Avery Johnson Out As Coach of Dallas Mavericks

Posted in Avery Johnson, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Jason Kidd, Mark Cuban on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Dirk is in his prime, but there always seems to be something missing in his game

The life of a professional coach has to be crazy. I liken it to a bunch of kids peeking around a corner hoping their Pop isn’t waiting with the belt after a bad report card.

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Town Hall Meeting On Media and Sports

Posted in HBO, Meda, Media and sports, sports and ethics, Will Leitch on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

If you have HBO you should really check this out when you get a chance.

I’ll write something up on this a little later.

Will Leitch gets verbally chin checked in the piece.

NBA Playoffs On TNT Notes: “Every time Tyson Chandler gets a paycheck, he should take Chris Paul out to dinner.”

Posted in Avery Johnson, Charles Barkley, Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks, Mike D\'Antoni, NBA On TNT, Tyson Chandler on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

How many points is Chris Paul adding to Tyson Chandler’s career total?

Barkley on the Mavericks at practice: “Maybe (the Mavericks) were talking about where they are going to go on vacation after the game, because they are going to lose tonight.”

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NBA Playoffs Last Night: The Mavs and the Suns Have Gone Fishin’

Posted in Avery Johnson, Byron Scott, Chris Paul, Dallas Mavericks, Dirk Nowitzki, Grant Hill, Houston Rockets, Jason Kidd, Josh Howard, Kobe Bryant, Mike D\'Antoni, New Orleans Hornets, Phoenix Suns, San Antonio Spurs, Steve Nash, Tracey McGrady, Utal Jazz on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

The Mavs have lost 12 of 15 playoff games

Just think, the last three MVP trophies are going fishing. The media crush around the Mavs and the Suns before this year was maddening. I just didn’t understand why people were so enamored with teams cottony soft in a playoff rock hard world. Say what you want about Flash’s 17 free throw a game average a couple of years back, but Dallas made its own bed that series and has never recovered.

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Philly’s Playoff Run: This Ain’t Over

Posted in Mo Cheeks, Philadelphia 76ers, SLAM on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery


Wrote a little piece on SLAM expressing my belief this series is going seven. Click on Cheeks to check it out on SLAM or read the piece below. Read more »

Charles Barkley and Moses Malone Are Great Teammates

Posted in Charles Barkley, Jameer Nelson, Julius Erving, Kevin Jones, Larry Bird, Tyreke Evans on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I remember watching this game at my grandparent’s house in my hometown of Chester–home of Tyreke Evans, Kevin Jones and Jameer Nelson. My family moved to Delaware and I remember being so mad I had to miss some the game (a pre-season game) because of the ride up top. This was a true rivalry, so anytime they played was a big game.

I grew to respect his talent, but I couldn’t stand Larry Bird. He was too good and would embarrass you with his court savvy. Whenever he took a shot, I would look away–hoping the hated Boston Garden crowd didn’t cheer as it dropped. Bird was killing the Sixers–he had 42 before the ejection–while Doc had only hit for his legendary number up to that point. Bird used to talk so much shit on the court and this game was no exception. Doc just couldn’t take it anymore and started something Chuck and Moses finished. Teams did not play back in the day and stood up for one another at any cost–not like this little sissy, pick socks with flip flops stuff they do today and get suspended games for.

West Side Story

Posted in AXG, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley, D.C., Derek Fisher, Jim Crow, Julius Erving, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, NBA, Pau Gasol, Shaquille O’Neal, Washington Wizards, West Philly, Wilt Chamberlain on April 30th, 2008 by AXG

Not the greatest

Michael Jordan is not the greatest basketball player of all-time. That statement could never be true, because of the rich history the game offers. If the argument was based on the number of NBA Championships, then the greatest would be Bill Russell. Not only did he win 11 titles, he endured Jim Crow laws and racism, making the game of basketball and life for that matter a lot more difficult. If you rather talk about dominance, then you need to look no further than Wilton Norman Chamberlain.

