March 12, 1995 |
Rasheed Wallace is used to questions about where he'll be playing basketball next season, whether he'll be a junior for the North Carolina Tar Heels or a rookie in the National Basketball Association. He's used to the sweatbox tension of big games in the Atlantic Coast Conference, and he's used to coming back from minor disappointments to find major efforts. But more than anything, Rasheed Wallace is used to winning. His Simon Gratz teams won three straight Philadelphia Public League championships, and the Tar Heels won the ACC tournament in his freshman season.
February 8, 1993 |
Wake Forest, the team that romped at McGonigle Hall yesterday afternoon, slam-dunking Temple by 106-69 in the process, might be one of destiny. Indiana, with Calbert Cheaney sailing and Bob Knight grousing, stands at No. 1, and Kentucky is a deserved second, but the Atlantic Coast Conference is among the nation's pool of collegiate basketball elites. There is the two-time national champion Duke, mercurial Florida State, conference leader North Carolina, and Georgia Tech. Near the top of the ACC, however, is Wake Forest.
October 26, 1994 |
North Carolina center Rasheed Wallace, a sophomore from Simon Gratz High, is on the list of preseason candidates for the men's Naismith College Basketball Player of the Year award. The candidates were announced yesterday by Jackie Bradford, executive director of the Atlanta Tipoff Club, which presents the award in conjunction with Ban. Also selected as candidates for the men's award were Arkansas' Corliss Williamson, Duke's Cherokee Parks, Arizona's Damon Stoudamire, Wisconsin's Michael Finley, Wake Forest's Randolph Childress, Indiana's Alan Henderson, Michigan State's Shawn Respert, UCLA's Ed O'Bannon and Oklahoma State's Bryant Reeves.
January 10, 1996 |
This is not the kind of NBA record the Toronto Raptors wanted to set. The expansion Raptors set a record by not making a single free throw, going 0-for-3 from the foul line in a 92-91 loss to the visiting Charlotte Hornets last night. The previous record for fewest free throws in a game was one, set on Nov. 19, 1977, by the New Orleans Jazz. "Oh my goodness," exclaimed Larry Johnson, who made 10 foul shots for Charlotte. "That was the game. I don't think you can win a professional game without going to the line.
December 4, 1995 |
That big sigh of relief whooshing out of the Pacific Northwest is from Randolph Childress. The rookie from Wake Forest finally got his big chance, and he made the most of it, sinking four of six three-pointers and scoring 18 points last night as the Portland Trail Blazers handed visiting Orlando its second loss in as many nights, 93-82. The Blazers had an incredible 67-31 advantage in rebounds, but still trailed thoughout most of the game until they used a 15-0 run to take an 84-71 lead.
January 25, 1997 |
Aaron McKie's travel itinerary took him from Phoenix to Portland to Detroit. In a way, it was about time he headed in a new direction. The former Temple star, who scored 1,650 points in three seasons before leaving in 1994, was traded yesterday by the Trail Blazers with guards Randolph Childress and Reggie Jordan for guard-forward Stacey Augmon. Assuming McKie made it to snowy Detroit and passes his physical examination, he is expected to be in uniform at guard tonight in Auburn Hills, Mich.
January 9, 1996 |
The 76ers had 10 players available for Friday night's 103-102 overtime loss in Vancouver. Coach-general manager John Lucas played eight, just six after the third quarter. In a busy week, Lucas waived Jeff Malone and Mike Brown, activated Sean Higgins from the injured list and had Scott Skiles announce his retirement 45 minutes before facing the Grizzlies. Lucas was as snowbound as everyone else in the area the last two days, but he has been trolling for players. His first choice appeared to be guard Rumeal Robinson, who was averaging 21.6 points in 21 games with Shreveport and Connecticut in the Continental Basketball Association.
September 19, 1995 |
The NBA made a quiet return to business yesterday after a 2 1/2-month lockout. That could change in a matter of days. The league formally resumed operations at noon EDT, allowing teams to make deals for the first time since the start of the July 1 lockout. Owners and player reps approved a new collective bargaining agreement last week. Only two trades were made so far, but more are expected soon. The expansion Toronto Raptors and Golden State Warriors completed a six- player deal that appeared to be done in June.
January 14, 1994 |
When Randolph Childress got confused in the final seconds against No. 2 Duke, he turned to what he does best - shoot. His three-pointer with 11 seconds left gave visiting Wake Forest a 69-68 upset victory over the No. 2 Blue Devils, last night, denying Duke's chance to rise to the top of the polls. "I didn't know what (coach Dave Odom) wanted to do," Childress said. "He had me totally confused. I said he was going to kill me in the locker room if I miss this shot, but I said I was just going to go down and shoot the basketball regardless.
January 27, 1997 |
Pat Croce is trained in karate, perfectly able to deal with difficult situations that require physical strength. He is a specialist in marketing and promotion, skilled in management and motivational techniques. But he has never before been the president of the 76ers, a team that began the season filled with hope, now holding a 9-33 record after Saturday's 104-95 road loss to the Detroit Pistons. Croce, in the first season of his stewardship, feels somewhat helpless. He admits general manager Brad Greenberg is attempting to make some player changes, but insists that Greenberg and coach Johnny Davis - both in their first seasons - are safe in their jobs.