Kobe Bryant As The Closer

Posted in Blogroll on May 30th, 2008 by Jerold Wells Jr.

(AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian)

Will the Spurs recover or are they done on this level?

How fitting that NBA games on TNT are often interrupted by commercials for the show “The Closer.” The protagonist here isn’t a fierce female attorney though, it’s a dominant alpha male basketball player. These playoffs are cases and he just closed another one brilliantly. Let’s call Kobe Bryant the Thurgood Marshall of the NBA.

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NBA On TNT Western Conference Notes: Kobe Bryant and the Lakers Move to the NBA Finals

Posted in Blogroll on May 30th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello

I thought this wasn\'t a team?

I thought this was no team?

Smith on the lack of emotion from the San Antonio Spurs after the ‘no call’ following contact on Spurs guard Brent Barry in Game 4: “I’m surprised at the level of acceptance the San Antonio Spurs had in the moment, forget about afterwards. In that moment, they had no emotion about Brent Barry. Maybe because Brent Barry isn’t accustomed to be in that situation so the team said this guy shouldn’t have been in that situation, and maybe they didn’t think it was a foul either. But the level of acceptance surprised me. If you did that in Philadelphia, New York or Detroit, there would have been a riot in here.”

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The Promised Land Revisited

Posted in Blogroll on May 30th, 2008 by Ron Glover

Tomorrow marks the 25th Anniversary of the Philadelphia 76ers sweep of the Los Angeles Lakers in the 1983 NBA Finals – it would also be the last major sports title won in Philadelphia.

It has been a rough stretch for the diehard sports fans in Philadelphia, but for a certain 11-year old back in ’83, it was a great way to kick off the summer.

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Doug Collins Is Not Coach Of The Chicago Bulls….Yet

Posted in Blogroll, Chicago Bulls, Doug Collins on May 29th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Chicago bound once again?

I was sent this statement in regards to Doug Collins being hired by the Chicago Bullsearlier today:

“I have spoken with Bulls management recently about their head coaching vacancy and will resume conversations after the conclusion of my work for TNT in the Western Conference Finals. There is no agreement in place.”

The 2008 Presidential Campaign: Is The Handwritting On The Wall?

Posted in Blogroll on May 29th, 2008 by Ron Glover

I’ll preface this by saying that I’m far from a political pundit. I am a registered voter (Democrat) and I exercise that right. I’m fully aware of what’s happening in the political arena but hardly do I ever indulge in political discussions…Until now.

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “It was a foul, but (Brent Barry) didn’t sell it.”

Posted in Charles Barkley, Derek Fisher, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, NBA On TNT on May 29th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked to TNT prior to Game #4

Jackson on San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s performance in Game #3: “The impact that (Manu) Ginobili had in the last 18 minutes of the first half (of Game 3) was tremendous. Every time we’d come back, he’d hit a three. We matched scores for a while and obviously, at the end of the half, we fell behind and stayed behind the rest of the game.”

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So…This is a Joke?

Posted in Blogroll on May 28th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Just a Little Something For Will Leitch and The Starting Five Interviews Buzz Bissinger

Posted in Blogroll, Braylon Edwards, Buzz Bissinger, Costas Now, Deadspin, ESPN, Fox Sports, Graydon Carter, Ken Griffey Jr., Mayor Bloomberg, New York Times, Pete Rose, Play Magazine, Stephen A. Smith, Stephen Glass, Will Leitch on May 27th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I know this is gonna start some shit, but somebody’s gotta put the blogsphere on notice and it might as well be us. I don’t agree with everything Buzz says, but the man has been around long enough to have earned the respect for his words whether you like them or not.

Braylon probably didn’t know what hit him. He wanted that PTI Tony Reali button bad

Uh….Go Blue!

Just gotta get something off my chest. The check and balance is never personal, always business…for it’s our destiny…

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NBA On TNT Western Conference Finals Notes: “It ain’t my fault his back is hurt. If you’ve got a bad back, go sit on the sidelines.”

