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.
January 3, 2015 |
PHOENIX - Things could get out of hand, once again, for the 76ers during their grueling West Coast road trip. After losing to the Golden State Warriors by 40 points on Tuesday, they face a Phoenix Suns squad Friday night that has dominated them recently. The Suns (18-16) have won the last four meetings by an average of 14.2 points. In the teams' Nov. 21 game at the Wells Fargo Center, Phoenix rolled to a 122-96 victory that was more lopsided than the final score indicated. "The [matchup]
December 9, 2014 |
SUDDENLY, THE 76ers are one of the hottest teams in the NBA. OK, they are 2-18, but their two wins have come in their last three games. The Sixers won at Detroit on Saturday night, 108-101, in overtime at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Both of the Sixers' victories have come on the road, the first coming at Minnesota on Wednesday that snapped a 17-game losing streak to start the season. While the Pistons rested on Friday, the Sixers were losing at home to Oklahoma City and Kevin Durant, 103-91.
December 4, 2014 |
FIVE WINTERS ago, when New Jersey still had an NBA franchise, the Nets didn't win their first game until 37 days into their regular-season schedule. An announced 11,689 at the Izod Center witnessed Dirk Nowitzki and the Mavericks help the home team reach a new level of futility - 18 consecutive losses to open a season, which remains the most in the league's 68-year history. Shortly after 8 o'clock tonight, the 76ers will gather near midcourt at the Target Center in Minneapolis and try to avoid equaling the 2009-10 Nets' infamous mark.
July 25, 2014 |
Anne Feild Elder, 92, formerly of Jenkintown, a civic volunteer for a half-century, died Sunday, July 13, of dementia at Rydal Park, a retirement community where she had lived since 2001. Mrs. Elder was born in Enid, Okla., a descendant of pioneers. Her grandfather Richard Feild was part of the famous "land run" - the rush by settlers to claim stakes on land once owned by the Cherokees south of the Oklahoma-Kansas border. Mrs. Elder graduated from Classen High School in Oklahoma City and the University of Oklahoma.
July 9, 2014 |
ORLANDO - A half-second. Think about how quick that is. It probably takes more time to punch in the security code on your phone. It took more than that for you to read this far into the story, longer to draw a breath, a little more than the blink of your eyes. For Travis Bader, a half-second could mean the difference between him making it on a team in the NBA or probably heading overseas to keep following his dream. The 6-5, 190-pound guard out of Oakland University has a definite skill set, and that is shooting the basketball from long range.
June 16, 2014 |
THE FATE of a federal death-row inmate, who strangled his cellmate in a central Pennsylvanian penitentiary 18 years ago and who has made national headlines, is now in the hands of a federal judge in Philadelphia. David Paul Hammer, an Oklahoma native who is housed on death row in the U.S. penitentiary in Terre Haute, Ind., has been appearing via video link in a Philadelphia courtroom for a resentencing hearing before U.S. District Judge Joel Slomsky during the last two weeks. His death sentence was vacated by a different judge in 2005.
May 7, 2014 |
MOST LIKELY, 76ers rookie Michael Carter-Williams just about wrapped up the rookie of the year contest before the team played in Oklahoma City in early March. But it was during that game in which he and coach Brett Brown had a heated discussion on the sideline of a lopsided loss, in the midst of a 26-game losing streak. It was a back-and-forth that occasionally occurs between coach and player during the season. This one, however, came during a game, right along the sideline, for all to see in person and on television.
May 7, 2014 |
At the time, their March 4 on-court altercation in Oklahoma City was downplayed and said to be blown out of portion by the media. But on Monday, 76ers point guard Michael Carter-Williams and coach Brett Brown conceded that their back-and-forth was a turning point in the rookie's maturation. Carter-Williams was named the NBA's rookie of the year on Monday. He received 104 of 124 first-place votes from a panel of sportswriters and broadcasters to beat Orlando guard Victor Oladipo and Utah point guard Trey Burke in a landslide.