December 23, 2014 |
IF YOU TUNED OUT after Kansas was wiped out by Kentucky, 72-40, on Nov. 18 and assumed than any team, even Kansas, that had the Nos. 1 and 3 picks in the 2014 NBA draft was going to take a giant step backward, you made a mistake. KU has not lost since. The Jayhawks have played teams with combined records of 67-22. They have beaten Utah, Florida, Michigan State, Tennessee, Rhode Island and Georgetown (on the road). Bill Self's team is so deep he benched one player for the first half Saturday against Lafayette and started another who had scored 31 points in nine games.
May 22, 2014 |
Just before Temple's Class of 2014 walked across the Liacouras Center stage Thursday morning, Betsy Manning shot stills of their shoes for Twitter, Flickr, and posterity. No pump - or toe - was turned away, because Manning's work has little to do with surnames Blahnik or Louboutin and everything to do with documenting the seniors' final show of self-expression as college students. "In the last five years, shoes worn at graduation have gotten so much more radical," said Manning, who has worked as the Temple University photographer for 10 years.
November 9, 2013 |
How appropriate that the summer of 2013 saw the Temple men's basketball team embark on a nine-day European trip. As the young Owls walked the Avenue des Champs-Elysees and later toured the Coliseum in Rome, they were exposed to cultures, languages, and customs they had never encountered. As new as that experience was, so, too, will be the 2013-14 season for the Owls. In their eighth season under coach Fran Dunphy, the Owls face an uphill battle in extending their string of six consecutive NCAA tournament appearances.
October 30, 2013 |
Not long after the Temple men's basketball team returned from its late-summer trip to Europe, coach Fran Dunphy got to thinking about the Owls' first season in the American Athletic Conference. Temple lost five seniors from its sixth straight 20-win team, and Dunphy was looking to rebuild, mostly with the players who were still here. Players like sophomore guard Quenton DeCosey. After DeCosey averaged 1.9 points and 1.1 rebounds per game playing meager minutes as a freshman, Dunphy watched the 6-foot-5 sophomore guard from Union, N.J., light it up in the four games the Owls played abroad.
October 27, 2013 |
THURSDAY WAS, as always, the hardest day to be a coach for Brett Brown. That's because, just like at every level he's been a coach, he had to cut players, thus diminishing their basketball dreams in some sense. Brown and general manager Sam Hinkie broke the bad news to Khalif Wyatt, Vander Blue, Mac Koshwal and Royce White on Thursday, trimming the roster to 16, one above the limit that must be reached on Monday. Wyatt and Blue were understandable cuts, as there simply was more talent in front of them in Michael Carter-Williams, James Anderson, Tony Wroten, Darius Morris and Evan Turner, who can play either guard spot.
October 27, 2013 |
There's a great deal of uncertainty about whether the Sixers will offer Evan Turner a contract extension by Thursday's deadline. But the 6-foot-7 swingman, who is heading into the final year of his contract, is not concerned. "I'm going to get money regardless," he said after Friday's practice at Philadelphia College of Osteopathic medicine. "I'm not really going to worry about that. "I just want to take it day by day and keep becoming a better player. " Turner expected to be traded this summer.
October 26, 2013 |
The 76ers said goodbye to Khalif Wyatt, Royce White, Vander Blue, and Mac Koshwal on Thursday. The four were waived a day after the team's final preseason game, a 125-102 loss to the Minnesota Timberwolves. The Sixers' roster now stands at 16 players. NBA teams must trim their rosters to 15 players by 5 p.m. Monday. White's release was perhaps the biggest surprise. The power forward, acquired in a July trade with the Houston Rockets, was the 16th overall pick in the 2012 draft.
October 25, 2013 |
ROSTER TRIMMINGS by a team getting ready for a regular season that could include three times as many losses as wins usually wouldn't raise many eyebrows, but the cuts the 76ers made yesterday sort of did just that. Gone is Temple product Khalif Wyatt, who went undrafted but impressed the Sixers' staff in the Orlando Pro Summer League and throughout training camp with his commitment to weight loss and giving himself the best chance to latch on to the team. In the end, though, it wasn't enough.
October 21, 2013 |
Sixers coach Brett Brown said he heard Lavoy Allen had overslept. Rookie guard Khalif Wyatt heard Allen was sick. Either way, Allen missed Saturday morning's open practice at the Palestra, and Brown said he will take care of it. "It's all part of the culture, the culture we're trying to get right," Brown said. "We will deal with him - I will deal with him. What else can you say?" On Friday, Twitter posts reported, Allen was at Temple basketball's Cherry and White night at the Liacouras Center.
October 16, 2013 |
THE PREGAME jog that 76ers coach Brett Brown took at FDR Park was quite refreshing, he said, as he gets acclimated to his new surroundings. Overseeing his squad's 127-97 preseason loss to the undermanned Brooklyn Nets at the Wells Fargo Center last night must have been as grueling as a marathon for Brown. Though playing without a pair of All-Stars - guard Deron Williams (sprained ankle) and forward Paul Pierce (rest) - the remaining Nets still strolled through a men-vs.-boys win, crushing the Sixers on the boards (54-31)