J Dilla 3 Part Documentary by Stussy

Posted in Blogroll on February 27th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

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I got this here.

Yeah he was the real Superman…and nothing was a cartoon caricature of his genius vibe. James Yancey spoke to us from the past because he knew the future needed him to step into the next phase of music production. He was all about creativity in a sense of adding your own piece to the flow without getting stuck in the present. You know…one beat becomes another and then it makes two.

Hard work gets you to the next hard work.

Use your mind. Create. Innovate. You’ll make mistakes and the risks you take will be great but in the end we all can appreciate just what it takes to put a smile on hate. According to okay player, a new website is launched to help take care of his estate among other duties.

The doc follows…so does a sample of his Donuts. Rest in Power JD.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, February 24, 2010: LeBron and the Cavs Comeback Strong and Dominate the Celtics

Posted in Blogroll on February 26th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Obviously not the game last night, but I dig reposting this pic. It’s something classical

We had this conversation on my long Cavs/Nuggets report (just want you to hear it from the athletes themselves without the filters most outlets apply) from the Q and it became more than apparent last night that if Kevin Garnett isn’t healthy, the Celtics win nothing. As I’ve said before, his communication on the interior…specifically in pick and rolls allows Boston’s defense to flourish. Dude needs to rest that knee. Seriously. I can’t wait to get with LeBron next week here and ask him a few of the questions that were raised in the comments.

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Friday Fire: What Do You Rock Eyes Closed…Mind Wide Open?

Posted in Blogroll on February 26th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

I can’t lie. I bang Jay Electronica like it’s the end of the world. There are others of course…like the magnificent…Sade but he’s what I’m feelin’ the most right now.

I’m actually upset because I had to reformat my blackberry memory card…deleting 500 tracks in the process. As a result, I won’t be able to listen to Victory is in My Clutches on the way home from Cleveland in few weeks.

Dude is as poetic as he is professional. Sick with his lyrics in a way only a man or woman seeking knowledge futuristic can understand. If you are a man of the times, all that booty chatter and noddin’ ya head to that 22 inch rims wack rap trash, then it’s time to be educated.

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Sports in 400 Words or Less

Posted in Blogroll on February 25th, 2010 by Adina Ferguson

So a few years ago I got an e-mail from my man Scoop Jackson, yea that Scoop from SLAM before ESPN. He had passed my name and talent as a young sports writer to a third party of his…aka my man Michael Tillery. Mike is a Philly dude who brings different to sports writing. Straight raw difference. And he created this ill sports outlet The Starting Five…so I get a call from this stranger dude and he asks me to write 400 words on what I think of sports right now. I hadnt reread the piece since I sent it to him and every word I wrote I still feel is true about sports today. Wow. Thus, here it is…..

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Notes from NBA TV’s Fan Night – Tuesday, February 23, 2010 Los Angles Lakers (99) @ Memphis Grizzlies (98): KOBE!!!

Posted in Blogroll on February 24th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

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Fan Night voting will continue on NBA.com from Tuesday, Feb. 23 (8 a.m. ET) – Thursday, Feb. 25 (Midnight ET) as fans select the match-up for Tuesday, Mar. 2 between three games: Boston Celtics @ Detroit Pistons, Golden State Warriors @ Miami Heat, Indiana Pacers @ Los Angeles Lakers

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Philly Releases Brian Westbrook; Chargers and LaDanian Tomlinson Part Ways: LT to Philly or Rejoining Brees in New Orleans?

Posted in Blogroll on February 23rd, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Ah, the business side of football. Two of the most productive backs of this era both parted ways with their original teams in the last two days. Brian Westbrook, coming off a season where he suffered two concussions, was let go by the Philadelphia Eagles after 8 stellar seasons in Philly. He was the consummate all purpose back…even returning punts (over 10,000 return yards) and was a key cog in Philly being on of the most successful franchises in the NFL during his time as an Eagle. He rushed for 5,995 yards, caught 426 passes for another 3,790 yards and totaled 71 touchdowns…including 1 passing and 2 returns. One of those returns was epic. Trailing the Giants late in a pivotal 2003 contest, Westbrook broke a return up the left sideline which spurred the Eagles to an improbable victory. He’s the franchise leader in yards with 9,785. Andy Reid said of Westbrook: “Brian is one of the greatest Eagles of all time and he is an even better person and leader.” The Eagles are unlike most franchises and just don’t pay athletes over the age of 30.

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Carmelo vs. LeBron: The Battle of the NBA Planets Becomes an Overtime Shootout

Posted in Blogroll on February 22nd, 2010 by Michael Tillery

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I made the trip out to Cleveland via Amtrak to meet with mybook editor with hopes of finally producing The Son of Melancholy Jazz. There is a definite sense of urgency surrounding everything in my world but that the pressure to perform is heightened simply means this is where I want to thrive. While I’m out here, time shot me a gift…the Denver Nuggets were in town to face the Cavs…so the early days of the trip had an electric sense. Combined with skilled Washington Wizard forward Antawn Jamison traded to the Cavs two days before and the night felt like a special event…especially that I’d never been to the Q. This is a pretty long post. I talked to everyone I could find. Because of the moment I’m in, I wanted to document everything for you while I have the opportunity.

