Notes from TNT’s Exclusive Coverage of the NBA Western Conference Finals – Saturday, May 29, 2010: Kobe 37 Points Dusts Off Another One

Posted in Blogroll on May 31st, 2010 by Michael Tillery

(AP/Chris Carlson)

Flyin as if to say, get all that regular season shine…it’s a crime…but the playoffs are mine…

Fans will be subject to losing total speaking capabilities. His shots will cause quick twitches leading to silence on twitter and facebook from those of Kobe hater lore.

Kobe Bryant is simply sidiculous.

For those who need to know, Saturday night’s performance is the difference between Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash. I can’t believe there was actually comparisons being made on any level in the aforementioned regard. What the hell are you smokin’? Pass it to the left…I don’t want that fa sho.

The last two shots will be included on his career highlight reel. What makes the last shot classic is that Grant Hill played perfect defense and it still dropped bottom.

No daggers, just BOMBS.

Those shots were for all the clowns who somehow forgot just how bad Kobe is and will continue to be.

I feel sorry for the Celtics…

NBA TV’s coverage of the NBA Finals will begin on Thursday, June 3 with extensive studio coverage throughout the series.

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Boston Smashes Orlando 96-84 in ECF Game 6 and Advances to the NBA Finals: Paul Pierce Was Big But Nate Robinson Was Huge!

Posted in Blogroll on May 29th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Paul Pierce was the star but Nate Robinson’s boost in the 2nd quarter were huge

You know he had to be stewing over there on the bench wondering…wondering when his name was gonna be called so he could truly endear himself to the Boston faithful. Nate Robinson hasn’t been a post season participant since Lorenzo Romar was his coach at Washington. Speaking to him a few times when he was in New York, there was always an air of magnificent confidence but one could also see the player and the prankster he’s been and always wanted to be. Last night he got his shot…

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Ron Artest Bullies Inside for Game Winner: Lakers Nip Suns 103-101 In WCF Game 5

Posted in Blogroll on May 28th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Sweet redemption…

There are no moral victories in professional sports. Deal.

Kobe Bryant: 30 points, 11 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 blocks. That’s a pretty nice game but when he missed the potential game winner (great defense by Grant Hill) you all but thought a great game was fit to be tied but…

Ron Ron monsters inside, gets the rebound and somehow got an off balance put back off glass to win at the buzzer.

When competitors feel in game inferior because of their performance, they will do whatever it takes to feel apart of the outcome. Passion won over.

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Friday Fire: If You Can Be Anywhere At Anytime In Sports or Some Other Historical Aspect of Life, Where Would It Be?

Posted in Blogroll on May 28th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Don’t fall for the seriousness this question might seem to illustrate for it’s really not that deep. I guess it’s just my mind that thinks from time to time what could be when I get a clean fifteen.

Would you want to be there when Malcolm converted or with Martin as he gave the Mountaintop speech? JFK before Elm Street or Abraham before Wilkes-Booth’s jumping feet? How about the very second the first cargo of slaves were forced upon the uncertainty of American existence?

Christ when he turned 13 or Armstrong’s lunar stroll? When Marcus Garvey became so bold or John Henrik before what we characterize as old?

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One Step Closer To Becoming the Flyers: Orlando Goes Three Ball Crazy and Defeat Boston 113-92 In ECF Game 5

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

Who would have thought Orlando would big boy the Celtics?

I don’t know where to start….

This was a crazy game. A game the Magic obviously had to win and coming off a Game 4 victory that merely gave its fan base a extra teeny smidgen of hope, Orlando most definitely played with a sense of urgency.

They became the bully.

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The Starting Five Ernie Johnson Interview: The Chemistry of Hard Work

Posted in Blogroll on May 26th, 2010 by Sean Mitchell

Ernie Johnson is the host of the five time Emmy Awarding show Inside the NBA alongside former NBA players Charles Barkley and Kenny Smith. The son of former Braves player Ernie Johnson Sr, Johnson moved to Atlanta from Milwaukee when his father’s team relocated to the city in 1966. Johnson studied journalism after beginning his career in Macon, Georgia and Spartanburg, South Carolina; Johnson has been in Atlanta for 28 years and has been with Turner Sports since 1989. Inside the NBA has been on the air since November 13, 2001.

