Chris Webber’s Bada Bling 2008

Posted in Blogroll on July 31st, 2008 by Michael Tillery

We all know Chris Webber is one of our favorites here at The Starting Five, so I wanted to give you a brief explanation why. Webb gives back. We all go through things when we are in our twenties, but he still took the time out to establish the Chris Webber Foundation with solid support from his family. I’ve met his parents and I have to tell you they are amazing people. His Dad is like every father should be: strong, supportive, funny, experienced and hard working. His Mother is what society’s vision of a mother is not, but should be: very intelligent, reticent in public until respectfully addressed, while definitely being infallible to anything seeking to tear her family down.

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Three Hall of Fame Players Traded On the Same Day: Ken Griffey Jr. Traded To Chicago White Sox; Manny Ramirez Traded To Los Angeles Dodgers; Pudge Rodriguez Traded To New York Yankees

Posted in Blogroll on July 31st, 2008 by Michael Tillery

The sweetest swing ever heads back to the American League(?)

I didn’t want to post this yet until the trade was finalized (players to be named as well), but if Junior accepts the trade (he had questions, but has since agreed) he’ll get his wish and play for a contender.

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Kermit Washington’s Remarkable Redemption

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

One of the most misunderstood athletes of all time gives some words to our friend, Dave Zirin.

Washington’s talent was very unappreciated because of “the punch

Former National Basketball Association player Kermit Washington has never asked for redemption. He’s lived it. It’s a tragedy of history that Washington is best known for what will forever be known as “the
punch.” On December 9 1977, the LA Lakers played the Houston Rockets. Washington, engaged in an on-court fracas, heard footsteps, turned, and threw a roundhouse fist. It connected with Rudy Tomjanovich, fracturing his face about 1/3 of an inch away from his skull and leaving the Rocket All-Star passed out in a pool of blood by half court.

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Sacramento Kings Forward Ron Artest Traded to Houston Rockets For Bobby Jackson, a First Round Pick and Donte Green

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

Most thought Ron would land with the Lakers

Our boy Ron Artest is getting his wish and is on the move:

The Rockets will give up guard Bobby Jackson, a No. 1 draft pick next season and another player that the individual with knowledge of the trade could not name. Rockets general manager Daryl Morey declined to comment.

Rookie forward Donte Greene, whom the Rockets acquired in a series of draft-night trades, will be included in the trade and is considered a key to the deal for the Kings. But because Greene signed July 14, he cannot be traded until Aug. 14 and the deal cannot be finalized or discussed publicly by team officials until Aug. 14.

The Rockets are also expected to acquire rookies Patrick Ewing Jr. and Sean Singletary another player or players in the deal to make the money match, but both have partially guaranteed contracts and are likely to be released. The Rockets will also send the Kings roughly $1 million.

The Rockets had previously signed guard Brent Barry this month and are in talks to keep free agents Dikembe Mutombo and Carl Landry.

I think this trade should put to rest questions about Tracey McGrady being shipped elsewhere and is exactly what Houston needs.

There’s no question there’s been a soft as tissue paper element in Houston. They’ve had too much talent lately to get bounced so quickly in the playoffs. 20+ straight means nothing if you can’t do shit in the playoffs.

I still question the draft day trade a couple of years back that sent Shane Battier to Houston for Rudy Gay, but maybe this deal reconciles any questions of toughness.

Missed you at Webb’s this year Bobby Jax. Good luck to you brotha. You glad to go back home?

I might have a few minutes with Ron forthcoming…we’ll see.

Adrian Peterson and the Minnesota Vikings Will Check In Nice at 12-4

Posted in Blogroll on July 29th, 2008 by Jerold Wells Jr.

All Day’s time to shine in Minny Nice

The Minnesota Vikings have alot to look forward to this year.

The NFC North (Norse, I love Chris Berman) Division is wide open and along with being the chic pick to shake up the league I really think we have a good team this year.

