Interview with Al Skinner from ’06

Posted in Blogroll on June 19th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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Importing interviews from MichaelTillery.com to TSF.

Vying for a spot in the Elite Eight, The Boston College Eagles need to first get through former Big East rival Villanova, in a highly anticipated showdown. Coming off of two tourney wins which are clearly at diverse ends of the spectrum, Boston College is looking to build on the success that helped them make their historical mark in the ACC. Even though this is their first year of membership, they have made a tremendous impact in a talent laden conference which is always considered one of the best. Craig Smith is a senior man-child who will throw it down hard on anyone in his path as well as take the big shot when the shot clock is running down. Jared Dudley is another very capable junior scorer who also provides muscle and experience up front. Senior Louis Hinnant is an all around talented player who has a high intelligence for the game. Every team should have a player with Hinnant’s skills if they want to win late in March. They have a pair of 6’10 sophomore high flyers in John Oates and Sean Williams as well as 6’8 sophomore Akida McLain. A pair of confident freshman guards in Marquez Haynes and Tyrese Rice who has a deadly touch from outside. This is a team that will be perched at the top of the country for many years to come because of their cool and focused leader, Al Skinner. Coach Skinner is a legend in the making, whose impact on the team will contribute volumes to the impact this team will have on the national arena.

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Interview with Jason Whitlock from 10/6/06

Posted in Blogroll on June 19th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

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MichaelTillery.com is offline, so I’m importing my work there to TSF…

Love him or hate him, you must trust that Jason Whitlock knows the field of journalism. He’s coming off a controversial transition from ESPN to AOL Sports because he had the temerity to express himself in an age where the media hasn’t any accountability for anything and everything. Sit back and observe the inevitable and seismic media shift that soon will become evident. While I personally don’t agree with everything he says—I’m sure he really doesn’t care—he is uniquely confident in his conviction and makes no bones about it. He deserves props for standing up to the powers that be at ESPN and speaking his mind about the Bonds witch hunt that had the majority of the media running around in circles like a disillusioned dog chasing its own tail.

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Last Night at the NBA Finals: Spurs duplicate Game 3 and crush Heat 107-86 in Game 4 to go up 3-1

Posted in Blogroll on June 13th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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About says it all right? 

First things first…RIP Ruby Dee. You were as great a person as this world has ever had. Thank you. We will miss you, Maya Angelou and Yuri Kochiyama…

“Don’t ever underestimate the heart of a champion.” Those words were of course uttered by former Houston Rockets head coach Rudy Tomjanovich after the Rockets successfully repeated in 1995. Houston underachieved during the regular season yet defeated 4 higher seeds to reclaim the Larry O’Brien trophy. After getting blown out by the Spurs, what else will the Heat say to themselves after the Spurs smashed them for a second straight game 107-86 — at home? San Antonio now is one game away from winning another NBA title. If the Heat are to comeback, they’d be the first Finals team to ever do so.

31 teams have tried and 31 have failed.

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Last Night at the NBA Finals: Kawhi Leonard and Danny Green lead Spurs rout of the Heat 111-92

Posted in Blogroll on June 11th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE/Getty Images)

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You see Floyd and Jamie over there. Hope Floyd didn’t drop too much on the Heat.  

Got up in them; demolition; ass whuppin’ like Pop used to give; whatever else; it all applied. San Antonio took a 2-1 lead in the NBA Finals last night, 111-92. Kawhi Leonard got hot early with a dunk and some easy baskets from inside and outside the arc, and his teammate Danny Green got off as well to help Pop and the Spurs retake home court advantage. Miami looked out of sorts on both ends and woefully just didn’t want it as much as San Antonio. This is the NBA Finals and quite honestly, the Heat played like it was an October game in Phoenix. Tim Duncan (14 points, 6 boards), Tony Parker (15 points, 4 dimes) and Manu Ginobili (11 points) didn’t have to do much because the young cats stepped up and stomped the Heat in their collective throats…

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Three Things I Think I Know About The World Cup

Posted in Blogroll on June 11th, 2014 by Okori Wadsworth

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Many favorites but one winner.

With the World Cup just a month away, I figured that writing a preview might be the best thing I could do. With some of the finest players in the world all descending on Brazil in just under a month, this is really the best chance to measure what’s going on and see where we are. The trouble with this understanding of it is that, quite honestly, a lot can change and has changed between the last major international tournaments and now.

