Minnesota GM David Kahn Compares Chris Webber to Darko Milicic?

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

So I’m checking out NBA.com and come across this entertaining tidbit…

Webb…I feel for you fam and Kahn actually drives the knife deeper because you are from the D. Your last words are classic…”Good luck”. That he essentially says Vlade Divac was a better passer than you makes me wonder how he has a job on the NBA level. IMO Kahn isn’t qualified to be a GM in a NBA fantasy league after signing Darko for 5 million a pop. Way to hold it together Webb. We can only imagine what Chuck would have said…

Thursday Morning Starting Five: Is Serena Ever Going to Get Her Just Media Due?

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

Fellas I can’t front. I begged myself not to post this pic. Fighting back and forth in my room alone choking and screaming, contemplating what the haters cheerleaders would say about posting this most definite sure to get hits pic.

Fellas she ain’t sweating you here…she has a weapon and it’s cocked…Harrison Ford frantic…

Cotdammit…

Imagine Serena the size of the Atom looking up at the average man smirking…for you know…there is a Black queen ceiling and going on the defensive because the likes of us. Just. Won’t. Stop…trying to cop her visual with a cartoonish Tom and Jerry jaw drop.

You better listen to your corner and watch for Serena’s hook!

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Wednesday Morning Starting Five: OK…I’m Ready for Some Football

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

Training camp begins in a few weeks and I’m sure you all are getting similar urges to see cats get stepped around and stepped on. The bomb. The celebrations. The apropos weather. The blown calls. The Donovan to Westbrook screens. The Brett Favre picks. The Andy Reid Freudian slips. The Saints drives quick for six. The Adrian Peterson half yard runs to move the 4th quarter sticks. The Sean Taylor big hits.

The look on the face of number 6.

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The Boss Is Gone: George Steinbrenner Dies at 80

Posted in Blogroll on July 13th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Twice suspended from baseball. Paid a gambler to find dirt on Dave Winfield. Fired 17 managers. All kinds of egotistical craziness but George Steinbrenner won. 7 World Series titles. 11 pennants. 16 division titles. Homegrown superstars and free agent legends. He did it his way. Steinbrenner died today at around 6:30 this morning of a massive heart attack after years of declining health in Tampa, Florida.

He was 80.

He owned basketball teams, he was an assistant football coach but he was known first and foremost as owner of the New York Yankees. It’s not a coincidence the Yankees were defending champions and held the best record in the league heading into the All Star break.

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Tuesday Morning Starting Five: John Wall Looks Great So Far

Posted in Blogroll on July 13th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Wall gets instruction from coach Sam Cassell

Spoke to this kid at the draft and came away very impressed with his media savvy. Though he’s averaging 8 turnovers in his first two games, John Wall looks like the real deal. He gets to the whole with the quickness of ease and runs the team well. Of course he’ll cut down on the turnovers and take his speed down just a notch to become NBA game effective.

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Monday Morning Starting Five: The LeBron Hate That Love Made

Posted in Blogroll on July 12th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

(Johnny Nunez/Wire Image)

What do you think, is there a true comparison?

I’m finishing up a LeBron/Oscar Grant piece that I’ll post later today. I’ve been in all sorts of debates over the weekend and find the reaction to an athlete simply disgusting. Here are some links posted over the weekend regarding LeBron’s choice to play in Miami. A Roy Ayer’s classic follows.

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An Open Letter to LeBron James

Posted in Blogroll on July 11th, 2010 by Okori Wadsworth

LeBron James

Dear Lebron, last night I wrote this

And since then I have had more time to think about it. And it does not make me feel any better.

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The Morning After The Decision: LeBron Goes on Display

Posted in Blogroll on July 9th, 2010 by Adina Ferguson

LeBron in better Cleveland days

I felt like I was witnessing a slave auction.

1800s slave auction where on a regular basis they attracted the crowds, the money and the media. The big boys with the big bread would be present ready to look, size up, negotiate and sign on dotted lines for the best man to get the job done for their name sake.

Same motive different day with a little role reversal on the side.

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Notes from NBA TV’s Coverage of Decision 2010–Thursday, July 8, 2010: LeBron Bounces to South Beach

Posted in Blogroll on July 9th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

The fine print says 7 years in Cleveland, no rings

Listen, before this gets outta hand, how in the hell did LeBron James go from arguably the most loved basketball player in the NBA to its most hated mercenary? Writers/editors cut the bs and stop swinging on Cleveland’s jock. They are hurting enough and willfully exacerbating the city’s blistering pain shows just how coward and opportunistic a lot of you are.

