August 23, 2015 |
MIAMI - Darnell Sweeney was getting ready to lead off and play center field in Oklahoma City on Wednesday night when he learned he was scratched from the lineup of the Dodgers' triple-A club. It didn't take much more than a scroll through Twitter to learn the reason. Sweeney's manager later officially alerted him that he had been traded to the Phillies. If that wasn't enough news, Phillies general manager Ruben Amaro Jr. called 20 minutes later and told Sweeney he was getting his first major-league promotion.
August 21, 2015 |
MIAMI - Jerad Eickhoff would prefer to have a major league career that amounts to more than being a part of a trivia answer in Phillies history, among the likes of Phillippe Aumont, Bud Smith and Travis Lee. But Eickhoff, who will make his major league debut when he takes the mound to start at Marlins Park tonight, won't begin his career thinking he was one of the six players the Phillies received from the Texas Rangers for Cole Hamels (and...
March 24, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - Ish Smith called his mother, Gwen, in North Carolina for encouragement and guidance before the 76ers played the Los Angeles Lakers Sunday night. The point guard will do it again right before Tuesday's game against the Sacramento Kings and Wednesday's matchup against the Denver Nuggets. For Smith, a pregame conversation with his mother is a routine that the journeyman has stuck with for his five-year career. "She gets on me," Smith said before the game at the Staples Center.
March 10, 2015 |
FOR THE umpteenth time since Brett Brown has been the head coach of the 76ers, an opposing team sat some of its regular contributors. This time it was Saturday night. A day after playing a big home game against the Cleveland Cavaliers, Atlanta Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer rested regulars Kyle Korver, Paul Millsap and DeMarre Carroll. Those three combine for more than 41 points a game, so it might have been a little anticlimactic to fans when the Sixers posted a 92-84 win to get their 14th win of the season in 63 games.
March 6, 2015 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - The game started as a shootout between 76ers guard Isaiah Canaan and Oklahoma City's Russell Westbrook. But when Canaan hit his fifth consecutive three-pointer of the first quarter to give his team a 15-point lead, something appeared to trigger Westbrook. Following an OKC timeout, he took the ensuing inbounds pass, took about five strong dribbles with his left hand and deposited a viscous dunk that spurred a 20-2 run to end the quarter. That didn't deter the Sixers, however, as they put forth perhaps their best effort of the season, riding a career-best night from Canaan and some clutch shooting by Jason Richardson before falling last night, 123-118, in overtime.
March 6, 2015
THIS IS push time in the NBA – teams pushing for a better playoff seeding or making that push to become part of the 16-team tournament that begins in late April. Many teams, however, are facing that final shove without a full complement of weapons. This season, seemingly more than most others, has been riddled with injuries, especially to big-time players. Derrick Rose, Anthony Davis, Kevin Durant, Russell Westbrook, Blake Griffin, LeBron James, Jimmy Butler, and so on, and so on. So many big names missing so much time.
March 5, 2015 |
It's still too early to definitely tell what type of player 76ers center Nerlens Noel will become, but as he finishes the final quarter of his first NBA season, there is no denying the improvement he has shown. After missing last season while recovering from ACL surgery, there was a question about how the 6-foot-11, 228-pound rookie from Kentucky would hold up from the physical pounding in the NBA. Noel has missed just four games and appears to be getting stronger as the season wears on. He is certainly becoming self-assured on the court.
February 28, 2015 |
Florida State guard Xavier Rathan-Mayes had a night to remember even if his team lost, 81-77, Wednesday to Miami. The freshman scored 30 points in the final 4 minutes, 38 seconds, going 8 for 10 from the field, 6 for 8 from three-point range and 8 for 9 at the foul line in his flurry that almost erased an 18-point deficit. Christmas honor. Syracuse center Rakeem Christmas, an Academy of the New Church graduate, has been named as one of 14 finalists for the Oscar Robertson Trophy presented by the U.S. Basketball Writers Association.
January 22, 2015 |
NEW YORK - Walt Frazier, the flamboyantly attired and loquacious broadcaster, Hall of Fame guard, and two-time NBA champion with the New York Knicks, could speak only in single-word sentences when describing this nightmarish season for the tenants of Madison Square Garden. "Depressing. Surreal. Appalling. Devastating," said Frazier, choosing his words carefully. Then, putting together some longer sentences, he added, "It's something we never thought would happen. We thought we would be a playoff team.