sure, but neither did he hesitate to help New Jersey interim coach Don Casey and Nets general manager John Nash, two close friends. Lynam, the former coach, assistant coach and general manager of the 76ers, and former Sacramento Kings coach Eddie Jordan are expected to join Casey tonight as assistants with the New Jersey Nets.
January 18, 2013
ALONG THE SIDELINES Starting with the four men already in place, here are the dates of hire of the Philadelphia pro head coaches since 1976. Note, the start date of one coach's tenure may not coincide directly with the end of his predecessor's: Date PHILLIES EAGLES SIXERS FLYERS 1976 Danny Ozark Dick Vermeil Gene Shue Fred Shero Nov. 4, 1977 Billy Cunningham July 5, 1978 Bob McCammon Jan. 30, 1979 Pat Quinn Aug. 31, 1979 Dallas...
November 7, 1996 |
When Mark Davis signed a free-agent contract with the 76ers in September, many beat reporters had a couple of serious, overriding questions: Such as, who was this guy and why were the Sixers giving him even a modest, $247,500, one-year guarantee? And even as general manager Brad Greenberg was answering, this follow-up question was on everyone's lips: Why should we expect any kind of meaningful contribution from a guy who spent his rookie season playing 10 minutes a night and shooting 36.9 percent from the floor for the awful Minnesota Timberwolves?
April 1, 1991 |
They play this tournament in a grade-school gymnasium, yet it draws the best high school basketball players from four states. The gym is packed with college coaches from around the country. For some of the players, it's time to be recognized once and for all as the real thing. Players such as Jerry Devine. The Bristol star wants to play more than one game in this tournament to show his stuff. "I'll be able to play with guys who can complement me," Devine said. "If you look at my stats you know I can score.
February 25, 1997 |
Rough day at work, huh? The first e-mail you got today (copy to your boss) was a flame from a customer carrying on about a one-day delivery delay as if Western civilization were at risk. And the woman at the next desk keeps telling you way more about her dog's digestive problems than you need to know. Cheer up, bud. You could be Johnny Davis. Davis is the first-year coach of the Philadelphia 76ers, an NBA team that, not to put too fine a point on it, stinks. And, after a decent interval of, oh, half a season, Nega-delphia's howling pack of sports fans and pundits has decided this is primarily Johnny Davis' fault.
January 14, 1997 |
Mark Davis's final, explosive drive along the baseline turned out to be nothing more than one more soiree along the boulevard of broken dreams. The second-year pro filled up the 76ers' box score with career-highs in points (24), field goals (12) and steals (7), but came away like all of his teammates: painfully empty. This was the night the Sixers were sure they had the answer, the night the second-worst losing streak of this nightmare of a season would finally screech to a halt.
December 11, 1996 |
Derrick Coleman is back. Sort of. Not far enough to be the player he was as a member of Dream Team II, or as a 1994 NBA All-Star. But pretty far. The 6-10 76ers forward is back far enough that he still commands double-teams in the low post and sometimes even on the perimeter. He's back far enough to be averging 17.2 points, 8.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists going into tonight's game against the Miami Heat at the CoreStates Center. But not all the way. Not yet. He did not play at all for the New Jersey Nets last season after an episode of an irregular heartbeat, then, after he was traded to Philadelphia in November, was limited to 11 appearances with the Sixers because of a severely sprained ankle.