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Our Apologies On the Technical Difficulties

Posted in AXG, Jeremiah Wright, Wordpress on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Backup your site!

Trying to get the podcast plugin on the site, I went hard for the 2.5 WordPress upgrade and inadvertently uploaded the site to another program’s server. We should have the missing posts, Torch Bearer by AXG, some NBA playoff recaps and Jeremiah Wright’s NAACP Speech restored tomorrow. If you’ve linked to anything since Saturday, please link to the new posts in lieu of the original links. The Godsend here was backing up the site. If you are on wordpress or any other blog platform…


NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: With Allen Iverson and Carmelo Anthony Gone, What’s Next For Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers?

Posted in Allen Iverson, Blogroll, Carmelo Anthony, Chris Webber, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, Magic Johnson on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

One down, three to go 

Magic Johnson on Pat Riley stepping down as head coach of the Miami Heat: “I’m happy for Pat (Riley).  Once he got into the Hall of Fame, I think that was everything for him.  He had (new Heat head coach) Erik (Spoelstra) sitting there (as an assistant coach) waiting to become the head coach, (Riley) tutored him.  Erik will be ready, good move for Pat and I think everybody will be happy.”

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Will Robinson: Gone But Not Forgotten

Posted in Bill Russell, Chuck Daly, Dennis Rodman, Detroit Pershing, Detroit Pistons, Doug Collins, Illinois State, Jack McCloskey, Jackie Robinson, Joe Dumars, Muhammad Ali, Spencer Haywood, Will Robinson on April 30th, 2008 by youngvito

Isiah Thomas and Will Robinson share a moment after Mr. Robinson was honored by the Pistons in December of ’05

At first sight, you’d never know Will Robinson endured such a difficult early life. The former Detroit Pistons scout who discovered Joe Dumars and Dennis Rodman always had a kind word, a smile and pleasant disposition.

When I first observed him, when it seemed like he was the only person in the Pistons organization who had love for Isiah Thomas, I didn’t know what to make of him. As a young guy, I didn’t know his history, our history.

He was more than a pioneer of basketball; he was a pioneer for African-Americans. He was the first black college basketball coach in Division 1, when he took over Illinois State from 1970-75, and Doug Collins played for him. As Detroit Pershing coach, he helped champion Spencer Haywood’s cause to get into the NBA Draft straight out of high school.

Mizzo spoke to Spencer Monday and offered some words to describe the effect Mr. Robin son had on his life:

“He was the only father I ever knew. My father died before I was born. He adopted me and helped me become the man I am today. I was from a small town on the Delta in MI, so I knew nothing about a big city like Detroit and he made sure I found my way. Before he and I got to Pershing and won the state championship, they had a 35 year title drought. He was there every step of the way in my Supreme Court case. I don’t know if I would have beat the case with out his support. He was also a Detroit Lions scout. He lived a long life and I’ll miss him dearly.”

Robinson excelled at several sports, including basketball, football and golf. He wasn’t allowed to play on the course with his white counterparts, seeing as he was viewed as less than a man. He never complained, but never accepted society’s definition of what he should be.

By the time I met him at the Palace a few years back, his handshake and sincere eye-contact reminded me of a quality long-lost in today’s world. It was grandfatherly, respectful and most of all, touching.

At first sight, you’d never know what he’d been through, what obstacles he overcame, most times with little fanfare or what doors he opened. His name should be mentioned with the likes of Jackie, Muhammad and Bill Russell. Sadly, outside of Detroit, and maybe even some places around, Robinson’s name isn’t synonymous with excellence, kindness or sincerity.

Before Jack McCloskey hired Chuck Daly in 1983, he offered the job to Robinson, who turned it down. Robinson later regretted the decision, thinking maybe he would’ve been the coach of the Bad Boys. Then his name would be mentioned with those aforementioned greats, but Robinson couldn’t be as unassuming a personality as he would’ve preferred.

There’s a generation of kids, sports fans or not, that don’t have a connection to Robinson. His name doesn’t resonate with regularity. Hopefully, one day soon, lost generations will look back to the trials and tribulations of men like Robinson. Maybe then, we’ll all find our way.

