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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.
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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 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.
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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.
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
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.
SPORTS
May 3, 2013 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
12th in a series of 13 LOSING IN the playoffs is never a pleasant experience. Losing a series in which you led three games to one is harrowing. But losing a 3-1 lead to the Boston Celtics is unforgiving, unacceptable and downright unholy. And to do it twice is unimaginable. The first four times a team blew a 3-1 NBA series lead, the 76ers accounted for two of those, both coming against the Celtics. Can you imagine the Eagles being up by four touchdowns in the third quarter of the NFC Championship Game against the Cowboys and losing the game?
SPORTS
April 12, 2013 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
NO TEAM HAS ever captured our hearts the way the 2000-01 Sixers did. Heck, the Daily News ran the Sixers on the front page for 32 straight days. With one superstar and a roster full of role players who would run through a brick wall for coach Larry Brown, the 76ers started the season 10-0, were 42-14 at the All-Star break, 56-26 overall and reached the NBA Finals. And in Game 1 of the Finals, when Allen Iverson defiantly stepped over a fallen Tyronn Lue after hitting a long, step-back two-pointer that capped a 9-0 Sixers run en route to an overtime win, it was enough for us. Winning just the one game, when all the experts were talking a Lakers sweep, was enough.
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).
NEWS
September 24, 2012
Beneath a clear, blue 9/11 sky - almost too blue, as it was that Tuesday 11 years earlier - I climbed to the top of Philadelphia's tallest office tower in search of an urban legend. I wanted to see with my own eyes what I had been telling people for years. Not that I ever doubted the story. As we all know, William Penn works in mysterious ways. The story I tell is familiar to Philadelphians and delightful to visitors hearing it for the first time. For almost 100 years, the tallest man-made object in Philadelphia was the bronze Quaker hat, atop the 37-foot-tall statue of Pennsylvania's founder, that crowns the City Hall Tower.
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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.
SPORTS
November 8, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
If there is anyone who should have an idea of what Aaron McKie could mean to Temple as an assistant coach, it is Kevin Ollie. The coach of the defending NCAA champion Connecticut Huskies, Ollie played with McKie in the 76ers backcourt. When McKie retired and coached the Sixers guards from 2007 to 2013, before being let go, he became very close to Ollie. "I know he's going to be big-time," said Ollie, who retired from the NBA in 2010 and was named UConn's coach in 2012. "He helped me tremendously.
NEWS
September 24, 2014 | By John N. Mitchell, Inquirer Staff Writer
Caldwell Jones, a rail-thin frontcourt player who helped the 76ers reach the NBA Finals three times, died Sunday of a heart attack in Decatur, Ga. Mr. Jones, 64, was one of four brothers to reach the NBA after playing at Albany State College. He began his career with the San Diego Conquistadors of the ABA in 1973 before joining the 76ers in 1976. Mr. Jones, who retired from the NBA in 1990, played six seasons with the Sixers before he was traded to the Houston Rockets. He also played for Chicago, Portland and San Antonio in a 14-year NBA career.
SPORTS
September 24, 2014 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
IT WAS THE SUMMER of 1982 and the 76ers, who had been to three of the last six NBA Finals and lost each of them, were on the verge of a blockbuster deal that would give them the league's most dominant center. Moses Malone had averaged 31.1 points and 14.7 rebounds for the Houston Rockets in 1981-82 and won the league's MVP award. He became a restricted free agent after the season and the Sixers and Rockets had worked out a deal that would bring Malone east and send 6-11 center Caldwell Jones and a 1983 first-round pick to Houston.
SPORTS
September 10, 2014
DARIO SARIC and Croatia's FIBA World Cup run ended Saturday in the round of 16 with a 69-64 loss to France in Spain. The French team, featuring NBA players Evan Fournier, Rudy Gobert, Nicolas Batum and Boris Diaw, had too much skill and international experience for Croatia to overcome. But Saric's play in the tournament suggests he could have a long and productive career with the Sixers. He was drafted 12th overall this year but is under contract to a Turkish team and can't play for the Sixers until 2016 at the earliest.
SPORTS
August 6, 2014 | By John Smallwood, Daily News Staff Writer
CONSIDERING the millions of guaranteed dollars they invest in players, I can certainly understand why the Dallas Mavericks' Mark Cuban and other NBA owners might want more say in their players' involvement in international competitions like the upcoming FIBA World Cup of Basketball. After Indiana Pacers All-Star Paul George broke his right leg while practicing with Team USA this weekend, how could an owner not cringe at the thought of a franchise player going down for a tournament that many feel does little to help the NBA?
SPORTS
July 25, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
HALL OF FAMER Jim Brown is one old guy you don't want to mess with. As colleague Bob Vetrone Jr. said yesterday, "Even at 78, he'd still be the third best running back on the Eagles. " Brown is in the news because he filed a lawsuit in Manhattan federal court to get his 1964 NFL championship ring back. It is being auctioned online at Lelands.com with closing bids scheduled for tomorrow. Brown contends the ring was stolen from his Cleveland home in the late 1960s and that he filed a police report at the time.
SPORTS
July 24, 2014 | BY DICK JERARDI, Daily News Staff Writer jerardd@phillynews.com
ANYBODY WHO met Dan Borislow understood almost instantly they were dealing with a larger-than-life figure - in business, at the racetrack, as a gambler, in life, savoring anything and everything he did. The Plymouth Whitemarsh and Widener University grad made millions in the telecom business, first with Tel-Save, a long-distance telephone-service provider and, more recently, with "magicJack," the device that enables people to make long-distance calls...
SPORTS
July 11, 2014 | BY TYLER TYNES, Daily News Staff Writer tynest@phillynews.com
AT FIRST, no one believed he was actually on-site. Hundreds of campers crowded the burgundy bleachers. Most waiting with glee, hoping the "big man" would finally arrive. Shaquille O'Neal was a part of a panel yesterday at the Reebok Classic Breakout at Philadelphia University, accompanied by Hall of Famer Dominique Wilkins, Sacramento Kings guard Isaiah Thomas, Phoenix Suns swingman Gerald Green, rapper Jadakiss, DJ/producer DJ Drama, and MTV personalities Sway Calloway and Lil Duval.
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