Sunday, February 7, 2016

Playing Marco Polo with Lavoy Allen

Former Temple center finally makes the big time.

Playing Marco Polo with Lavoy Allen


The 76ers have seemed to handle the first speedbump of the season quite nicely. And, no, we don’t mean concerns about Andrew Bynum’s knee ...

Two times earlier in the month, the club took out full page ads in the Daily News and other area papers to promote ticket sales, using photos of Evan Turner, Jrue Holiday and newly acquired center Bynum — no question the three biggest draws on the club.

On Wednesday (top photo at right), the club again took out full-page ads and this time included nine players that would seem to cover most of what will be the regular playing rotation.

Included was rookie free-agent Maalik Wayns from Villanova, who has transformed a fine exhibition season into a spot at the back-up point guard position. Not included was second-year center Lavoy Allen, out of Temple, a pleasant surprise as a rookie last year who, it would seem, is being counted on for big minutes again in 2012-13.

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It was probably just an honest oversight. And the club must have realized that, since another redesigned ad is appearing in Friday’s paper (bottom photo) and now includes Allen.

We're sure some Villanova and Temple fans throughout the area are going to have some lighthearted fun with this — as well as Allen and Wayns themselves, probably — so we dutifully pass it along.

Here’s hoping since we have now seen them in the ad together, we can see a lot of them on the Wells Fargo Center court together also.

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Boop – who goes by Bob Vetrone Jr. when he is undercover or paying bills – has been at the Daily News since 1982, after working for five years at the Philadelphia Bulletin up to its closing. Along with helping to build the sports scoreboards most nights, he has had great input into the papers’ special sports pullouts – March Madness, Broad Street Run, Record Breakers, Greatest Moments – as well as its day-to-day, award-winning event coverage.

A 1980 graduate of North Catholic, he took some evening college courses. Those lasted right up until the first conflict with a Big 5 doubleheader.

His favorite books growing up were the NBA Guide and the Baseball Encyclopedia, which was, for all intents and purposes, the Internet before there was an Internet.

He has been immersed in sports statistics since the early 70s, when his father (long-time sports writer, broadcaster and the Daily News’ Buck The Bartender), would take him into the Bulletin newsroom overnight in the summer and let him update the Phillies statistics in a little, black spiral notebook. But things have changed tremendously in the decades since … He now uses a big, black spiral notebook.

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