August 6, 1998 |
A man strolls into a sporting-goods store and buys a Rasheed Wallace-replica jersey. As he gives the jersey to his wide-eyed son, does that man have the right to expect over the next few weeks, months or even years that Wallace will not have his name splashed across newspapers for something negative? "You never know what can happen out there," said Wallace, the Portland Trail Blazers' frontcourt star out of Simon Gratz High. "Who's to say whether or not I'll get arrested someday?
June 23, 1995 |
Whether Rasheed Wallace will play pro basketball in his hometown will be decided Wednesday. Today's question is, would he benefit from playing here? Draft experts and NBA scouts agree that Wallace, as talented as he is, could have used one more college season to fully prepare himself physically and emotionally for the demands of the NBA. For now, the Sixers are enamored with North Carolina's Jerry Stackhouse and they say they would complete their top three, unless they're blowing smoke, with Maryland's Joe Smith and Alabama's Antonio McDyess.
February 24, 1989 |
Rasheed, 12, belongs to a sports club for boys and girls. He's really happy to be a part of this group, and he'll say, "Here's my uniform. Don't I look good?" He likes to tackle and get up to bat, and he has won trophies in softball. He even goes to practice with a smile, and when pictures are being taken he stands tall and proud. "I'm somebody," his expression says. "They want me. I'm somebody, too. " During recess at school, he jumps rope, climbs the monkey bars and plays hide and seek.
February 3, 1990 |
For the winner, the best thing about a fierce neighborhood rivalry is being able to brag at full volume. For the loser, the worst thing is trying to find a suitable place to hide. Perhaps forever. Darnell Ransom, a 6-foot junior point guard, has seen the Germantown-Martin Luther King battles from both sides now. His 1990 experiences were much more pleasurable than 1989's, thank you. "I sold out in this game last year," Ransom said. "All this week, I'd see the King guys and they'd keep reminding me. They were talking a whole lot of trash.
February 5, 1990 |
It was standard basketball strategy. Unionville, after trading leads all night with host Garnet Valley, found itself trailing by three in the waning minutes of its Southern Chester County League game on Friday. So it put the Jaguars on the foul line. What wasn't so commonplace was the outcome. Garnet Valley hit six straight free throws down the stretch to ice a 52-46 win over the Indians. It was the second time the Jaguars (7-9, 5-3) had beaten Unionville (5-14, 3-6) this year.
December 20, 1996 |
Beulah Brokenborough calls her grandson Rasheed "one in a million. " Her assessment has nothing to do with his budding ability on the basketball court. Rasheed grew up in a section of West Philadelphia called The Bottom. His father was never a part of his life. His mother had many personal problems. The only parent he really had was his grandmother. She is his rock. "She was there for me, all the time," said Brokenborough, a Temple sophomore guard from University City High School.
October 1, 2000 |
Sometimes a little dab will do you. That's true at least for Evolution, with its new paint job and new tag, Club Evolution 2, at the northern end of Delaware Avenue. In the darkest corner of clubland, this members-only after-hours dance space held a reputation for debauchery and glorious decay. (Often this was more image and chatter than actuality.) Now, there's a purity at work. The simplicity of new white walls seems almost heavenly. The dancers are glowing as they stomp to the sweet sounds of resident DJs Michael Myers and Rob Lee. Dag, even the disco ball burns brighter.
June 29, 1995 |
For Rasheed Wallace and Jerry Stackhouse, it sure seemed as if someone had sucked the air out of the "green room" where they sat feeling their collars get tighter as the first few picks of the NBA draft unfolded at SkyDome. They could handle Maryland's Joe Smith going No. 1 just fine. Their Atlantic Coast Conference competitor was the expected choice of Golden State. It was the No. 2 pick that almost did them in. They were not, as convention would suggest, hoping to hear their names attached to the pick of the Los Angeles Clippers.
November 21, 1994 |
As soon as social worker Juanita Wright climbs the stairs of the tiny two- story apartment in the projects, past the nearly bare living room and the sparsely stocked cupboard, the children swarm around, grinning and chattering at her. "Well, look at you. Look how big you are!" says Wright. She listens as Tishea, 5, bright barrettes bobbing, tells kindergarten tales. She admires the two little boys' Halloween masks. Then, Wright smiles at their mother, Tamika Littlejohn, a small woman with big glasses and a big belly - again.
February 21, 2001 |
This is not an easy time to be a basketball player for Murrell Dobbins Tech. The opposition, it appears, is more beloved than the Mustangs. Take junior Ronald Davis, a 5-7, 115-pound power forward. (Just kidding. Of course he's a guard.) Yesterday, li'l Ronnie barely had a chance to eat his much-needed lunch because he was so busy responding to busting from schoolmates. "Everybody was saying they were coming to the game to see 'Reece,' " Davis said, referring to star sophomore Maureece Rice, of Strawberry Mansion.