Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, February 27, 2014: Heat crush Knicks; Nets do same to Nuggets

Posted in Blogroll on February 28th, 2014 by Michael Tillery



TNT’s NBA coverage continues Thursday, March 6, at 8 p.m. ET with doubleheader action featuring the Miami Heat @ San Antonio Spurs followed by the Los Angeles Clippers @ Los Angeles Lakers at 10:30 p.m.

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Cassius Clay vs. Sonny Liston 50 years later: A new shade of Blackness comes to light

Posted in Blogroll on February 25th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Associated Press)

Those who remember the night Cassius Clay shook up the world are still in awe.

A vibrant Cassius Clay strolled into the boxing wilderness to slay the biggest, baddest lion in Sonny Liston fifty years ago. Liston at the time was the most feared man in sports. His menacing countenance was aggressively matched by brutal pugilistic skills and rumored association with organized crime.

Clay not only dispelled the myth of boxing’s bogeyman, he ushered in an era of audacity, consciousness and pride for a people in desperate need of hope.

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Chris Webber comes on The Starting Five Live to drop news of his upcoming documentary

Posted in Blogroll on February 24th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


The former NBA 5 time all-star  is dropping a documentary on his career. 

We’ve talked to Chris Webber before and surely will again, but news he’s dropping a documentary should perk up any fan of his in and out of sports. After choosing not to be a part of the ESPN production of the Fab Five of Michigan, Webber’s news he’s doing one of his own is very interesting.

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Kyrie Irving wins NBA All-Star MVP honors as the East tops the West 163-155 (TNT Notes added)

Posted in Blogroll on February 17th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Vancouver Sun)

Kyrie Irving was the most Most Valuable Player on a record-setting day.

So much for the Eastern Conference being a bunch of push-overs.

Kyrie Irving grabbed MVP honors, Carmelo Anthony knocked down a record eight three-pointers and LeBron James put on a majestic dunking exhibition as the East rallied from 18 points down to stun the West 163 -155 in the highest scoring NBA All-Star Game ever.

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Temple Owls corral No. 23 SMU Mustangs 71-64

Posted in Blogroll on February 17th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Joseph Labollito/Temple University)

Dalton Pepper

The Temple Owls ( 7-17) are close to concluding of one of their more disappointing seasons in recent memory. Against the No. 23 ranked SMU (20-6), the Owls kept things simple, outhustling the Mustangs for a 71-64 upset.

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NBA All-Star Saturday Night: John Wall shuts it down for the East in the Sprite Slam Dunk Contest (TNT Notes added)

Posted in Blogroll on February 16th, 2014 by Ron Glover


John Wall’s reverse dunk sealed the victory for the Eastern Conference.

The All-Star weekend festivities have been given a face lift yet again. The theme this year has an East vs. West theme in the four competitions. It’s been a busy two days for Portland’s Damian Lillard — who is a participant in every event, including the NBA All-Star Game.

For those like myself — who slept through the events, here are the results of the State Farm All-Star Saturday Night and Friday night’s Rising Stars Challenge.

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Notes from TNT’s Exclusive Coverage of the BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge on Friday, February 14, 2014: Andre Drummond is a BEAST

Posted in Blogroll on February 15th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


30 points and 25 boards last night. 

Vinnie Goodwill and I discussed Andre Drummond on The Starting Five Live last week. It would be hard to pass on him in a draft of young players.


TNT’s NBA All-Star 2014 coverage continues from New Orleans with State Farm All-Star Saturday Night, Feb. 15, at 8 p.m. ET and the 2014 NBA All-Star Game presented by Kia, Feb. 16, at 7 p.m.

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Coverage – Thursday, February 13, 2014: Since they asked, who is on your NBA Mount Rushmore?

Posted in Blogroll on February 14th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


I’m going  with Wilt Chamberlain (GOAT), Michael Jordan, Julius Erving (Magic Johnson and Larry Bird are the same dude and I can’t discount Doc’s ABA days. Sorry not sorry), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Oscar Robertson. I hear y’all saying Bill Russell was a better player than Wilt and honestly, y’all need to step away from the crack pipe. Wilt did it with less HOF players than Russell. That cannot be denied and just because writers throughout history want to dismiss Wilt simply because his prowess and confidence makes them insecure is certainly not Wilt’s fault. Ask any longtime NBA fan and he or she will tell you that Boston vs. Philly was labeled Wilt vs. the Celtics, not Wilt vs Russell. LeBron will certainly replace my childhood hero Dr. J. in my eyes soon enough and be seen and debated as the greatest basketball player of all time despite this idiotic mindset eliminating him from such thought. Because of his size, strength and undeniable talent, he absolutely belongs in any discussion of anything basketball regardless of how fans and media largely see and scrutinize him. He would do the same in any era regardless of how any league and any era views and plays defense. Further, chill with the Kevin Durant has locked up the MVP talk. We’re halfway into the season. He’s shooting 57% despite having the ball in his hands more than most of the league. Durant is putting in 31.5 points and carrying OKC though, but chill on the crown stuff until the season is much more clearer. Deal with it. Who do you have as your Mount Rushmore?

