August 12, 2016 |
KEVIN DURANT may have left the Oklahoma City Thunder for greener pastures, but the Thunder still will have Russell Westbrook when they visit the Wells Fargo Center on Oct. 26 to open the Sixers' season. The NBA released the 2016-17 schedule Thursday night. Sixers fans will be able to see Joel Embiid, Ben Simmons, Dario Saric and company at home in five of the first six games as the team will host Atlanta, Orlando, Cleveland and Utah. LeBron James and the world champion Cavaliers will make their first visit on Saturday, Nov. 5. They also will come to town on Sunday, Nov. 27 for a 1 p.m. meeting.
July 11, 2016 |
LAS VEGAS - Gerald Henderson called signing with the 76ers a dream come true - one that he'll never forget. That's partly because his father, Gerald Henderson Sr., played for the Sixers during the 1987-88 and 1988-89 seasons. The Sixers were also his favorite team growing in Blue Bell, a suburb of Philadelphia. "No other teams could offer the feelings I have towards the organization," said the former Episcopal Academy standout, who signed his two-year, $18 million contract here on Saturday.
July 9, 2016 |
Welcome to America's newest, most entertaining reality-TV show. It's called NBA Free Agency, and it doesn't need a Kardashian, a Real Housewife, or a deserted island (unless we're talking about Brooklyn and the Nets roster) to do boffo ratings and grab the viewing public by its lapels. There's so much action and excitement, and so much of the action is meaningless mind candy. Aside from Kevin Durant's leaving the Oklahoma City Thunder to sign with the Golden State Warriors, the thrill of seeing all these players changing teams and signing gonzo contracts has little to do with how those signings will affect the balance of power among the league's 30 teams.
July 4, 2016 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The professional debuts of 76ers rookies Ben Simmons and Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot were put on hold, but they should be on the court very soon. The players arrived in town Saturday night and signed their contracts. Simmons later tweeted a photo of himself signing his contract, meaning he should be available to participate in summer-league games. "Happy to say I'm a part of the family #Sixers," Simmons wrote in his tweet. Luwawu-Cabarrot posted a photo of his signing on Instagram Sunday morning.
May 26, 2016 |
OKLAHOMA CITY - The MVP didn't play anything like one. The Oklahoma City Thunder acted as if this series is theirs. And so the defending champion Warriors, the greatest team in NBA regular-season history, are one loss away from being dethroned after being crushed again in a 118-94 loss to the Thunder in Game 4 of the Western Conference finals Tuesday. Suffering back-to-back losses for the first time all season, the Warriors trail 3-1 in the series and face elimination as the Thunder can end their season with a win in Game 5 at Oracle Arena on Wednesday.
April 12, 2016 |
The 76ers are in the transition phase of their rebuilding. Transition was a word that came up a couple of times Sunday during Bryan Colangelo's introductory news conference as the team's president of basketball operations. "I just really want to make sure everybody understands that this is a transition from this measured rebuilding process to sustainable winning," Colangelo said, with Sixers co-managing owner Josh Harris at his side. "That's what's important to this process. We will be pragmatic.
March 20, 2016 |
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.
March 20, 2016 |
Resting Serge Ibaka wasn't nearly enough. The Oklahoma City Thunder would have had to sit Russell Westbrook and Kevin Durant as well to make it a fair fight. Westbrook posted a triple-double and Durant had a double-double Friday night as the Thunder turned a mismatch on paper into just that on the Wells Fargo Center court, defeating the 76ers, 111-97. "It's as much as a disposition to me as it is a skill package," Sixers coach Brett Brown said of the duo. "There is a competitive anger that you see in their faces, a determination and a will that you can't put any stat on. And that sort of feeling and that sort of competitiveness trickles down to all of them.
March 19, 2016 |
Dion Waiters, a key reserve on the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder, returned to his old Southwest Center City elementary school Thursday, less than two weeks after his younger brother was murdered in Point Breeze. Surrounded by teammates from his championship-contending team, Waiters, 24, who grew up at 19th and Carpenter Streets, helped deliver a check for $10,000 toward a revitalization of the playground at E.M. Stanton Elementary. "This is where it all started for me, right here," he told hundreds of cheering students.
March 17, 2016 |
Finally playing as if their chance at a playoff berth was on the line, which it is, the Wizards picked up their second consecutive lopsided victory over a team just ahead of them in the standings, beating Derrick Rose's Chicago Bulls, 117-96, behind John Wall's triple-double Wednesday night in Washington. Wall, an all-star point guard, produced 29 points, 12 assists and 10 rebounds, outplaying Rose, who returned after missing two games with a strained left groin and finished with 16 points and four assists.