In the course of her rather short career Wyomissing native Taylor Swift has already sold out 16 shows at Los Angeles’s Staples Center. She’s in the midst of playing five of those this week. You’ve no doubt heard about them on the news, especially her star-studded special-guest appearances, which have ranged from everyone from Mary J. Blige and Chris Rock to Alanis Morissette.
So to honor her achievement of having the most sold-out performances at the venue, L.A. Lakers player Kobe Bryant showed up one night to present her a covetable banner that will hang in the rafters alongside sports heroes who played and dominated there, folks like other Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Wilt Chamberlain.
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Penn State’s DJ Newbill, left, drives against Akron’s Alex Abreu during a NCAA college basketball game in Bayamon, Puerto Rico, Sunday, Nov. 18, 2012. (AP Photo/Ricardo Arduengo)
A former Penn State basketball player was reportedly detained on suspicion of terrorism as he tried to join his new team in France, his European agent says.
D.J. Newbill was stopped by German authorities, Newbill’s agent, Francois Lamy, said in a Facebook post. (The post has been translated from French.) The incident was first reported by the Black Cager blog.
“An officer of the German immigration doubted his statement that he was in Europe to play basketball,” Lamy wrote. “He also doubted that France was the country of final destination. Newbill was interrogated for hours. German immigration officials were convinced he had a terrorist motive.” Read more »
On Tuesday, just a day shy of her 14th birthday, Mo’ne Davis got news that she was drafted by the Harlem Globetrotters. She won’t hit the road with the b-ball tricksters just yet, though. According to a release, the draft states that the the team is exercising a “Future Discovery Clause” that will obtain the rights to Mo’ne when she graduates college. The announcement, according to New York Mag, makes her the third woman to be drafted by the Globetrotters since they began drafting in 2007.
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We’re only three days away from the 2015 NBA draft and the news, rumors, and propaganda are now in full swing. Here are some of the news items that came out over the weekend.
•Dario Saric will not be coming off for the 2014-15 NBA season, per Chad Ford of ESPN. Saric signed a three year contract with Anadolu Efes prior to the 2014 draft which included a buyout after the 2nd season. The Sixers were reportedly trying to speed this process up, hoping to negotiate with Efes on a buyout a year early. The real concern is now that Saric could stay over in Turkey for an additional 2 seasons, thus avoiding the rookie scale entirely.
Dario Saric’s team, Anadolu Efes, lost in the Turkish League finals in 5 games to Karsiyaka. Saric averaged 9.2 points, 9 rebounds, and 3 assists per game in just over 26 minutes per night in the finals, although he shot just 39.5% from the field. Saric struggled greatly in the last two games, shooting a combined 2-9 from the field. In 11 playoff games Saric averaged 11.1 points, 7.6 rebounds, and 2.8 assists per game in just over 26 minutes of action per night, shooting 47.8% from the field and 37.5% from three point range.
Saric was selected 12th overall by the Sixers in 2014. Read more »
It’s very difficult these days not to treat any Sixers news as an excuse for kicking the team that’s spent the last two years tanking. (Deep breath.) Let’s see if we can do it:
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Remember that recent story Matt Barnes told about his time as a 76er — how Allen Iverson would spend up to $40,000 an outing at strip clubs? Never happened, Iverson says.
“I don’t know what Matt is talking about,” Iverson told CBS recently. “I was rich at 21, so ain’t no telling what I may have done, but I know I ain’t do that.” Read more »
The Sixers were awful last year, and they’re going to be awful again this season. But not all is lost for the Philadelphia basketball fan. Take last season: The hated Celtics won only six more games than the Sixers did and missed the playoffs.
And Sixers fans’ second most-hated enemy, the Los Angeles Lakers? They went 27-55 and finished last in their division. The Lakers! In last! If the Sixers are going to be bad, at least the teams Philly fans love to hate are doing poorly too.
And now, some even better news: The Lakers aren’t going to get much better anytime soon. ESPN reports Kobe Bryant — Lower Merion High School basketball legend, five-time NBA Champion, surefire future member of the Baskebtall Hall of Fame, et cetera — is sabotaging the Lakers from within.
He’s such a ball hog and bad teammate that literally no one wants to play with him. Allen Iverson hogged the ball, but at least he said nice things about his teammates in the press.
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Wilt Chamberlain’s life is the stuff of legend, from his time at Overbrook High School to his towering frame to his incredible feats both on and off the court. And so, it is only fitting that the United States Postal Service’s new Wilt Chamberlain stamp is a third taller than most postage stamps. Read more »
I enjoy NBA summer league basketball immensely. I like basketball, of course, and will watch it when I get the chance to. But there’s more: Where else can you see young NBA talent and young, not-quite-NBA talent play in a gym that would be too small to hold Holy Family’s basketball camp? At the end of the Orlando Summer League, the top two teams even play in what might as well be a camp championship!
With the Sixers drafting two top players this year who won’t get on the court for a year or two, the summer league becomes a little more fun. How much different will the summer league team be than the regular season squad? You might be seeing swaths of the actual team already! Plus, this year, Sixers fans get to see Nerlens Noel — a player the team took in 2013 who didn’t suit up all last season.
Noel finally saw some game action on Saturday, and acquitted himself quite well in the opener: Though he only grabbed two rebounds, Noel had 19 points, 4 steals, 4 assists and a block in 26 minutes in the first game, a loss to Orlando.
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