It’s Time For the 76ers to Free Joel Embiid

Posted in Blogroll on January 31st, 2018 by Ron Glover

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Philadelphia 76ers fans are hoping center Joel Embiid’s days of missing back-to-back games are drawing to a close.

For two seasons, the Philadelphia 76ers coaching and medical staff have kept close tabs on the games and minutes played by center Joel Embiid. After playing through a minutes restriction in the 2016-17 season and a portion of this season, coach Brett Brown lifted those restraints allowing Embiid to play as needed.

Despite an average of 23 points, 11 boards and close to two blocks per game backed by some great performances, Embiid has yet to play in back-to-back games in his NBA career.

With the team now sitting as the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and 2.5 games out of the fifth spot, it’s time for the 76ers to turn Joel Embiid loose.

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Will NFL Owners Bring Protesting Players To Their Knees In 2018 Free Agency?

Posted in Blogroll on January 17th, 2018 by Ron Glover

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Since 2016, San Francisco 49ers safety Eric Reid has been by the side of former teammate Colin Kaepernick in his quest for social justice.

In three months, the NFL’s free agency period will begin with the fanfare and fervor of Super Bowl week. During the 2017 spending frenzy, the non-signing of free agent Colin Kaepernick and the poor quality of quarterbacks signed in front of him dominated headlines throughout the regular season.

Since Kaepernick took a knee for racial inequality in August of 2016, several players have protested and lent their financial support to causes Kaepernick personally targeted. Two of the most outspoken players in this period have been Kaepenick’s former 49ers teammate Eric Reid and defensive lineman Michael Bennett of the Seattle Seahawks. Reid is heading into free agency at the age of 26 while the 32 year-old Bennett is under contract with the Seahawks until 2020. Bennett could become a cap casualty in the off-season.

With Kaepernick out of the way will NFL owners — who sunk to unspeakable lows to discourage player protests and the like — seek to exact revenge on players who refused to bend?

 

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NFL Wild Card Sunday Predictions

Posted in Blogroll on January 7th, 2018 by Ron Glover

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Yesterday’s Wild Card upsets have certainly put today’s favorites on notice.

If yesterday’s games are any sign of how the NFL Playoffs are going to play out, we’re in for a thrill ride. The Tennessee Titans regrouped in the second half to stun the heavily favored Kansas City Chiefs 22-21. The Chiefs have lost their last six playoff games at home and are 1-4 under Andy Reid. In the nightcap, the reigning NFC Champion Atlanta Falcons rediscovered their offensive mojo at the same time stifling a potent Los Angeles Rams offense to cruise to a 26-13 upset victory.

In today’s games, the Buffalo Bills travel to Jacksonville to take on the upstart Jaguars while the Carolina Panthers face their NFC South division rival New Orleans Saints who are looking for a three-game season sweep and the right to face the Minnesota Vikings next week.

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NFL Wild Card Saturday Predictions

Posted in Blogroll on January 6th, 2018 by Ron Glover

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And just like that the NFL Playoffs are upon us.  Time to put up or shut up.

The NFL’s 98th regular season will be remembered for many things, most didn’t take place on the field of play. The passion I held for the game since I was seven years-old wavered for reasons I never imagined. Angrily, I walked away knowing I could never look at the NFL the same again, but still knowing that I’m a writer and this is what I love to do. To be truthful I let the 2017 NFL season question my love of something much greater. I won’t let that happen again.

Here are my Saturday NFL Wild Card Predictions.

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Could Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid Both Average a Triple-double in the Same NBA Season?

Posted in Blogroll on December 4th, 2017 by Michael Tillery

 

With these two, anything is possible…

When LeBron James returned to Cleveland for the very first time while playing for the Miami Heat in 2010, a discussion broke out between a few writers pregame if anyone — including James — would ever average a triple double for an entire season. The stat is achieved when a player reaches double digits in three different statistical categories in the same game. The conversation referenced the aforementioned James, as well as legends Wilt Chamberlain (the last center to lead the league in dimes), Hakeem Olajuwon, Alvin Robertson, Clyde Drexler, Michael Jordan, Scottie Pippen, Walt Frazier, Magic Johnson, Jason Kidd, Larry Bird, Fat Lever, Chris Webber, Grant Hill and of course Oscar Robertson. I was the lone voice saying it could be done, but I thought it would be LeBron doing so. Seven years later, Russell Westbrook became the first since Oscar Robertson to accomplish the season stat line during his MVP campaign in 55 years. It’s an incredible feat, and great for basketball, because during the final games of last season, it was something most hoops fans wanted to see done. It’s great for basketball evolution, I say, because anytime basketball is discussed, the game wins, and basketball’s popularity is soaring in this era of social media fueled analytics. Fantasy league owners watch closely in hopes a player on their roster scores a triple double. The game is changing, because players in this most encapsulated age are better if they can do more on the floor. Centers are shooting threes and bringing the ball up; point guards are rebounding and blocking shots at a higher clip. In Philly, two young stars are filling stat sheets in rare fashion. Is it possible that who I call the Wunderkind Twins — Ben Simmons and Joel Embiid — could also average what I call an Oscar (an ode to Oscar Robertson) over the course of 82 games as teammates?

