Marks: Hoops Aside, What’s Happening to Sixers is Tragic


PHILADELPHIA — The cruel existence of the Philadelphia 76ers over these past few years, especially lately, has got to stop. It’s one thing screwing around with the production on the court, resulting in just 71 victories over the past three years while the franchise has been stockpiling draft picks and injured big men. That’s rebuilding basketball, Sam Hinkie style. But what’s happened off the court in the last year alone isn’t just heartbreaking, it is downright tragic. One-by-one, Philadelphia’s most iconic big men have


Bernucca: Darryl Dawkins Was The Coolest Guy on Earth – Or Any Other Planet


In the late 1970s I was a very impressionable teenager desperately trying to be cool. But I didn’t want the charm of James Bond or the street smarts of The Fonz or the dance moves of Tony Manero. Besides, they were all fictional characters from movies and TV shows. I wanted my cool to be real. I wanted to be Darryl Dawkins. Dawkins died Thursday, leaving us way too soon at the age of 58. He claimed to be from the planet Lovetron,


Tweet of the Day: Excitement for the 2014-15 NBA Season Abounds


After months of waiting and a summer full of roster change and player movement, the dawn of the 2014-15 NBA regular season is now upon us. Play begins with three games Tuesday night. The New Orleans Pelicans host the Orlando Magic at 8 p.m. (EST). The game will air the local Fox Sports affiliates — FSNOLA and FS Florida, otherwise, you can find it on NBA League Pass. Meanwhile, the NBA on TNT crew will host a doubleheader, starting with the


Tweet of the Day: NBA Reacts To Navy Yard Massacre


Tragedy struck in Washington D.C. Monday morning where a gunman, identified as Aaron Alexis, 34, first opened fire at Building 197—the headquarters for the Naval Sea Systems Command—in the Washington Navy Yard. 12 victims (not including the gunman, Alexis) have been confirmed dead, several others are wounded. [Read more…]


Bernucca: Future murky for Lakers, biggest underachievers in NBA history

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Before Game 4 of their Western Conference first-round series against the San Antonio Spurs, the Los Angeles Lakers handed out white towels to fans at the Staples Center. Apparently, someone in the marketing department didn’t understand symbolism. By halftime, those towels had become flags of surrender for the Lakers, the biggest underachieving team in the history of the NBA. Dwight Howard offered his own symbolism, figuratively throwing in the towel midway through the third quarter. Unwilling to grit his teeth and bang


Sixers finally clinch playoff berth, Spurs secure top seed


Well, they’re in. The Philadelphia 76ers are in the playoffs. They might not be there very long, and once they exit, their leading scorer might be leaving as well. But for now, all is well in the City of Brotherly Love. The Sixers won a game they were supposed to win, had to win, needed to win, pulling away for a 105-87 road victory over the shorthanded New Jersey Nets that clinched their second playoff berth in as many years under coach