Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Saturday, May 30, 2009: The Leviathan Does it Like Shaq and Close Out LeBron and the Cavs

Posted in Blogroll on May 31st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)

Like I said on fb last night. Shaq just had twins. Who is Able? Finals preview Wednesday. When your big man goes for 40 and 14, you are winning more than not. I’ve been hard on Dwight all year long but now it is time to give him props because he stepped up and took it. Nothing was given to him and the Magic must be congratulated. As far as LeBron, you could see him losing trust in his teammates during the series. His team noticed his change in temperament and subsequently began to press. LeBron became entitled and his team was hell bent on pleasing him. Not a good combination when you are trying to win a championship. I understand why he left the court because he was disgusted…totally disgusted…but not congratulating the Magic is foul. It’s not about you bruh, it’s about your Olympic comrade doing the damn thing right in your face. In his home, not yours. I mentioned the match up problems the Magic present and like a true champion, they capitalized and the entire franchise grew up. The Cavs need an overhaul of their front line. Expect Chris Bosh’s name to come up eleventy million times. Hold ya head LeBron, you will be king, but not yet.

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Interview With Falcons Beat Writer, D. Orlando Ledbetter of the Atlanta Journal Constitution

Posted in Blogroll on May 29th, 2009 by Jerold Wells Jr.

The success we have in attaining our goals is often directly related to the company we keep. The people that we choose to leave behind represent our freedom from the tyranny of negativity and the weight of doubt, depression and ill will. The people we choose to associate with at present represent the strength found in a multitude of friends and smiling faces. Lastly, those that we place as role models and set their examples as those to emulate serve as the gasoline which powers our destiny flight.

D. Orlando Ledbetter fits squarely into the last category for me. The Atlanta Journal – Constitution Falcons beat writer is a wonderful example of what success in this business looks like.

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Friday Fire: Yes, LeBron Went Oscar Last Night, But If the Cavs Lose This Series, What’s Your Opinion?

Posted in Blogroll on May 29th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

One point before hand. Remember who did this fantasy first outside of Cleveland. We’re deeper than that because we see things from inside the soul rock’s fiber, not outside the fishbowl lookin’ in.

But so what…

Look, when it’s time to put up or shut up, some shrink with fear or deal in buts or say “I can’t” or listen to what everybody else has to opine when they say “Don’t be a hero.” They make excuses and rather fear success instead of becoming the standard.

Last night, LeBron was the standard. LeBron James has absolutely surpassed any thoughts of what we all had of him coming out of high school.

I called the triple double, but it wasn’t something incredible. We all should have expected it after Kobe went facilitator the other night.

37, 14, 12…a sick triple double in a game they had to win. Isolation up top with no help? Murder. Of course it had a lot to do with Cleveland shooting so well, but LBJ scored or assisted on 31 straight points? Temple3 and I were texting during the game and I wondered if Magic, Larry or Oscar accomplished that feat…

You know how difficult it is to impress Temple3 right? Well he was definitely impressed last night.

Uh…now to the questions…

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Thursday, May 28, 2009: “Some of that stepping up has to come from the (Cleveland) coaching staff as well.”

Posted in Blogroll on May 29th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Amy Sancetta)

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals continues on Saturday, May 30 with pre-game coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Game #6 of the Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Lamar Odom and the Lakers Get Rough, Gruff and Give Denver That Game 5 Cold Rock Stuff

Posted in Blogroll on May 28th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Mark J. Terrill)

Los Angeles Lakers defeat the Denver Nuggets 103-94

Lakers lead Best of 7 series 3-2

The Lakers are 20-0 at home when the series is tied 2-2.

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Thursday Morning Starting Five: The Quit Blaming Black Men For Your Crimes Edition

Posted in Blogroll, Kenny Smith on May 28th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

It’s alleged that Derrick Rose cheated on his SATs. (Commercial Appeal)

Mother arrested in Florida after she alleged being abducted in Southampton, PA. She said two Black guys did it. Close by us AG huh? (Philly.com)

President Obama and the Harsh Racial Reality. (Institute for Policy Studies)

Xerox Appoints Ursula Burns as CEO. She’s the first Black female to run a Fortune 500 company. (News Factor)

Teachers Leave Schools with Inflow of Black Students. (Softpedia)

Eminem scores 2009′s best debut. (LA Times)

What you think?

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Tuesday, May 26, 2009: “I don’t think there is any question that (LeBron James) doesn’t trust (his teammates) quite as much, that’s human nature when he’s got to bear the brunt of the winning and losing.”

Posted in Blogroll on May 27th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/John Raoux)

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals continues on Thursday, May 28 with pre-game coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Game #5 of the Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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In 2009? Really?

Posted in Blogroll on May 27th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

NY Times piece on segregated proms:

Orlando 116, Cleveland 114: The Night Dwight Howard Became the Leviathan

Posted in Blogroll on May 27th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Phelan Ebenhack)

I can’t take ownership for the very fitting moniker describing this Dwight Howard.

Talented author and esteemed TSF/SOMM commenter, The Last Poet, lays stake to that claim.

Man, was It was nice to finally see Dwight growl!

