July 14, 2014 |
The back of Hannibal's black bathrobe said he was "Da Most Electrifying One. " The emcee wore a heavyweight title belt on Friday afternoon and traversed the Philadelphia University basketball court with a microphone. He makes his home at Harlem's Rucker Park and was brought in to give the all-star game at the Reebok Classic Breakout a playground-like vibe. If he needed reason to use that microphone - likely, he didn't - Hannibal found it in Archbishop Carroll's Derrick Jones. The area's top basketball recruit soared for a two-handed alley-oop midway through the first half.
July 13, 2014 |
Approaching the heart of what historically is the hottest period of the summer, Philadelphia has yet to record a single heat-related death. In fact, the city still hasn't issued a heat "warning. " Thus far, the region has had only one official "heat wave" - and that one made it on a mere technicality. In years past, summer has been rush hour at the Philadelphia Corp. for Aging (PCA), a nexus for heat emergencies. But so far the agency hasn't once activated its "heatline," part of the city's heat-wave response system.
July 12, 2014 |
ORLANDO - The 76ers summer-leaguers were upstaged by LeBron James. James announced "I'm coming home" to the Cavaliers via his first-person article on SI.com about 12:20 p.m. Friday. At the time, the Sixers and Grizzlies were midway through the first quarter of the Orlando Pro Summer League final. The Sixers went on to win, 91-75, at the Amway Center practice court. The game might as well have been played on a desert island. James' decision to sign a free-agent deal with Cleveland following four seasons with the Miami Heat was the main topic of discussion.
July 12, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Nerlens Noel and Casper Ware are receiving a lot of attention at the Orlando Pro Summer League. But across the country, their 76ers teammate Tony Wroten is becoming a YouTube sensation playing in the Seattle Pro Am league. Wroten scored 53 points for the Uber Eagles on 21-for-38 shooting on Sunday. His highlight was a crossover dribble and layup that made his defender look foolish and drew huge applause. The Sixers reserve point guard faked out his defender with some shifty moves.
July 11, 2014
Pennsylvania lawmakers appear determined to perfect their already impressive knack for lollygagging. One of their last chances at an accomplishment this season looks slimmer now that the Senate has consigned a Philadelphia cigarette tax, and the city schools counting on it, to legislative limbo. The cigarette tax is a flawed source of education funding, but it's the only means Harrisburg has come close to providing to prevent further harmful cuts to School District staff and services.
July 11, 2014 |
1. When you talk Summer League, you have to start with Nerlens Noel. If Orlando was a place for him to get his feet wet and improve his conditioning, Las Vegas will be all that and more. With more teams, there will be fresher and likely better competition. This past month has been just a morsel of what the regular season is like, with practices every day, shootarounds on the mornings of games and then the games themselves. Afterwards, it's treatment for the body, dealing with the media and all the rest that accompanies being a professional athlete.
July 9, 2014
THE 76ERS announced their invitees in advance of the Samsung NBA Summer League to be held at the Thomas and Mack Center and COX Pavilion at the University of Nevada Las Vegas from Friday through July 21. Camp sessions will be held through Thursday at the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine. Nerlens Noel, who's coming off a yearlong recovery from a knee injury, is expected to join the team in Las Vegas, following his participation in the Orlando Pro Summer League, which ends Friday.
July 9, 2014 |
ORLANDO - Just make the shot and then the one after that and the one after that. That is what former Oakland University player Travis Bader had on his mind when he suited up for the Sixers in the Orlando Pro Summer League. Your reputation with the Sixers' coaches and all of the other talent evaluators in the practice gym at the Amway Center is that you are a shot maker. Show them that you are. Grab some rebounds, former Saint Joseph's University star Ronald Roberts Jr. thought.
July 9, 2014 |
Movie magic takes on a whole new meaning when the flick in question is Disney's megahit animated musical Frozen . Add outdoor atmosphere, pre-show chow from a Stephen Starr franchise, and a carousel ride, and you have a combination that could win over both tattooed dads and daughters in hair ribbons and tutus, and every demographic in between. It's summer, and in Philadelphia, as in many cities across the land, that means open-air movies, many of them free. On June 30, crowds flocked to Franklin Square, 200 N. Sixth St., for a 9 p.m. showing of Frozen on a giant screen.