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: The Pistons Pull Even

Posted in Charles Barkley, Chris Webber, Detroit Pistons, Ernie Johnson, Kenny Smith, Magic Johnson, Reggie Millery on April 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Down by ten right before the half. Sheed picked up a tech and the Pistons went on an 11-0 run after halftime

Webber on the lack of intensity by the Detroit Pistons: “(The Pistons) are really nonchalant and that’s why I felt we lost last year (in the Eastern Conference Finals). It sounds crazy, but they could care less. That locker room is crazy, disciplined and unruly. Disciplined because they police themselves, they are all veterans, they know they’ve got to be in bed, they know they’ve got to work hard, I’m not talking about on the court. They come from a coach like Larry Brown, they look at him like the epitome of basketball, and they feel they can wait until the last game or the championship and they won’t lose. I’m not saying it’s right, but that’s how it is.”

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Detectives Involved In Sean Bell Shooting Get Off

Posted in Sean Bell on April 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

What year is it again? This is sad

TSF’s youngvito sent me this via text message earlier.

I haven’t read the verdict or the transcript from the case, but this is sure to touch a nerve in every Black community across the country. Folks are getting sick of this and are voicing their passionate objection with the result.

Bell was not hurting anyone as he chilled with his boys and ended up paying the ultimate price for what reason again?

50 times?

Why aren’t Whites killed when they are acting crazy after a sports victory or even before when we all know Blacks or Latino would have a much shorter leach and be held to a higher scrutiny?

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NBA Playoffs Last Night: DeShawn Stevenson Strikes Back

Posted in Aundray Blatche, Carlos Boozer, Caron Butler, Chris Broussard, Cleveland Cavaliers, Colin Powell, D.C., Derron Williams, Deshawn Stevenson, Devin Brown, Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu, Houston Rockets, Kevin Blackistone, LeBron James, NBA playoffs, Orlando Magic, Pardon the Interruption, Rafer Alston, Soulja Boy, Steven A. Smith, T.J. Ford, Tony Reali, Toronto Raptors, Tough Juice, Tracey McGrady, Utah Jazz, Washington, Washington Wizards on April 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Had 5 threes.

Washington Wizards 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 72

Cleveland leads series 2-1.

Cleveland had one 8 straight playoff games versus Washington.

Last night was just incredible and because of it DC will forever be official.

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: It’s About Time TMac

Posted in Andray Blatche, Brandan Haywood, Carl Landry, Caron Butler, Charles Barkley, Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers, Craig Sager, Darius Songaila, Deron Williams, Dick Stockton, Dikembe Mutombo, Doug Collins, Ernie Johnson, Gilbert Arenas, Kenny Smith, Marty Snider, Mike Fratello, Orlando Magic, Rafer Alston, Rick Adelman, Soulja Boy, Toronto Raptors, Tracey McGrady, Washington Wizards on April 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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When you are a “superstar” much is expected. That’s just the way it is

Smith on Washington Wizards guard Gilbert Arenas: “Gilbert Arenas plays better when the attention is on him, he’s an attention seeker. He’s got blogs, he’s got everything else that goes on to draw attention to himself. He plays better when the spotlight is on him. He’s back in the line-up so it may give (the Wizards) an extra jolt.”

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “The one thing that Mike Bibby should allude to is that (the Celtics are) a real team.”

Posted in Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Craig Sager, Dick Stockton, Doc Rivers, Ernie Johnson, George Karl, Inside the NBA, Jo Jo White, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, NBA On TNT, Reggie Miller on April 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

KG and the C’s are looking to get the ATL outta there

Smith on Atlanta Hawks guard Mike Bibby focusing on the wrong thing with his comments about Celtics fans: “The one thing that Mike Bibby should allude to is that (the Celtics are) a real team. They’re playing against a team that can win the NBA title for sure and those are the things he needs to concentrate on, the execution things that the Hawks need to do.”

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