August 21, 2015 |
THIS ELECTION year, after we have chosen our mayor and are being pestered to choose a new president six months before the first primary of 2016, one issue remains out of the conversation. However, this issue unites all of Philadelphia. It's more of a cause than an issue, but all Philadelphians can stand in unison on this most pressing concern: Maurice Cheeks should be elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 2016. Many of you probably thought one of the greatest point guards in the history of the game was already in the Hall of Fame.
January 12, 2014 |
Lavoy Allen did not play Friday against the Detroit Pistons at the Wells Fargo Center and will miss Saturday's home game against the New York Knicks with a sore calf. The 76ers reserve forward suffered the injury in Tuesday's 111-93 setback at the Cleveland Cavaliers. "I think in relation to the longevity of it, it might not be as severe as we originally thought, where it is going to keep him out a long time," coach Brett Brown said before the Pistons game. "My history with calves is not a good one. . . . If you go too fast or you rush it back, it could knock out another six weeks.
December 3, 2013 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Hollis Thompson made his first career start for the 76ers on Sunday. The rookie started in place of James Anderson at shooting guard in the game against the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. He finished with six points and six rebounds. Coach Brett Brown informed Thompson of the news an hour before the game. Anderson had struggled lately, making just 2 of 19 three-pointers in the three games before Sunday's. Brown said he inserted Thompson for defensive purposes.
December 3, 2013 |
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Sixers legend Maurice Cheeks makes no secret of the fact he keeps an eye on the team for which he played and coached. So when the topic of the 76ers came up yesterday, the first-year Detroit Pistons head man was well-versed. He also looked like a visionary when he spoke before the game about his Pistons' recent inability to shoot consistently. "They're going to make them at some point, so I'm not concerned about that," Cheeks said before Detroit made 15 of its first 20 shots in its 115-100 win over the Sixers.
November 7, 2013 |
THERE WERE some heavy hearts and teary eyes around the 76ers organization yesterday morning as the team gathered for practice. It had nothing to do with Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, which snapped a three-game winning streak. It was much more serious than that. Last week, the likes of Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Billy Cunningham, Doug Collins, Bobby Jones, Pat Croce, Wali Jones and others converged in a back room of the Wells Fargo Center to pay tribute to Jeff Millman, a 50-year employee of the organization whose jobs varied from ballboy to equipment manager, but whose undeniable fingerprints on the club couldn't be given a title.
July 24, 2013 |
THE FACT that the Sixers haven't had a head coach in more than 3 months speaks to just how large of a rebuilding project owner Josh Harris has undertaken. Either that, or he just forgot. Just kidding. Harris overhauled the roster and made several significant changes to the front office. There were some bold moves on draft day and the gamble that new general manager Sam Hinkie will be able to convert analytics into victories. The final piece, it would seem, would be getting someone to run the team.
June 14, 2013 |
LESS THAN 2 weeks after ending his long, All-Star career, Jason Kidd acknowledged he has "a lot to learn about coaching" yesterday as he took the Brooklyn Nets job despite having no experience leading a team from the bench. Now a point guard who was all about assists in his 19 years on the court will be looking for a little help. "Nervous," Kidd, 40, said at a news conference in Brooklyn, when asked how he felt. "I'm a rookie. I go from being one of the oldest players in the league to now a rookie coach.
June 12, 2013 |
MAURICE CHEEKS is getting a third shot to be an NBA head coach. The Detroit Pistons are desperately hoping he makes the most of the opportunity he was given yesterday. Cheeks was 284-286 in the regular season and 5-11 during three postseasons while leading the Portland Trail Blazers (2001-05) and Sixers (2005-09), a team he helped win an NBA title as a point guard in 1983. "After spending some time with Maurice, I was very impressed not only with his basketball knowledge but his communication and leadership skills," Pistons owner Tom Gores said in a statement.
June 7, 2013 |
MAURICE CHEEKS is the front-runner to become the Detroit Pistons' head coach, league sources told Yahoo Sports. Cheeks, who has been an assistant with the Oklahoma City Thunder for four seasons, will soon begin discussions on a contract, the sources said. Cheeks was a finalist for the job along with another ex-Portland Trail Blazers coach, Nate McMillan. The source said that Detroit's ownership and management reached a consensus on Cheeks as their choice. In April, the Pistons fired Lawrence Frank after two seasons as head coach.