April 24, 2015 |
Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs turns 39 on Saturday, and the aging process for the best player on the best team of his generation has been gradually catching up with him. Coach Gregg Popovich says he believes Duncan will come back for another season, and that might be true, but it has become a popular theme among the national media to cover the Spurs during this postseason in the same way the Italian press chronicled the advance on Rome by the...
July 22, 2014 |
One recent morning, a couple of dozen basketball players gathered inside a converted Happy Harry's warehouse in Newark, Del. They'd paid $255 to $300 at the door - for the opportunity to try out for a hoop tour of Germany and Luxembourg. The tryout at the Delaware Sportsplex was a first step on a ladder. The late August foreign tour could be looked at as another tryout, a hope that maybe an overseas professional team would see usable skills and offer its own tryout. "It's kind of like AAU, sort of like overseas AAU, to give guys exposure to get an opportunity to get a contract," said Jon Solomon of Horsham, in charge of the tour.
May 16, 2013 |
NEW SIXERS president of basketball operations and general manager Sam Hinkie said yesterday that he likes "smart risks," likes to "push the chips to the middle of the table in a big way" if he sees "something where you can find an edge. " Sixers owner Josh Harris repeated again yesterday, several times in fact, that despite the train wreck of a season created by last summer's Andrew Bynum deal, he would do it all over again. Hinkie said that he liked that about Josh, that it swayed him in accepting Harris' offer to leave the Houston Rockets for the Sixers.
April 17, 2013
DeMar DeRozan scored 30 points, Rudy Gay added 22, and the Toronto Raptors ran all over playoff-bound Atlanta, routing the host Hawks, 113-96, Tuesday night. Atlanta went mostly with backups, showing no sense of urgency to claim the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference. McGrady a Spur The San Antonio Spurs signed veteran forward Tracy McGrady as the playoffs approach. The 33-year-old McGrady is a seven-time all-star. He has played for Toronto, Orlando, Houston, the New York Knicks, Detroit, and Atlanta in his career.
April 10, 2013 |
Each year, Mike Kern of the Daily News offers some Masters trivia. Here's this year's edition: 1. Last year, who led after the first round? a. Lee Westwood. b. Peter Hanson. c. Louis Oosthuizen. 2. Which one of these guys wasn't tied for the lead after the second? a. Jason Dufner. b. Louis Oosthuizen. c. Fred Couples. 3. And who was in front after 54 holes? a. Louis Oosthuizen. b. Jason Dufner. c. Phil Mickelson. 4. What did Bubba Watson shoot on Sunday?
February 1, 2012 |
CARMELO ANTHONY scored 25 points in his return to the lineup, Landry Fields added 16 of his 18 in a flawless first half, and the New York Knicks snapped a three-game losing streak with a 113-86 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons last night. Tyson Chandler had 17 points and Amare Stoudemire 15 for the Knicks, whose slumbering offense awoke in just their second victory in 11 games. They shot 60 percent from the field - amazingly, the first time they bettered 50 percent all season - and fell just a point short of matching their highest-scoring effort.
January 3, 2012
Joe Johnson scored 21 points, Tracy McGrady hit a pair of big three-pointers in the fourth quarter, and the Atlanta Hawks ended Miami's perfect start by beating the Heat, 100-92, on Monday night in Miami. McGrady and Al Horford each scored 16 for the Hawks (4-1), who opened the final period on a 15-3 run to take control. And McGrady made perhaps the two biggest plays of the night in the final minutes, first throwing a lob to Josh Smith for a dunk, then hitting a three-pointer that gave the Hawks a 93-84 lead with 2 minutes, 26 seconds left.
January 3, 2012 |
ATLANTA PLAYED zone defense. Tracy McGrady found his zone. And with that, Miami's unbeaten start came to an end. Joe Johnson scored 21 points, McGrady hit a pair of big three-pointers in the fourth quarter and the Hawks recovered from early 10-point deficits to beat the Heat, 100-92, last night. McGrady and Al Horford each scored 16 for the Hawks (4-1), who opened the final period on a 15-3 run to take control. And McGrady made perhaps the two biggest plays of the night in the final minutes, first throwing a lob to Josh Smith for a dunk, then hitting a three-pointer that gave the Hawks a 93-84 lead with 2:26 left.
December 25, 2011 |
While the New York Knicks maneuvered to land Tyson Chandler, and the Los Angeles Clippers finagled a deal to land Chris Paul and team him with Blake Griffin, the 76ers - drum roll, please - re-signed Thaddeus Young and Spencer Hawes. The Sixers have chosen to stand pat, bringing back 12 players from a playoff team that improved by 14 wins over the previous season. In a city that has seen the football and baseball teams dominate free agency in recent seasons - with mixed and varying results - the Sixers' philosophy under president Rod Thorn and coach Doug Collins is to maximize the in-house talent and see where it leads.
February 26, 2011 |
All Pistons coach John Kuester could do before last night's game against the 76ers was smile, plead ignorance and move on. Earlier in the day, five of his players missed the team's shootaround and two others arrived late. According to the Detroit News , five players decided to stage a protest after the organization failed to complete any deals by Thursday's trade deadline. Tayshaun Prince, Tracy McGrady, Richard Hamilton, Chris Wilcox and Ben Wallace were not present for the 11 a.m. shootaround at the Wells Fargo Center.