March 5, 2015 |
THE NUMBERS just don't add up. That could profit the Sixers. Thomas Robinson finished second in Wooden Award voting, then went fifth in the 2012 draft, but he didn't get his first NBA start until he'd been in the league more than 200 games. Only 23, he is with his fifth team in three seasons. That's a lot of numbers, but none of them are the type that excite the Sixers, the most number-centric franchise in all of pro sports. What Robinson is, and what he could become, transcends numbers.
November 24, 2014 |
EVEN GIANTS need their mom's cornbread every once in awhile. Marcus and Markieff Morris , the double-trouble Philly-born twins who play for the Phoenix Suns, don't get to have Thanksgiving with the fam, so their mom, Thomasine "Angel" Morris , put on Thanksgiving a week early at Old City's Power Plant (230 N. 2nd St.). And because it's Thanksgiving, she invited the whole team, feeding a total of 64 people last Thursday when the Suns were in town to play the Sixers, filling up the visiting team with a meal of home-cooked turkey, ham, collards, green beans, rice, mac-and-cheese, stuffing and gravy.
November 23, 2014 |
The Phoenix Suns were determined not to be the team that the Sixers got their first win against, that their losing streak ended on. Not after Suns guard Eric Bledsoe said his alma mater, Kentucky, would beat the Sixers in five games of a seven-game series. Not if the Suns want to be a legitimate Western Conference playoff team. A team trying to save face after a teammate's comment and calling itself a playoff contender had to not just beat, but destroy, the winless Sixers. And that's exactly what happened in Friday night's 122-96 setback at Wells Fargo Center.
November 23, 2014 |
Back in 2007, Marcus and Markieff Morris played basketball in Philadelphia in the shadows of Scoop Jardine, Rick Jackson, and Brad Wanamaker. At the time, Wanamaker was The Inquirer's Southeastern Pennsylvania player of the year as a senior at Roman Catholic High School. Jardine and Jackson were Syracuse-bound seniors at Neumann-Goretti. Meanwhile, the Morris twins were regarded as good but not great seniors at Prep Charter. Of the five, the Morrises were the least likely to play in the NBA. Or so we thought.
January 29, 2014 |
The Phoenix Suns came to town, devoured cheesesteaks, and handed the 76ers their third consecutive setback. Riding Goran Dragic and Gerald Green, the Suns prevailed, 124-113, Monday night at the Wells Fargo Center. Green finished with a season-high 30 points and Dragic added 24 as Phoenix improved to 26-18 this season. The Sixers dropped to 14-31 after losing for the 10th time in 12 games. "We didn't come out like we intended," said coach Brett Brown, whose Sixers gave up 40 first-quarter points.
January 28, 2014 |
A LATE JANUARY visit to Philadelphia for the Phoenix Suns, in the midst of a 5-day, four-game road trip, normally wouldn't cause any extra excitement for the visitors. But this date has been circled on the calendar since the beginning of the season for one of their players, and a couple of others always have a little extra anticipation for this one as well. Dionte Christmas, the Samuel Fels High and Temple grad, had a longer journey to the NBA than most, getting his shot this season with the Suns at the age of 27 after spending 4 years overseas - playing in the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Russia, Turkey - in pursuit of his dream.
December 30, 2013 |
PHOENIX - They are representing Philadelphia in the Southwest. Guard Dionte Christmas and forwards and twins Marcus and Markieff Morris bring a Philadelphia flavor to the Phoenix Suns. "It's amazing," Markieff Morris said of three Philadelphians playing on the same team, before the Suns played the 76ers. "We are just making it happen for the city and doing what we've got to do. " The Morris twins even showed Christmas a little brotherly love after he signed his free-agent contract with the team on Sept.
August 2, 2013 |
Markieff Morris slid his feet carefully around a folding chair. He received a pass inside the arc and focused on the basket. He rose for the shot. Swish. Morris made a few shots and sat on the baseline of a practice court at McGonigle Hall on Wednesday before Temple's first basketball team workout. He and his twin brother, Marcus, were preparing for the NBA season with strength coach Chuck Ellis. The Philadelphia natives and members of the Phoenix Suns usually work out with Ellis in the offseason, a habit they started after they left Kansas.
April 13, 2013 |
PHOENIX - Markieff Morris doesn't just have his brother back. He has his driver back. Since Marcus and Markieff Morris were growing up as twin basketball standouts in Philadelphia, Marcus was always the driver. It remained the same way when they played at Kansas and in summers back home. Whenever they needed to go somewhere together, Marcus drove. In 2011, when the former Prep Charter stars entered the NBA draft, Markieff was the No. 13 pick to the Phoenix Suns, and Marcus went one pick later to the Houston Rockets.
February 23, 2013 |
Markieff Morris said it was one of the best feelings of his young NBA career: The second-year Phoenix Suns forward, a two-time state champion at Philadelphia's Prep Charter, will be reunited with his twin brother, Marcus, after a Wednesday night trade with the Houston Rockets. Houston dealt 6-foot-9 forward Marcus Morris to Phoenix for a second-round draft pick. The twins starred together at the University of Kansas. "Oh, man, this is unbelievable," Markieff Morris said Thursday night in a telephone interview.