May 13, 2015 |
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.
April 24, 2015 |
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.
November 8, 2014 |
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.
September 24, 2014 |
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.
September 24, 2014 |
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.
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.
August 6, 2014 |
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?
July 25, 2014 |
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.
July 24, 2014 |
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...
July 11, 2014 |
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.