June 12, 2015 |
I AM NOT completely sure in what context to put LeBron James' efforts in the 2015 NBA Finals. I have been courtside when Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were spectacular, while leading their teams to NBA championships. I watched Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone and Hakeen Olajuwon dominate in the Finals. I have never seen anything like what James has done with the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first three games of this series against the Golden State Warriors.
September 27, 2014 |
On Oct. 30, 2013, Michael Carter-Williams torched the Miami Heat for 22 points, 12 assists, 9 steals, and 7 rebounds in his inaugural regular-season game. There's a chance that the 76ers' second-year point guard won't get a chance to duplicate the feat in his second season opener. "I don't know," coach Brett Brown said Thursday regarding Carter-Williams' availability for the start of the regular season. "But at the start of our preseason games, I expect to give Tony [Wroten] the ball" at point guard.
June 27, 2014 |
BROOKLYN - Sporting a blue 76ers hat that barely fit over his hair, Elfrid Payton sat at a dais in the bowels of the Barclays Center and responded to queries regarding the prospect of playing with Joel Embiid and how he envisioned fitting in a backcourt that includes Michael Carter-Williams. But six questions into the former Louisiana-Lafayette point guard's first news conference as a professional basketball player, a reporter broke the news - Payton, the 10th overall pick in last night's NBA draft, wouldn't be playing for the Sixers after all. More than 90 minutes later, in trotted Dario Saric, the versatile 6-10 forward from Croatia.
May 14, 2014 |
SHAME ON Donald Sterling, yes. His shame is the sort that never will wash clean. But shame on CNN, too, for letting him hang himself again with his own rope. And shame on us, too, for watching. In the wake of his recent comments that laid bare his bigotry, Sterling this weekend sat down with this public confessor, Anderson Cooper, and vainly tried to punish himself, in the hopes of . . . what? Convincing other NBA owners to lift the lifetime ban and not force him to sell his Clippers?
May 5, 2014 |
No surprise here. Michael Carter-Williams will be named the NBA's rookie of the year this week, sources have confirmed. The 76ers point guard's receiving the award, first reported Saturday afternoon by Philly.com, will be perhaps the most obvious and anticlimactic outcome of the 2014 NBA awards season. Carter-Williams joins Allen Iverson (1996-97) as Sixers rookies of the year after posting one of the best campaigns by a first-year player in league history. It was a season in which the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder was mentioned in the same breath as Hall of Famers Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson.
February 17, 2014 |
NEW ORLEANS - So how does one measure Michael Carter-Williams, the scintillating point guard of the struggling 76ers? He leads NBA rookies in scoring, assists, rebounds, and steals. That has led to some musing that he could be a superstar, mentioned in the same breath as legends Oscar Robertson and Magic Johnson. Others have compared him to contemporaries Chris Paul and LeBron James. The 6-foot-6, 185-pound Carter-Williams is a shining light amid the gloom that is this season's Sixers.
January 29, 2014 |
AS FAR AS John Chaney is concerned, he and another legend, Tom Gola, will remain forever linked for something that happened over six decades ago. In 1951, La Salle High's Gola and Ben Franklin's Chaney were being honored as respective Catholic and Public League Players of the Year. They received their awards at a big-time banquet at a downtown hotel. The only problem was, Chaney didn't own a suit. So he had to wear one that belonged to his "stepdaddy," which of course was way too big for him. Chaney called it his zoot suit.
January 28, 2014 |
TOM GOLA was, without any argument, the most accomplished college basketball player in city history. La Salle won the NIT when he was a freshman in 1952, the NCAA when he was a junior in 1954 and finished runner-up to Bill Russell's great San Francisco team when he was a senior. His death yesterday at 81 serves as a reminder of what he was on the court. It also conjures a nostalgic time from the 1950s when a sporting hero from 3rd and Lindley and Incarnation Grade School never lost sight of his roots and treated every kid who idolized him like he was one of his own. Gola was not years ahead of his time as a player.
December 5, 2013 |
IT CERTAINLY hasn't turned into an epidemic yet, but it is a growing concern for Brett Brown and his coaching staff. Entering last night's game against the Orlando Magic, the 76ers were shooting just 70.2 percent from the free-throw line, third worst in the league. They were barely ahead of the Charlotte Bobcats (70 percent) and slightly ahead of Detroit (66.1). The Pistons have one of the all-time worst foul shooters in Andre Drummond, who had made just 17 of 53 (32.1 percent). So what to do?
November 27, 2013 |
THE SIXERS just found out they have a big fan. Or is that had a fan? On Monday, President Obama stopped by Magic Johnson's mansion in Beverly Hills for a fundraising event. Apparently New Yorker editor David Remnick - who wrote a book about Obama - asked the prez how it felt to be in Magic's presence. "First of all, understand that I was a 76ers fan," Obama said. The overwhelming pro Lakers audience did what fans everywhere do: It booed. Obama, ever the politician, won back the crowd when he said, "There's nobody who is a bigger icon than Magic Johnson.