June 7, 2015 |
THE NBA FINALS began Thursday night with the Golden State Warriors winning a thriller in overtime over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Finals can often be incredibly memorizing and a great spectacle. As I watched Steph Curry and the Warriors battle King James, my thoughts drifted back to the last two times the 76ers played in the NBA Finals: 1983 and 2001. The excitement throughout the region was palpable. The city paid rapt attention to every game, every play, every triumph, and every loss.
March 27, 2015
SELDOM HAS a man with so much to say been so reluctant to say it. For years, the overriding narrative concerning Kareem Abdul-Jabbar focused less on his Ruthian career and more on his Sphinxian existence. It went like this: Abdul-Jabbar's aloof nature as a player alienated him to peers, teammates, coaches and the press. That alienation grew into resentment and distrust, a dynamic that disqualified Abdul-Jabbar from candidacy when coaching opportunities arose. All of which makes perfect sense . . . except, as it turns out, he has plenty to say. Most recently, he has been saying it with original fiction.
July 15, 2014 |
EVERYONE, IT SEEMS, has an opinion on LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the more interesting perspectives comes from former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who shared his thoughts in an 800-word column on Time.com. Writes Jabbar: "In his essay in Sports Illustrated about his return to play for Cleveland, LeBron James announced, 'I'm coming home.' And, while his very personal and emotional explanation will resonate with many, others will find it disingenuous and self-serving.
February 9, 2014 |
Usually, the regular-season game that the Los Angeles Lakers play in Philadelphia each season evolves into a self-guided tour of Kobe Bryant's past, a 24-hour episode of "This is Your Life" in which Bryant is the host, the guest, and the studio audience. He stops by all his old haunts around Lower Merion, remembering a suburban upbringing that always belied the street-kid ferocity with which he has played basketball, and he makes a point of visiting with his high school coach, Gregg Downer.
May 16, 2013
Former Penn State QB Matt McGloin tweeted Wednesday that he had signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. McGloin, who went from walk-on to full-time starter with the Nittany Lions, was not selected in last month's NFL draft. He worked out for the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers before landing with Oakland. The Raiders also signed free-agent kick returner Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract. The 30-year-old has eight kickoff returns for touchdowns, tied with the New England Patriots' Leon Washington for the most in NFL history.
April 19, 2013 |
Who can ever forget 42-15-7? It's not a winning lottery number, especially if you're a fan of the Philadelphia 76ers. Those are the numbers posted by 20-year-old Magic Johnson - 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists - in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. It is one of the greatest performances in Finals history. It was a game the Sixers figured they would win. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar back in Los Angeles nursing a severely sprained ankle, it was a slam dunk. The Sixers, down 3-2 in the series, would be headed back to LA for Game 7. They figured it was a foregone conclusion.
March 28, 2013 |
SHAKA SMART and VCU have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the coach at the school. Athletic director Ed McLaughlin says the details are still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve "program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches. " McLaughlin says it also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020. Smart's record is 111-37 in 4 years, the sixth-most wins in the country over that stretch. Since guiding VCU to the Final Four in 2011, Smart's name has been among the first mentioned whenever a high-profile job opens up. With spots at places such as UCLA, Southern Cal and Minnesota, McLaughlin says VCU wanted to give him a new deal to be proactive.
February 20, 2013 |
Jerry Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood. After growing up in poverty in Wyoming, he earned success in academia, aerospace and real estate before discovering his favorite vocation when he bought the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. While Mr. Buss wrote the checks and fostered partnerships with two generations of basketball greats, the Lakers won 10 NBA titles and became a glamorous worldwide brand. Lakers games became a nightly happening, often defined by just one word coined by Mr. Buss: Showtime.
January 16, 2013 |
LeBron James needs 18 points to become the 38th NBA player to score 20,000 in his career. If it happens Wednesday when the Miami Heat visit the Golden State Warriors, James (28 years, 17 days) will be more than a year younger than Kobe Bryant was when he got there at 29 years, 122 days. James would be the seventh-fastest to the 20,000 club, in his 726th regular-season game. Wilt Chamberlain needed 499 games, followed by Michael Jordan (620), Oscar Robertson (671), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (684)
October 21, 2011 |
Gerard T. "Jerry" Bannan, 76, of West Chester, an electrician and former NBA referee, died of a brain disease Thursday, Oct. 13, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. As a union electrician for 50 years, Mr. Bannan worked for several local companies, including Pangeourne Electric, whose clients included West Chester University, and Kehoe Electric in West Chester, whose clients included the Franklin Mint. He was with the Chester County facilities department for two years before retiring in 1998.