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What Activism in Sports Can Accomplish by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on September 28th, 2017 by Nigel Broadnax

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Earlier this month the NBA and the National Basketball Players Association issued a letter to players encouraging proactive social consciousness on their part. The letter, issued specifically by league Commissioner Adam Silver and Players Association director Michele Roberts, assures the players that they possess “real power to make a difference in the world.” Silver and Roberts also promised that they would be of assistance in any planned efforts of this nature.

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The NFL Doesn’t Deserve Colin Kaepernick

Posted in Blogroll on August 11th, 2017 by Ron Glover

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Colin Kaepernick has remained silent and steadfast despite not being inking by any NFL team to date.

For five months, speculation surrounding the non-signing of former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick has ranged from accusations of collusion among NFL owners to the quarterback’s decline over the last three seasons. However, recent comments from former NFL quarterback Michael Vick regarding Kaepernick’s appearance — most notably his Afro — and former Baltimore Ravens linebacker Ray Lewis, who suggested Karpernick lighten his stance, focus more on resurrecting his NFL career and leave the protests to some one else set off a firestorm in the African-American community. The same African-American community which stood defiantly by Vick and Lewis in the wake of their career-altering run-ins with the law.

With the Miami Dolphins signing former Chicago Bears quarterback Jay Cutler out of retirement to a one-year deal after losing starter Ryan Tannehill for the season with a knee injury, I’ve come to the conclusion it’s time Colin Kaepernick leave the NFL to its on destructive self.

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Golden Dreams: How To Save USA Weightlifting

Posted in Blogroll on May 10th, 2017 by Okori Wadsworth

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Football is America’s national pastime. More young people play that sport than anything else, and combined with basketball, it is genuinely understood to be the best way to earn a college athletic scholarship.
But in the pursuit of that scholarship many young athletes, who would do great things, may suffer the sort of concussions and brain trauma that affect them adversely later in life.

The question inherent in that previous paragraph is this: How long will football continue to be America’s national pastime? How many more stories like the ones we’ve heard about Mike Webster, Mark Gastineau, Dave Duerson, Junior Seau and others will we have to hear before people decide enough? How many more Joe Thomas stories, where he’s confessing to having the beginnings of memory loss RIGHT NOW, will we need?

Let me state this again: Joe Thomas admitted, on an interview with Graham Bensinger, that he is suffering from the beginnings of memory loss at the age of 32 while still an active player in the NFL.

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Just as important to the point, unless you have been touched by the hand of whichever higher power you believe in, your NFL career will last 2.66 years on average. That’s not even 3 full years. And after your three years are done, when you’ve beaten your body into a pulp and possibly suffered CTE, what will you have to show for it?
What if I told you I had a way to always be remembered, always be thought of as special?
My solution may be a tad controversial, and will require some patience and a willingness to stretch yourself beyond your initial understanding. But here goes:
Some parents, and if you’re the parents of a young son playing pee-wee football this especially applies to you, should start putting their kids in Olympic weightlifting classes right now.

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The Bryson Clark, Kenny Deweese, Michael Tillery and Musa Ali RAPstation Interview Continued

Posted in Blogroll on April 16th, 2017 by Michael Tillery

Sup party people? How you be? Enjoy your weekend. Get all the fun…

Part one of this relevant straight no chaser convo is here.

These brothas brought it.

Part two is below.

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Colin Kaepernick: Unsigned and Unfazed

Posted in Blogroll on April 11th, 2017 by Ron Glover

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Former San Francisco 49ers quarterback Colin Kaepernick stood against racial inequality in 2016. As a free agent in 2017, he has yet to find any suitors.

Colin Kaepernick was America’s most polarizing individual in 2016. During a preseason game as a member of the San Francisco 49ers, Kaepernick refused to stand for the National Anthem in protest of the racial injustices rained upon minorities in the United States. The on-camera shooting deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile — both unarmed African-American men killed within hours of each other — outraged the nation and were the spark for Kaepernick’s stunning act of defiance. Weeks after Kaepernick’s initial stance, unarmed Black motorist Terrence Crutcher was shot and killed by a white female police officer during a traffic stop, validating the roots of Kaepernick’s protest. African-American athletes in particular were enraged about the killings and didn’t hold back in voicing their opinions. In the end, it was Kaepernick (and later several other NFL players) who took the biggest step by refusing to stand for the Star-Spangled Banner — a song when sung in its entirety speaks of the fate awaiting a fleeing slave.

Since NFL Free Agency began on March 10th, seventeen quarterbacks have either signed with new teams or resigned with their previous club. None among them can measure up to the resume of Kaepernick — which includes a Super Bowl appearance — and only Mark Sanchez can boast of victories in the postseason. Whether he’s viewed as a backup or a starter, Colin Kaepernick is the most effective quarterback in this free agent class.