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Kobe is Pissed: Phoenix Defeats Los Angeles 115-106 In WCF Game 4

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

Everyone, including myself, is labeling Gasol the best big man in the NBA. Time to show and prove Pau

I’ve never seen Kobe Bryant as pissed as I saw him last night at the post game presser podium. He’s done everything he can to help his team move on, but it seems his team has let him down. Beans has a third straight great performance (double digit assists in each) but the last two have left him score result disappointed. 38 points, 10 assists and 7 rips? The only knock was his 7 points in the 4th. That’s usually where he gets his money. He’s gotta be mad his team is in this position because all he sees is June confetti reign. He will go off in Game 5 and do whatever it takes to get that W.

I thought the Suns would win this game 110-106 simply because the flow of the 2010 NBA playoffs dictated such a result. The Suns needed to get home and regain confidence by hitting shots on their own floor and last night everything fell into place.

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Notes from TNT’s Exclusive Interview with President Barack Obama

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

President Barack Obama interview with Marv Albert on the White House basketball court, May 21, 2010.  (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Photo restrictions follow interview.

Having President Obama in office obviously is good for the sport because he represents the game well.  A basketball court at the White House? Makes you  wonder

Video of an extended version follows transcript and will air on NBA TV beginning on Wednesday, May 26.

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The NBA Title Dream of the Magic Will Not Die…Yet: In OT, Orlando Defeats Boston 96-92 in ECF Game 4

Posted in Blogroll on May 25th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Look at the body language…the Magic are relieved, the Celtics stunned

Rajon Rondo didn’t have his best game (3-10, 9 points, 3 assists but did have 8 rips and 3 steals) and Jameer Nelson capitalized. Nelson had 23 and 9 dimes (6 turnovers, 6 fouls) and hit two critical threes to open the overtime session as the Orlando Magic stayed alive and defeated the Boston Celtics 96-92 in Game 4.  Dwight Howard has his best game in these playoffs and dominated inside. Howard had 32 Shaqs and 16 Barkleys but more importantly played with a sense of urgency in a game he pretty much had to step up.

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Doug Collins Comes Full Circle – Named Coach of The 76’ers: We’ll Play GM

Posted in Blogroll on May 24th, 2010 by Ron Glover

I’ll be the first to say that I’m on the fence with the hiring of Doug Collins last Friday – nevertheless the Sixers have Collins in place for the next four seasons with the intention of leading the team that drafted him back to respectability.

My primary concern lies with the Sixers #2 selection in the NBA Draft June 24th. Their selection will impact the franchise for the next decade. With Jrue Holiday as the new face of the franchise, now is the time to add the proper mix of youth, experience and overall talent to bring this franchise back from the dead.

Here’s my two cents on improving the 76ers.

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The Starting Five Elton Brand Interview: Redemption Is There for the Taking

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

Imagine being a professional athlete poised to sign with a proud franchise, shake hands, pose with the jersey, tell the fans what you expect out of your new team as well as what you want for yourself and it just not turning out the way you thought it would. When Elton Brand came over from the Los Angeles Clippers in a deal that had Philly fans very much excited, everyone thought this might be the piece needed to complete the puzzle and push the Sixers franchise back to where it belongs…into the NBA elite.

It didn’t happen.

Brand separated his shoulder and still didn’t have his legs after playing less than ten games the previous year as a Clipper.

He sat the bench under Eddie Jordan because when Jordan decided to go small, Brand was seen as a liability. The team suffered and was decidedly worse than it was in 2009…when the Sixers gave the Orlando Magic all it could handle before losing in 6 games to the eventual Eastern Conference Champions. Jordan’s style never fit the roster and he was let go after the season ended. Doug Collins, the former TNT analyst, is now the head coach and is being introduced today (May 24th). Elton and I take it back to simply trying to get the ball on the rim as a youngster, through starring at Duke, what went into his decision to leave early and up to this very moment. It’s good to not have to speak with Elton after all the press is gone post game. I’m a flash from one locker room to the other and try to hit the players just as they straighten out their ties. He’s famous for saying to me “Here, you go” and we usually share a laugh. EB is one of the good dudes and is definitely a soul model for the NBA….


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Mike Brown Fired As Coach of Cleveland Cavaliers

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

You knew it was coming and we initially posted it here.

According to the Cleveland Plain Dealer, Mike Brown was relieved as head coach officially today.

