Former Iggy Winner. I used to be somebody special
- Aug 15, 2011
Welcome to World Environment Day!
In 1972, the first major conference on environmental issues took place. Organized by the United Nations, it was known as the Conference on the Human Environment and has also informally been known as the Stockholm Conference. Later that year, on December 15, the General Assembly adopted Resolution 2994, which created World Environment Day. The date of June 5 was chosen because that was the date that the Stockholm Conference had started on. World Environment Day was first held in 1974.
World Environment Day is a "day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment." The resolution that created the day said governments and organizations in the United Nations system should "undertake on that day every year world-wide activities reaffirming their concern for the preservation and enhancement of the environment, with a view to deepening environmental awareness and to pursuing the determination expressed at the Conference." Today the day is celebrated in over 100 countries, and millions of people have been involved in thousands of registered activities.
Orange Watch: A tribute to one of the greatest players in Syracuse basketball history - The Juice Online (the juice; Bierman)
Item: It was a sad day in Orange Nation Tuesday with word that Billy Gabor, believed to be the oldest former NBA player, had passed away at his home in Florida at age 97.
Before Carmelo Anthony (2003), Derrick Coleman (1987-1990), Pearl Washington (1984-86), and Dave Bing (1964-66), the big-time SU star in the early 1940s was Gabor (1943, 46-48), first to score 400 points in a season and 1000 points for his career, one that was interrupted by a stint in World War II during a period that the team played its home games on campus at Archbold Gym, and off campus at the New York State Fair Coliseum following a fire at Archbold in 1947.
In fact, Gabor, nicknamed “The Bullet” for his unique quickness as both a passer and scorer in a different era of the game, played for the legendary Lew Andreas (second behind Jim Boeheim in Syracuse career victories with 358 and winning percentage at almost 73%) on the first Orange team to win 20 games in a season (1945-46), and despite nagging injuries finished his ‘Cuse career as the school’s all-time leading scorer, a mark that stood until Bing surpassed it almost 20 years later.
With the uniqueness of moving from playing collegiately to the NBA in the same Salt City, Gabor, a Binghamton native as well, had a solid and most fortuitous six year pro career with the Nationals, which included being named to the all-rookie team in 1950, the all star team in 1953, and capped off by winning a ring as the Nats won the 1955 NBA title.
Named as one of 25 members of Syracuse’s All-Century team in 2000, there’s an obvious reason why Gabor’s No. 17 was retired and hung high above the Dome court during a 2009 ceremony.
His jersey joins not only the aforementioned Anthony (jersey retired in 2013), Coleman (2006), Washington (1996), and Bing (1981), but Vic Hanson (1981), Sherman Douglas (2003), Wilmeth Sidat-Singh (2005), Rony Seikaly (2007), Billy Owens (2008), Roosevelt Bouie and Louis Orr (2015), and Dennis DuVal and Lawrence Moten (2018) with the career honor.
A salute to Billy Gabor, one of the best to ever wear a Syracuse basketball uniform.
Syracuse Basketball: Frank Howard earns NBA workout with Wizards (itlh; Esden Jr)
Former Syracuse basketball guard Frank Howard has earned an NBA workout with the Washington Wizards. Here are all the details.
Where the heck has Frank Howard been? It’s a fair question.
After spending four up-and-down years with the Syracuse basketball squad, Frank fell off the face of the Earth following a shocking suspension by the NCAA which kept Howard from playing in the March Madness tournament’s opening round vs Baylor this past season.
As it would turn out, Howard had already played his last game for Syracuse with the Orange being one-and-done for the first time since 2006 under head coach Jim Boeheim’s reign.
It was a bizarre turn of events that rocked the Syracuse community mere days before SU was set to take the court to start their March Madness run.
Before the game even tipped off a viral Daily Orange report surfaced that alleged Frank Howard had failed a drug test, three people familiar with the situation shared.
Ever since that report surfaced back in March, Frank Howard has been MIA. But seemingly out of nowhere Frank Howard has resurfaced in the opening week of June.
The Washington Wizards announced on their social media portals that they were working out six players ahead of the 2019 NBA Draft on Wednesday with one of them being Frank Howard out of Syracuse.
It is the first pre-draft NBA workout that has been openly reported by the media/NBA leading into the draft.
The Wizards provided this bio for Howard in their press release:
“Bio: Led the team in assists (2.9) and steals (1.5) during the 2018-19 season. Scored in double figures 10 times. Totaled two or more assists on 13 occasions. During his junior season led the ACC in steals (1.8 spg), tied for seventh in assists (4.7 apg) and 15th in scoring (14.4 ppg). Scored in double figures 31 times (2017-18). Scored a season-high 28 points vs. Duke on 3/14/19. Ranked 12th in steals in the ACC (2018-19). During his junior season, Howard ranked second among Division I players in minutes played average (39.0).”
After being a middling role player his first two years at Syracuse, as a junior, he really exploded on the scene. He more than tripled his scoring efforts from the prior season and was forced to be one of the big three for the Orange (with Tyus Battle and Oshae Brissett).
Ryan Blackwell "On The Block" 6-4 (espnsyracuse.com; radio; Axe)
Head Coach of Boeheim’s Army, Ryan Blackwell, joins the show to talk about the roster, a possible addition to the team, and what advice Jim Boeheim has given him.
