April 18, 2015 |
Joel Embiid arguably could be one of the most gifted athletes to don a 76ers uniform. He's a 7-footer who dunks with ease off between-the-legs moves. He's a once-in-a-generation athlete for his size. He has the natural talent to develop into one of the NBA's best players. But he'll need a good work ethic combined with an ability to stay healthy to turn that potential into results on the court. "There were times that I wasn't happy," coach Brett Brown said Thursday of Embiid's lack of diligence.
September 30, 1995 |
Skepticism trails relentlessly behind 7-6 Shawn Bradley, casting a shadow over whatever he does. It goes where he goes. It colors whatever he does. It will not go away any time soon. Bradley knows the drill. He is just back from nine days in Hollywood, part of the cast of a motion picture titled "Space Jam. " The characters range from Michael Jordan to Charles Barkley to Muggsy Bogues to Bugs Bunny. But all anyone in Philadelphia wanted to know was, why wasn't Bradley in the practice gym with the Sixers, working at his craft?
March 20, 2013 |
There is an electrical box in Franklinville that looks different from most in the area. It is dented and marked up and has the signature of Josh Awotunde, who also used the blank canvas of the box to profess his NFL dreams. Awotunde is probably not going to the NFL. He did start at quarterback for Delsea, the Group 3 state champion, but his future is in another sport: track and field. Last season as a junior, Awotunde won the discus and finished fourth in the shot put at the state Group 3 championships.
September 25, 1989 |
Early in the fourth quarter, when the Eagles were beginning to run down, when they were holding timidly to a 21-17 lead and John Teltschik punted short from the shadow of his goal posts, it appeared that another football miracle was in the making at Veterans Stadium. The punt fell from the sky and bounced crazily into the back of unsuspecting San Francisco linebacker Bill Romanowski and into the hands of Henry "Gizmo" Williams of the Eagles. From there, the Eagles went on to score and take a 28-17 lead with just 8 minutes, 24 seconds remaining.
July 22, 1987 |
From the mid-'70s through the early '80s, the critical word on Mark Harmon - who stars in the new Carl Reiner comedy, "Summer School," opening today at area theaters - was this: An ex-UCLA quarterback with bankable blue eyes, dazzling teeth and the acting talent of an ex-UCLA quarterback. For years, he scraped bottom in assembly-line Jack Webb TV productions and the horrendous nighttime soaper, "Flamingo Road. " Then, without warning, he emerged from Actor's Purgatory to deliver thoroughly believable performances as Dr. Bobby Caldwell, who undergoes a radical personality change, then suffers from AIDS on "St. Elsewhere"; astronaut Sam Crawford, who wins and then loses Maddie Hayes on "Moonlighting," and sex murderer Ted Bundy in the NBC mini-series, "The Deliberate Stranger.
October 18, 1994 |
John Chaney likes to say Aaron McKie has teeth in his stomach. "Moxie, toughness, inner strength," said Chaney, the Temple basketball coach who didn't know whether to laugh or cry when McKie completed his career last season, going to Portland as the No. 17 pick in the NBA draft. "I don't think you can say he has super-duper skills, but there's a great player inside him. A winner. " If that's the label attached to McKie, a 6-4 shooting guard, he's grateful. It beats being remembered as a Proposition 48, a kid from Simon Gratz High who couldn't crack 700 in the Scholastic Achievement Test, which cost him a season of eligibility with the Owls.
December 13, 1989 |
Just after Northern Burlington coach Joe Janney enjoyed his first winning season as girls' basketball coach, he's back in the rebuilding process. Four starters graduated and the remainder of his bench players are gone. He does have a couple of players back who saw some varsity playing time last year, but hardly enough to gain much experience or a letter. Many of the younger players are getting their first opportunity to play organized basketball because there is no junior high program.
June 19, 2011 |
Timber Creek football coach Rob Hinson thinks people have the wrong idea about Damiere Byrd. "There's a big misconception out there," Hinson said. "People think he's this guy who has been naturally blessed with all this speed, and they think that's where his success comes from. They don't realize how hard this kid works. " Timber Creek track coach Chris Grottini says the same thing about Byrd, in different words: "He doesn't take his talent for granted. He's the last one to leave the track at practice.
December 7, 1992 |
At old Media High School, Penncrest coach Doug Randolph could have been considered a legend. He was a three-sport star there before moving on to Delaware State, where he again lettered in football, basketball and baseball. He was drafted by the Houston Oilers in football and by the Cincinnati Reds in baseball. Randolph even made it to double-A baseball in the Reds' chain as a shortstop. So when it comes to winning, Randolph knows a little something about the subject. As Randolph gets ready to start his second season as the Lions' coach, he hopes some of his work ethic and knowledge will rub off on his players.
June 15, 2003 |
In the baseball world, Chris Lubanski has been turning heads for a long time. Luke McNichol recalled when Lubanski, a star outfielder from Kennedy-Kenrick High School in Norristown, attended an instructional camp at West Chester University nearly a decade ago. "They called him 'The Human Line Drive,' " said McNichol, the head coach at West Chester Henderson. "You threw the ball in to him and he lined it right back out at you. " It was that way most of this season. The 6-foot-3, 190-pound senior, who last week was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Royals in major-league baseball's amateur draft, hit .528 (38 for 72)