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La Salle Found Their Man

Kevin Kinkead - April 9, 2018

He was right here in Philadelphia.

Ashley Howard, Jay Wright’s top assistant at Villanova, will take over as the Explorers’ next head basketball coach following the departure of Dr. John Giannini after 14 seasons.

You might not know much about him, but you’ve probably seen a lot of him, speaking with Wright on the Nova bench from 2013 to 2018, a stretch that featured a lot of winning and very little losing.

Howard is a Philly native, a Bonner and Drexel grad who saw a collegiate playing career with the Dragons cut short when he was diagnosed with a heart condition. He took an assistant coaching job at La Salle in 2004, went back to Drexel in 2008 in a similar role, and then joined up with Wright five years ago.

Josh Verlin at City of Basketball Love, my go-to site for local hoops, wrote a bit about Howard’s candidacy for the job:

“Ask anybody around Philly hoops which area assistant coach was like to become a head coach, and Ashley Howard was the first name out of his or her mouth.

A CBSSports.com poll last August had Howard as one of the nine assistant coaches voted “most likely to become a coaching star” at some point in his career. Yahoo! Sports’ Pete Thamel had Howard fifth on his list of 12 assistants ready for head coaching looks this offseason. Like Baker Dunleavy, who left Jay Wright’s staff to take over the Quinnipiac job last offseason, it seemed almost inevitable that this was the year that Howard would make the jump himself.

So when La Salle’s head coaching job opened up, Howard’s name immediately came to mind as one of the top potential candidates. Former La Salle star Tim Legler, who had NBA playing and AAU coaching experience but none on a Division I sideline, became a hot name as well, and (Athletic Director Bill) Bradshaw also brought in Duke associate head coach Nate James for an interview.

But there’s no denying all the intangibles Howard had, and as long as he wanted the job — which clearly, he did — then it was going to be his job to lose.”

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This Art Print Features Every Big 5 Score in the Palestra’s History

Jim Adair - March 15, 2016

You’ve probably seen artist Dan Duffy’s work. His word-mosaic art of Brian Dawkins or Brad Lidge probably hangs in the living room of at least one of your friends. But he’s really outdone himself with his latest piece.

Duffy’s image of the Palestra, as you can see with detail above, features the dates, teams and scores from every Men’s Big 5 game ever played in the arena to celebrate its 60th anniversary. Sales of the print benefit the American Cancer Society, and it can give you so much eye-straining to check every Villanova win – Kyle – that you’ll need glasses.

Kyle: COULD THEY FIT THEM ALL ON THERE?

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Celebrate the Best Philly Sports Team of the Year with This Commemorative DVD

Kyle Scott - October 23, 2013

I’m trying to reconcile the cognitive dissonance of that headline and the fact that we’re talking about La Salle basketball. But ’tis true– your greatest Philly sports moment of the year, thus far, and most likely come December 31, is The Southwest Philly Floater.

The folks over at La Salle have put together a commemorative DVD, just in time for the holidays!

La Salle Athletics is excited to announce the release of a commemorative DVD highlighting the 2012-13 men’s basketball season. SWEET! runs approximately 70 minutes and chronicles the season from its opening tip-off to the final buzzer.

The DVD contains never-before seen interviews with head coach Dr. John Giannini and several players as well as video highlights from every game and exclusive, behind-the-scenes content. It is narrated by men’s basketball PA announcer Kevin Casey and was produced by Molly Gallagher.

Gotta say– I grew some respect for the La Salle folks last spring. They were genuinely excited to be in the Tournament and didn’t rub it in to fans of other schools (like you St. Joe’s folks may have done…). And the sentiment was mutual among alumni of the other Big 5 schools and Drexel. Had to root for La Salle, Tyrone Garland and his Cousin Bern.

The DVD is $20. The money goes to the school. Probably better than the Phillies’ Home Companion this year. Go buy one.