Scowl…as he protected the rim in him from the media Kryptonic glare that ensnares the fan beautiful and leaves him/her soul rock soul impaired because of ultimately immaterial corporate imagery. This isn’t about nice guy Dwight being some kind of anti-human monster the masses just can’t get wit’; this is about being a competitor.

Not delusional and unrealistic purity but dominance.

Taking what is yours at home oh so Diesel like.

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Wednesday Morning Starting Five: The Rest In Peace Exodus Tyson Editon

Posted in Blogroll on May 27th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Any of you that have children have to be affected by the Tyson family’s loss. Don’t take your children for granted for they are the seeds of your life that plant the world’s smile. Why do accidents have to happen? No matter who you are or who you may pray too…if you choose to do so…please have the Tyson family in your thoughts and also any other children who have lost their lives way too soon.

Just in case you haven’t heard, Mike Tyson’s daughter has died. NPR is one of the few sites that didn’t drag Mike through the mud despite his daughter’s passing. (NPR)

Anquan Boldin is expected to fire Drew Rosenhaus. (AZ Red Report)

Serena holds on, but Blake ousted from French Open. (NY Times)

Cory Booker making rounds as commencement speaker. Soul model. (NJ.com)

T.I. begins sentence. (AJC)

Apparently, there’s been a massive steroids bust in Florida and a guy claims he’s sold to professional athletes in almost every sport. We’ll see. (Miami Herald)

So much on my mind…

NBA Playoffs Last Night: Denver Is Not Gonna Let You Get Off Beans. Deal With It

Posted in Blogroll on May 26th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/ Chris Carlson )

Denver blows out LA in Denver 120-101

3 Nuggets with 13 rebounds?

Look, straight up. Denver is bullying the Lakers into submission. While I do not condone Dahntay Jones pushing Kobe in mid-air (upgraded to a flagrant one) or tripping him in plain view of the refs, Kobe has to understand this isn’t the time to be complaining. What he needs to do, is somehow get his team to realize they have a distinct height advantage on the front line.

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Tuesday Morning Starting Five: The President Obama Nominates Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court Edition

Posted in Blogroll on May 26th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

I hope you all had a great holiday weekend. 4 straight days off does a brotha good! Some bad news and some good news headline today’s links.

Pray for Mike and his family. Tyson’s 4 yr. old daughter Exodus in very critical condition. (CNN.com)

President Obama nominates Sonia Sotomayor to the top court in the land. Mad props for the soul model factor. (CNN.com)

HR 848 or Black Radio? This is a serious issue folks. (Industry Ears)

Dwight Howard getting sick and tired of all these LeBron/Kobe adds and references. Do something about it Big Fella.  (DwightHoward.com)

Kerry Rhodes not a suspect in rape at his crib. (NY Daily News)

Why in the hell would Jose Canseco get in the MMA ring…in Japan…with a 7’2″ 330 pound respected kick boxer and sumo wrestler and not expect to get his ass kicked? Dude needs money that bad? (NY Daily News)

A commentary that North Korea nuclear blast is a test for US. Thoughts? (CNN.com)

The Pirates? Who do you pity here?

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Sunday, May 24, 2009: “We’ve got to have a conversation when the playoffs are over about the officiating. I love the officials but the officiating during the playoffs has not been very good. It’s been terrible officiating. They call every little bump foul and they aren’t sure what a flagrant (foul) is.”

Posted in Blogroll on May 25th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Phelan M. Ebenhack)


TNT’s exclusive coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals continues on Tuesday, May 26 with pre-game coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET, followed by Game #4 of the Cleveland Cavaliers @ Orlando Magic at 8:30 p.m. ET.

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Friday Fire: What Is A Super Star?

Posted in Blogroll on May 22nd, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Just because you play one on TV doesn’t mean shit does it?

What is your definition of a superstar? I tend to go with a player who gets his numbers no matter what the circumstances. Whether down 50 or kissing the trophy…they get theirs and they win.

Lights on or lights out.

I’ll start it off and name who I think is a super star in the NBA.

Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwyane Wade, Tim Duncan, Chauncey Billups, Carmelo Anthony, Kevin Garnett, Chris Paul, Derrick Rose, Paul Pierce, Dwight Howard, Brandon Roy…

Is Amare a superstar? Dirk? Nash?

Tracy McGrady is not a superstar. He and Yao aren’t the best players on the Rockets, Ron Ron is.

Yeah he’s a superstar. Put him on Boston this year and they win the title.

Rose and Roy are there because they just have it.

See now I’m grasping for names. Finish the list. Delete. Add. Discuss.

NBA Playoffs Last Night: Denver Freaks a Game 2 Steal

Posted in Blogroll on May 22nd, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Give me that beat fool, it’s a full time jack move…

If you are playing in the NBA, you got there with hard work. Yeah, some cats are talented, but even bench players could light up anyone not in the league on a consistent basis. My point is, with all this Kobe/LeBron talk, we are seeing Carmelo Anthony and Dwight Howard take exception really without a lot of fanfare and shove it down the NBA marketing machine throats.

We all knew Melo was good. We all figured he’d be that George Gervin type scorer but never saw him quite in the championship caliber realm reserved for the true superstar.

Scratch that.

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