Life without Kobe Bryant for the Los Angeles Lakers began Sunday night, and it wasn’t so bad. In fact, it was pretty good. With Dwight Howard having a big game and Steve Blake somehow outplaying Tony Parker, the Lakers defeated the suddenly struggling San Antonio Spurs and need just one more win to clinch a playoff berth.
PHILADELPHIA—Andrew Bynum was supposed to be their Moses, the one who would help bring the Philadelphia 76ers to the NBA’s Promised Land. That was General Manager Pat Williams’ mindset when he pulled the trigger on the 1982 off-season deal that made Moses Malone a Sixer. That set in motion a chain of events that would bring Philadelphia its first—and as it’s turned out over the next three decades, LAST—championship since Hall of Famers Wilt Chamberlain, Hal Greer and Chet Walker led them
On Wednesday night against the Portland Trail Blazers, Kobe Bryant put on an absolute clinic in every sense of the word on both ends of the floor, playing every single minute of the game, as the Los Angeles Lakers played for its postseason life. If you don’t believe me, just take a look at his stat-line: 47 points on 14-of-27 shooting, 18-of-18 free throws, eight rebounds, five assists, three steals, four blocks and one turnover in 48 minutes of play. That’s
Note to all NBA players: a punch against your opponent won’t get you suspended, as long as it’s below the belt and you’re not a repeat offender. That’s the impression the league left most of us with after making the decision to not suspend Serge Ibaka for taking a shot at Blake Griffin’s jewels, fining him $25,000 instead.
NEGA-DELPHIA—That’s how a former local pro football player turned talk show host refers to this town, which never met a glass filled to the brim without thinking there’s still something missing. Of course, with one championship from its four major pro sports teams in the last 29 years (the 2008 Phillies), there’s good reason for skepticism. Especially when it comes to pro hoops, where the 76ers have been mired in mediocrity for most of the past two decades – other than
The Miami Heat are coming to Madison Square Garden on Sunday, and you can bet your bottom dollar that LeBron James is well aware of what Stephen Curry accomplished in the World’s Most Famous Arena last night. Can LBJ do something even more spectacular?
How do you know when a team you thought was decent is truly in trouble? When – and apology in advance to the player about to be mentioned – the coach of your team believes Damien Wilkins is one of the best players on the team. Make no mistake – that is a shot against your team in a major way – and Doug Collins took plenty of swings (even though he doesn’t believe in blaming others) against the 22-33 Philadelphia 76ers