November 9, 2013 |
Andrew Bynum emerged from the weight room Thursday at Temple's basketball facility in Pearson-McGonigle Hall. Wearing a white T-shirt and white Cleveland Cavaliers shorts, he walked into the Owls' practice gym to meet the media. The massive 7-foot, 285-pounder sat down for a six-minute news conference. With strands of gray in his hair, the soft-spoken Bynum resembled a player who was near the end of his basketball career. He is 26. The former 76ers center still is dealing with chronically injured knees that sidelined him for his lone season in Philadelphia.
August 10, 2013 |
Chase Utley was late. A Thursday morning physical examination, needed to finalize his two-year, $27 million contract extension, forced him to hurry. He whisked through the Phillies clubhouse with a dress shirt on a hanger. It was 10:35 a.m. The Phillies gave 42,510 fans a "Pride of the Phillies" poster that showed Utley's sweet lefthanded swing. He was awarded with something called the "Heart And Hustle" award in a pregame ceremony. He scampered around the diamond in a 12-1 victory with two doubles and two runs scored.
August 9, 2013 |
CHASE UTLEY probably did not leave as much money on the table as Roy Halladay did a few years ago, but the veteran second baseman left enough to make the Phillies' decision to extend his contract seem reasonable. The $25 million in guaranteed salary the Phillies will pay Utley in 2014 and 2015 is similar to what the Cardinals gave Carlos Beltran, another veteran with a history of knee problems, a couple of years ago. Aside from a $2 million buyout, the rest of the contract is protected by provisions tied to Utley's health: According to FoxSports.com, only $10 million of his 2015 salary is guaranteed, with another $5 million subject to the condition that he miss no more than 15 days with the knee condition that delayed the start of his 2011 and 2012 seasons.
July 8, 2013 |
Ryan Howard hobbled up the dugout steps Saturday afternoon and into the oppressive heat at Citizens Bank Park to take some swings. He hid the pain in his left knee with a brief smile. But whenever Howard moved, it was obvious. Howard was scratched from Charlie Manuel's lineup at 5:18 p.m. Less than an hour later, he was placed on the 15-day disabled list. He cannot return until July 21 at the earliest. The decision facing the Phillies and Howard is whether to operate on what is believed to be a torn meniscus or attempt to rest the bothersome knee.
May 5, 2013 |
TELL ME when this sounds familiar: Cut your losses. He doesn't really want to play here. He's not a leader. The franchise would be better off not re-signing him as a free agent and just concentrating on building for the future instead. If I were talking about Philadelphia, it would be easy to identify such thoughts with respect to crestfallen 76ers center Andrew Bynum, whose disastrous 2012-13 season sank the Sixers the way the iceberg sank the Titanic. But for those of you who think the Los Angeles Lakers pulled a fast one on the Sixers when they sent Bynum and his degenerative knees to South Philadelphia last August in a blockbuster four-team trade, there is a bit of consolation in the fact that things aren't exactly working out well in "Tinseltown" either.
March 24, 2013 |
As his Creighton teammates bounced all around him and interviewers gathered up the statistical stars of Friday's second-round, 67-63 slugfest over Cincinnati, Grant Gibbs walked off the court the way a middle-aged man walks from his bed in the morning, each step made as if stepping into a hot bath, body bent over just slightly. There would be no television interview for him. No podium appearance, either. The box score wasn't particularly kind - noting only five points and four rebounds for the 6-5 senior, and one more turnover than assist.
March 20, 2013 |
Any chance that the 76ers had at having Andrew Bynum play for them this season - or perhaps ever - is gone. Bynum will undergo surgery on both knees Tuesday that will prevent him from playing. "After many months of rehabilitation and consulting with numerous doctors, Andrew and the doctors treating him determined that this is the best course of action at this point," general manager Tony DiLeo said in a statement. The 25-year-old Bynum, who will have part of his $16.5 million salary defrayed by insurance, may never play for the Sixers, despite the fact that the team holds his Larry Bird rights and can pay him more than any other team.
February 16, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - Somebody asked Domonic Brown Thursday whether this was his last chance to win a job with the Phillies. It's funny because the 25-year-old outfielder who was once considered the best minor-league prospect in the game by Baseball America has just over one year of big-league service time. He has stepped to home plate only 492 times in the big leagues. The numbers - a .236 batting average, 12 home runs, 58 RBIs, and a .703 OPS - have not translated to the superstardom expected from the hype he received earlier in his professional career.
January 16, 2013
Q: I'm only 25, but since I started running outdoors I have been experiencing knee pain. I currently need to lose about 30 pounds. Should I continue running? Will the pain eventually go away? - Lauren Smith A: First, you should get to your doctor to be sure you do not have any underlying orthopedic problems. If you don't, it's likely that running is just too much stress on your body. (Even the most svelte runners tend to develop knee problems eventually.) A walking program can be just as effective without causing any strain on your legs.
January 16, 2013
DO IT RIGHT The seated head-to-knee stretches the back and hamstring muscles. This exercise is contraindicated for those with back or knee problems. Sit on the floor with your right leg extended in front of you, toes up, knee facing the ceiling. Bend the left leg and rest left foot on the right inner thigh. As you inhale, life the arms up, then pivot slightly to reach out over the extended leg as you exhale, flattening the back and drawing the chest down. Try to reach your foot, but don't force it. If you have tight hamstrings, keep a slight bend in the right knee.