Thursday Morning Starting Five: The Real Rivalry is LeBron vs. Dwight Edition

Posted in Blogroll on May 21st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

I was gonna write a piece on this, but I don’t think the sports world is ready to acknowledge the inevitable…yet…too busy soaking up the Hey Koolaid Kobe and LeBron bs. Think about it, at 24, Dwight and Lebron are at the top of their sport athletically. Yeah, Dwight has to get better in the post, but that’s what Big Pat is for. He will grow and he will get better. Dude…he’s 24. Don’t give it all to LBJ just yet. Of course, Kobe and LeBron head the marquee, but as Kobe becomes legendary, these two will carry the league deep into the next decade. So what they play in the same conference. After they become possibly two of the greatest, what the hell is next? Imagine the possibilities. I gotta admit that I punked out even though I wanted to take the Magic. Nobody to blame by myself, but damn that Crew Pop to blazes. Last night’s game played out just how I thought it would, but logically the result was most likely a condition of Cavalier boredom and monotony.

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Eastern Conference Finals Preview: Based on the Match Ups, the Magic Should Defeat the Cavs, but Will They?

Posted in Blogroll on May 21st, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Dwight Howard is the only NBA player who might be able to consistently stop LeBron James at the rim.

Take that for what you will.

On paper, the Magic should win this series simply because they have more talent. Unfortunately, what some might consider such an outlandish statement means nothing.

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Wednesday Morning Starting Five: The Michael Vick Has Paid His Debt to Society Edition

Posted in Blogroll on May 20th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

The Eastern Conference Finals preview will be posted in the early afternoon. Crazy the Magic has played 13 playoff games versus 8 for the Cavs. Are the Cavs having too much fun?

Michael Vick is released to home confinement. Forget the Wildcat, he’s a quarterback. (CNN.com)

Great Game 1 between Denver and Los Angeles. Kobe with 40. Melo with 39. Denver missed too many free throws and made dumb plays down the stretch. LA wanted it more. (LA Times)

Jr. hit’s his 615th home fun. Celebrate this cat more please. (MLB.com)

Carsten Charles does his thing again. (Newsday)

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Interview With Celtics Beat Writer Marc J. Spears of the Boston Globe

Posted in Blogroll on May 19th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

The locker room is different for every sport but what remains the same is the constant stream of writers, attendants, public relations folk, coaches, trainers, cameramen and reporters in and out before and after the ball is tipped. Often, you might have one shot to ask a question you’ve been thinking of all year long. If a team is coming in from the Western Conference and you blow a chance to speak because of some lame excuse, you have to wait a full year before you see that team again and will have to settle for other writer’s quotes for your story. Not cool. Get your own stuff by any means necessary. My point is, there are a few writers I know who make sure they get in everything they need every time out.

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Tuesday Morning Starting Five: The Happy Born Day Brother Malcolm Edition

Posted in Blogroll on May 19th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Someone asked me on facebook, in what way did Malcolm X inspire me personally. While I was transcribing Marc Spears’ interview, it became quite clear. Malcolm inspired a personal confidence devoid of fear. I have a different style than most, but this really has nothing to do with writing. Because of Malcolm, I feel like I can speak my mind in any arena without shouting down those mocking my words out of insecurity. The mind is a weapon. There’s a mental swag that keeps me on the constant lookout to soak up more and more knowledge daily. This was also passed through Muhammad Ali by way of sports…ultimately trickling down to millions of conscious minds looking to create change by the sweat of their own hands spoken through the lens of their own perspective. Whether or not you followed his philosophy, Malcolm X made you think. He challenged you to speak from a deeper concept than what you were used to. Ya better come with something strong because if you didn’t, he would say it all and for the most part he was right. I miss you because you are family El-Hajj Malik El-Shabazz. We who have more on our minds than just our person are indebted to the service you provided even in death.

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Western Conference Preview: Are The Lakers Tough Enough to Defeat the Nuggets?

