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June 16, 2013 | By Curt Anderson, Associated Press
NORTH BAY VILLAGE, Fla. - Investigators began examining a twisted pile of concrete, metal, and wood Friday to determine why a deck at a popular sports bar collapsed into shallow Biscayne Bay, injuring two dozen people gathered to cheer the Miami Heat in the NBA Finals. Authorities estimated that 100 people were on the deck at Shuckers Bar & Grill when a support on one end apparently gave way, causing the deck to buckle in the middle and drop about eight feet into the bay. The scene Friday was a tangle of partly submerged green plastic chairs, tables, umbrellas, and even flip-flops and cellphones lost in the chaos of the night before.
SPORTS
June 17, 2013 | Associated Press
SAN ANTONIO - With the old Manu Ginobili back, the San Antonio Spurs looked like champs again. One more victory and their Big Three, not Miami's, will be the one that rules the NBA. Ginobili broke out of a slump in a big way with 24 points and 10 assists in his first start of the season, and the Spurs beat the Heat, 114-104, last night to take a 3-2 lead in the NBA Finals. Tony Parker scored 26 points, Tim Duncan had 17 points and 12 rebounds, and Ginobili had his highest-scoring game of the season as the Spurs became the first team to shoot 60 percent in a Finals game in 4 years.
SPORTS
June 11, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
THE SAYING is that the NBA Finals don't begin until one team wins on the road. The 2014 Finals begin tonight in Miami. LeBron James did indeed change the narrative concerning the leg cramps he got in Game 1 by responding with a typical monster game on Sunday in a 98-96 series-evening win by the Miami Heat in San Antonio. For all the arguments I may make that James has not yet reached Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson or Larry Bird status, he unquestionably has displayed the rare quality that all great ones have to bounce back from adversity with superlative performances.
NEWS
June 21, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
An NBA Finals reveal. A secret strategy. A three-minute docu-mercial. Hip-hop's latest apocalyptic moment is proving to be marketing genius. Only one person could have pulled that off. You might call him Jigga, Jigga-man, or even Hova - we all call him Jay-Z. Ironicially, in what was supposed to be Kanye West's week - between his new album and the Kimye spawn - Jay-Z blew both rap fans and basketball aficionados away Sunday evening during Game 5 of the NBA Finals, with a one-time TV showing of a commercial promoting his new Magna Carta Holy Grail , to be released July 4. Fans had no idea the album was coming.
SPORTS
June 7, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE NBA FINALS began Thursday night with the Golden State Warriors winning a thriller in overtime over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Finals can often be incredibly memorizing and a great spectacle. As I watched Steph Curry and the Warriors battle King James, my thoughts drifted back to the last two times the 76ers played in the NBA Finals: 1983 and 2001. The excitement throughout the region was palpable. The city paid rapt attention to every game, every play, every triumph, and every loss.
SPORTS
June 9, 2013 | By Jon Krawczynski, Associated Press
MIAMI - Danny Green smiled as he stepped behind the interview podium and a crowd of reporters gathered around him to talk about the NBA Finals. On a San Antonio Spurs team that steps into the spotlight reluctantly, and occasionally petulantly, Green seems only too happy to entertain questions and relay his story. No one wanted to talk to him in Slovenia. There were rarely demands for interviews when he was playing in Reno or Austin. His phone rarely rang after he was cut first by Cleveland and twice was cast off by these Spurs.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE NBA FINALS begin tonight, in case you've been in the deep jungles of the Amazon the past 10 weeks. And for the fifth straight time, LeBron James will be there. But this time, unlike his previous four trips with the Miami Heat, he is the underdog, once again bringing with him an army outmanned by its opponent, the Golden State Warriors. While LeBron is built like Goliath, he's arguably the David here. And league MVP Steph Curry, the impish assassin, looks more like a David but carries enough weight to be the Goliath.
SPORTS
May 16, 2011
WHEN YOU are a sports journalist, the games have a way of guiding your time/space continuum. Certain life events become less associated with actual dates and more connected to certain sporting events. In all honesty, I can't tell you much of anything about what I did on Thanksgiving last year, but in 1994 I had turkey, salmon and reindeer sausage at the Anchorage Hilton. I was in Alaska to cover Villanova at The Great Alaska Shootout. A year later on Thanksgiving, I went on my first whale watch in Lahaina Bay, in Maui.
NEWS
September 27, 2012
A column in the Sunday Currents section misstated the number of games in the 1993 World Series (six), and the year the Sixers lost the NBA finals to the Lakers (2001).
SPORTS
April 24, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
LADIES AND gentlemen of the class of 2015: Welcome to hell, you snot-nosed goobers. Look around you. Drink it in. And get used to it. Because this, right here, is life as a Philadelphia sports fan. You want somebody to powder your little Snapchatting, Kardashian-watching, non-value-judging rear ends with uplifting tales of hope and positivity? There's the exit. Move somewhere else. Otherwise, listen up. For over a decade, we had to keep our anger and cynicism under wraps while you little turds got to enjoy one of the greatest eras in Philadelphia sports history.
