April 29, 2013 |
When the Cleveland Cavaliers swiftly snatched former coach Mike Brown off the coaching carousel and rehired the guy they fired just one year after he was voted coach of the year in a hopeless attempt to keep LeBron James from leaving for Miami, Josh Harris didn't flinch. Less than 48 hours after it was reported that Brown and Brian Shaw sat atop the 76ers' wish list to replace Doug Collins, Brown, whom the Los Angeles Lakers made the scapegoat for their poor play and fired just five games into this season (looks like that was a mistake, too)
April 22, 2013 |
It is telling when Stan Van Gundy, a man who wants back into the NBA, lumps the 76ers into that clump of teams (Cleveland and Detroit are the others) where the situation is so rancid that a respected ex-coach wants nothing to do with them. And it is even more telling when those gigs are, at the moment, the only openings in the league. Heading into the offseason following a disastrous season on all fronts, this is how the Sixers are viewed from the outside looking in. A season removed from coming within one game of reaching the Eastern Conference finals, the Sixers are at a crossroads and find themselves among the NBA's armpit organizations.
May 23, 2012
The Orlando Magic fired head coach Stan Van Gundy and split with general manager Otis Smith on Monday, the culmination of a season in which Orlando was ensnared in a long-running soap opera with Dwight Howard and made another first-round playoff exit. "It's time for new leadership and new voices," Magic CEO Alex Martins said in a statement. Smith and Van Gundy's problematic relationship with Howard weighed down the team all season after the all-star center requested a trade.
April 20, 2012
Danny Granger scored 29 points to help the Indiana Pacers beat the visiting Milwaukee Bucks, 118-109, Thursday night and clinch home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs. George Hill had 22 points and eight assists and David West added 21 points, 14 rebounds, and seven assists for the Pacers, who won their seventh straight and 11th of 12. The Pacers have scored at least 100 points in 12 of their last 13 games. Brandon Jennings scored 27 points and former Pacer Mike Dunleavy added 23 for the Bucks.
April 20, 2012 |
DWIGHT HOWARD'S season is over. His chances to help Team USA win another Olympic gold are likely done, too. Orlando's All-Star center told ESPN.com he will have season-ending back surgery. Friday's operation in Los Angeles to repair a herniated disk also will keep him from playing in the Olympics in London, Howard's agent, Dan Fegan, told ESPN.com. "I tried to play through it and it just made my back worse," Howard said. Howard has been dealing with back problems since early March, but it wasn't until last week that a doctor discovered the herniated disk.
April 10, 2012 |
ORLANDO MAGIC senior vice president Pat Williams, who helped found the franchise in 1989, said Monday he would like to see star center Dwight Howard and coach Stan Van Gundy both remain with the franchise for a long time. Williams said restoring the team's health and winning would do a lot to help the franchise move past recent turmoil, capped when Van Gundy last week said that Howard wanted him fired. The coach and the star later met with Magic general manager Otis Smith, agreeing to get along the rest of the season and put the team first.
April 8, 2012 |
A day after Sixers coach Doug Collins gave no credence to a blog post that suggested he had lost his team, an opponent that could give any NBA squad a run in the drama department came limping into the Wells Fargo Center. The Orlando Magic entered Saturday's game against the 76ers on a five-game losing streak, missing injured starters Ryan Anderson and Hedo Turkoglu, and in full damage control after one of the most bizarre news conferences in NBA history. On Thursday, Orlando coach Stan Van Gundy told reporters that all-star center Dwight Howard wanted him fired.
April 7, 2012
Danny Granger scored 26 points and Roy Hibbert had 21 points and 12 rebounds to help the Indiana Pacers beat the Oklahoma City Thunder, 103-98, in Indianapolis on Friday for their fourth straight victory. Kevin Durant had 44 points for Oklahoma City in the loss. Elsewhere: Rudy Gay scored 17 points and Zach Randolph had 14 points and 14 rebounds as the Memphis Grizzlies snapped Miami's 17-game home winning streak by beating the Heat, 97-82. . . . Jeff Teague had 24 points and Josh Smith added 20 points and 12 rebounds as the Atlanta Hawks held off the Detroit Pistons for a 101-96 home win. As the basketball bounces Sacramento's DeMarcus Cousins was fined $25,000 by the NBA on Friday for publicly criticizing officials after a 95-83 loss to Blake Griffin and the Los Angeles Clippers on Thursday night.
April 7, 2012 |
As grim and as bleak as the situation surrounding the 76ers has become, coach Doug Collins still refuses to look at the negative without weighing in with something positive. "If we had won that game with Washington," Collins said of a 20-point loss last Friday, "we'd still be in first place in the Atlantic Division. It's funny how you win two in a row and all of a sudden there's joy in Mudville. " While this is true, Collins usually prefers to look at the big picture, and right now looking at the Sixers through a wide-angle lens doesn't reveal a pretty view.
April 6, 2012
Carmelo Anthony scored 19 points, Tyson Chandler collected 12 points and 12 rebounds, and the visiting New York Knicks defeated the Orlando Magic, 96-80, on Thursday night. J.R. Smith and Toney Douglas each added 15 points for the Knicks, who won for just the third time in their last 13 visits to Orlando. New York also hit 13 three-point shots. Jason Richardson scored 16 points and Glen Davis 15 to lead Orlando. The Magic's loss came on the heels of coach Stan Van Gundy's comments Thursday morning that included his saying he had heard from top team officials that Dwight Howard has asked that he be fired.