Oh, by the way, I’m writing a piece: The Juxtaposition of LeBron James and Oscar Grant. Anyone wondering where is the coverage of what went down in Oakland yesterday?

Here’s the notes…

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Down With The King: Why I Am Rooting Against LeBron James

Posted in Blogroll on July 9th, 2010 by Okori Wadsworth

LeBron Came So Close

It came like everything he’s ever done. Quick, fast, and explosive

At approximately 9:30 PM on Thursday, July 8th 2010, LeBron James sat down across from Jim Gray in a checkered shirt and a pair of jeans and calmly reminded everyone watching in the world what he is, and what he isn’t. And when he was done he eviscerated fan bases in two of the biggest cities in the country and made himself public enemy #1 throughout the state of Ohio.

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This is a NBA Stickup: LeBron James to Join Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade As Members of the Miami Heat

Posted in Blogroll on July 9th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Lakers, Celtics, Magic and whoever the hell else should forget about rings for a while

Cleveland cries as Miami’s salt water dries to a future ring shine…

The jack move…

LeBron will get booed unmercifully in practically every NBA city next season.

The egomaniac tag does not fit. LeBron will take less money than the Cleveland max. This is a NBA stickup. Miami still has a lot of work to do to field a team (Beasley will most likely be part of sign and Bosh trade) because of the CBA, but trust Pat Riley will get it done.

(Added two videos. I’ll have more on this after I complete the LeBron/Oscar Grant piece)

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LeBron James and the ESPN Broadcast of Free Agent Indifference

Posted in Blogroll on July 7th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Imagine being a 12 year old agonizing where your favorite player will land in the most unique free agency period of your lifetime…a fan of the free agent’s current team but excited nonetheless. You could care less of egos or media or fans of teams abhorring the decision process because ultimately where he plays puts him in direct competition with the team they so love.

Your and your friends debate his potential destination while on the court yourselves. Everyone wants to be 23 and calls out “LeBron!” when they take a shot, make a sickdiculous pass, snag a ferocious rebound or smack a weak attempt off glass.

Inside of an individual’s decision, your love of the rock is cemented and anticipation for the next season is heightened. Others who might not be a fan of the player secretly wish and hope he puts on their favorite team’s uniform during the selection show.

Proceeds of the one hour program will go to a charity benefiting children. What’s the problem?

*I added an addendum at the bottom of the piece on July 8th. It’s a conversation I had with LeBron last season.

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NBA Free Agency Picture Becomes Much Clearer…Well Except for LeBron That Is

Posted in Blogroll on July 7th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

As well all await for LeBron James to make an unprecedented decision on his team whereabouts for next season, three block buster free agent signings were reportedly made today.

No deal can officially be signed until the leagues lifts signing moratorium July 8th.

Midday, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade publicly announced on ESPN they have tentatively signed with the Miami Heat. There is a lot to work out in South Beach and if the Heat want to sign LeBron to accompany their talented duo, they must make a lot of moves.

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The First Shoe Drops: Amar’e Stoudemire Signs With the New York Knicks

Posted in Blogroll on July 6th, 2010 by Michael Tillery

Somewhere lost in the LeBron, Flash and Bosh hype was the possibility of Amar’e Stoudemire shaking up this free agent signing period so viciously it would cause everyone to rethink everything they had just rethought. Well it appears that sentiment will come to fruition as Stat reportedly will sign a 5 yr. 100 million dollar contract to play for the New York Knicks. Stoudemire will be reunited with former Suns head coach Mike D’Antoni who has coached the Knicks without much success the last two seasons. What’s next? What moves will now be made from other organizations and the other major NBA super stars looking to get that dough?

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JaMarcus Russell Arrested for Possession of Codeine Syrup

Posted in JaMarcus Russell, Oakland Raiders on July 6th, 2010 by Ron Glover

Former Oakland Raiders quarterback JaMarcus Russell was arrested today at his home in Mobile, Alabama for possession of codeine syrup – a controlled substance. Russell was arrested as part of an undercover narcotics investigation. Mobile County Sheriff’s spokeswoman Lori Myles would not say what led to the arrest – she did state however, that Russell did not have a prescription for the medication.

“Syrup”  is underground compared to other to high profile drugs but is one of the most prevalent. Viewed as an easy and inexpensive get high – when used carelessly can have sometimes fatal results (I lost a high school buddy to it).  Sometimes it’s taken with a Valium or Xanax and called “Pancakes and Syrup”.

Prior to his arrest, one thing that could be said for Russell was that his issues were only on the field – that’s definitely changed after today.

Russell is due in court July 20.