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Last Night at the NBA Finals: In a a 98-96 win, LeBron James and the Heat shut up the critics and tie the Spurs 1-1

Posted in Blogroll on June 9th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(Larry W. Smith, pool/ Associated Press )

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The eyes have it…

Well, well, well. What do we have here? Y’all hear those crickets outside in broad daylight? I sure do. Whassup Twitter? Why is basketball twitter so quiet after the Heat win, but are loud as stinking hell when the Heat lose? Are you really that needy to find solace in a Spurs victory? Are you really that needy that you’ve become pseudo Spurs fans and stick voodoo dolls with crazy ass eyes in hopes LeBron and his mates lose and lose hard? Some of you are about to learn a critical lesson why respecting greatness in the current time and space in which it operates is the correct option instead of the moronic one usually taken in this social media numbing era. An option of ridiculousness having absolutely nothing to do with the game of basketball or even sports itself. Where the hell are the memes? Where the hell are the jokes and facebook conversations about cramps clamoring for Midol pills? Where are the stupid as hell hockey player comparisons? Where y’all at? Yeah I just finished a sentence with a preposition, but maybe foolery induced emphasis is just what some of you need. Yet and still, even after the Miami Heat reclaimed home court advantage in these NBA Finals with a 98-96 win, doubt will remain.

Be honest, in that 3rd quarter when LeBron took over, you got up out of your seat, turned off the air and turned on the heat on blast. Come on admit it. Ha.

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Last Night at the NBA Finals: In Game 1, LeBron cramps up and the Spurs turn on the Heat 110-95

Posted in Blogroll on June 6th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(Michael Laughlin / Sun Sentinel)

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Hell yeah the Spurs lucked out last night. Look at the fans oh so happy Bron went down. Very telling. 

In Game 1 of the 2014 NBA Finals, the San Antonio Spurs defeat the two-time defending champion Miami Heat 110-95. Game 2 Sunday.

A lot of LeBron hate out there. Now it’s time for LeBroning? Ha. Why are y’all so shook of greatness? It’s like dude is Notre Dame, Duke and the New York Yankees, rolled up into everything knee caps and all that. I’ll let y’all have at it though (Alonzo Harris voice). Look the Spurs took care of business in Game 1 at home. Just like they won Game 1 last year. That series, as well all know, went 7 games…

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@TSFSports Miami Heat vs. San Antonio Spurs NBA Finals Preview: Let’s do it again!

Posted in Blogroll on June 6th, 2014 by Ron Glover

(Zimbio.com)

For nearly a year, Tim Duncan has stewed in the anguish of last year’s Finals defeat.

The Spurs had the Miami Heat right where they wanted them in Games 6 and 7 of last year’s NBA Finals. San Antonio’s inability to execute in the most critical moments cost them their fifth world championship. Tim Duncan feels the angst more than any player heading into thew Finals rematch. It was Duncan who missed a rolling hook in the lane with the Spurs trailing 90-88 late in Game 7. The Spurs would never recover awarding the Heat their second NBA title in as many years with a 95-88 victory.

Will it be different this time?

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NBA.com Exclusive: Living Legend Bill Russell on The Finals, Past and Present

Posted in Blogroll on June 5th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(Art:  Björn Wichmann)

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Eleven-Time NBA Champion Provides Insights into his Finals Experiences and Thoughts on this Year’s Rematch Between the Heat and Spurs…

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Notes from TNT’s NBA Playoffs Coverage – Saturday, May 31, 2014: The Spurs quiet the Thunder and now face the Heat

Posted in Blogroll on June 1st, 2014 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: Alonzo Adams/USA TODAY Sports)

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About says it all huh? 

OKC just isn’t ready and the front office most certainly can no longer live off past glory with two of the best players on the planet on the floor. Durant and Westbrook need help or they will never win a chip. Gaping holes exist on the bench and definitely in Scott Brook’s handling of this team in an authoritative sense as well as x’s and o’s. Dude misses Mo Cheeks…trust. The Spurs move on to face the Heat in a rematch of last year’s NBA Finals. It’s the first time they’ve ever been to consecutive Finals. The Heat are on a mission. Who wins? I say the Heat in 6. Kawhi Leonard is the key for San Antonio. If he can bother the greatest in the game, the Spurs absolutely have a shot to dethrone the champs. This is where Pop matters most.

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