July 13, 2015 |
LAS VEGAS - Publicly, 76ers center Jahlil Okafor had no intention of letting on that Saturday's NBA Summer League matchup against the Los Angeles Lakers meant anything more to him than any other game. But despite his being the Lakers' expected pick, Los Angeles passed over Okafor in the draft last month to take guard D'Angelo Russell second overall. The Sixers were expected to snag Russell at No. 3. Three weeks later, Okafor was rocking a Sixers white practice uniform, while Russell had on a Lakers purple practice outfit at the Thomas and Mack Center.
July 12, 2015 |
If it were anyone else taking on the winds, rain, and lightning of Thursday night for an outdoors show, the first of the summer season at Dell Music Center, it would have been a washout. This, however, was Patti LaBelle, Philadelphia's first lady of R&B, who is still going strong at 71, 52 years into her career. The opening act was supposed to be local trombonist Jeff Bradshaw's large band, featuring Najee and Kenny Lattimore, but they did not play. LaBelle came on early at 9:45 p.m. and proceeded to warm the chilly audience with a piercing, nuanced voice that raged and seduced.
July 11, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Members of the 76ers' front office were in Utah's capital city this week to watch the rookies and second-year players compete in the Utah Jazz Summer League. They will fly to Las Vegas Friday to watch a mostly different group of Sixers participate in the 10-day NBA Summer League. The highlight, general manager Sam Hinkie said, is seeing how players adapt. "I love summer league," Hinkie said. "Summer league is like the answers to the test. We've been studying these guys in the draft for years.
July 10, 2015
IT'S SUMMER-VACATION time, and that typically means a lot of credit charges. During recent online chats, I received a number of questions about credit, including this blunt message from a reader: "Why hate on credit cards?" I'll answer that question in a bit, but here's a brief rundown of some of the other questions that readers had, and my answers: Q: Should I have a cash reserve while paying off credit-card debt? A: Yes, you still need to save when you are in debt. If you don't and something comes up, you may get further in debt.
July 10, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - The Sixers closed out the Utah Summer League last night with an 84-78 overtime loss to the Utah Jazz to finish out the week 1-2. Jordan McRae led the Sixers with 19 points, while Jahlil Okafor scored 11 and Jerami Grant 10. Furkan Aldemir hauled down 15 rebounds. Guard Bryce Cotton led the Jazz with 20. Assistant coach Billy Lange, who guided the Sixers in Utah, said the team accomplished what it set out to do. "I think holistically we definitely have with the introduction of the NBA and our organization's philosophy with guys like Jahlil," Lange said.
July 9, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - Jahlil Okafor is healthy. He's on the court learning the system and producing. It's a scenario the 76ers have not had with their top draft acquisitions in each of the last two summers. That's why there's a lot of excitement surrounding this season. With Okafor on the court, the Sixers' future looks brighter. "With every possession, he's going to grow and grow," said assistant Billy Lange, who is coaching the team in the Utah Jazz Summer League. "We've been preparing him for [the idea that]
July 8, 2015 |
SALT LAKE CITY - When the 76ers drafted Jahlil Okafor on June 25, they hoped that he would blossom into an NBA superstar. After a while, the 6-foot-11, 270-pounder center showed a few flashes Monday night in the team's Utah Summer League opener against the San Antonio Spurs. Okafor finished with 20 points, nine rebounds and two blocks in a 74-71 loss at EnergySolutions Arena. But the third overall pick out of Duke had two distinctly different halves in the shooting department.
July 8, 2015 |
It's a privilege to observe a dance rehearsal. After a while, you're not noticed. You become like that fly on the wall - the wall of a studio at the University of the Arts, where BalletX is rehearsing for its summer run, opening Wednesday, at the Wilma Theater. In one corner, dancers try on shoes, speaking softly so as not to disturb the duet across the room, under the choreographer's eye. A tall, lanky dancer, Richard Villaverde, has just banged his nose into the barre while doing pull-ups.
July 8, 2015 |
The long : Mary Lee and her fellow lamniformes are having a moment. Shark-packed Adventure Aquarium's turning that moment into a fin-friendly season, with chances to learn the truth behind the jawing. The short : Outdoes the Discovery Channel. The demo : Ages 2 and up. The deal : The aquarium's big, stinky hippos are hilarious; the graceful baby rays irresistibly touchable. But let's face it: coolest of all is the 550,000-gallon Shark Realm's blue-lit glass tube that surrounds you with the country's largest collection of sand tiger, sandbar and nurse sharks.
July 7, 2015 |
THE 76ERS loaded up a contingent of veterans, draft picks and hopefuls yesterday and shipped them to Salt Lake City for three games, starting tonight, in the Utah Jazz Summer League. The big story for the team, of course, will be the play of Jahlil Okafor, taken with the third overall pick in last month's draft. In workouts leading up to the trip west, Okafor talked of wanting to dominate. His teammates have marveled at what he can do inside the paint. Almost all eyes will focus on him not only in Utah, but also when he joins the team's invitees in Las Vegas for that summer league, which will begin for the Sixers on Saturday.