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobili, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan, Western Conference Finals on May 26th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Barkley on whether or not Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s performance is crucial to the series: “It’s not about Manu (Ginobili), it’s about (the Spurs) bench. Even if (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobili) have great games, it’s still not enough points to beat the Lakers. (The Spurs) have to hope that their role players: Robert Horry, Michael Finley, Bruce Bowen and (Ime) Udoka play well at home. We’ve seen that throughout the playoffs…role players play better at home.”

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Sunday Swerve: The Cold Soul Edition ‘Cause Cold Soul Is Damn Good

Posted in sunday swerve on May 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Will somebody ever step up and give us what he gave?

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Hillary Just Get Out! There’s No Benevolence In Assassination Comment

Posted in assassination, Barack Obama, Blogroll, Hillary Clinton, Keith Olberman, Robert Kennedy on May 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

First Hillary’s words so there’s no confusion or the common excuse of her words being used out of context:

Then Keith Olberman goes off for ten plus minutes:

For anyone to say the words assassination in a race led by a Black man is both unacceptable, inexcusable and just plain bullshit. “My husband did not wrap up the nomination in 1992 until he won the California primary somewhere in the middle of June, right? We all remember Bobby Kennedy was assassinated in June in California. You know I just, I don’t understand it.”

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Chicago Not Drafting Derrick Rose Would Be a Thorn To the Game

Posted in Chicago Bulls, Derrick Rose, NBA Draft on May 23rd, 2008 by Jerold Wells Jr.

Calipari’s best player ever?

Sometimes when you win you wish you hadn’t. Sometimes the prize isn’t worth the pressure. Sometimes winning puts you in a situation where choices must be made. Sometimes winning comes with responsibility.

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Friday Fire Repost: How Do You Want Your Sports Reporting? Mistaken or Blurrrrred?

Posted in Buzz Bissinger, Friday Fire on May 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I’m sure some athletes feel this is their life

Posted this previously in the context of athletes writing their own blogs to offset inaccurate and overly cynical journalism. All is not lost for I gotta give props to folks who are doing the right thing. With all the outcry going on with blogs lately, I thought the time was relevant to repost the question.

Should athletes take a stand to make sure their legacies are accurately reported? Are they entitled to such? Should we the public hold editors more accountable for the work of their reporters? Is it all about money? Should athletes surround themselves with more conscious folk so their PR is stable? Is sports merely entertainment or athletics packaged professionally? Are you happy with the way sports is reported? What would you change? Is it personal to you or could you care less? Do athletes get too much attention? Should they care about the fans? Why so? Are they entitled to personal time even when in public? Is cynical and snarky reporting necessary? What purpose does it serve? Should bloggers be held accountable for their words? Why or why not?

Trust me, I could go on and on…

Spoke with Buzz Bissinger for around an hour yesterday. The interview will be posted Monday morning. It’s a doooozie, but you know how we do at TSF, so what do you really expect?

**The interview will be posted Tuesday because of the holiday. Holidays creep up on us in this business. My bad**

NBA On TNT Western Conference Finals Notes: “I don’t think he’s a dirty player at all, he’s gotten a reputation that’s not merited”

Posted in Blogroll, Bruce Bowen, Kobe Bryant, Manu Ginobli, Tim Duncan on May 22nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Robert Gauthier / Los Angeles Times)

Uh…say what Kobe?

Lakers guard Kobe Bryant on Spurs forward Bruce Bowen: “I love him as a basketball player. He doesn’t get his just due as a defensive player because he’s playing with Tim (Duncan). I really enjoy playing against him, I don’t think he’s a dirty player at all, he’s gotten a reputation that’s not merited. I think he’s a really smart defensive player and I have a lot of respect for him.”

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Kobe and the Lakers Will Win In Six!

Posted in Blogroll on May 22nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I boof on you! Don’t even think Timmay is getting though this one

First things first..just shot this from Ron Ron’s people…

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