Tonight, Ashley Wells and I recorded a special NBA Draft Lottery preview. We went through the picks from the Minnesota Timberwolves at 1 to the Oklahoma City Thunder at 14. Listen and enjoy. Good comments will mean more of these in the future.
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All respect due…
Had a convo last night with some good folk about the NBA Finals. Naj Grant, Nina Morena, Okori Wadsworth and I talked pretty much about everything NBA following the Warriors coronation last night. Check it after the jump.
In Game 6, Behind Finals MVP Andre Iguodala, Golden State Wins the NBA Championship over LeBron James and Cleveland, 105-97Posted in Blogroll on June 17th, 2015 by Michael Tillery
The last time the Warriors won the chip neither of these cats were born.
The Golden State Warriors complete a dream season by disposing of LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers 105-97 in Game 6 of the NBA Finals. Andre Iguodala, who had 25 points, 5 rips and 5 assists, became the first Finals MVP with 0 regular season starts. The Warriors, founded in Philadelphia in 1946, claims it’s 4th NBA title (1946, 1957, 1975 and 2015) and the first in 40 years. Steve Kerr became the 1st rookie head coach to win a title since Pat Riley did the same in 1982. The 67-15 Dubs went 16-5 during the playoffs, and ended the year with the 3rd most wins in NBA history behind the ’95-’96 and ’96-’97 Chicago Bulls — two teams that Steve Kerr made big shots for whenever Michael Jordan found himself doubled. LeBron had 32 points, 18 rebounds and 9 assists to lead the Cavs, but it just wasn’t enough, and Cleveland remains in search of its first title of any kind since 1964. Steph Curry, who had 25 points to match Iguodala, also had 8 dimes, 6 boards and 3 steals.
Oakland rejoices for the first time since 1975 when Rick Barry shot free throws like Riley Curry would.
That ain’t no diss…
LeBron James continued his all out attack on sports history with another monster game in these NBA Playoffs. In Game 3, the Cleveland Cavaliers won their first ever Finals home game, 96-91 over the Golden State Warriors. The Cavaliers now lead the best of seven series 2-1, with Game 4 tipping Thursday at 9 pm eastern, also in Cleveland. James had an otherworldly 40 points, 12 rebounds, 8 assists, 4 steals and 2 blocks. Matthew Dellavedova scored an unexpected 20, and his gritty play in support of LeBron’s do everything consistency defensively and otherwise, helped the Cavs hold on after yet another double digit comeback by the Warriors — their third in as many games. Steph Curry scored 27 on 10-20 shooting, had 6 assists and 6 boards to lead Golden State, but that was after shaking off a bad first half from the field. Andre Iguodala has 15, 5 and 5, and Klay Thompson had 14 (not enough splash though), but it was good to see Curry shed his shooting woes and get back to his MVP self. He’s the best shooter I’ve ever seen, but the Dubs as a team have to shoot better. They’ve jacked up 69 threes the last two games and have only hit 20 of those attempts. Most of those came in last night’s torrid comeback, but that’s what they do. The Cavs actually shot better in all three facets than the W’s last night with LeBron shooting the same number of attempts as GS (He was 10-12, Golden State was 7-12). Scary is the thought that LeBron can actually have more efficient games shooting the rock, but the pressure he puts on Golden State’s D every time down obviously is having a cumulative effect. Steve Kerr has to make some heady adjustments if the Warriors are to win this series. Tristan Thompson is making himself a lot of money. and contributed 10 points and 13 boards; J.R. Smith had 10 points. Dellavedova was hospitalized with cramps, and Iman Shumpert has a bruised shoulder, so that may or may not become an issue in Game 4. Harrison Barnes cannot go scoreless like he did last night; look for David Lee’s minutes to increase. He had 11 points in a little over 13 minutes, and the Warriors also need his interior passing. I didn’t cover the game last night, but being in that building for 25 games or so, you can best believe as loud as it was last night, the Q will be even louder for Game 4. They can taste a 51 year old selection, and are intoxicated in its worth.
Some commentary below…
Jerold Wells Jr., and Michael Tillery Recap Game 2 and Preview Game 3; Robert Horry and Rudy Tomjanovich Talk NBA TV’s Clutch CityPosted in Blogroll on June 9th, 2015 by Michael Tillery
Talked to Rudy Tomjanovich and Robert Horry about their time in Houston re: NBA TV’s Clutch City, and added it to the convo Jerold Wells Jr. and I had of the NBA Finals. Dig it below. Thanks for tuning in.