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SPORTS
June 22, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, Daily News Sports Columnist
IF YOU ARE LIKE ME, you were fixated in watching the NBA Finals. Although it wasn't great basketball from a technical standpoint, there were many amazing story lines. Led by the incredible LeBron James, the Cleveland Cavaliers won two out of the first three games, and actually should have won Game 1, which they lost to the Golden State Warriors in overtime. Once Kyrie Irving went out in Game 1, Cleveland essentially was left with a bunch of second-stringers to play with LeBron. Nonetheless, he elevated them almost by force of will, and players such as Timofey Mozgov and Matthew Dellavedova rose way above their skill level and helped the Cavs surge into the lead.
SPORTS
June 17, 2015 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
SHORTLY AFTER the Warriors defeated the Cavaliers to take a 3-2 lead in the best-of-seven NBA Finals, LeBron James made a proclamation: "I feel confident because I'm the best player in the world - that simple. " It is a quote that will follow him forever. It is also very un-James-like. You've heard the adage there's no "I" in team? Well there's no "I" in James either. The 11 time All-Star and four-time NBA MVP isn't one to gloat. After the news conference, Ken Berger of CBSSports.com mentioned that very fact to James, who agreed.
SPORTS
June 15, 2015 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, Inquirer Columnist
I didn't leave my heart in San Francisco. The Philadelphia Warriors, without my consent, took it there. For me, the Warriors' sudden and unexpected departure for California in 1962 was a sting as sharp as death's. And while healing came with time, wisdom did not. I didn't understand the move then, and, 53 years later, I still don't. This week, seeing and hearing the Warriors' name so often during these 2015 NBA Finals, I had to wonder again why my beloved basketball franchise abandoned me. If, as we like to believe, Philadelphia is a basketball town, then the Warriors should have been a bedrock civic institution, like TastyKake or the Museum of Art. Instead, despite an unusually successful history, a hometown superstar who happened to be the world's greatest player, a supporting cast teeming with Philadelphia talent, and attendance that was average at worst, they left.
SPORTS
June 12, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Sports Columnist
I AM NOT completely sure in what context to put LeBron James' efforts in the 2015 NBA Finals. I have been courtside when Michael Jordan, Tim Duncan, Shaquille O'Neal, Dwyane Wade and Dirk Nowitzki were spectacular, while leading their teams to NBA championships. I watched Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Moses Malone and Hakeen Olajuwon dominate in the Finals. I have never seen anything like what James has done with the Cleveland Cavaliers through the first three games of this series against the Golden State Warriors.
SPORTS
June 7, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE NBA FINALS began Thursday night with the Golden State Warriors winning a thriller in overtime over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Finals can often be incredibly memorizing and a great spectacle. As I watched Steph Curry and the Warriors battle King James, my thoughts drifted back to the last two times the 76ers played in the NBA Finals: 1983 and 2001. The excitement throughout the region was palpable. The city paid rapt attention to every game, every play, every triumph, and every loss.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
THE NBA FINALS begin tonight, in case you've been in the deep jungles of the Amazon the past 10 weeks. And for the fifth straight time, LeBron James will be there. But this time, unlike his previous four trips with the Miami Heat, he is the underdog, once again bringing with him an army outmanned by its opponent, the Golden State Warriors. While LeBron is built like Goliath, he's arguably the David here. And league MVP Steph Curry, the impish assassin, looks more like a David but carries enough weight to be the Goliath.
SPORTS
June 5, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
HARD TO BELIEVE, or maybe not, but 31 NBA champions have been crowned since the 76ers won the title in 1983 with their four-game sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers. Only eight teams have made up those 31 champions - Lakers (eight), Chicago (six), San Antonio (five), Detroit, Miami and Boston (three each), Houston (two) and Dallas (one) - while the winner of this year's Finals between the Cleveland Cavaliers and Golden State Warriors will make it nine in 32. Cleveland has never won an NBA title and the Warriors haven't held the hardware since 1975.
SPORTS
June 4, 2015 | By Sam Donnellon, Daily News Columnist
THE FORMULA for transcending from tops in your sport to larger than life is a varying and unpredictable one. Connection to others, though, is the one constant. The athlete must not only be great at what he does, he must be great to watch at what he does. And when he finishes, it sure doesn't hurt if he also allows you inside of his world, bares his soul, makes it seem as if you are somehow part of his process. Stephen Curry's name is already well-known to NBA fans and most sports fans, at least on this side of the globe.
SPORTS
May 13, 2015 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Columnist
THE DEBATE over how team president and general manager Sam Hinkie is going to guide the Sixers is futile. Agreeing or disagreeing with Hinkie doing whatever it takes to accumulate high draft picks makes interesting conversation, but has no influence in the decision-making process. Hinkie does what he thinks is best for the Sixers, regardless of what anyone outside team ownership thinks, and that is how it should be. We will learn the merits of Hinkie's designs later rather than sooner, when the Sixers become either the championship-contending squad they say they are building or just climb back to mediocrity and stall, as they have done since Allen Iverson and Larry Brown took them to the 2001 NBA Finals.
SPORTS
April 24, 2015 | By David Murphy, Daily News Sports Columnist
LADIES AND gentlemen of the class of 2015: Welcome to hell, you snot-nosed goobers. Look around you. Drink it in. And get used to it. Because this, right here, is life as a Philadelphia sports fan. You want somebody to powder your little Snapchatting, Kardashian-watching, non-value-judging rear ends with uplifting tales of hope and positivity? There's the exit. Move somewhere else. Otherwise, listen up. For over a decade, we had to keep our anger and cynicism under wraps while you little turds got to enjoy one of the greatest eras in Philadelphia sports history.
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