Posted in Blogroll on May 18th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

So the Lakers were able to defeat Ron Ron and the Rockets in 7…and a hard fought 7 games it was. Their toughness of character was questioned but the resolve of Kobe Bryant and Phil Jackson won over. Kobe trying to inspire his teammates after the Rockets shot out early in Game 6 was huge in Game 7. The seeds of victory were definitely planted and led the Lakers to an expected victory at home. What now?

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Sunday, May 17, 2009: “The only thing you worry about as a Lakers fan is their tendency to be complacent, that tends to make the non-Lakers fans not root for them.”

Posted in Blogroll on May 18th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the Eastern Conference Finals begins on Wednesday, May 20 with pre-game coverage beginning at 8 p.m. ET followed by Game #1 of the Orlando Magic @ Cleveland Cavaliers at 8:30 p.m. ET

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Monday Morning Starting Five: The Black Pharaoh Should Have Been MVP Last Year Edition

Posted in Blogroll on May 18th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Be Peace Boston. Catch ya on the flip. Hedo gave it to you. (Boston Herald)

Ron Ron hit me up before ya bounce. We gotta talk. (Houston Chronicle)

Why are the Yankees so drama like? Three straight walk offs? Wow. Seeeee ya. (Newsday)

Bolt returns from crash and sets world record in 150. Amazing athlete. (SI.com)

Two days, two losses for Phelps in return from suspension. He’ll be alright. (SI.com)

LeBron picks all time dream team on Dan Patrick’s radio show. There are surprises. (Dan Patrick Radio)

Fox picks up 13 episodes of Michael Strahan’s pilot. You watching? (YOUBEENBLINDED)

Dachau survivor and activist Si Frumkin dies at 78. (LA Times)

Abducted California toddler found wandering streets in Mexico. Wish there were more stories like this. (CNN.com)

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Wayman Tisdale Dies at 44

Posted in Blogroll on May 15th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Man, I just heard about this. I thought for sure he was gonna beat this. He was a bad ass bass player. I really fell into Smooth Jazz after diggin’ his and Norman Brown’s music.

From Fox 23 in Tulsa (Thanks Greg Moore):

Wayman Tisdale, a Tulsa native, former OU basketball great, NBA superstar, and jazz musician has lost his battle with cancer at the age of 44 Friday morning at St. John Medical Center.

For the last two years Wayman had been battling cancer, and had one of his legs removed below the knee last year to help with the fight.

Tisdale was a three-time All-American at Oklahoma, he also spent 12 seasons in the NBA with the Indiana Pacers, Sacramento Kings and Phoenix Suns.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Wednesday, May 13, 2009: (Anthony) is not on the same level as those two guys, but as far as instant offense, he can score on anybody. He’s got a better jump shot than Kobe and LeBron. LeBron is the best player though.”

Posted in Blogroll on May 14th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

TNT’s schedule will be confirmed at the conclusion of Game #6 of Boston Celtics @ Orlando Magic.

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Thursday Morning Starting Five: The Chauncey Billups Will Shoot Your Eye Out Kid Edition

Posted in Blogroll on May 14th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Dallas gets gone. 7 goes Elway. (Denver Post)

Sixers to interview Eddie Jordan tomorrow? (Philly.com)

Get it Reggie! Proud of you bruh. (Cincinnati.com)

Why don’t the Sixers draw? (Philly.com)

Watch out for the groupies brothas; they are out to get your ass. Can’t knock their hustle though. (Dallasnews.com)

Dontrelle is back. (MLB.com)

So is Cam’Ron. (Vibe.com)

More minorities applying at West Point. (Recordonline.com)

A review of Angels and Demons. (USA Today)

Limbaugh says Obama admin economic plan is forced reparations? Clown. (Media Matters)

All NBA FIrst Team. LeBron the only unanimous? What about Flash and Kobe?

Position Player/Team PPG
Forward LeBron James,
Cleveland
28.4
Forward Dirk Nowitzki,
Dallas
25.9
Center Dwight Howard,
Orlando
20.6
Guard Kobe Bryant,
L.A. Lakers
26.8
Guard Dwyane Wade,
Miami
30.2

Give ‘em the finga!

