February 20, 2016 |
In a banquet room at West Chester University, more than 250 students, faculty, alumni, and others focused on their breathing as they inhaled and exhaled, appreciated the gravity holding them to the Earth, and silently acknowledged their fellow human beings. "It sounds a little 'woo woo,' " Pat Croce said, "but truly, we're all here. We're all mindful. " Croce, former 76ers owner, Philadelphia icon, and entrepreneur, said he discovered mindfulness last year, after he turned 60 and stopped to take stock of his life.
October 23, 2014 |
If you want to own a piece of 76ers basketball history, here's a chance: Former team president Pat Croce's 10,500-square-foot Villanova mansion will be auctioned to the highest bidder Saturday. Anyone can participate in the auction for Croce's property, according to Michael Schwartz, director of national sales for Premiere Estates Auction Co. of Manhattan Beach, Calif., which is running the event. But all bidders have to put up an "entry fee" deposit of $150,000 by cashier's check or wire ahead of time.
May 21, 2014 |
AS THE Heat and Pacers get ready to play tonight in Indianapolis for Game 2 of the Eastern Conference finals, the collective attention of viewers will shift 700 miles east to the Times Square Studios. Back in the Delaware Valley, basketball fans will restlessly anticipate the opening of 14 envelopes, one by one, and pray for just a bit of luck. The bounce of a pingpong ball can change the complexion of a franchise, a truth verified countless times over 29 years of NBA draft lotteries.
November 7, 2013 |
THERE WERE some heavy hearts and teary eyes around the 76ers organization yesterday morning as the team gathered for practice. It had nothing to do with Monday's loss to the Golden State Warriors, which snapped a three-game winning streak. It was much more serious than that. Last week, the likes of Julius Erving, Moses Malone, Charles Barkley, Allen Iverson, Billy Cunningham, Doug Collins, Bobby Jones, Pat Croce, Wali Jones and others converged in a back room of the Wells Fargo Center to pay tribute to Jeff Millman, a 50-year employee of the organization whose jobs varied from ballboy to equipment manager, but whose undeniable fingerprints on the club couldn't be given a title.
November 1, 2013 |
IMAGINE YOU are on a park bench and this guy sits next to you and begins to talk. He tells you he was there that night in Hershey when Wilt scored 100, tells you he even had the 100-point ball in his possession before he wrapped it in a bunch of towels and stuffed it in The Dipper's gym bag. You nod and smile a patronizing smile. And then he starts to tell you about that time on the White House lawn, when he was again in charge of the ball, this one signed by every member of the 1983 NBA champion Philadelphia 76ers, how he was just doing his job when President Reagan came out, took the ball from him, clowned around and shook his hand.
June 18, 2013 |
Editor's Note: This column is sponsored by TD Bank. The opinions and analysis expressed here reflect the views of the authors alone, and do not necessarily reflect the views of TD Bank, N.A. or its affiliates. Bryn Davis ate his way to entrepreneurship. Davis, who lives in Horsham, says he entered college a "lean-as-you-can-imagine" 170 pounds. By his junior year, he was stressing the scales at 240. A doctor scared him into committing to a healthier lifestyle. Davis took it one step further: He started a business featuring only healthy fast food.
December 7, 2012 |
Sixth in a series of 25 THE SETUP: The Sixers were coming off a 6-year freefall in which their victory total dropped each season. The franchise was on life support and it needed an infusion of vitality. Enter Pat Croce. WHEN IT came to being a pro sports franchise president, Pat Croce was a neophyte. Oh sure, he proved that he was one hell of an entrepreneur, turning his physical therapy business into a $40 million pay day. But his strengths were his boyish charm, his charisma and his persistence.
October 28, 2012
Q: Who do you think I should vote for and why? - Undecided Subway Rider A: Who? For what? President? Senator? Attorney General? Dog catcher? Captain of your subway car? Dude, you have to do better than that. Give a clue. Get a clue! Elections are important on so many levels. Your vote is your voice. It's important that you make thoughtful decisions on the issues and candidates before you go into the voting booth. Don't be swayed by what I think or the opinions of anybody else.
June 28, 2012 |
THIS WASN'T a good plan. Rod Thorn should not run the Sixers' draft on Thursday. Since ownership already decided Thorn ultimately would be out as president of basketball operations, it already should have hired his successor — not wait possibly up to a year while conducting its search process. Truthfully, the owners should have just put head coach Doug Collins in charge of all basketball-related decisions — as Pat Croce did when he hired Larry Brown as coach in 1997.
February 12, 2012 |
He always did have a craving for ice and rarely hesitated to indulge it. That ice is melting now. So diamonds, it turns out, really are not forever. A Georgia judge has ordered Allen Ezail Iverson to pay a jeweler about $860,000. But apparently he can't, so his bank account has been commandeered, and his earnings, whatever of them may be left, are to be garnisheed. The King of Bling, it would seem, is about to become the Prince of Pawn. The man who is the best small scorer in the history of the NBA, who lit up Philadelphia nights with his pyrotechnic play, is said to have worked his way through the better part of - big inhale here - $150 million.