December 14, 2014 |
NEW YORK - It's always something, especially when you are the 76ers. They finally appeared to fix their three-point offense and foul shooting, but something else popped up - an inability to defend the post. Sound familiar? It's when the Sixers defenders stand around, seemingly unaware of what's going on. And their three-point shooting? On occasion, they are red-hot from long-range in the first half only to go ice cold after intermission. All those things happened Friday night in the Brooklyn Nets' 88-70 victory at Barclays Center.
December 1, 2014 |
The waiter suggested to the 20-something guys at Xfinity Live, across the parking lot from the Wells Fargo Center before a recent 76ers game, that maybe they'd want to do some shots - "could help in the second quarter. " Inside the Wells Fargo Center during a Sixers game night, you'll hear the "Tankadelphia" jokes, the suggestions for pregame fan tryouts to create interest and even beef up the squad as the Sixers pile up losses, no end in sight. You don't really hear fans inside actively rooting for the Sixers to lose.
November 30, 2014 |
THE 0-15 SIXERS suffered another loss this week, one that won't show up in the team's record. They will be without leading scorer Tony Wroten (17.9 points per game) for at least a week after he sprained his right knee during Wednesday's home loss to the Brooklyn Nets, even though he finished the contest. The team will re-evaluate the hime on Dec. 5 and make another prognosis at that time. Besides leading the team in scoring, Wroten is also the top Sixer in assists (6.3) and steals (1.9)
November 28, 2014 |
THEIR SIXTH loss in seven games served as yet another example of what Ron Hextall views as the Flyers' most prominent issue. Wednesday's 5-2 loss at Detroit featured stretches of good play, but a lack of consistency throughout all 60 minutes- on an individual level and on a team basis - is what concerns the first-year general manager. "We've got to respond better to adversity," Hextall said after the yesterday morning's practice at the Flyers Skate Zone in Voorhees. "When things don't go our way, we need to continue to push.
November 26, 2014 |
ON A SWELTERING July morning in 1948, President Harry Truman stood inside Convention Hall in University City, accepted the Democratic nomination, and promised to win the election and "make these Republicans like it. " He also used the word "poppycock. " Yesterday, officials announced that Philadelphia is one step closer to hosting the Democratic National Convention again, in 2016, as it was named as one of three finalists along with Columbus, Ohio, and New York City. "Since our first planning meetings 15 months ago, I and a small group of dedicated Philadelphians have worked for this day," Congressman Bob Brady said in a statement yesterday after the announcement was made.
November 21, 2014 |
The real problem with circling games on the calendar for a team desperately trying to find a win is that the other guy is always circling the same game. If the Boston Celtics looked like a team that might be beatable as the 76ers prepared for Wednesday night's game, imagine what the Sixers looked like to them. Boston had lost three in a row before getting to the Wells Fargo Center, which isn't very good, but it can't compare to being 0-for-the-season and trying to change that with a roster that was constructed with that very goal in mind.
November 19, 2014 |
The NCAA has awarded the 2016 East Regional for men's basketball to Philadelphia, marking the fifth time the Wells Fargo Center will host the event. The announcement came Monday, when the NCAA Division I men's basketball committee disclosed the sites for preliminary rounds and regionals from 2016 through 2018. The 2016 regional semifinals and finals, which will be played on March 25 and 27, will be hosted by La Salle. The Philadelphia Sports Congress estimated that about 5,000 room nights and $10 million in economic impact would be generated for the city.
November 19, 2014 |
It was a cold and miserable November night, and the traffic getting to the Wells Fargo Center was brutal. And all Stevie Wonder was going to do, anyway, was play a 38-year-old album from start to finish. What's the big deal? Wouldn't it have been easier just to stay home, punch up Songs in the Key of Life on the sound system, and nurse your Eagles wounds on the sofa? That would have been the wrong move, because the show the 64-year-old musical marvel put on Sunday night more than lived up to its billing as the concert event of the season.
November 12, 2014 |
S TEVIE WONDER - just announced as a 2014 Presidential Medal of Freedom recipient - makes a rare appearance this Sunday, at the Wells Fargo Center. Better still, he'll devote the gig to recreating his 38-years-young "Songs in the Key of Life" mega-album. Helping him out: expect singer India.Arie, a large string section and at least 20 other musicians. How great is all this? Let's count the ways. After seizing artistic control of his career from Motown in the early 1970s, the former "Little Stevie" Wonder set out to prove his mettle.
November 8, 2014 |
Colorado forwards Danny Briere and Max Talbot will return to the Wells Fargo Center to face their former Flyers teammates on Saturday night. Briere, 37, is especially ecstatic to return because he finally gets a chance to be with his three boys, ages 13, 15 and 16. Briere has joint custody, and the boys are being cared for by a nanny in his Haddonfield home. "The longest part of the season is from the beginning of camp to this first trip to Philly," said Briere, who has three points in 10 games but has been a healthy scratch for the last five games.