July 18, 2012
Do the New York Knicks want Jeremy Lin back? Team officials won't comment. Lin is coming off knee surgery and would come at a monstrous cost - thanks to an offer sheet from the Houston Rockets he signed. Teams have three days to match offer sheets for their restricted free agents, so the Rockets believe the clock expires at 11:59 Tuesday night. But the Knicks have never confirmed that they received the offer sheet on Saturday, so it's possible they have a different deadline in mind.
May 4, 2012
During the regular season, the 76ers won only eight games in which they both outrebounded and made more free throws than the opposition. Those are the building blocks of professional basketball, but they are not what the Sixers do particularly well. At their best, the Sixers win the turnover battles, limit the opponent's shooting percentage, and scoop up easy points with their fastbreak game. Being able to control the basket area - drawing contact to get free throws, and grabbing the contested rebounds - is what every coach would like his team to do. Doug Collins of the 76ers has a roster that isn't made for that kind of basketball, and he has to find other ways to win almost all the time.
April 26, 2012
The New York Knicks beat the Los Angeles Clippers, 99-93, Wednesday night at Madison Square Garden and remained in a tie with the 76ers for the seventh playoff spot in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Knicks and the 76ers, who defeated the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday, have the same records, so Thursday's games will determine their playoff futures. If the Knicks, who visit Charlotte, and the Sixers, who visit Detroit, finish with the same record, the Knicks own the tiebreaker because they beat the Sixers twice in their three meetings this season.
March 18, 2011 |
DON'T TRY to bring up the 1999 NCAA championship game to Elton Brand. If there is a smile on his face, it drops quicker than a Roy Halladay breaking ball. He still can't let go of the empty feeling he got when his Duke team dropped a 77-74 decision to the Connecticut Huskies in St. Petersburg, Fla. That's the competitive nature that consumes Brand, that has helped him to become an All-Star twice and post career numbers of 18.9 points and 9.6 rebounds despite being an undersized big man in the NBA. He is the consummate professional, never late for a practice, never failing to hustle while he is on the court, always trying to win each and every battle that is presented to him during a practice or game.
October 29, 2009 |
Iverson still out Allen Iverson was inactive last night for the season opener between the host Memphis Grizzlies and his former team, the Detroit Pistons. The former league MVP for the 76ers is still recovering from a partially torn left hamstring he suffered early in the preseason. An MRI exam revealed the tear Oct. 7. Iverson has been unable to practice while rehabilitating the injury. Familiar ring for Kobe Kobe Bryant picked up his newest NBA championship ring before Tuesday night's opening win over the Los Angeles Clippers.
October 26, 2009 |
Shooting isn't a secret recipe. The 76ers' best shooter, recently acquired Jason Kapono, will share his ingredients with anyone - feet at shoulder width, elbow in, hips squared to the rim - because, more than anyone, Kapono knows the separation point isn't knowing what to do, it's having done it hundreds of times a day for nearly two decades. The Sixers haven't had a guy like Kapono - a legitimate three-point threat - since they traded smooth-shooting Kyle Korver to the Utah Jazz in December 2007.
June 26, 2009 |
Andre Iguodala and Thaddeus Young have accepted invitations from USA Basketball to participate in the 2009 minicamp of the men's national team. Iguodala and Young, the 76ers' starting forwards last season, are two of 25 "rising NBA players" the governing body has invited. USA Basketball chairman Jerry Colangelo announced the selections yesterday. The minicamp will be held from July 22 to July 25 in Las Vegas, and will include practice sessions on July 23 and July 24 and the USA Basketball Showcase, an intrasquad game to be held July 25 at the Thomas & Mack Center on the campus of Nevada-Las Vegas.
June 11, 2009 |
The 76ers needed a smooth-shooting outside threat, and the Toronto Raptors needed a tough, aggressive rebounder. So they swapped players: forward Reggie Evans, the inside banger, for swingman Jason Kapono, the smooth shooter. Kapono, 28, "will fit our style and extend the defense for us," Ed Stefanski, the Sixers' president and general manager, said yesterday in a teleconference, one day after the trade was announced. The Sixers finished the last two seasons last in the NBA in three-point-shooting percentage.
June 10, 2009
I N MY SMALL OPINION . . . Sixers president and general manager Ed Stefanski just turned the proverbial lemons into lemonade with the trade of forward Reggie Evans to the Toronto Raptors for sharpshooting forward Jason Kapono. Not to degrade Evans; in his two seasons with the Sixers, he was a high-energy player who provided grit and hard work off the bench. But skill-wise, Evans didn't bring much to the table. Averaging 3.3 points and 4.6 rebounds in 79 games last season, Evans wasn't exceptional at anything in particular.
November 11, 2008 |
Like he did on most days for five years, Kyle Korver walked into the small gym at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine wearing sweats and carrying his basketball sneakers. Only yesterday, those sweats were embroidered not with the logo of the 76ers, but that of the Utah Jazz, and those sneakers no longer scuffed the floor of the Wachovia Center, but that of Salt Lake City's EnergySolutions Arena. Korver called the feeling "very bizarre," adding that he had never before seen the visitors' locker room at the Wachovia Center.