June 23, 2016 |
FOR THE FIRST time since 1996, the Sixers will be making the opening pick of the NBA draft when they tab their selection on Thursday. This was part of former general manager Sam Hinkie's plan, but now it is being overseen by Bryan Colangelo, who was brought in as president of basketball operations in April - shortly after Hinkie resigned his post amid speculation his role was going to be diminished. Colangelo, who turned 51 earlier this month, will be commanding his 19th draft; he was the general manager in Phoenix for 11 seasons and held the same role for the Toronto Raptors for another seven.
April 23, 2015 |
IT WAS LONG after the whistle, but Michael Carter-Williams still blocked the shot and smacked Jerami Grant upside the head. No referee intervened. Grant winced . . . and smiled. The moment was a metaphor for what Grant's career will most likely be. He will take all sorts of abuse. He often will be ignored. He'll have to grin and bear it. If the Sixers are lucky, there will be plenty of reason to grin. With the 39th pick in the draft last summer, they might have stolen a finishing piece in their reconstruction.
November 20, 2013 |
DALLAS - This one had to hurt. The 76ers had the Dallas Mavericks down. But in end, too many missed layups and poor foul shooting led to the Sixers' seventh loss in nine games. The Mavs took their first lead late in the third quarter and went on to seize a 97-94 victory Monday night at the American Airlines Center. "We shot ourselves in the foot tonight," Sixers center Spencer Hawes said. "I don't know how many layups, free throws, a combination of the two we missed. "But if you can't make those, you don't deserve to win. " The Sixers (5-7)
January 22, 2013
Landry Fields had a season-high 18 points and 10 rebounds as the Raptors sent the Lakers to their fifth consecutive road loss, 108-103, on Sunday in Toronto. Lakers center Dwight Howard was ejected after drawing two technical fouls in the first half. Elsewhere: Shawn Marion scored 20 points to help Dallas fight off a late Magic surge, and the Mavericks won, 111-105, in Orlando, Fla. . . . Rookie Andre Drummond had 16 points, and the Detroit Pistons returned from Europe with a 103-88 victory over the visiting Boston Celtics.
February 17, 2008 |
The guy who started all this last season is just sitting by this year, watching the Western Conference continue its arms-and-legs race. "It don't amaze me," Allen Iverson said Friday. "Teams are just making decisions trying to get better, regardless of what decision that is. They're trying to win a championship. " Iverson was the first superstar sent west, in December 2006, when the 76ers ended their 10-year relationship with him and traded him to the Nuggets. In the 14 months since, many contending teams in the conference have made similar reaches for a superstar - or, at least, former superstars - setting up a wild second half of the season.
February 13, 2008 |
Shaquille O'Neal doesn't want to slow the Phoenix Suns. That's why he may make them wait a few more days before playing his eagerly awaited first game debut in purple and orange. O'Neal, who is learning a new offense and working his way into shape after a hip injury, is unlikely to play when the Suns visit Golden State tonight. After returning from the Bay Area, the team will decide whether O'Neal will play against Dallas tomorrow night in Phoenix. "I want to be a little more in tune before I step out on the court, because as you watch this team without me, they're like a great flowing machine," O'Neal said after practice yesterday at US Airways Center.
February 7, 2008 |
For the second time in four years, what was once unthinkable occurred with swiftness: Shaquille O'Neal, the dominant big man of his era, was traded, with the Miami Heat sending him to the Phoenix Suns yesterday for forward Shawn Marion and guard Marcus Banks. The stunning move continued a raising of the stakes in the NBA's Western Conference, with the Suns gambling that the 35-year-old O'Neal has something left after showing severe signs of aging the last couple of seasons, and also betting that O'Neal can meld his half-court game with the Suns' fast-paced, seven-seconds-to-shoot philosophy.
February 6, 2008 |
The NBA's wild, wild Western Conference is on the verge of another seismic shift, with league sources confirming last night that the Miami Heat and Phoenix Suns were close to a trade that would send Shaquille O'Neal to the Suns in exchange for forward Shawn Marion and guard Marcus Banks. The deal would mean a dramatic change in the way the run-and-gun Suns play, with the 35-year-old O'Neal a classic half-court big man. But Phoenix, looking at bigger teams it would have to play in the postseason, knew it had to add size in the post to compete.
January 26, 2008 |
Shawn Marion made only one shot, the only one Phoenix absolutely had to have. Marion dropped in a baseline floater with 1.1 seconds left for his lone field goal, and the Suns burned host Cleveland with a season-high 17 three-pointers in last night's 110-108 win over the Cavaliers. Marion, averaging 15.9 points, was 0-for-3 from the floor before he took a pass in the corner from Boris Diaw, faked his way past center Zydrunas Ilgauskas, and as LeBron James rushed toward him, arched in his shot on the run. After calling a timeout, Cleveland had trouble getting the ball inbounds before Damon Jones fired up a three-pointer that was way off at the horn.
January 21, 2008 |
Amare Stoudemire had 28 points and Phoenix made it 14 in a row at home with last night's 116-92 rout of New Jersey. Raja Bell added 20 points, including 5-for-10 on three-pointers. New Jersey hasn't won in Phoenix since March 13, 1993. Six players, including all five starters, scored in double figures for the Suns. Shawn Marion had 16 points and 11 rebounds and matched his season-high with five steals. Boris Diaw had 14 points, 10 rebounds and six assists. Steve Nash had 13 points and nine assists and Leandro Barbosa added 12 points as Phoenix matched its season high of five straight home wins.