TSF Tip-Off For Wednesday May 23, 2012 (Featuring Morris Day And The Time): Name Your Favorite NBA Playoff Series (Non Championship)

Posted in Blogroll on May 23rd, 2012 by Ron Glover




The 2012 NBA Playoffs have produced its share of excitement, punctuated by comebacks, last second shots and physical play. What it the playoffs haven’t given us is that classic series. Although the conference finals give us what we’ve tuned in for, I did some thinking and came upon one of the best conference semifinals in recent memory.

What is your most memorable NBA playoff series that didn’t decide the NBA Championship?

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Heat wallop Pacers 115-83 behind LeBron James and Dwyane Wade (hard foul commentary and with TNT notes)

Posted in Blogroll on May 23rd, 2012 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

Should the league suspend Haslem for this foul?

Growing up and seeing how physical the NBA was in the 80’s and 90’s, last night didn’t phase me. I don’t care how the NBA has cut down on physical play because of the Malace in the Palace (Metta World Peace explains what happened at length).

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TSF Tip-Off For Tuesday May 22, 2012 (Featuring The GAP Band): After 15 Seasons Has Any Player Maintained The Offensive Output That Kobe Bryant Has?

Posted in Blogroll on May 22nd, 2012 by Ron Glover

Our sincere apologies for the delayed posts. Early this morning the server hard drive crashed and data had to be transferred to another hard drive. Thank you for your patience in this matter.

At 33 years of age and 16 seasons deep into his Hall of Fame career Kobe Bryant’s game has remained at an MVP level and he is still in the conversation as one of the NBA’s best. This season Bryant averaged 27.9 ppg. 5.4 rpg. and 4.6 assts.

I was asked this question earlier today and I thought I would ask the readers. Name an NBA player who has maintained a high level of play after 15+ seasons and/or the age of 33?


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Diversity In Sports Media: Ron Glover’s View From The Back Row

Posted in Blogroll on May 21st, 2012 by Ron Glover

Chatting with Hall of Famer Moses Malone and Earl Cureton…who were honored as well as other members of ’83 Championship Sixers team earlier this season…

African-American athletes make up for more than 66 percent of the players in the NFL and 82 percent of the players in the NBA. In 2006, a study conducted by the Institute for Diversity and Ethics in Sport showed 95 percent of sports editors, 87 percent of assistant sports editors, 90 percent of columnists and 87.5 percent of sports reporters were white. Of the 303 newspapers that participated in that study, only three African-American and four Latinos were sports editors. Among columnists only 19 were African-American, 3 Latino and 2 Asian. The numbers aren’t much higher for women – 5 percent editors, 13 percent assistant editors, 7 percent columnists and 10 percent reporters.

This piece is dedicated to the memory of Eric Daniels. Eric was an avid reader and supporter from the inception of The Starting Five and remained with us as long as his health would allow. Eric pushed us to think and excel as writers and although there were times when opinions and thoughts differed, Eric remained true to his standards. Thank you Eric for your support, encouragement as you become our inspiration moving forward.

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Collins’ Crusade

Posted in Blogroll on May 20th, 2012 by Martin Sumners

“I’m a Sixer for Life.” –Doug Collins

In a few hours, the Philadelphia 76ers will battle their forever rival Boston Celtics.  The Eastern Conference semifinal series is tied two games apiece yet that the Sixers can win the series is considered by many to be nonsense.  But somebody like Willy Wonka or Don Quixote once said a little nonsense now and then is cherished by the wisest men.

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TSF Tip-Off For Monday May 21, 2012 (Featuring The Bee Gees): Terrell Owens’ Cry For Help; Is The NFL Listening?

Posted in Blogroll on May 20th, 2012 by Ron Glover

The life of Terrell Owens has taken another dramatic and potentially dangerous turn. The former All-Pro wide receiver has been reported to be friendless and near broke. After spending last season in an indoor football league, Owens is looking to make one last run at making an NFL roster.

After burning bridge after bridge is T.O. sadly, O.T. (Out of Time)?

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TSF Tip-Off For Friday May 18, 2012 (Featuring Donna Summer): Should The NBA Extend Rookie Eligibility To Age Twenty?

Posted in Blogroll on May 18th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Since 2005, the NBA has instituted that the minimum age for rookie eligibility is nineteen,  provided the player meet certain criteria as written in the CBA. The same rule remains in place even after the latest CBA was ratified during the lockout last season.

There is a concerted effort being made by the NBA and NCAA to increase the age of eligibility to twenty.

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Garnett and Celtics blow out Sixers; Thunder edge Lakers, go up 2-0 (with TNT notes)

Posted in Blogroll on May 18th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

KG imposed his will on the young Sixers

Celtics ran back in the past and stole the Sixers Game 3 livelihood. Simple as that. Black Pharaoh went the hell off, talked trash (to himself and others) and the C’s regained home court advantage with the 107-91 win in Philly. The last couple of minutes in OKC were disturbing. The Lakers just lost focus…something you don’t expect from a veteran team. As far as the last shot, yes, Steve Blake was wide open, but with 5.7 left on the clock, an entry pass to Bynum under the basket isn’t a better option?

