November 9, 2012 |
OVER THE years, the Sixers have made some horrendous decisions on coaches, especially when reaching outside of the organization or Philly basketball family. No matter the ownership or general manager, decisions were made that set the franchise back years. The most recent coaching faux pas was the hiring of Eddie Jordan in 2009. His credentials were that he was a friend of general manager Ed Stefanski from their days with the New Jersey Nets, he would work cheaper than other candidates and he was going to run the Princeton offense.
November 17, 2010 |
CLEVELAND - When teams play against the 76ers, it seems borderline players become good, good players become unstoppable and opponents are able to quickly right wrongs. Heck, the Princeton offense (remember that) even looked good last night for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they dumped the Sixers, 101-93, at Quicken Loans Arena. Jamario Moon (who?) collected season highs in points (13) and rebounds (eight), while Daniel Gibson came off the bench to pour in 18 and deal eight assists to help the Cavs improve to 5-5. And what has been the biggest problem for Cleveland thus far this season, third-quarter scoring, also was rectified as the Cavs outscored the Sixers by 26-16 during that frame.
October 3, 2010 |
You can almost imagine the scene inside Doug Collins' head: a scrambled game of tic-tac-toe. X's and O's everywhere. His mind spinning with potential plays, keeping him awake at night deciding which guy goes where, who does best off of a double screen, who needs a pick-and-roll, or will that set really work? Last year, the Princeton offense was premade, and on this team it was about as flattering as a garbage bag. No matter how often adjusted, it was still just a one-size-fits-all that was baggy in all the wrong places.
September 29, 2010
Eddie Jordan, the former 76ers coach, surfaced yesterday at the Charlotte Bobcats' training camp practice. This would appear to be his first public appearance since being fired by the Sixers at the end of last season, although he interviewed for the coaching job at Rutgers. The Sixers were 27-55 in Jordan's only season. He left with two remaining guaranteed seasons on his contract, thought to be worth a total of $6 million. His attempt to install the Princeton offense never worked.
June 28, 2010 |
Jeff Bilinsky has been preparing most of his life for his first head coaching opportunity, and the 29-year-old recently was named the new boys' basketball coach at Riverside. He replaced veteran Paul Collins, who resigned after the season. A 1999 graduate of Camden Catholic, Bilinsky went on to play at Arcadia, where he graduated in 2003. After that, he returned to Camden Catholic as an assistant for six years under Jim Crawford, this season's Inqurier South Jersey coach of the year and one of the best coaches in South Jersey history.
March 11, 2010 |
The amazing thing about the 76ers these days is not that they are pathetic, embarrassing, and downright laughable. It's that as the losses mount, while faith in them plummets by the second, the players don't appear to have a problem with the situation at all. There's no other explanation for what transpired last night against the Charlotte Bobcats at the half-filled Wachovia Center, and against a coach, Larry Brown, who took this team to the...
March 7, 2010 |
The 76ers' season has had more subplots than a reality show. There's the new head coach, Eddie Jordan, with his Princeton offense that was scrapped. Allen Iverson had a ballyhooed return only to leave again. And there's the all-too-familiar mounting losses. Despite all the distractions, the Sixers (22-39) say they remain motivated. "I don't think it's that hard to motivate," said forward Andre Iguodala, whose squad faces the Toronto Raptors at the Air Canada Centre today at noon.
February 28, 2010 |
The 76ers aren't making the playoffs. Their playoff dream has a beating heart, mathematically speaking, but common sense screams otherwise. And anyone who's watched this team since its opening-game flop against the Orlando Magic on Oct. 28 understands that good play has been at a premium. A blistering finish - right now pegged around 19-5 - is about as realistic as the Phillies going unbeaten through their 162-game slate. For a time, the Sixers' "playoff pursuit" was a welcome, benign topic, like bringing up the weather to fill the awkward silence.
February 5, 2010 |
This evening in New Orleans, a town that is somewhat distracted at the moment and might not be paying close attention, the 76ers will attempt to win their third straight game. If you already knew the Sixers are playing tonight, you are a fan. If you knew the identity of their opponent and the location of the game, you are a big fan. If you knew they have won back-to-back games, you are an incredibly huge fan. And if you knew the Sixers had tried for a third straight win four previous times this season but failed each time, you are probably Ed Stefanski.
December 17, 2009 |
At the beginning of last season, the Haddon Township girls' basketball team was considered to be a year away from challenging for a sectional title. The Hawks had just one senior, but despite fielding such a young team, the timetable for progress was seriously speeded up. In addition to winning the Colonial Conference Patriot Division, the Hawks went 25-5 and captured the South Jersey Group 2 title. Now with a veteran team, the expectations have heightened. The Hawks are favored again in the Patriot, and also won't surrender their Group 2 title very easily.