He was fired because Dan Gilbert feels the Cavs has regressed this season after last year’s disappointing loss in six games to the Orlando Magic. The Cavs lost to the Celtics in the EC semis in 6 games after taking a 2-1 series lead.

Brown made the playoffs in each of his 5 seasons with Cleveland, won the most games in the NBA the past two seasons (66 and 61 games respectively) and was NBA Coach of the Year in 2009.

Was there dissension between Brown and LeBron James?

LeBron wanted to run…has said so publicly and campaigned for J. J. Hickson to get more burn during the Boston series. I guess we’ll never know how much LeBron’s free agent status came into play with this decision. Dan Gilbert knows he has to keep James in the fold so the franchise maintains it’s worth and it appears he’s doing everything he can as owner to make that happen.

The roster was flawed and I personally feel no coach was capable of defeating the rejuvenated Celtics with the Cavs roster. Shaq was injured late and not the same player. Mo Williams and Antawn Jamison just weren’t the answers. Period.

Question: How are Mike Brown and Mike Woodson relieved after steady and consistent progress but there doesn’t seem to be rumblings (as loud) about the status of other coaches who have no where near the success as Brown and Woodson?

Amar’e Stoudemire Goes Off as Phoenix Defeats Los Angeles 118-109 in WCF Game 3

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

Amar’e Stoudemire finally stated his name on the series and was impressive…if not dominant last night. Stat scored 42 points and grabbed 11 rebounds and energized the Suns in a Game 3 118-109 victory over the Lakers. We all knew he was a better player than his entire playoff performance suggested this postseason and I guess he grew tired of hearing the all out screams he was overrated and playing uninspired ball. He had just 9 rebounds in the first two games. Unacceptable. Period. Why did it come down to the prospect of his team getting swept to finally understand he had to do something?

The shoulder chip is a helluva drug.

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Boston Destroys Orlando 94-71 in ECF Game 3

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

Everyone is asking the question did the Magic quit last night and honestly the answer is not just yeah but hell yeah.

Maybe it was Rajon Rondo creating classic moments for his NBA video mix tape for all of us to enjoy long after he’s retired or maybe it was the TD Bank North Garden crowd…but something snatched Orlando’s heart and stomped on every single ventricle leading to their collective soul.

I mean it really was bad to watch and for this Sixers fan, the game was reminiscent of Boston Garden gore when Philly seemingly couldn’t do anything right.

Then there was that disgusting (for me growing up) crowd that is everything a team needs to support a title winning endeavor. Man, everybody came to play…down to the ushers. The “new” Garden is something to behold because even though it’s not the original, the atmosphere is steeped in tradition.

This is no longer the Big Three, but the Boston Three plus one dynamic more. The four players who could give a damn who gets the shine but is very much happy to watch their young rising stalwart take it to Orlando and jack their Mickey Mouse underachieving smiles.

I turned the game on when the Magic mustered an unacceptable 12 points in the first quarter on the road. Finished up some work and they were down twenty with eight plus in the second quarter.

C’mon man!

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The Starting Five Chats With Kiki Vandeweghe: The Mind of a Scorer

Posted in Blogroll on May 21st, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Kiki Vandeweghe was as great a scorer the NBA has seen.

In the early 80’s, the Lakers dominated the Western Conference. It seemed there were three teams fighting to merely finish second…Phoenix, Seattle and Denver. Denver had a triumphant of players who scored at will: Alex English, Dan Issel and Kiki. The Nuggets were all about putting the ball in the basket before you blinked and each player could put up 30…quick. Vandeweghe was a player I followed because his jumper was good money from anywhere. He was a beast and had those Kevin Durant great white shark eyes…eyes that wanted to destroy whoever was attempting to guard him. He was going to get his no matter what and everyone knew it. His Dad, Ernie Vandeweghe, played six seasons with the Knicks and his Mom, Colleen Kay Hutchins, was the 1952 winner of the Miss America pageant. After retiring, Kiki’s Dad was  physician in the Air Force and was stationed in Germany…where Kiki was born. In addition, his uncle, Mel Hutchins, was a four time NBA All-Star, Kiki’s sister Tauna swam in the 1976 Olympics and his brother Bruk medalled in beach volleyball during the 1994 Goodwill Games. His niece, Co Co Vandeweghe, is a professional tennis player.

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