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Friday Fire: Who is the Sexiest Round 2?

Posted in blog roll, Blogroll on February 19th, 2010 by Okori Wadsworth
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Remember this? Remember how much fun it was. Well guess what? It’s time For Round 2.

No One is off limits. Underground, above-ground, it don’t matter (be chill, be chill fam).

But you didn’t come for this. You came for my list. And that list is after the jump.

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Friday Fire: Tiger Breaks Silence Today, Will He Come Out Roaring…Or Purrrring?

Posted in Blogroll on February 19th, 2010 by Ron Glover

Today at approximately 11am EST. Tiger Woods will address the media (approx. 7-8 min. no questions) for the first time since his domestic dispute involving he and his wife Elin Thanksgiving weekend. From there we would learn that Woods was involved in several extramarital affairs, prompting him to check himself into a sex therapy clinic in Hattiesburg, Mississippi in December.

Throughout his career we’ve seen Tiger at both ends of the emotional spectrum, whether he’s cursing out the gallery on the 12th hole because of excessive noise or breaking down when he speaks of his late father Earl Woods.

Which Tiger do you expect to see today?

Ten Questions For The Eagles…Other Than The Obvious

Posted in Blogroll on February 17th, 2010 by Ron Glover

I don’t know about anyone else but I’m suffering from a severe case of the football blues. The 76’ers are killin’ me, the Flyers look to have righted their ship as they creep up in the standings. And while pitchers and catchers report today, is it too early for Phillies Phever? You don’t see a nice patch of green grass around here until May.

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John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk

Posted in Blogroll on February 16th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Just because…

Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the 2009 NBA All-Star Game from Phoenix – Sunday, February 14, 2010: Dwyane Wade Gets His Flash Strong

Posted in Blogroll on February 15th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

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Caught the replay of the game early this morning. I was pleasantly surprised the game became so competitive in the latter stages. There was no Dirk sentiment to give away the MVP to the home town star. It seemed every player got after it. I don’t care what anyone says, Chancey Billups is a consummate pro. No matter what the situation, you get what he gives in full flex. Big opportunity for the NBA to showcase its wares in front of the world and the game itself came off without a hitch. It didn’t hurt having almost 109,000 in attendance. Great show. TNT’s NBA Thursday coverage continues Thursday, Feb. 18 at 8 p.m. ET with an exclusive doubleheader featuring the Denver Nuggets @ Cleveland Cavaliers (I’ll have a report live from Cleveland) followed by the Boston Celtics @ Los Angeles Lakers.
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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of NBA All-Star 2010 – Saturday, February 13, 2010: Lil’ Nate Wins His 3rd Dunk Title

Posted in Blogroll on February 14th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

TNT’s exclusive coverage of the 2010 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 14 begins at 7 p.m. (ET). I’m sure the NBA will once again have to deal with ridiculous scrutiny because the night didn’t meet “expectations”. So what. I was entertained nevertheless.  We all want everything now, now now like we are children. Forget that. Could the dunk contest have used star power? Of course, but the NBA All Star Weekend is still the best of it’s kind in sports and last night shouldn’t matter in the long run. Just tinker with it a little bit.

Crazy seeing people in the background of camera shots that I deal with on a weekly basis. Shout out!

I was wrong in every one of my predictions (Rondo for HORSE, Brandon Jennings for Skills, Daequan Cook for 3pt shootout and Shannon Brown for Dunk contest). Hope ya made out better.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of NBA All-Star 2010 – Friday, February 12, 2010: Westbrook Goes Off, But ROY Is a Tossup

Posted in Blogroll on February 14th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

TNT’s exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star 2010 continues on Saturday, February 13 at 8 p.m. (ET), with NBA All-Star Saturday Night presented by State Farm, which includes the Haier Shooting Stars, the Taco Bell Skills Challenge, the Foot Locker Three-Point Contest, and the Sprite Slam Dunk. TNT’s coverage of the 2010 NBA All-Star Game on Sunday, February 14 begins at 7 p.m. (ET). Horse is on now. I’m going with Rooooooooondoooooooooooooooo! In the Dunk, I’m going with Shannon Brown. I’ll post an interview with him soon.

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Friday Fire: Where Were You When…

Posted in Blogroll on February 12th, 2010 by Ron Glover

Twenty years ago yesterday two significant events occurred. First and more importantly Nelson Mandela was released from Robben Island Prison after 27 years for protesting Apartheid rule in South Africa.

Later that night the unimaginable would occur. Approximately 8,500 miles away in Tokyo, Japan – James “Buster” Douglas, a 42-1 underdog would knockout then undefeated heavyweight champion “Iron” Mike Tyson in what would easily become one of the greatest upsets in sports history. Tyson at the time was seemingly indestructible, destroying opponents with a ferocity rarely seen in the ring.

Douglas’ victory over Tyson was one of those, “Where were you?” moments in my sports lifetime.

So I’m curious to know, where were you?