Some cats dream of moments so hard that when the moment happens, they become them. Andre Iguodala was always the glue guy here in Philly. He was a player I didn’t want the Sixers to get rid of regardless of what fans and media said. He just needed a more balanced team. He was never afforded that chance, and you know what they say about one man’s trash. Now that he’s on the big stage, Dre came through like the champ he is. Anthony Gilbert and I have covered some great battles between Dre and LeBron and it always seemed like Iguodala got up big for the best player on the planet. He’s athletic and strong enough to stay in front of James and never gives up on the play especially when he knows LeBron is hot. He has everything physically to be a great defender, and last night, when checking the King in big moments, he worked like it was his last ever game. His 15 points led a great Golden State bench effort, and in overtime, the Warriors outscored the Cavs 10-2, to take Game 1 of the NBA Finals 108-100.
What do you see in this pic? Something genuinely family or otherwise?
In an age where LeBron James is unfavorably compared to the arguable GOAT Michael Jordan at every turn exclusive of sharing the same number, what James has accomplished in his much scrutinized 12 NBA years is as incredible as any athletic feat imaginable. Appearing in his 5th straight Finals and 6th overall during that span will be what most attach their emotions to in these social media debatable days, but what is more remarkable about LeBron James, sports first social media superstar, is his ability to lead with the coolest of demeanor amidst a white hot world microscope. After he left Miami with 2 NBA titles in 4 tries, you’d think the criticism would fall silent, but even as Cleveland sits precipitously above the unyielding abyss, many still doubt LeBron’s preternatural ability to stare into the logic drowning flames decidedly below, and potentially claim a title 51 years lost to the melancholy depths of Lake Erie dystopianism.
Two teams want it. Only one can have it.
This is the match-up we all wanted. The Golden State Warriors, a 67-win juggernaut are led by the reigning MVP Steph Curry and loaded with talent pretty much up and down the roster will go against LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers — who are built in the image, and to the exact specifications, of their star. But that’s just the surface story. For a match-up as good, and as fun, as this is going to be going a bit deeper is necessary. In order to do that, we have to get past our preconceived notions of what we think we know. Here are three things that I think I know about the NBA finals.
It will take a warrior effort to stop LeBron James.
The 2015 NBA Finals will create a legendary moment for a title starved city no matter who wins. Can Golden State win a title for first time in 40 years, secured by the regular season most valuable player, or will Akron’s favorite son do the same for Cleveland, Ohio? Cleveland has not won a title in any sport since Jim Brown led the Browns to the NFL Championship in 1964.
Justice for Ty Sawyer: His Father, Terrence Garnett, Speaks about the Lack of Due Process in His Son’s DeathPosted in Blogroll on May 5th, 2015 by Michael Tillery
On April 26th, 2015, Ty Sawyer and Patrick Downey fought at a party in Odessa, Delaware. Ty was slammed to the ground, kicked in his head, and died after never regaining consciousness. In the aftermath, Downey hasn’t been charged. Sawyer’s parents, Terrence Garnett and Lisa Sawyer, are demanding justice. Can you imagine the frustration in hearing that no one will be held responsible for your child’s death? Can you also imagine not being notified by the authorities since your son’s death? While Ty’s mom has been contacted, it’s unbelievable that Ty’s dad hasn’t received even a courtesy call from law enforcement, and that disrespect is in part reason why the diverse Odessa/Middletown community has come together strongly to support Ty’s family. Garnett, appears today on The Starting Five Live to discuss his feelings about all this, because he and Ty’s mom simply want due process. This is about justice and most definitely about accountability. Without justice, there can be no accountability, and bringing attention to this story may result in the justice Ty Sawyer’s family seeks. My conversation with Terrence is below. It is my honor to have done this. Please share this talk across social media wherever there is an opportunity. This needs to go viral. Thanks for tuning in.
Jameis Winston and Marcus Mariota are expected to go Nos. 1 and 2, respectively.