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs – Tuesday, May 12, 2009: Kobe and the Lakers Crush the Rockets By 40

Posted in Blogroll on May 13th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

TNT’s “40 Games in 40 Nights” NBA Playoffs coverage continues on Wednesday, May 13th with exclusive coverage of the Dallas Mavericks @ Denver Nuggets (Game #5) at 9 p.m. ET.

QUOTE OF THE DAY:

“Is it talent? Is it how hard you play? How hard you want it? Because I really think that the Orlando Magic are the better team.”– Webber on the Magic needing to play better.

“I think that too, but not from the neck up.” – Barkley.

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Wednesday Morning Starting Five: The Orlando Magic Blew it Edition

Posted in Blogroll on May 13th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

How’s your week coming? Not too much going on here after last night’s one and a half NBA Playoff contests. I’m just so happy the weather has finally broke so we can all get our warm weather on. Enjoy the rest of the week. Any comments, gripes or story suggestions, hit me here. Be Peace.

1945 Bronson Field Bombers. (Blackfives)

Missing Showtime. (Gary Washburn’s blog)

Anyone notice the spike in Big Baby’s confidence on and off the floor? He used to be pretty reserved in the locker room. (Boston.com)

Lakers blow the Rockets the hell out. (Houston Chronicle)

Here come the O.J. Mayo/Tim Floyd/Rodney Guillory allegations. (L.A. Times)

President Obama should have attended the UN Racism Conference. Uh…yeah. (Final Call)

Objective criticism of the Prez. (Cedric Muhammad via POSRO)

Hip Hop meets architecture in Detroit. (Model D)

Bashir removes ICC wanted minister from cabinet. (Sudan Tribune)

No truer words have ever been spoken. Don’t forget it…

NBA Playoffs 2009 Live Blog: Game 5 Houston Rockets vs. Los Angeles Lakers

Posted in Blogroll on May 12th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Another 2-2 series. Lamar Odom has a bruised lower back and is questionable. The Lakers have to  play like they want this or Ron will see to it himself the his team steals yet another game. How the hell are they gonna get past Denver if there is minimal effort? What’s Phil Jackson have up his sleeve?

Ron Ron is adding something physically unique to the Rockets and the Lakers have their hands full dealing with the Rockets do everything player. They also have to deal with the Atom like Aaron Brooks. There’s no one on the Lakers roster who can stay with AB.

Crazy but did the box score really say Aaron Brooks 34 points and Kobe Bryant 15? Really? I wonder what T-Mac is going though? What do you think? They better get it in or the Lakers will be fishing with the rest of the NBA cats who have done their best disappearing act. This has to be a crazy experience for Rick Adelman as well because his teams historically haven’t played enough defense to get it done. We’ll see tonight.

Kobe’s gonna go off.

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NBA Playoffs 2009 Live Blog: Game 5 Boston Celtics vs. Orlando Magic

Posted in Blogroll on May 12th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Big Baby Davis most likely saved the defending champion Boston Celtics from an early exit in this year’s second season. With the series tied 2-2, who gets up, gets out and gets something? Expect Turk and Jesus Shuttlesworth to ball out of their minds with it all on the line. Dwight Howard has been doing his thing and so has Paul Pierce but that’s expected. I’ll tell you what, Courtney Lee is a straight stud. Looks like Rip with the mask huh? Off from work tonight, so If you are around and wanna get down with TSF in a critical game, hit us up game time. There’s no way Ray Allen doesn’t show up tonight because he’s too good money. Don’t compare his performance to last year, because there was stuff going on in his personal life. Scalabrine might be out, thus weakening their bench yet again. Is there a big man in the house? Even one who looks like Rappaport…headband and all? I’d be surprised if Dwight didn’t go 30/20 with mad blocks like this. This is the most important game since Penny and Shaq got lucky and snuck past Mike. Will they take the next step or fall off? Who ya got?

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