Episode 144- Syracuse Basketball/Football, Cuse Juice Off-season News! 'Cuse Militia podcast (player.fm; podcast; Cuse Militia)
Listen to Episode 144- Syracuse Basketball/Football, Cuse Juice Off-season News!
Clemson basketball gets some time with state’s No. 1 prospect (newsobserver.com)
New NCAA basketball recruiting rules now allow prospects up to 15 official visits through the end of their high school career. Dorman 6-foot-9 forward PJ Hall, considered the state’s top prospect for 2020, already has knocked off two. He went to Florida over the weekend then arrived at Clemson on Sunday and went thru the recruiting treatment Monday.
“We went to their lift in the morning and their training session and came out of that and went with the coaches for lunch,” Hall said. “We got a tour of the football facilities, the operation center, that was awesome. We came back and talked about our recruiting and then we went to their practice and had a photo-shoot.”
Hall said most of his contact with the Tigers had been generated by their former director of recruiting Lucas McKay who is now at UMKC. So, he spent most of his time visiting with head coach Brad Brownell and assistant Dick Bender.
Louisville Among Nation’s Top “Winners” in Returnees From NBA Draft - University of Louisville Athletics (gocards.com; Klein)
Last week, University of Louisville center Steven Enoch and forward Jordan Nwora announced their return for the 2019-20 Cardinals' basketball season after withdrawing their names from consideration for the 2019 NBA Draft.
Enoch, Nwora and UofL Head Coach Chris Mack met with members of the media on Tuesday to discuss the developments, with that news conference available in the attached video.
The following clippings from news outlets across the nation provide a glimpse at Nwora and Enoch's return projections for the Cardinals.
"The Cardinals got perhaps the country's biggest returnee in Jordan Nwora, a projected first-rounder who was unable to compete in the draft combine due to an injury. Nwora averaged 17 points a game as a sophomore, and his return gives second-year coach Chris Mack a top-10 team poised to compete for an ACC title. Stephen Enoch is also back."
- Scott Gleeson, USA Today
Link: College basketball's biggest winners and losers after the NBA draft deadline
"There's no other way to put this: Louisville is far and away the biggest winner from (NBA Draft) deadline day. Jordan Nwora likely wouldn't have been a first round pick, but by announcing his return, he guaranteed himself to be one of the faces of college basketball next season for a team that should challenge for the ACC."
- Kyle Boone, CBSSports.com
Link: NBA Draft deadline winners and losers: Kentucky, Louisville rejoice while Penny, Kansas lose big pieces
"The Cardinals cemented their status as a preseason top-10 team on Wednesday, as Jordan Nwora announced he was returning for his junior season. Nwora didn't participate at the combine due to injury, but he took his decision down to the deadline anyway. With Nwora and his 17 points per game back in the fold, Chris Mack has all the pieces to compete at the top of the ACC."
Art Chansky Seems Pessimistic About The ACC Network (DBR; King)
We’ve talked a bit about how the ACC came to the conference network party a bit late because the technology and therefore the industry has to change rather quickly.
So Art Chansky says that the conference has been told not to talk about distribution other than signed deals and he’s concerned that it’s not going that well.
Commissioner John Swofford demurs, arguing that carriage deals always go on to the very last second and that’s certainly true. However, the business is changing and delivery of content will change too.
We realize that not everyone is geeky enough to watch Apple’s presentation at its World Wide Developers Conference from Monday but in this case we’d certainly recommend it to the ACC in general, Swofford in particular and also Chansky and anyone else in the media.
There is a lot in it and much of it is very interesting but we’d suggest picking up around the 2:00 hour mark and watching the AR presentation. Minecraft has a presentation in that part that demos stuff that you could easily imagine being ported over to sports.
You could certainly take advanced stats a la analytics and fan chatter and add it in via VR but a great deal more is suddenly possible. When you see what Minecraft is doing and realize that that’s just the beginning, it can only make you wonder where things are heading and who will be smart enough to apply the technology in different and exciting ways.
Good riddance to Syracuse’s I-690, I-81 wreckfest: ‘That merge is terrifying’ (PS; Weaver)
About once a day, a collision happens within about a mile of the intersection of Interstates 81 and 690, according to state data.
That section of highway is at the heart of years of debate about whether to rebuild, tear down or bury a section of I-81 in Syracuse.
It’s also one of the region’s biggest congestion and accident problems. Cars stack up during rush hours and for Carrier Dome events as thousands head for on and off ramps at Harrison and Adams streets – the spot in the shadow of Upstate Cancer Center.
The state has announced its preference – to tear down the highway and reroute highway traffic around the eastern side of the city. That news in April was significant, but by no means ends the talk about what to do with I-81.
But years before a final plan is in place and construction begins, consider this: No matter what ultimately happens with I-81, this troublesome spot will go away.
The bottleneck is more than a headache. It’s dangerous, and not just because as many as 90,000 cars roll through the area on average each weekday.
Sections of I-81 in that area are deficient and not built to today’s standards, state officials say. In dozens of spots, the shoulders are too narrow, the curves too tight, the visibility too limited. Overall, the state says accidents happened in parts of the I-81 project area 2 to 3 times more often than on similar roads across New York.
“That merge is terrifying,” said Kerri Howell, who works at Syracuse University and lives just north of Liverpool.
After work, her quickest route home involves getting onto I-81 at Harrison Street. At the top of the ramp, she and hundreds of other drivers like her must immediately merge at least one lane to the left to keep going north on I-81.