January 6, 2013 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Royal Ivey spent two seasons with the Oklahoma City Thunder and got to see every day what a special player point guard Russell Westbrook is. He sees many of those same qualities in 76ers point guard Jrue Holiday. Holiday, who posted his second career triple-double against Phoenix on Wednesday, is garnering serious interest throughout the NBA as a possible All-Star selection this season. He entered Friday night's game against the Thunder averaging 18.8 points, 9.0 assists and 4.2 rebounds, similar numbers to those posted by Westbrook (21.7, 8.7, 5.2)
December 18, 2012 |
WHAT THE 76ers and Lakers had in common Sunday night was that both teams were missing their point guards. Jrue Holiday sat his second straight game with a sprained foot while Steve Nash continues to recover from a broken leg he suffered early in the season. The difference between the two teams is this: The Sixers moved Evan Turner to the point and started Nick Young in Holiday's place. The Lakers, without future Hall of Famer Nash, simply rely on other weapons, most notably one of the greatest players to run up and down the floor and another who has been the best center in the game for the past few seasons.
December 13, 2015
The movement the 76ers call "The Process" has changed. It became obvious on Monday, when Hall of Famer Jerry Colangelo was hired as chairman of basketball operations after NBA commissioner Adam Silver urged the Sixers to do so. It's even clearer now that Colangelo and coach Brett Brown are engaged in talks with Mike D'Antoni to become the associate head coach, according to league sources. It's a role that could be filled by late December. "The Process" we've come to know is over.
June 15, 2012
NOT LONG AGO, Philadelphia seemed to have struck gold with coaches. We had a World Series-winning manager, a Stanley Cup-winning hockey coach, a football coach who kept coming thisclose and Doug Collins, whose enthusiasm and energy level can make even Pat Croce look like a lollygagger. Those four are still at their respective helms, but like everything else today, there's been significant depreciation. Andy Reid went 8-8 last season and nearly got fired. Another favored Charlie Manuel team failed to deliver on its promise in 2011, and now finds itself in last place.
March 12, 2012
NEW YORK - Here is a good sign for when an overhyped, underachieving team has believed too many stories about how good it should be. After the New York Knicks dropped their fourth straight on Friday night, center Tyson Chandler described the Knicks' issues like this: "If we play the way we finished the last two games, we'll beat teams by 15 to 20 points. I don't see a team in this league that can sustain that kind of effort. I feel like we may have the deepest team in the league.
February 27, 2016 |
When Jerry Colangelo shakes someone's hand, he assumes that a mutual promise has just been made and that the promise will last forever. Talk to anyone who has known him long and well, and it becomes clear how much Colangelo, the 76ers' chairman of basketball operations, prizes loyalty. In 1968, for instance, after one year as an executive with the Chicago Bulls, he became the youngest general manager in the NBA, at age 28, when the league expanded to Phoenix and he joined the Suns. He brought with him Joe Proski, who had been the Bulls' athletic trainer and remained the Suns' trainer until 2000.
December 16, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Has it come to this? After Friday night's 102-96 win over the woebegone Washington Wizards at the Verizon Center, Kobe Bryant couldn't contain his excitement. "I actually am happy to win one damn game," the Los Angeles Lakers superstar said, laughing. And he wasn't kidding. That win snapped a four-game losing streak for the Lakers, who take a 10-14 record into the Wells Fargo Center to face the 76ers at 6 p.m. Sunday. A team that won back-to-back NBA titles as recently as 2009 and 2010 was happy for a win over a Wizards team that has played all year without injured guard John Wall and fell to 3-17 heading into Saturday's game at Miami.
December 22, 2015 |
CLEVELAND - For the 76ers, if there is no effort, then really, there is nothing. There is no sense in looking forward to the rebuild. There is no sense in taking the floor as a respected underdog each and every night, and there is no reason for many players on the current roster to pursue the dream of a future in the NBA. Lately, including Sunday's 108-86 loss to Cleveland, that has been the case for coach Brett Brown's team. We all know how incomparable the talent level is when you put the full Sixers' roster against just about every other team in the NBA. Brown has stated endlessly how he is coaching the youngest team in the history of the sport.
December 28, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Mike D'Antoni did his best Saturday to downplay his role with the 76ers. In his first official day on the job, the team's new associate head coach adeptly sidestepped a question about how much influence Jerry Colangelo had on his accepting the position. He made it a point to say that head coach Brett Brown is a great person and that he runs the show. As D'Antoni tells it, he's here only because of circumstances. "I found out that you can't play golf in the wintertime.
March 22, 2012
YOU HAVE to give credit to New York Knicks fans. Rarely is mediocrity celebrated with such gusto. With gas in the Big Apple running around $4 a gallon, it's probably a $40 to $50 car ride down the Jersey Turnpike to Philadelphia and back. You're looking at up to $20 in tolls and parking at the Wells Fargo Center runs at least $15. Then you still actually had to purchase tickets for Wednesday night's Sixers-Knicks game, and I doubt a lot of the $12 seats in the upper level were available.