December 10, 2010
AS A YOUNGSTER, I lived across the street from Phil Jasner. We grew and went our separate ways. On occasion, I would run into him or cross paths with his mother, Molly. After Phil became a sportswriter for the Daily News , I would often contact him about information concerning basketball. As I followed his career, I realized I knew a real professional. His knowledge of the game and his presentation made you feel as though you were in attendance at the game. The city has lost a gem. Rest in peace, my friend.
December 4, 2010 |
Phil Jasner, 68, who covered the 76ers for 29 of his 38 years with the Daily News and was inducted last month into the Philadelphia Sports Hall of Fame, died Friday at his home after a two-year battle with cancer. Mr. Jasner covered the Sixers full-time since 1981 and had been writing stories up until last month. He was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Nov. 11. "He was in great shape that night," Daily News managing editor Pat McLoone said. The next day the paper was understaffed, and Jasner was asked to cover St. Joseph's basketball loss to Western Kentucky, McLoone said.
December 4, 2010 |
PHILADELPHIA basketball is less a sport than it is a community: past and present, college and pro, the people and their stories woven together. Phil Jasner, the premier chronicler of that community, as well as one of its most cherished members, died last night at age 68. A Daily News staff reporter since 1972 and the paper's 76ers beat writer since 1981, Jasner distinguished himself by his generosity and his even-handedness and his persistence most...
July 15, 2010 |
PHIL JASNER was covering the Sixers, Knicks, Jets and Eagles, some colleges and high schools for the Trentonian when he got a call to take a test at the Daily News for a job covering high school sports. He remembers nothing of the test. Whatever it was, he passed it. A few days later, Stan Hochman, then the Daily News sports editor, called to say the job was his. Jasner remembered thinking, "Do I really want to cover high school sports full time?" "My good friend Merrill Reese literally pinned me up against the wall and said, 'Get your foot in the door,' " Jasner remembered.
January 23, 2013
IT ONLY seemed like Phil Jasner covered the 76ers forever. In fact, he once wrote about the Big 5. And he did it with the same passion he brought to the NBA. Friday, Jasner will be inducted into the Big 5 Hall of Fame at a Palestra luncheon. "It's an incredible honor, well-deserved," said Andy Jasner, Phil's son. "I don't like to use the term overdue, but it probably is, even though people remember him for his Sixers coverage and rightfully so because that's what he did for the last 30 years of his life.
November 1, 2013 |
AT HIS retirement announcement, Allen Iverson had a long list of people he wanted to mention who were important in his NBA journey. Family, friends, coaches, teammates and foes all were praised by the former Sixers All-Star. And then he made mention of just one media member: Basketball Hall of Famer and former Sixers beat writer for the Daily News , Phil Jasner. "[I wish] Phil Jasner was here today," said Iverson, "especially on a day like this. Rest in peace. I know he's looking down on this whole event and thinking about the times that we laughed with each other and thinking about the times that we fought with each other.
May 26, 2011 |
Sam Smith, the highly respected NBA columnist whose career has spanned more than quarter of a century, is being honored as the inaugural winner of the Phil Jasner Lifetime Achievement Award by the Professional Basketball Writers Association, the group announced yesterday. Smith, who has covered the NBA since 1983 and is now the columnist for Bulls.com, will be honored tonight during Game 5 of the Eastern Conference final between the Bulls and Miami Heat. Jasner, a longtime Sixers beat writer for the Daily News , died in December.
December 6, 2010
READERS SHARE THEIR memories of longtime Sixers beat writer Phil Jasner: Ken Landis, Cherry Hill, N.J.: Great sports writers have a way of reporting the game that makes you feel as though you saw [the event] first hand. Phil Jasner reported the game to us for years in a way that not only made us feel as though we saw the action, but also were in the building. I'm going to miss one of my favorite writers and one of the city's good guys. Eilex826: Many years back when I was a grade-schooler and a writer on our school paper, my teacher suggested I write to a real newspaper reporter to question him/her about what it was like.
December 5, 2010 |
Before Charlotte met the 76ers on Saturday at the Wells Fargo Center, Bobcats coach Larry Brown talked about longtime Daily News sportswriter Phil Jasner, who died Friday at 68. Jasner began covering the Sixers in 1981 and did so until cancer caused him to step back early in 2009. Brown was the team's head coach from 1997 to 2003. "He'd been involved with the NBA for so long," Brown said. "He loved the game. He was a real reporter. He just talked about the game, and didn't get caught up in a lot of stuff that really doesn't mean anything.