March 15, 2012 |
MIKE D'ANTONI resigned yesterday as coach of the New York Knicks, whose brief resurgence in a wave of Linsanity quickly gave way to a late-season skid that puts them in danger of even making the NBA playoffs. Assistant coach Mike Woodson served as interim head coach for last night's 121-79 win over the visiting Portland Trail Blazers. Carmelo Anthony, who denied wanting a trade or having friction with D'Antoni earlier yesterday, had 16 points on 6-for-12 shooting and tied a season high with seven assists.
December 25, 2011 |
Knicks coach Mike D'Antoni can smile over the addition of shot blocker Tyson Chandler to a frontline that already boasts Carmelo Anthony and Amar'e Stoudemire. And while he shouldn't expect to get much defense out of Richard Hamilton, Chicago coach Tom Thibodeau will be much happier to have the Coatesville native rather than Keith Bogans playing opposite MVP point guard Derrick Rose. But while the first and sixth seeds, respectively, appear to be among teams that have improved their roster, Sixers coach Doug Collins, runner-up to Thibodeau last season in coach of the year balloting, doesn't have any new toys to tinker with.
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)
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 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 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 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 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.
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.