March 6, 2014 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - Jarvis Varnado has something none of his 76ers teammates has. You can joke about it being the ability to block a shot, but it's much more special than that. As a member of the Miami Heat during the playoffs last season, Varnado earned an NBA championship ring. "It's close with me. It's close with me. Very, very close to me," he laughed when asked where he keeps the jewelry. Just picked up by the Sixers on a 10-day contract Saturday, Varnado already is one of coach Brett Brown's favorites.
January 28, 2014 |
A LATE JANUARY visit to Philadelphia for the Phoenix Suns, in the midst of a 5-day, four-game road trip, normally wouldn't cause any extra excitement for the visitors. But this date has been circled on the calendar since the beginning of the season for one of their players, and a couple of others always have a little extra anticipation for this one as well. Dionte Christmas, the Samuel Fels High and Temple grad, had a longer journey to the NBA than most, getting his shot this season with the Suns at the age of 27 after spending 4 years overseas - playing in the Czech Republic, Greece, Italy, Russia, Turkey - in pursuit of his dream.
January 26, 2014 |
WHEN THE NAME comes up, almost to a man, the response is the same. A slight smile comes across the face, the shoulders start to shrug and words are hard to find. The question: "What can you do to slow down Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant?" The Boston Celtics might be the only team that does not have to answer that, as Durant sat out against them last night with a sore shoulder, aggravated in Wednesday's win over San Antonio. His status for tonight, when OKC visits the 76ers, will most likely be a game-time decision.
October 10, 2013 |
MANCHESTER, England - The 76ers will tell you the trip to Europe was beneficial. Michael Carter-Williams developed into a team leader, and the Sixers bonded during the six-day trip. Players who were strangers weeks ago were laughing like lifelong best friends in Bilbao, Spain, and Manchester. "This has proven to be a real good exercise for us," Sixers coach Brett Brown said before Tuesday's 103-99 preseason loss to Oklahoma City at Phones 4U Arena. "It has been a positive experience.
October 10, 2013 |
MANCHESTER, England - As the 76ers headed into training camp, one question loomed larger than any injury, trade rumor, or free-agent pickup: Can rookie Michael Carter-Williams seamlessly take the point-guard reins from the former face of the franchise? Although it might not be as seamless as fans want, the 6-foot-6, 185-pounder has taken steps to answer that question. Carter-Williams made 3 of 5 three-pointers and finished with 11 points, four assists, four rebounds, and just one turnover Tuesday in a 103-99 preseason setback against Oklahoma City at Phones 4U Arena.
October 9, 2013 |
MANCHESTER, England - The 76ers should seek out Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant after Tuesday's preseason game at England's Manchester Arena. The NBA all-star can tell his opponents all about spending his rookie season on a team in tank mode. When the Thunder were the Seattle SuperSonics, before relocating to Oklahoma City in 2008, the team reshuffled its roster heading into its final season in Seattle. The Sonics selected Durant out of Texas with the second overall pick in the 2007 draft.
September 16, 2013
The Birmingham, Ala., church bombing 50 years ago today is considered by many to be the most heinous act of domestic terrorism this nation has seen, not only because of the tender age and innocence of its victims, but also because of the motive behind it. Many more people, 168, died in the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, including innocent children, but a random collection of needs and events brought them to the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building that day....
August 16, 2013 |
Sam Hinkie says it can routinely take him weeks to decide among candidates for internships, because you never know. Way down the road, beyond what can be seen as he shuffles through the resumés and the letters of introduction, having the right person in that role might mean the difference in something or other to the organization. The 76ers general manager is nothing if not methodical, so it's far from a surprise that it took until the middle of August for the team to announce San Antonio assistant Brett Brown as the new head coach of the team.
August 15, 2013 |
LANE JOHNSON had a very memorable weekend. The Eagles' rookie right tackle kicked it off Friday night by acing his first preseason start against the Patriots. Twelve hours later, he was at his wife Chelsea's bedside in an Oklahoma City hospital as she gave birth to their first child, 7-pound, 13-ounce Dave Jace Johnson. That's about par for the course for birth weight. But if you happened to see the picture of the kid Lane tweeted, well, he has big mitts. Might be able to palm a basketball already.
August 12, 2013 |
CLEARWATER, Fla. - When Riley Cooper was Clearwater Central Catholic's football and baseball hero, everything, it seemed, bounced harmlessly off a body one coach said "must have been made by the god of sports. " Tacklers. Blockers. Errant fastballs. And trouble. If Cooper's career survives the blowback from his now-infamous racially insensitive tirade during a Kenny Chesney concert, it won't be the first time the 25-year-old Eagles wideout has skated away from potential disaster.