April 27, 2012 |
THE WORST season in NBA history is over for the Charlotte Bobcats. Meanwhile, the New York Knicks are looking ahead to the playoffs. The Bobcats couldn't even beat a Knicks team resting most of its starters, finishing with the lowest winning percentage in league history after a 104-84 loss Thursday. J.R. Smith scored 22 points for the Knicks, who pulled away in the second half to clinch the Eastern Conference's No. 7 seed and a first-round playoff matchup against No. 2 Miami beginning Saturday.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
December 31, 2015 |
We know by now that 76ers general manager Sam Hinkie is a difficult man to embarrass. If the dreadful play of his team over the past three seasons hasn't accomplished it, then very little else, including a public depantsing delivered by owner Josh Harris, stands much of a chance. Hinkie still believes in The Process, which makes at least one of him in the team's hierarchy. Harris had enough doubts that he hired a grown-up to act as hall monitor over the dubious plan, even though Jerry Colangelo will do his monitoring from the sunny climes of Phoenix with the help of Skype and associate head coach Mike D'Antoni, who will be his eyes and ears on the daily business of the franchise.