The fine line NBA coaches walk with their superstars

Before Joel Embiid was cleared to play five-on-five last Friday – some eight months after he tore the meniscus in his left knee and some six months after surgery – video surfaced of him playing tennis and jogging the streets of Philadelphia, both late at night. If...

Lyle Krall, an appreciation

Early Wednesday afternoon Lyle Krall’s green SUV (vanity plate: “BASBALL”) was parked alongside Elco’s baseball field – a field that bears his name – and he was shuffling about the place, well aware how important it is for an 84-year-old to be up and moving. It’s hard...

Regarding O.J. Simpson, and ‘the fifth quarter’

In Ezra Edelman’s Academy Award-winning 2016 documentary, O.J.: Made in America, attorney Carl Douglas discusses O.J. Simpson’s 2008 conviction on armed robbery and kidnapping charges. And in doing so, he draws an analogy to high school football. Douglas, a member of...
The NBA Draft: Let the weirdness begin

The NBA Draft: Let the weirdness begin

I am embedded here at the Sixers’ practice facility in Camden, N.J. – though not in the (shudder) war room – for what is arguably the best non-event on the sports calendar: the NBA Draft. It is the best because it is shorter than the NFL selection process, while...