ESPN College GameDay Coming to The Palestra for Temple-La Salle

Kyle Scott - August 14, 2013

The last time College GameDay was in town

This is cool. Because I’m a snob, I think that every College GameDay in Philadelphia should include Villanova… but still, this is cool: ESPN College GameDay is coming to The Palestra for Temple-La Salle on January 18.

From La Salle:

Tickets for the game will be split evenly between the two schools and the student section behind the ESPN GameDay set will also be divided equally.

The game at the Palestra will conclude ESPN’s “My Home Court” initiative – a week-long celebration of college basketball’s greatest venues.

Oddly, the game won’t be ESPN’s featured matchup that day. The show will air at 10 a.m. and the game will be at 12 p.m., rather than the usual prime time start at College GameDay sites.

The night game that night is Louisville-UCONN.

Video: One Shining Moment

Kyle Scott - April 9, 2013

How does the Southwest Philly Floater not make One Shining Moment? No shoutout to Cousin Bern? Tyrone Garland’s mom? Outrage.

An Intimate Setting Awaits Sweet 16 Teams in Dallas

Kyle Scott - March 28, 2013

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If you look closely enough, you can vaguely see something resembling a basketball court down there, via WFAA TV

This is why the NCAA is a bunch of money-loving hypocrites. Look at this place– fucking joke. Hey congratulations, you’ll be sitting in the lower risers where you can’t see dick other than the sweaty neck waddle of a Kansas almost-grad. So to compensate, we added even more ridiculous HD boards so you can spend $200 to see Dunk City in ultra HD, just like you could have done right in your fucking living room.

I’ve never been to one of these massive tournament venues– I skipped out when Villanova was in the Sweet 16 and Final Four in Detroit two years in a row. But I have gone to tournament games at the Wells Fargo Center (twice for Villanova opening rounds…), TD Garden (Villanova Elite Eight…) and Carrier Dome (Villanova Sweet 16*…), and I can tell you that the games in the traditional basketball arenas (Philly and Boston), compared to those in the larger ones (Syracuse), are like night and day. I get it– it’s money. But games played at midfield in massive football venues, like the ones to be held in Dallas, or the ones held in Detroit, are entirely ridiculous. Camera angles are weird, sight lines are sometimes non-existent and quality of play is severely hampered by the extremely awkward environment and awful shooting backdrops. It’s not fair to the players, coaches, schools and fans whose teams make it that far. But hey, it’s all about education and the student athlete, right? Corrupt bunch of pricks.

Also, fuck Jerry Jones.

*I can’t help it that they’re a really good program.

Video: Behind The Scenes with La Salle

Kyle Scott - March 27, 2013

Lots of game highlights in the first half, but the second half (around 2:20) is filled with locker room and post-game stuff. Very cool.

via WIP

Here’s Video of Bag of Dicks Marshall Henderson Flipping off the Kansas City Crowd

Kyle Scott - March 26, 2013

This fucking guy.

Marv Albert and Steve Kerr spent two entire telecasts fellating Ole Miss point guard Marshall Henderson, and I have no idea why. They interpreted his general jackassery and the fact that he spent 25 days in jail for counterfeiting money and using cocaine as the actions of a whimsical and lighthearted NCAA equivalent of SNL’s Gilly. Oh, there goes that silly Henderson, disrespecting all 18,000 people in this building, tossing a fake blunt and… wait, is that a handjob motion? What a guy! 

They even had the gall to mention that Henderson’s father joked about his son acting the same way on the court as far back as first grade (that’s called bad parenting, asshole).

According to numerous reports, after Tyrone Garland Southwest Philly floated La Salle by Ole Miss and into the Sweet 16, Henderson double-birded just about the entire building, later excusing his behavior by claiming that someone call his sister a whore. [Gregg Doyel eviscerated Henderson for his antics and general existence.] But the video, not even a little bit surprisingly, makes it seems as though Henderson was just being a massive doucehbag. Which sounds about right. Fuck that guy.

via The School Philly