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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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…

BACKUP YOUR SITE!! 🙂

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

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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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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

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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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