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Michael Sam: Living by his code

Posted in Blogroll on February 12th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Randy Report)

Money Fingers

Michael Sam has taken control of his narrative on the field.

Former University of Missouri linebacker Michael Sam revealed to the world he is an openly gay male athlete — who just happens to be the SEC’s Co-Defensive Player of the Year.

Sam is going to be drafted in May, compete for a spot in someone’s rotation and if all goes well, he’ll play. The NFL has given its blessings, but Sam isn’t looking for approval, he just wants to play.

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Notes from NBA TV’s NBA Fan Night presented by Sprint – Tuesday, February 11, 2014: Durant double doubles the Blazers

Posted in Blogroll on February 12th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(US Presswire)



Durant goes for 36 and 10 in the 98-95 win.

Voting is open for next week’s game via, the NBA Facebook page, NBA TV’s Facebook page,, mobile web, mobile NBA Game Time App, the NBA Game Time from Sprint App, and Twitter.

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Marcus Smart encounters a real life court jester

Posted in Blogroll on February 9th, 2014 by Ron Glover

Oklahoma State guard Marcus Smart pushed a fan in the Cowboys game against the Texas Tech Red Raiders. According to Smart, the fan told Smart to “Go back to Africa” and called him a “nigger” after he fell into the crowd after making a block late in the game. Smart was assessed a technical foul and the fan was allowed to remain in the arena.

Of course Smart’s retort has trumped the words of a grown man with a history of speaking out of turn to young men barely out of high school.

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Tip-off presented by – Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014: The Rising Stars squad up

Posted in Blogroll on February 7th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


That Michigan Man is looking like a ROY…

BBVA Compass Rising Stars Challenge & State Farm All-Star Saturday Night Participants Exclusively Announced on TNT

Listen, if you’re expecting crisp basketball and defense, ya got the wrong game. Just sit back and be entertained…

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Three things I think I know about basketball

Posted in Blogroll on February 6th, 2014 by Okori Wadsworth

Basketball is heating up in the two precincts that matter. With everything that’s going on, you could be forgiven if the information has created a white noise of sorts — leaving you unable to keep up. It is understandable Andrew Wiggins’s talents blend in with Kobe Bryant’s views on the current NBA and Kevin Durant’s scoring binges, blending into some sort of confusing miasma. Without putting too much emphasis on it, this is why I’m here. Walking you through what’s going on, giving you a point of view you might not have thought of, and to generally provide a bit of levity you’ll need during what is the first truly serious part of the basketball season.

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@TSFSports Super Bowl XLVIII recap and commentary: Seahawks display of dominance shuts down the Broncos 43-8

Posted in Blogroll on February 3rd, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Brad Penner/USA Today)

Russell Wilson completes a great second by winning the NFL’s greatest prize.

The only thing more shocking than the Seattle Seahawks 45-8 blasting of the Denver Broncos was the ease with which it was done. The Seahawks scored on offense, defense and special teams before the Denver Broncos could crack the scoreboard. Seattle’s defense was all bark and bite, forcing four turnovers and pressuring Peyton Manning into a historically uncharacteristic performance.

Seattle linebacker Malcolm Smith returned an interception 69 yards for a touchdown and recovered a fumble before being named Super Bowl MVP. Russell Wilson joined Doug Williams in becoming only the second African-American starting quarterback to win the Super Bowl.

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@TSFSports Super Bowl XLVIII prediction: Will Seattle’s secondary lower the Boom on the Peyton Manning Era?

Posted in Blogroll on February 2nd, 2014 by Ron Glover


Peyton Manning and Russell Wilson are chasing history from two different perspectives.

Super Bowl XLVIII pits the Denver Broncos high-powered offense against the physical, aggressive defense of the Seattle Seahawks. Peyton Manning is attempting to become the first quarterback to lead two teams to Super Bowl victories and Russell Wilson is seeking to become only the second African-American signal caller to hoist the Lombardi Trophy.

History awaits.

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