November 12, 2010 |
There was a time when sold out crowds gathered each week at the Arena, in West Philadelphia, and later the Spectrum to watch Judy Arnold and her Philadelphia Warriors wreak havoc on the roller-derby track. It was a sport that in its heyday could draw more fans than basketball or hockey did, and was a television staple that combined athleticism and showmanship with nonstop action. "The fans in Philadelphia went crazy for roller games," said Gary Powers, curator of the National Roller Derby Hall of Fame and Museum, in Brooklyn.
April 20, 2014 |
AS YOU KNOW, if you follow this column, I was aghast when the Sixers pounded those woeful Detroit Pistons, averting the distinction of being the sole possessor of the longest losing streak in NBA history. I thought they would surely lose four or five more games in a row and, at 30 consecutive losses, they would have established a record that would never be broken. What an honor for us! One city having the longest losing streak in both professional basketball and professional baseball (the 1961 Fightins lost 23 straight, still a modern-day record)
November 8, 2013 |
Most of the landmarks in Ernie Beck's claustrophobic basketball biography could have been visited on a $10 cab ride. The Mitchell School playground in his old Southwest Philly neighborhood. The nearby gym at Most Blessed Sacrament, 55th and Chester. The Arena. And Convention Hall, which stood on the 34th Street site where Beck now takes his wife for cancer treatments. That peculiar Philadelphia hoops geography, where many in the generation that gave this city its basketball reputation were nurtured and showcased, has, like a lot of the men themselves, disappeared.
March 7, 2012 |
On Friday, in an unusual giveaway, the Sixers handed fans commemorative pieces of the basketball court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points. Not surprisingly, quite a few have already found their way to eBay. Some prices fetched wouldn't quite cover a family visit to a game at the Wells Fargo Center - counting parking, food and beverages - but $50 to $260 isn't bad for a 2-inch square of wood. Of course, it's not just any wood, but the floor on which a Hall of Fame legend, who went to Overbrook High, set an NBA record that no one has ever threatened.
January 14, 2012
Al Attles' favorite memory of Wilt Chamberlain: The legendary 100-point game he produced for the Philadelphia Warriors against the Knicks on March 2, 1962. But Attles, who attends every Warriors home game, also remembers being on hand just days earlier when Chamberlain - his former teammate - set a record with 34 free-throw attempts. Attles never expected either record to be broken in his lifetime. But there he was Thursday night, watching as Dwight Howard stepped to the foul line time and again in the Magic's 117-109 victory at Golden State.
March 2, 2012
THE FIRST 30 minutes of tonight's editions of "Daily News Live" on Comcast SportsNet will be a roundtable discussion on Wilt Chamberlain's legacy on the 50th anniversary of his 100-point game. Host Michael Barkann will lead the conversation with Chamberlain's former teammate, Al Attles; Sixers ambassador Sonny Hill; and Daily News columnist Stan Hochman. "Daily News Live" airs at 5 p.m. The Wilt coverage continues on "SportsNite," including interviews with Bill Campbell, who called the game on radio, and Harvey Pollack, who was the Philadelphia Warriors' statistician and the man who wrote the "100" on the piece of paper that Wilt held in the iconic photo.
March 20, 2013 |
TOM GOLA Born: Jan. 13, 1933. Age 80 Birthplace: Philadelphia High school: La Salle College: La Salle (1951-55). Led Explorers to 1954 NCAA national championship and runner-up finish in 1955. National player of the year in 1954 and UPI player of year in 1955. Most Outstanding Player in 1954 Final Four. Three-time All-America. NIT co-MVP in 1952, as Explorers took NIT title College stats: Gola was a 6-6 forward. He averaged 20.9 points and 19.0 rebounds. Had 2,201 career rebounds, still an NCAA record PRO BASKETBALL CAREER: * Drafted by Philadelphia Warriors in 1955 as a territorial pick * Warriors: 1955-62; Knicks: 1962-66 * NBA champion in 1956 with Warriors * 5-time NBA All-Star * Stats: Points 7,871 (11.3 ppg)
January 29, 2014 |
By the time Jack Scheuer's Frankford High basketball team arrived at La Salle High for a preseason game, everyone already knew who that big, tall, quick guy was on the Explorers. He was Tom Gola. And he could dribble like a point guard and rebound like a forward. It was 1950 and Gola, Scheuer said, had been already been famous for a few years. Gola led Incarnation of Our Lord parish to a national schoolboy title when he was in the eighth grade. "He had 27 points and I had none," said Scheuer.
August 14, 2011 |
SPRINGFIELD, Mass. - Would anyone really venture out in public in that garish Philadelphia Warriors team jacket, the one with the dribbling American Indian on its back? That video of Paul Arizin driving the Madison Square Garden lane, is it in slow motion? And those clunky white sneakers, how could anyone run in them, let alone jump? Like photos and artifacts in any museum, those displayed here at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame whisper of vanished traditions, half-forgotten memories, dead heroes, and regrettable fashion choices.
February 14, 2012 |
SIXERS OWNER Adam Aron needed less that 20 words to announce one of the biggest acquistions in team's history: The Sixers have bought the basketball court that Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points on. Aron tweeted the news on his Twitter account, writing: "AMAZING PURCHASE. 76ers bought the actual basketball court on which Wilt Chamberlain scored 100 points. Will mostly be preserved. " The purchase could not have been more timely. The 50th annivesary of Wilt's historic feat is fast approaching.