January 10, 2015 |
Player development is a huge part of the 76ers' rebuilding plan. Coach Brett Brown was one of the NBA's first player-development instructors when he got his start with the San Antonio Spurs in 1999. He and Sixers general manager Sam Hinkie hired assistant coaches with player-development backgrounds and they have been putting in time with the players before and after practices. But at 5-29, the Sixers remain hard to watch at times. It's not uncommon for them to shoot several air balls or have a shot clank off the side of the backboard during games.
January 8, 2015 |
IN THE DESERT of defense that has been the first 2 months of this season, there is an oasis of offense up in Easton, overseen by a man who recruits shooters and teaches an offense that has stood the test of time, even this time, when defense, after a one-season homage to scoring, is once again ruling college basketball. Lafayette College's Fran O'Hanlon coaches the nation's second best three-point shooting team. The Leopards' 42.9 percent from the arc is a full 9 percentage points better than the national average.
January 7, 2015 |
A South Philadelphia man went on trial on murder charges Monday, accused of gunning down a man in front of his young son during the Christmas holidays two years ago. Two nights before Christmas 2012, prosecutors say, Jahmir Harris, 25, opened fire on Louis Porter, 45, in a pharmacy parking lot while Porter's 5-year-old son was a few steps away. Assistant District Attorney Erin Boyle said Harris - intending to kill Porter over a $4,000 drug debt - had followed him and, in "complete disregard for the life of a 5-year-old child," fired at Porter, his car, and nearby cars.
January 5, 2015 |
A domestic dispute that started early Saturday morning in Pennsauken left a woman and her father hospitalized in Camden and the woman's ex-boyfriend dead of a self-inflicted gunshot wound, Camden County police said. At 3:45 a.m., a woman called her father after finding her tires were flat. Once her father arrived, they began to drive off. However, police said, the woman's ex-boyfriend Marques Johnson, 23, of Pennsauken, pulled up alongside them near the corner of Baird Boulevard and Marlton Pike in Camden.
January 5, 2015 |
LOS ANGELES - One would think Michael Carter-Williams would be a much better shooter, considering the player-development backgrounds on the 76ers' coaching staff. One would also think the second-year point guard would be a long-range sniper based on all the hours he works on his outside shot. Instead, Carter-Williams struggles with everything besides getting to the rim. He is shooting 38 percent from the field and 24.3 percent on three-pointers. He has made just 62.3 percent of his foul shots.
December 29, 2014 |
Jordan Matter is a one-man flash mob - with a camera. On a frosty Monday in early December, Matter and two dancers from the Pennsylvania Ballet and one from BalletX are pinballing around downtown, politely commandeering Santa's seat in City Hall's courtyard, an entire block of Addison Street, and a divider in the middle of South Broad Street - during rush hour. See it. Feel it. Shoot it. That's how Matter works. The eye behind the lens of Dancers Among Us , a 2012 New York Times best seller and an Oprah Magazine best book, says his process "relies on serendipity.
December 18, 2014 |
YOU NEVER KNOW what the camera will find. Yesterday, after Archbishop Ryan's Austin Chabot was asked to hold a postgame pose, his smile revealed a black mouthpiece styled with painted-on white fangs. Usually, the 6-6 junior forward plays with unencumbered chompers. However, last week's gruesome injury made that impossible. "When we played Washington on Friday, a kid threw an elbow and my tooth went through my lip, right here," Chabot said, lifting his right upper lip to reveal a gnarled gash.
November 10, 2014 |
In minutes, the opening salvo in the latest skirmish of the Pennsylvania pigeon wars was due to begin. And there, a half-mile away across the Delaware River, lay ground zero. Shrouded behind a long, 30-foot-high wall of pale fabric, the Philadelphia Gun Club looked fortresslike in the distance. For decades, the club in Bensalem has been staging pigeon shoots that animal activists call cruel, savage, and an outrage. On the New Jersey side of the river, in Beverly, five of those activists stood watching Saturday as the clocks on their laptops ticked toward 9 a.m. Armed not with shotguns but an inflatable boat and a drone-mounted video camera, they could barely contain their contempt for the men and women who fire at caged birds flung skyward by handlers.
October 16, 2014 |
MAYBE A shorter game is something 76ers fans would like to see. And perhaps it's not too far away. The NBA announced yesterday it will experiment with a 44-minute game this exhibition season when Boston visits Brooklyn on Sunday. One minute will be chopped from each quarter, and timeouts for each team will be reduced from 10 to eight, two per quarter. "At our recent coaches' meeting, we had a discussion about the length of our games, and it was suggested that we consider experimenting with a shorter format," said Rod Thorn, NBA president and former Sixers president.
September 5, 2014 |
A HOT-BLOODED punk took major offense to a harmless accident, shooting another man several times outside a West Philly corner store Friday. Now, that victim - who police sources say is the husband of a department radio dispatcher - is fighting for his life at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. Edward Lynn, 49, was shot six times outside A&A Deli, on Haverford Avenue near Farson, according to sources. Medics took him to the hospital, where he remained last night in critical but stable condition.