Do you believe the signings of re-treads like Mike Glennon, Matt Barkley, Mark Sanchez and Brian Hoyer over Kaepernick were because of sheer ability statistics or leadership qualities?

Didn’t think so.

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Nigel Broadnax Spins Donald Glover’s “Awaken My Love”

Posted in Blogroll on March 17th, 2017 by Ron Glover

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Donald Glover’s talents have not gone without being recognized.

I’d been a moderate fan of Donald Glover for several years. I appreciated him for his work as a writer for the first three seasons of the NBC sitcom 30 Rock, and as one of the stars of NBC’s adjacent sitcom Community.  

My admiration for him elevated several notches with the first season of Atlanta. Taking on the task of being an executive producer, writer, star and partial director of the show proved to be an effective method for Glover, as the comedy-drama was well-received by many critics, as well as myself. It mastered the concept of creating humor without cramming punch lines into the script.

Despite my earlier fondness of Glover’s contribution to television, I’d never really been inclined to listen to his music. Bits and pieces of his discography would graze my eardrums from time to time, but I never made the point to give a deep listen.

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Nigel Broadnax Talks NBA Psychology With Roy Hibbert

Posted in Blogroll on March 2nd, 2017 by Ron Glover

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As a member of the Indiana Pacers, current Denver Nuggets center Roy Hibbert embraced the idea of advanced mental preparation during the NBA season.

The NBA is comprised of many of the most extraordinary athletes in the world. Their captivating physical abilities are on display at any given moment throughout each game played. Much work is put in by trainers, doctors and coaches of the team to make sure players are in the best shape, able-bodied and knowledgeable of the game plan. These factors seem to be the most important areas in the maintenance of a functional NBA player.

However, the league’s promotion of player mental preparation has been on the rise in recent years. As vital as physical conditioning is, it is only half of what is required to help players succeed.

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DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis: The NBA’s Odd Couple Looking to Even Things Out in the West

Posted in Blogroll on March 1st, 2017 by Ron Glover

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The Sacramento Kings/ New Orleans Pelicans trade pairs former Kentucky big men DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis.

As New Orleans Pelicans center Anthony Davis scored a record-breaking 52 points and the NBA All-Star Game MVP last Sunday, the much-maligned Pelicans front office was crossing the T’s and dotting the I’s on what will be the biggest trade of the 2016-17 NBA season. The Pelicans acquired Sacramento Kings center DeMarcus Cousins and forward Omri Casspi in exchange for Tyreke Evans, Langston Galloway, Buddy Hield and first and second round picks in 2017.

The move ends six frustrating seasons in Sac-Town for Cousins and gives New Orleans a main ingredient for a potential balance-shift in the Western Conference if Cousins decides to remain with the Pelicans.

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From So-Called Bust to Sho’Nuf Beast: The Rise of Joel Embiid

Posted in Blogroll on February 8th, 2017 by Ron Glover

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An overall healthy Joel Embiid has been a gift from the basketball gods for long-suffering Philadelphia 76ers fans.

With an extraordinary blend of raw power, versatility and charisma, Philadelphia 76ers center Joel Embiid has resurrected the center position in the NBA.

Two foot surgeries put the No. 3 overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft on ice for two seasons, raising questions about his durability and causing many skeptics to utter the “B-word”. Through it all, Embiid has endured the doubters, setbacks, uncertainty and even tragedy on his way to becoming the NBA’s fiercest young lion.

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For Want Of A Nail: How The New Orleans Pelicans Have Wasted Anthony Davis’ Prime

Posted in Blogroll on October 26th, 2016 by Okori Wadsworth

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For want of a nail, the shoe was lost.
For want of a shoe, the horse was lost.
For want of a horse, the rider was lost.
For want of a rider, the message was lost.
For want of a message, the battle was lost.
For want of a battle, the kingdom was lost.
And all for the want of a horseshoe nail.

The list of NBA stars, throughout the vast history of the sport, which have seen their prime squandered, is legion. For some, it was injuries blunting what they could be (Bill Walton, Bernard King, David Thompson, Grant Hill, Penny Hardaway). Drugs and alcohol (David Thompson a 2nd time, Michael Ray Richardson) felled others.

Equally as common, is the list of NBA stars whose franchises shirked, or were unable to perform, their duties to surround them with the talent they needed. Charles Barkley as a Philadelphia 76er fits this mantle, as does the entirety of Patrick Ewing’s career with the Knicks.

However, the most common, and the one that fits our story today, is that of the Houston Rockets from 1986 to 1993 when they had the unique Hakeem Olajuwon manning the paint for them and doing things no big man has done before or since.
I mention that to say this: If the New Orleans Pelicans don’t step up to the mark, and put on some speed to get there, they will be wasting Anthony Davis’s prime in the same way the Rockets spent Hakeem Olajuwon for those seven years.

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