April 15, 2016 |
IF THIS HAD been a prison sentence, Sixers coach Brett Brown was given three years of hard labor. The third one, completed with the 72nd loss of the season on Wednesday, nearly broke him. Trying to find a point guard to effectively lead his team for the first third of the season wasn't a real option with the players he was given. He was given no veterans with on-court value who could help him develop the multitude of NBA infants. His star rookie got into off-the-court problems in three instances that involved police.
April 6, 2016 |
HOUSTON - On the morning it was announced that he would be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame on Sept. 9, Allen Iverson, decked out in a King of Hearts shirt with chains hanging from his neck, was seated at a round table in a hotel ballroom explaining that 20 years after he was drafted by the Sixers, five years retired and finally out of the chaos that was his life from the bowling-alley incident, to prison, to Georgetown, to...
March 20, 2016 |
This was an August 2014 afternoon inside the Competitive Edge Sports Complex, a training center set amid the sprawling suburbia of King of Prussia, 20 miles west of the Southwest Center City neighborhood that made Dion Waiters the person and basketball player he had since become. In truth, though, the complex was a world away from those streets. Waiters had just finished a lengthy workout there, hours of jump-shooting drills and pickup games, and it had left him sopping with sweat, with so much still possible for him, with seemingly so much left for him to lose.
March 20, 2016 |
BILLY DONOVAN put in 21 years of coaching at the college ranks, two with Marshall, the rest at the University of Florida, where he won back-to-back national championships in 2006 and 2007. Still only 50, he decided to leave the SEC to head the Oklahoma City Thunder for a challenge that is probably a little bit bigger, more lucrative but certainly not as stable, even though he took over a team that includes two of the best players in the game in Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook.
March 16, 2016 |
FRED CARTER doesn't mind being remembered as a loser. He embraces the idea. Actually, he embraces the idea of being remembered - period. One wouldn't think that by the way Carter played the game, he'd even entertain the possibility of being associated with a loser's legacy. After all, he was nicknamed "Mad Dog" after biting Bullets teammate Ray Scott during a practice. But Carter's logic is that it's always good to be remembered for something. And if it's being remembered as the best player on the worst team in the history of the NBA, so be it. Which is why whenever a team comes close to approaching the 1972-73 Sixers' 9-73 record of ineptness, Carter gets nervous.
February 14, 2016 |
TORONTO - Allen Iverson is one step away from reaching basketball immortality. The former all-star guard and 76ers legend was among 14 finalists selected Friday for the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. The 2016 Hall of Fame inductees will be announced at the Final Four in Houston on April 4. The Class of 2016 will be enshrined during Hall of Fame festivities in Springfield, Mass., on Sept. 8-10. "I'm just proud of the people that helped me, just for it be a debate if I'm going to be a Hall of Famer or not," Iverson, 40, said after the ceremony at Sheraton Centre Toronto.
February 10, 2016 |
IF THERE'S anyone who needs a bit of a vacation, it is 76ers coach Brett Brown. His hair has become a little more silver since training camp began on Sept. 29 and his patience almost ran dry after the team started with one win in its first 31 games. After losing a 19-point lead, and ultimately the game, 98-92 in overtime to the Los Angeles Clippers Monday, the team will host Sacramento on Wednesday then part ways for the All-Star break before resuming play on Friday, Feb. 19. Brown calls it the final third of the season, the first two-thirds being broken up from Opening Day to Christmas and Christmas to the All-Star break.
November 4, 2015 |
LEBRON JAMES sauntered into the Wells Fargo Center Monday morning for the Cleveland Cavaliers' shootaround and didn't seem at all fazed by the throng of media awaiting him. He did seem a little shocked at the subject, though. James was 21 points from becoming the youngest player to reach the 25,000-point mark. He surpassed it with a little more than eight minutes to go in the fourth quarter on a one-handed, alley-oop dunk. During the next timeout, when the milestone was put on the scoreboard, the fans gave James, 30, a warm standing ovation that he acknowledged with a long wave.
October 28, 2015 |
Atlantic Division Toronto Raptors Last season: 49-33 (lost in 1st round of playoffs to Washington). Coach: Dwayne Casey (5th season with Toronto, 154-158; overall, 207-227). Top returning players: G DeMar DeRozan (20.1 ppg., 4.6 rpg.), PG Kyle Lowry (17.8 ppg., 6.8 apg.). Top newcomers: PF Luis Scola, G Delon Wright (1st-round pick from Utah). Boston Celtics Last season: 40-42 (lost in 1st round to Cleveland). Coach: Brad Stevens (3d season, 65-99). Top returning players: PG Isaiah Thomas (16.4 ppg., 4.2 apg. with Phoenix and Boston)
September 16, 2015
THE EUPHORIA over the firing of general manager Ruben Amaro seems to suggest that he is the lone culprit for the Phillies downfall. Not so fast! While no one will ever mistake Ruben Amaro for Branch Rickey, and he certainly deserves some of the blame, he might be taking too much heat for the Phillies downfall. It was management that forced him to sign Utley, Howard and Rollins to long-term deals. By the way, no one complained at the time because these players were all performing well.