Let’s look at the division first:

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Where Is Shawn Andrews?

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

The biggest surprise of the Eagles training camp isn’t Lito Shephard and Brian Westbrook showing up despite their contract squabbles, but who isn’t there.

Offensive lineman Shawn Andrews has been a no-show at camp for “personal reasons” that have not been disclosed by Andrews or his agent. The Eagles can fine Andrews up to $15,000 for each day he misses. As of this moment, no fines have been issued.

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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp 2008: The Runningbacks

Posted in Nebraska, NFC, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles on July 28th, 2008 by Ron Glover

Welcome back to the position-by-position breakdown of the 2008 Philadelphia Eagles. Today we look at the Birds running game heading into the 2008 season.

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Put Up Or Shut Up

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

Whatcha gonna do Bron Bron?

Just got back from Vegas in a crazy way. Missed my flight to Philly, so I had to reroute to Baltimore and do the train bus thing back to the crizzy.

Great weekend. I’ll have my Bada Bling post tomorrow and also speak out on some other things…

Dig the piece on SLAM by clicking LeBron’s pic above.

Black Ice

Posted in Blogroll, Willie O'Ree on July 25th, 2008 by AXG


Willie O’Ree integrated the National Hockey League, and 50 years later he is still making a difference.

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Philadelphia Eagles Training Camp 2008

Posted in Blogroll on July 25th, 2008 by Ron Glover

My football juices are flowing once again, which means NFL training camp is upon us. We’re a little more than 6 weeks away from Kickoff 2008, so I’m going to fast forward through training camp and give you my view of the Eagles 2008 position by position, presuming everyone makes it out healthy.

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Samuel Dalembert Speaks Out On His Dismissal From the Canadian National Team

Posted in Blogroll on July 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Dalembert leaves his heart and soul on the floor every single time out

SLAM Editor in chief, Ben Osborne hit me up during the season and asked if I would be interested in going over to Haiti with Samuel Dalembert during this summer in hopes of documenting his interaction with his people and more specifically children through Basketball Without Borders.

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Why Josh Childress Left the NBA for Olympiacos and the Impact This Unprecedented Move Will Have On the NBA As Well As the World

Posted in Blogroll on July 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Did the Hawks blow it?

Some background on Olympiacos below:

After back-to-back appearances in the Euroleague Quarterfinal Playoffs, Olympiacos Piraeus is back and ready to take the next step.

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Josh Childress Signs With Euroleague For 3-Years. What Does This Mean For NBA Free Agency As We Know It?

Posted in Blogroll on July 23rd, 2008 by Ron Glover


Within two weeks, the NCAA and the NBA have been told what they can do to their age restrictions and free agency dollars.

On July 9th Brandon Jennings shunned the NCAA to play basketball professionally in Europe until he is eligible for the NBA Draft next season. Earlier today, Atlanta Hawks free agent forward Josh Childress signed with Olympiakos of the Euroleague for three seasons.

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Info On Josh Childress and Sammy Dalembert Forthcoming

Posted in Blogroll on July 23rd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

I’ll have some answers from Josh as to why he left the NBA shortly.

I’ll also have an exclusive interview with Sammy Dalembert posted on his thoughts why he was kicked off the Canadian Olympic team.

Out of Bounds Rick Mahorn: Will the Fight Between Candace Parker and Plenette Pierson Change the Scope of the WNBA?

Posted in candace parker, Detroit, Detroit Shock, Ike Turner, Kermit Washington, Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Sparks, NBA on July 23rd, 2008 by AXG

Detroit Basketball

A change is gonna come, but don’t compare this to the Detroit/Indiana “brawl”. If you do, that’s irresponsible. This is the WNBA not the NBA

As I write this in my best attempt to stay clear of being judge and jury, a fight occurred during a basketball game in a familiar venue. If the Palace at Auburn Hills rings a bell, then you must understand that there has been one too many fights in this Detroit suburb.

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