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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 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.
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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 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.
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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.
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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.
SPORTS
July 18, 2013 | By Tyler R. Tynes, Inquirer Staff Writer
From people packing playgrounds near 59th Street and Lancaster Avenue to fans flocking to NBA arenas to watch him deliver a two-handed tomahawk dunk, Lewis Lloyd will forever be a Philadelphia basketball legend. Last week he strutted through the Gallagher Center at Philadelphia University during the Reebok Classic Breakout. He flipped his black fitted hat backward mid-stride. In bold red letters it read "Black Magic" - the nickname he earned playing ball in West Philly. It was as if nothing had changed.
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).
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May 14, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Over salads at a City Avenue chain restaurant back in the fall of 2013, Sam Hinkie revealed his naivete about Philadelphia's sports culture that came to doom him here. He had been the 76ers' president and general manager for just eight months at the time, still early enough in his tenure that he was willing to speak publicly for the sake of persuading everyone that his rebuilding plan could work. So the obvious question was put to him: You're going to tank more than one season in a town that doesn't abide anything less than maximum effort from its teams and players.
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April 15, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
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.
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April 6, 2016 | By Dick Jerardi, STAFF WRITER
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...
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March 20, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Staff Writer
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.
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March 20, 2016 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
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.
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March 16, 2016 | By Mark Perner, CORRESPONDENT
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.
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February 14, 2016 | By Keith Pompey, STAFF WRITER
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.
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February 10, 2016 | By Bob Cooney, Daily News Columnist
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.
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November 4, 2015 | BY BOB COONEY, Daily News Staff Writer cooneyb@phillynews.com
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.
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October 28, 2015 | By Marc Narducci, Inquirer Staff Writer
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)
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