July 18, 2016 |
As military tanks rolled past the airport 20 minutes from where he used to play professional basketball, Dario Saric held up a Philadelphia 76ers jersey and smiled. Saric, 22, whose rights were acquired in a draft-night trade with Orlando in 2014, was introduced to reporters Friday afternoon at the team's facility in South Philadelphia. Saric spent the last two seasons playing for the Turkish basketball club Anadolu Efes, playing out the first two years of a deal he signed with the Turkish club before he was drafted.
December 4, 2014 |
Maria Garcia-Pellon sat quietly in court as her family and friends recounted what they described as her delusional behavior leading up to the night she stabbed her husband, former University of Pennsylvania basketball star Matthew White. "You are going to take a trip through the depths of mental illness," said defense attorney Thomas Bergstrom in his opening statement before Delaware County Court Judge Kevin Kelly, who will decide Garcia-Pellon's fate. The nonjury trial is scheduled to continue Wednesday.
July 1, 2014 |
WHEN JERAMI Grant, one of the Sixers' second-round draft picks, walked into the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine on Saturday, he did so with some exclusive company. Accompanied by his father, former Sixer Harvey Grant, Jerami Grant has something that his new teammates are lacking - a family full of NBA talent. But just like his fellow second-rounders, he's coming to Philadelphia with a chip on his shoulder. "We all try to make our own way, but we definitely try to learn from our parents' experiences," Jerami Grant said, his blue Sixers hat resting in front of him as he sat between fellow draft picks Pierre Jackson and Jordan McRae.
June 3, 2014 |
FOLLOWING the famed days of the "Southwest Philly Floater," former La Salle guard Tyrone Garland is trying to make his jump into professional basketball. Though he momentarily put basketball to the side and had graduation at the forefront of his mind following a disappointing season, Garland is taking another shot to advance his career. Garland recently signed with 23-year-old agent Gilad Berkowitz, of Berkowitz Career Ventures. Berkowitz is a current law student at Duke who is certified with the National Basketball Players Association.
May 2, 2014
A WEARY country has found a new hero, it seems. Even those of us with little interest in professional basketball have sudden reverence for NBA Commissioner Adam Silver. Silver's swift and fatal dispatch of Donald Sterling, the racist owner of the Los Angeles Clippers, was emotionally cathartic and "viscerally thrilling," as sports blogger Will Leitch put it. Commissioner Silver boldly inflicted the maximum penalty against Sterling for his racist and irrational admonitions to his girlfriend to stop associating with African-Americans in public - particularly at his games.
March 20, 2014 |
PHILADELPHIA college basketball fans can remember the shot. Scottie Reynolds raced the length of the court and made a tough runner to send Villanova in its fourth Final Four. While it is the last shot, and the celebration that ensued, that people will remember, there was a lot more to that team than just Reynolds' heroics. That year, 2009, the Wildcats were balanced with talent, experience and leadership. Dwayne Anderson was one of the senior starters on the squad, and led it both on and off the court.
March 23, 2013 |
St. Joseph's center C.J. Aiken will bypass his senior season to pursue a professional basketball career, the team announced Friday. The 6-foot-9 Aiken averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds, and 2.6 blocked shots for the 18-14 Hawks. "After lengthy meetings with C.J. Aiken and his family, C.J. has decided to pursue a career in professional basketball," coach Phil Martelli said in a statement. "There will always be a place in my heart for C.J. I wish him well in all his future endeavors.
March 23, 2013 |
St. Joseph's center C.J. Aiken will bypass his senior season to pursue a professional basketball career, the team announced Friday. The 6-foot-9 Aiken averaged 10.4 points, 5.6 rebounds and 2.6 blocked shots for the 18-14 Hawks. "After lengthy meetings with C.J. Aiken and his family, C.J. has decided to pursue a career in professional basketball," coach Phil Martelli said in a statement. "There will always be a place in my heart for C.J. I wish him well in all his future endeavors.
February 17, 2013 |
I feel bad for University of Kentucky freshman center Nerlens Noel. He's getting the short end of the stick. In a different world, he would be like Sixers center Andrew Bynum - getting paid millions of guaranteed dollars despite being unable to play for some NBA team. Instead, the torn ACL injury in his left knee he suffered in a NCAA game on Tuesday has put Noel's future earning power as a professional basketball player at risk. In a different world, one before the 2005 NBA's collective bargaining agreement with the players association, Noel might have still torn his ACL, but he most likely would be an NBA rookie lottery pick playing on a contract that guaranteed him around $7 million to $10 million whether he never played another game.
February 14, 2013 |
For decades, Matthew White was remembered as the starting center on the University of Pennsylvania's 1979 basketball team, a fabled squad that captured the region's imagination by making the NCAA semifinals. But early Monday, White's life came to an unexpected end after his wife, Maria Reyes Garcia-Pellon, allegedly stabbed him in the neck while he was asleep. She did so, she reportedly told police, because she caught him viewing pornography. The crime stunned White's former teammates and coaches, several of whom he had stayed in touch with since his days on the Quakers.