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TSF Tip-Off For Thursday May 17, 2012 (Featuring Chuck Brown And The Soul Searchers): Has The NBA Gotten More Or Less Physical?

Posted in Blogroll on May 17th, 2012 by Ron Glover

We know that during the NBA playoffs the unspoken “no layup” rule quietly goes into effect, seeking to shut down high wire acts and slashers at a premium. With some of the “extra” that has gone on during the regular season and playoffs is the NBA getting too physical?

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Pacers put the Heat on stole; Duncan leads Spurs past Clippers (with TNT notes)

Posted in Blogroll on May 16th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

This cat keeps going and going and going and going…

Not a fan of the San Antonio Spurs robotic genius flow. I wanna see sick athleticism all over the floor coupled with skill and clutch play. That being said, the Spurs rock you to sleep slowly with precision and mishaps are at a minimum. With Tim Duncan playing the way he is at this advanced NBA age, if the Spurs are hoisting the trophy in June, do not be shocked. They beat up on the Clippers last night. The Parker/Paul match up was a wash, so Tim Duncan took over and became a major factor in the Spurs 108-92 win in Game 1.

In Miami, many today will question whether LeBron James should have been involved (TNT crew discuss) in last shot and also if Chris Bosh’s injury will derail the Miami Heat from NBA title aspirations. Both are fair questions and after last night’s 78-75 loss at the hands of the Pacers in Game 1, the Heat better get it together. Mario Chalmers said the last play was drawn up for him. I don’t have a problem with that. I do have a problem with LeBron missing free throws in a big spot and what made it worse was the shot of Pacers president Larry Bird. Can you imagine what was going through his mind as player after player clanked the first and then the second at the free throw line?

To the notes…

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TSF Tip-Off For Wednesday May 16, 2012 (feat. Common): Brian McNamee Testifies That He Saved Materials From Clemens Injection; Injected Debbie Clemens With HGH

Posted in Blogroll on May 16th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Five weeks into the Roger Clemens perjury trial and things have finally gotten juicy as Roger Clemens’ former friend and trainer Brian McNamee took the stand for the second day and revealed that he saved the waste materials from a previous Clemens injection and even injected the wife of the former pitching ace while he watched.

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Durant and Westbrook help Thunder rout Lakers; Holiday and Sixers steal one in Boston (With TNT Notes)

Posted in Blogroll on May 15th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

Holiday is growing into a star by the second

The Lakers got caught. Simple as that. Westbrook was making turnaround bank shots. Come man…

I picked the Lakers in 6 because of their experience and size advantage inside. I said so because I thought Andrew Bynum would be up for the test. The Lakers obviously will have problems with Durant and Westbrook. As one of the TNT guys says below, Kobe Bryant will most likely guard Westbrook from the gun. Like I said after the 29 point blowout, 4 games is not won in one. You know damn well the Lakers will come out with fire in Game 2.

In Boston, the Sixers just stayed close. Covering this team, I notice something different. Yes, they still get tight at times, but Andre Iguodala is impressing me. He’s showing a confidence and also leadership I haven’t seen him show this season (more vocal on the floor). He’s taking big shots in rhythm and making them. Elton Brand is not 100% but he’s also hitting shots, playing great D and also leading out there on the floor. Jrue Holiday is becoming a force. Evan Turner hit big free throws and the Sixers as a whole defied what they did all year and converted big attempts at the stripe.  The Sixers are capable and trust me, Philly will be rocking Wednesday. Expect the Celtics to step it up a notch. Should be a classic.

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TSF Tip-Off For Tuesday May 15, 2012: What’s Your Feeling On The Conference Shifting In The NCAA’s?

Posted in Blogroll on May 15th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Just when it looked like everything was about to settle down it looks as if another major college power is on the move to another conference. Athletic officials at Florida State University are considering a move from the ACC where they have been since 1991 to the Big 12. There has been no formal discussion between Florida State and Big 12 officials.

What’s your feeling on the steady realignment of the college sports landscape?

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After losing Chris Bosh, LeBron James and Dwyane Wade run over Pacers; Chris Paul and Clippers finish Grizzlies

Posted in Blogroll on May 14th, 2012 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: Wilfredo Lee / AP)

LeBron and LeBron James Jr. with Senior’s 3 MVP trophy in 4 years…

Saturday, LeBron was presented with the MVP award many knew he would be awarded with. Sunday in Miami, after a slow first half start, James and Dwyane Wade outscored the Indiana Pacers themselves in the 2nd half (42-32) to win 95-86.

At the Fed Ex Forum in Memphis, Chris Paul and the Clippers defeated the home squad 82-72 in Game 7. The season ends with disappointment for the Grizzlies, who were expected to contend for the Western Conference Championship.

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TSF Tip-Off For Monday May 14,2012: Which Sports Commissioner Has The Toughest Job?

Posted in Blogroll on May 14th, 2012 by Ron Glover

Looking at the four major sports in the United States each commissioner is faced with some sort of dilemma that could pose a long-term effect on the respective sports league that he governs. So my question today is which sports commissioner has the toughest job and why?

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