The 2015 NFL Draft is one of the most anticipated in recent memory. Florida State quarterback Jameis Winston is almost sure to be the first overall pick — which would land him with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. Oregon quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota is slated to be selected by the Tennessee Titans second overall, that’s unless the Titans bite on one of the several deals being dangled by several teams.
The biggest question of the night is what does Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly have planned as he continues to put his stamp on the Birds. Be prepared for what could be a very historic evening.
Floyd Mayweather Jr., the presumptive #1 ranked pound-for-pound boxer in the world interviewed with ESPN’s Stephen A. Smith wherein he stated he believed he was better than Sugar Ray Robinson and Muhammad Ali. Fine. That’s confidence and no one has a problem with that. Then Floyd took things a step past reasonable by explaining he wasn’t going to be “brainwashed”. He denigrated Ali’s loss to Leon Spinks at 36 by stating that Leon only had seven professional fights and the Rope-a-Dope strategy Ali employed George Foreman in the “Rumble in the Jungle” saying, “So you gonna tell me that it’s cool and take punishment and let a man tire himself out from beating you? And then he’s basically fatigued, you hit him with a few punches and he go down and quit and you want to be glorified for that? Absolutely not”.
Of course as is his wont, Floyd leaves out important facts in the story. Facts like Leon Spinks was a 24-year-old Olympic Gold Medalist when he fought Ali. Facts like George Foreman was regarded in the same way Gennady Golovkin is regarded now, as an eater of worlds who had just come off disassembling Joe Frazier in Kingston, Jamaica.
If this had been just the first time Floyd had said something like this, I would have let it go. Might have raised an eyebrow, but that’s all that it would have been. Then I remembered: He’s done this before. His bragging about supremacy and being “The Best Ever” is as tired as it is simple. If you ask him why, he just tells you it’s because he’s made the most money and because he’s undefeated.
He might get away with this when people who don’t know boxing are around, or talking to web sites who are so besotted over getting an interview with him that they don’t pressure him. He will not get away with this here.
Mayweather fans, have a seat and enjoy a cream soda. It’s time for a history lesson.
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Just when you thought Philadelphia Eagles head coach Chip Kelly was through tugging on the brittle psyche of his team’s fan base, he does the unthinkable and brings Tim Tebow back to the NFL after nearly three seasons on the shelf.
The team is ready to sign Tebow to a one-year deal on Monday according to FOX Sports’ Jay Glazer who broke the story.
#1 Warriors vs. #8 Pelicans 1st Round NBA Playoff Preview: Will this be Anthony Davis’ Mike vs. Boston Moment?Posted in Blogroll on April 17th, 2015 by Michael Tillery
The first of our NBA playoff previews here on The Starting Five.
This is the most wide open playoffs we’ve seen in years and given there is no true juggernaut, the NBA playoffs of 2014-2015 should be also most exciting. The #1 seeds are the 67-15 Golden State Warriors and the surprising 60-22 Atlanta Hawks. After that, who knows. What goes down? Do you know? I call Anthony Davis the evolution of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Will he shock the world and sit the probable MVP Steph Curry’s golden eye down and crisply fishing? Will LeBron bring Cleveland its first World Championship since Jim Brown trucked cats in 1964? Will Kawhi Leonard take his clandestine excellence to the next level? Is this the year Chris Paul shuts up the hacks? Will James Harden come out the box with a 40 spot and put the league on true notice…which is a helluva lot more than regular season notice? Will the old man games of Zebo and Gasol enable Memphis to be that true contender? DeMar, whatcha gonna do brotha? Go DeRozan and Toronto stakes a true claim. The sentimental favorite is Derrick Rose; James Harden the wildcard. Don’t sleep on the San Antonio Spurs.
Let’s start out West…
Eddie Bryan gathers his thoughts during funeral services for Walter Scott.
When 50-year old Walter Scott was stopped for a non-functioning brake light on April 4th, I’m sure he didn’t expect to become another symbol of extreme use of force from police among African-Americans. Scott’s primary concern was his child support dilemma turning up when his information was pulled, explaining why he fled his vehicle.
Scott’s 33-year old assassin gave no thought to run down an unarmed man — who was just tasered and slow afoot. He found it easier to fire eight rounds, striking his target five times. The assassin in his call to dispatch states Scott took his taser which led to him to feel threatened and mortally wounding his fleeing assailant.
The Devil is a lie.