May 1, 2013 |
At first, Herb Magee wasn't sure. It had been more than half a century since Magee stood in this spot, between Cell Blocks 5 and 6 inside Eastern State Penitentiary on Fairmount Avenue. The sights all around him quickly began matching up to his memories. Magee could envision inmates sitting on a low-hanging roof over a cell block, watching a basketball game, a game he was playing in. "This is it," Philadelphia University's Hall of Fame coach decided. Magee had been there a couple of times to play against inmates, once in high school, once in college.
January 14, 2013 |
Philadelphia University's Herb Magee became the first NCAA men's basketball head coach to win 950 career games as the visiting Rams (9-6, 5-2 CACC) beat Chestnut Hill College, 67-63, on Saturday. Jim Connolly (Souderton) led the Rams with 17 points, with teammates Peter Alexis adding 11 points and 12 rebounds and Nick Christian (Bensalem) posting 10 points and 11 rebounds. Mark DiRugeris Jr. (Woodbury) had 21 points for the Griffins (7-8, 3-3). Magee, a West Catholic graduate and Hall of Famer, has coached at Philadelphia University, formerly Textile, since 1967.
August 1, 2012 |
The newest member of the therapy team at Jefferson's Magee Rehabilitation Hospital has perfect windswept blond hair, loves long walks through Rittenhouse Square, and is a proud member of . . . the squirrel patrol? Introducing Ford - an eight-year-old golden retriever. His job? Offering friendly, nonjudgmental companionship, he subtly encourages patients to keep doing what they need to do to recover. "Ford is by far the most popular staff member in this hospital," chief medical officer Guy W. Fried said with a laugh.
May 16, 2012 |
BOSTON - Doug Collins, basketball professor, loves to wax educational when his teams play poorly. So, what's the lesson this time? KG is old? Herb Magee lives? Did the Sixers learn they can coast through the first few minutes, dig a 9-0 hole and still have a chance? That they can blow a second double-digit late lead and still win? That they have 5 seconds - not 6, not 4, but 5 - to inbound the ball? Maybe they learned that any game can be theirs. Maybe they learned that the Celtics cannot defend their guards.
October 31, 2011 |
MIKE MAGEE has played every position for Los Angeles this season - defender, midfielder, forward, even goalkeeper for one game. Yesterday, it was his scoring touch that gave the Galaxy an advantage in their playoff series against New York. Magee scored the only goal of the match, off a long cross from David Beckham, in the 15th minute, giving the visiting Galaxy a 1-0 win against the Red Bulls in the first leg of the Western Conference semifinals. Magee's goal enables Los Angeles to head home needing only a tie or a win on Thursday night to advance to the conference final.
September 10, 2011 |
One thing is clear: Evan Turner would like the basketball. The 76ers sophomore guard has spent this summer splitting time among three places, but has also spent a good deal of his summer working with Hall of Famer and Philadelphia University coach Herb Magee, who has been tweaking Turner's shot. "I knew I had a hitch in my shot," said Turner, who was in Chicago. "I just wanted to get it together. I didn't want to shoot any balls short. I wanted to understand the basic principle of jump-shooting, all of that, what to look for. Coach Magee has been helping me out a lot. " During his rookie season, Turner averaged 7.2 points and 3.9 rebounds in 23.0 minutes a game, disappointing numbers for the No. 2 overall selection in the 2010 NBA draft.
August 13, 2011 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Herb Magee was wandering through the exhibits yesterday afternoon when he spotted a Larry Bird mannequin in shooting position. He checked his guide hand. Perfect. He felt under his shooting hand to see that the proper distance had been maintained between the ball and palm. Also perfect. "My man," Magee said, as he moved on. Just around the corner was a statue of Dr. James Naismith. Before he saw the "Do not touch" sign, Magee hugged the man who hung those peach baskets in this town late in the 19th Century.
August 12, 2011 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - The dream he's living here this weekend is one Herb Magee never had as a kid. The longtime Philadelphia University coach, whose accent, Irish mug, and hoops pedigree epitomize the hometown he's never left, got his blue Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame blazer Thursday. On Friday night, he and nine others in an eclectic class that includes a Lithuanian superstar, two women, a Globetrotter, a revered assistant, three ex-NBA stars, and Dennis Rodman will be formally inducted.
August 11, 2011 |
HERB MAGEE needed just one shot. Really, why would he need two? It was revealed in the winter that Magee was a first-time finalist for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. It was announced at the Final Four that he had been elected. Tomorrow night in Springfield, Mass., the Philadelphia University coach will be formally inducted in a ceremony at Symphony Hall. When you can navigate the mysterious process that is the Hall of Fame balloting and come out the other side with enough votes in your first try, you simply must be doing something right.
August 7, 2011 |
Herb Magee was excited. This was like a holiday. "The greatest day ever," he said. A new NCAA rule had been passed, bringing in the three-point line, awarding an extra point for shots made from behind that line. Philadelphia Textile's coach called the best shooter on his team, asked him to get to the gym at 8 the next morning. When Mike Doyle got there, they started measuring where the line would be. They didn't put down any tape, just worked out the distance then imagined the line underfoot.