Former New York Knicks basketball coach Isiah Thomas was rushed to the hospital by ambulance Friday morning after overdosing on prescription sleeping pills. Thomas was rushed from his home in Purchase, New York to a nearby hospital after taking roughly 10 Lunesta pills.
During a TNT conference call held Monday in which Charles Barkley popped off on a topic most avoid, and made a humorous yet tasteless joke about the Knicks former head coach.
While discussing ways in which the Knicks should be improved this season, Barkley said,
I think they have a better coach. This coach probably won’t try to kill himself.
BADA BINGGG. OOOhhhh low blow I tell ya, but I was sure laughing when I read it. Go Get ’em Chuck.
Marc Stein iof ESPN with a little music to my ears (eyes):
NBA front-office sources told ESPN.com on Tuesday that Brand has informed the Sixers that he will accept a five-year deal worth an estimated $82 million and spurn what was presumed to be a slam-dunk return to the Los Angeles Clippers to hook up with Clipper-to-be Baron Davis.
The Sixers cannot formally sign Brand before midnight, with Wednesday serving as the first day that NBA teams can officially complete signings and trades after the lifting of a league wide moratorium which began July 1.
Sick pickup by Ed Stefanski which makes me very excited about what lies ahead for this team. Ed, a Philadelphia native, came in here with a mission; to bring the basketball fans of the City of Brotherly Love something that has not graced the court for a long time here in Philly, a true low post presence, and he did just that. Not since the days of Charles Barkley and Moses Malone have we had a dominant scorer that commands attention at the four-spot. I sense Ed has something else up his sleeve and I have a feeling there are more great moves ahead before the beginning of the 2008-2009 NBA season for YOUR PHILADELPHIA 76ERS.
Sir Charles and his Ron Burgundy-esque Media Reporting.
No. 5 – “PLAYOFFS??”
The number 5 moment in our countdown to honor the return of Allen Iverson back to the (215) Wednesday night comes from the 1999 lockout shortened season. It was the beginning of something special forming under the Allen Iverson-Larry Brown era, as Iverson led the league in scoring and the Sixers to the playoffs for the first time post-Barkley.
The Sixers won game 1 then lost a tough one in game 2 when the offense just didn’t show up as the Sixers scored 68 points while shooting 38% from the field. That set the stage for game 3, the first Sixer home playoff game since the 1991 East semi-finals and the Answer as always, delivered. He came out and dropped 33 points and had a playoff record 10 steals in the victory, setting the stage for game 4 and a possibly clinch the series. Game 4 proved to be just that as the Sixers came out and wrapped up the series in 4 games and advanced behind Iverson’s 37 point and 9 assists.
Number 5 moment; May 15, 1999. The first of many Sixers post-season series clinchers in the Iverson era. Game 4, 1999 Eastern Conference 1st Round.