June 25, 2013 |
When NBA drafts are reexamined years later, some second-round selections who proved to be solid contributors turn out to be ranked a lot higher than they originally were. They are called hidden gems. The 76ers will try to find great value late Thursday night with the 35th and 42d overall picks in the second round. The organization also has the 11th overall pick in the first round. But barring a trade, the Sixers realize that a franchise-altering player won't be found with their first selection.
December 3, 2012 |
RASHEED WALLACE delivered a hard whack to Luis Scola, then some hard words to the referees. These New York Knicks won't let anybody have it easy at Madison Square Garden, not even the officials. Carmelo Anthony scored 34 points and the Knicks ran their best home start in 20 years to 7-0, withstanding Wallace's ejection after a mere 1:25 of playing time to beat the Phoenix Suns, 106-99, on Sunday. Phoenix had won its last two at MSG but the Knicks have finally figured out under coach Mike Woodson that home-court games are not to be wasted.
November 5, 2012 |
THE MEMPHIS Grizzlies will announce they have hired Sixers minority shareholder Jason Levien as the team's CEO and managing partner, according to reports. ESPN.com, citing sources, reported that new Grizzlies owner Robert Pera will make an announcement Monday. CBSSports.com and the Memphis Commerical Appeal also reported the story. Levien, according to ESPN.com, sold his stake in the Sixers and is expected to take over the Grizzlies' basketball operations and business department.
August 10, 2012 |
LONDON - Manu Ginobili is a balding, 35-year-old father of twins, and the rest of Argentina's "Generacion Dorada" (Golden Generation) is getting up there in basketball years, as well. Their average age is 32. Despite the receding hairlines, they still play and celebrate with the same youthful exuberance they showed back in 2002, when they toppled Team USA at the world championships, and again in 2004, when they upset the NBA-led Americans in the Athens Olympics semifinal. LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, and Carmelo Anthony were on that U.S. team.
July 14, 2012 |
DALLAS - The Dallas Mavericks won the bidding Friday to obtain two-time all-star forward Elton Brand off waivers, the latest in a series of moves to build their roster after a frustrating start in free agency. Brand was available after the 76ers this week used the one-time amnesty provision in the new CBA to let him go and not have the $18.1 million he is owed in the final season of his five-year deal count against their salary cap or luxury tax. Dallas also completed a one-year deal with 7-foot center Chris Kaman, who had tweeted two days earlier that he reached an agreement with the Mavericks.
March 28, 2011 |
With the playoffs looming, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh are finding a new gear. And they accomplished something yesterday that hadn't been done in more than 50 years. Each of them had 30 and 10 rebounds: James with 33 points and 10 rebounds, Bosh 31 points and 12 rebounds, and Wade, who shook off a bruised tailbone, 30 points and 11 boards. And the Miami Heat beat the visiting Houston Rockets, 125-119, for their eighth win in nine games. It was the first time since February 1961 that three teammates finished with at least 30 points and 10 rebounds in a non-overtime game.
January 19, 2010 |
Stephon Marbury has reached an agreement to play for a professional team in China. Shanxi announced yesterday it was bringing in the former NBA All-Star. In a news release, the team said it expected to Marbury to play his first game on Jan. 27 against Qingdao. Wang Xingjiang, head of the Shanxi team, called the signing of Marbury "a reward to our fans" to help a struggling team. The team is 3-10 and in 12th place in a 17-team league. Xingjiang also said Marbury hoped to "up the Chinese market and sell his shoes.
December 30, 2009 |
Washington police said yesterday they are investigating a report that weapons were found inside a locker room at the Verizon Center, where the Wizards play. Last week, the Wizards said that guard Gilbert Arenas stored unloaded firearms in a container in his locker at the arena and that the NBA was looking into the situation. But a Metropolitan Police Department spokeswoman did not mention Arenas or the team in a statement on the investigation. However, Arenas acknowledged he was being investigated after the Wizards' 110-98 loss to Oklahoma City at the Verizon Center last night; he did not specify if it was by the NBA or police.
December 14, 2009 |
This was one slow start the Houston Rockets couldn't overcome. Chris Bosh scored 27 points and Hedo Turkoglu had a season-high 23 as the Toronto Raptors beat the visiting Rockets yesterday, 101-88. "We had a poor first quarter and it cost us," Houston coach Rick Adelman said. "We could never get back from that. " Jarrett Jack added 17 points, eight rebounds and eight assists for the Raptors, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Andrea Bargnani also had 14 points, and Sonny Weems had 11. Carl Landry scored 25 points, Luis Scola had 21 points and 15 rebounds, and Aaron Brooks put in 20 for the Rockets, who had won two straight and five of six. Down 10 after the first quarter at Philadelphia on Friday, Houston came back to win, 96-91.
January 7, 2009 |
With a smile on his face, Lou Williams said the way to keep 76ers rookie Marreese Speights interested is to feed him a dunk. In last night's 104-96 win over the Houston Rockets at the Wachovia Center, Williams and Speights combined for more than just tongue-in-cheek banter. They teamed up for 30 points. "You've got to keep Marreese interested," Williams said of his rookie teammate. "And the way you do that is get him a dunk. After you do that, he'll block shots and he'll rebound.