Should the Sixers Woo Villanova’s Jay Wright?

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Indulge me this post as I find a way to weave the resignation of Sam Hinkie as general manager of the Philadelphia 76ers with the Villanova Wildcats winning the 2016 college basketball national championship.

First, Hinkie.

The man who urged us to believe in his process of sucking on an NBA basketball floor in order to accumulate better draft picks that would hopefully build the foundation of a championship basketball team, jumped off the cliff last night before he had a chance to be pushed off. It is no big secret that Hinkie’s job — as he knew it — was in jeopardy once the Sixers hired Jerry Colangelo to be their president/overseer. Colangelo had his son Bryan, a former GM in the NBA, on ice, just waiting to be pulled out of the tub to take over the Sixers’ GM job.

In a nutshell, Hinkie was doomed by NBA league executives, who reportedly badgered a young Sixers ownership group for the disgraceful product they were putting out every night, into hiring Colangelo, who I suspect always had it in his mind to clip Hinkie in favor of his kid. Read more »

What It Was Like at ’Nova’s Parade

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Photo by Mike Meech

Philadelphia parades are unique.

You probably know this. There’s the Mummers, full of feathers and questionable costume choices. There’s the Thanksgiving parade, which features a dozen balloon castoffs that don’t fit into other parades. Earlier this year, the pope paraded around the city. And, occasionally — very occasionally — there are sports championship parades.

Today, the city celebrated Villanova’s national championship with a $6,500 parade that went five blocks from 20th and Market to Dilworth Park at City Hall. Read more »

Jay Wright: “I Love My Job Here”

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates after beating the Kansas Jayhawks in the south regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

Villanova Wildcats head coach Jay Wright celebrates after beating the Kansas Jayhawks in the south regional final of the NCAA Tournament.

Now that he’s won an NCAA championship with Villanova, the NBA is surely going to come calling on Jay Wright. But Wright sounds — mostly — like he’s happy sticking to his current post.

“I love my job here, I really do,” he told Angelo Cataldi on 94 WIP this morning.

Cataldi asked Wright if he would even listen to an NBA offer. Read more »

SEPTA and the Villanova Parade: What You Need to Know

Villanova players celebrates after Kris Jenkins, center, scores a game winning three point basket in the closing seconds of NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game.

Villanova players celebrates after Kris Jenkins, center, scores a game winning three point basket in the closing seconds of NCAA Final Four tournament college basketball championship game.

The Villanova University Wildcats are the 2016 NCAA Men’s Basketball National Champions, winning in dramatic fashion on Monday night on a buzzer-beating three pointer from Kris Jenkins to defeat the University of North Carolina, 77-74.

They returned to the Main Line yesterday afternoon and were greeted to a welcome home rally at Villanova Stadium. That isn’t the only celebration however, as they are also having a parade down Market Street this Friday at 1 p.m. The parade will begin at 20th and will go down Market Street to Dilworth Park.

With the expected crowds this Friday, SEPTA just announced its service plans for the afternoon. Read more »

What Villanova’s Win Means for a Philly Hoops Fan

Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino (right) with head coach Jay Wright after the Wildcats beat North Carolina in the NCAA championship game.

Former Villanova coach Rollie Massimino (right) with head coach Jay Wright after the Wildcats beat North Carolina in the NCAA championship game.

The very first time I went to the Palestra, I almost got run over by Bill Cosby.

My dad took me to the Atlantic 10 tournament. This was a doubleheader with a TempleSaint Joseph’s game and another quarterfinal. As we went up the walkway toward the gym, an older man was laughing with his friends and clowning around. He crashed into me. It wasn’t a big deal — I wasn’t knocked over or anything — but my dad turned to the guy ask him to knock it off. When he did, he realized it was Cosby.

I guess I eventually got Cosby back for this, but I remember what happened afterward much better: Temple beat Joe’s by 15 points, and I got my first introduction to Big 5 basketball.

That was not my only Atlantic 10 tournament. My dad took me again the very next year. St. Joe’s looked like they were going to lose to Rutgers. They trailed by 13 at one point. But the Hawks rallied and won it on a Bernard Blunt three-point play with just seconds left. I had never heard a louder crowd. Read more »

Philly to Hold Center City Parade for Villanova on Friday

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The city is going to throw Villanova a victory parade.

The parade starts Friday at 1 p.m., and will run from 20th and Market to Dilworth Park in Center City. It was first announced in an email from Villanova president Fr. Peter Donohue to students and alumni this morning. There will be a rally at Dilworth Park at the end of the parade.

The route will essentially be a redux of the Center City portion of the Taney Dragons parade held for the Little League team in the summer of 2014. The Wildcats won’t be continuing down Broad Street to be honored at Citizens Bank Park like the Dragons were.

Fr. Donahue said more details would be shared later this week. Read more »

Villanova Canceled Classes Today

Villanova basketball fans celebrate in Villanova after the Wildcats defeated North Carolina.

Villanova basketball fans celebrate in Villanova after the Wildcats defeated North Carolina.

Villanova students got a text this morning announcing what many had suspected would happen: The school canceled all classes today so kids can sleep off their hangovers. (Or, you know, continue to celebrate.)

The school bookstore is open until 6 p.m. for those wanting to buy championship gear. Read more »

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