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Less than three weeks after the 76ers had made the sudden and stunning decision to hire him as their chairman of basketball operations, Jerry Colangelo cleared time on his schedule for a counseling session with Jahlil Okafor.
SINCE 1952-53, Temple has finished only one season with just one double-figure scorer. That was in the mid-1990s, when Marc Jackson was that guy for a team that made it to the second round of the NCAA Tournament.
WE CREATE these games knowing full well that we cannot defeat them. That they will grind us down, suffocate our souls. A sheet of ice, a circular piece of rubber and, 10 moving bodies, two pipes: the variables are endless. When you find yourself on the wrong side of their odds the way R.J. Umberger had - shift after shift, night after night - you sometimes feel as if they will destroy you.
TO BE FAIR, Chip Kelly was no monster. To be honest, Kelly would still be the Eagles' coach if he had won 10 games in 2015 instead of seven.
GRADING A TEAM at the All-Star break when it has posted an 8-45 record? Why does the image of throwing chairs off the Titanic to prevent it from sinking come to mind?
BOOGIE DROPPED 28 on the Sixers and his Kings won by four Wednesday night. Boogie Jr. dropped 26 on the Kings and gave Sixers fans a glimpse of the future.
NEW YORK - The play hit the highlight reels, Marv Albert providing the soundtrack: Galloway, off the pump fake, fires and HITS, that's a two-pointer. . . . Reggie Jackson went FLYING.
HE RAN a post pattern, Greg Lewis recalls, faking a safety to the outside, digging hard inside, coming free down the middle in the end zone for the 30-yard Donovan McNabb touchdown pass.
WHEN YOU look at the 76ers in the future - and really, that's the only sane way to look at them - wouldn't the vision be clear if it included a young big man who is one of the best in the league and a star point guard who can do just about everything? Sprinkle around that a terrific three-point shooter, a proven scorer and a rookie center with above-average defensive skills and thoughts of playoffs and 50-win seasons begin to materialize.
WHAT WENT down Friday in Louisville is at the heart of what is wrong with college sports. And it is not that a former Louisville basketball staffer apparently arranged for strippers to appear at parties in a dorm and some money changed hands. We are talking high school- and college-age men hanging with women late at night. Is this really an outrage?
IF THERE WAS ever a moment perfectly suited for 76ers rookie Jahlil Okafor to show what he has learned, it was the one that presented itself with just over 10 seconds to go in the fourth quarter Monday against the Los Angeles Clippers. The game was tied and the Sixers were inbounding from midcourt.
THERE SHOULD be gray in his beard. That's the immediate thought when Michael Del Zotto finishes detailing his NHL journey so far, and particularly the leg that has led him here.
It was a dark day for Pete Mackanin. The Phillies had just finished a disappointing season with a .500 record, ending a run of five straight National League East titles.
ESSENCE BEMBRY missed a few games in her son's first two seasons at Saint Joseph's. She has not missed any this season and does not plan to.
It was bound to happen: Bracketology has gone to the dogs. One of the sponsors for this month's Westminster Dog Show came up with the idea of having Joe Lunardi, the father of bracketology, come up with his picks for the dog show.