Jan 12, 2005, 12:10 AM EDT
Kobe Bryant and the Lakers came to town last night and got shut down. Former long time Sixer Aaron Mckie now plays for the Lakers and was greeted with a standing O at the Wach:
Lakers G Aaron McKie got a standing ovation in his return
to Philadelphia. McKie, who played at Temple and scored 4,143
points in seven-plus seasons with the 76ers, was averaging only 5.3
minutes and 0.5 points this season. "Just coming in this locker
room alone is strange to me," McKie said. "I’m pulling for those
guys (the Sixers), but at the same time we need to win." … While
McKie was cheered, Bryant was booed, the way he always is when he
returns home. Bryant, who went to nearby Lower Merion High School,
said the boos don’t bother him. "I love it," he said. "I love
it. I love it. I mean, I love it. This is where it all began for
me." … NBA referee Joe Crawford worked his 2,000th career game,
joining four other refs to reach that mark.
You have to love it. Aaron McKie, hard working role player for years on the Sixers, gets a standing O and the NBA stud who thinks its cute Philly hates him gets booed. I don’t like Kobe. Sometimes he claims to be from Philly and sometimes he doesn’t. When we played them in the finals a couple years ago he said he wasn’t from Philly. He loves getting booed, so keep booing.
Also of note: The Sixers won the game and A.I. outscored Kobe while A.I.^2 held the former Lower Merion star in check. With the win, the Sixers moved to 3-3 on the year which gives them the best record in the East along with New Jersey.
Mr. Crawford is also up there with the all time great refs; he coached a hoops team I was on when I was like 12. Awesome.
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