Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA Playoffs –Sunday, May 09, 2010: Rajon Rondo Goes Oscar; Nash and the Suns Sweep Spurs

Posted in Blogroll on May 10th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

29 Birds, 18 Russells, 13 Cousys. 97-87 victory. Like I said in the preview, “Rajon Rondo will be around Oscar numbers the entire series…” but I had no idea he would get off like this. Look at those numbers. Have they soaked in yet? When you consider how much time you’ve put in watching the NBA, how many players come to mind that could achieve something similar?

I have to stick by my prediction and say the Cavs will pull this out in six, just remember what I also said about the Celtics…because they ain’t no slouches.

As far as the Suns, I’m surprised as any of you the Spurs were swept and maybe that sentiment is because of their dynasty. The Suns showed and proved. Steve Nash stepped up and took what he wants to be his. Get past Kobe Steve and I’m on board, but until then your two MVP’s are still bogus.

TNT’s coverage of the 2010 NBA Playoffs continues on Monday, May 10 at 8:00 p.m. (ET) with the AutoTrader.com Pregame Show followed by exclusive coverage of the Orlando Magic @ Atlanta Hawks (Game #4), followed by L.A. Lakers @ Utah Jazz (Game #4) at 10:30 pm (ET).

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Her Beauty Gave Me Jazz: Lena Horne Dies at 92

Posted in Blogroll on May 10th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Growing up, there was this beauty who caught my eye at an age where I was skipping and scribbling with fat crayons. She was exquisite. She was so jazzy. She was so fly. She was classy. She was simply amazing. Could you imagine someone so stunning singing right before your eyes in a moment so lovely it gave truth to every note you heard for the rest of your life? This happened in a 1982 appearance on the Johnny Carson Show. I saw glimpses of her obviously earlier in my life but that performance stuck with me for some reason. She wasn’t simply an actress or singer, she was an entertainer whose versatility allowed her to navigate in and out of show business seemingly as she pleased but….Horne would have been one of the most beloved movie stars to ever live if not for the era in which her talent reigned where the color of her skin prohibited her from securing the major Hollywood roles. She is the epitome of professional style…and now she’s gone. Lena Horne lived a full life of 92 years. A standard has passed and will never be replaced. She paved the way for so many others and very few know here career not. She was perfection if there is such a thing and transcended culture long before we as Blacks were allowed to be. The aforementioned performance gave me a sense of jazz I use to this very moment. There are certain riffs that will always remind me of Lena. My goodness she will be missed. It’s unfathomable how many men stop whatever they are doing when they simply hear her voice. Cherish the loveliness because she now lives forever in our hearts, minds and souls.

Some videos and pics after the jump.

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