Cole Wiley talks to The Starting Five Live about his movie, After the Storm

Posted in Blogroll on July 27th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

Cole Wiley

Airs: July 26th, 2014 8:30 pm ET.


On the 42nd edition of The Starting Five Live, Michael Tillery talks with writer/director Cole Wiley about his movie After the Storm.

After the Storm is an important film.

It’s the story of a fateful journey of survival and follows a young boy who must overcome the loss of his home and family to the destructive wrath of Hurricane Katrina.

We also discuss his father, legendary sports writer Ralph Wiley and also Spike Lee.

Thanks for tuning in and we hope you enjoy the show.

Parts 1 & 2 after the jump.


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Part 2 of The Starting Five Live Howard Bryant Interview

Posted in Blogroll on July 21st, 2014 by Michael Tillery













In part 1, I had an interesting conversation with the ESPN columnist and author that aired on RAPstation Radio 7/19/14.

Access it here for context.

Part 2 is below. Follow Howard on twitter. Thanks for listening. I enjoyed the entirety of this interview. Please comment. – Michael Tillery

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Kobe Corleone: How the Lakers Legend Compares to an Iconic Movie Character by Nigel Broadnax

Posted in Blogroll on July 21st, 2014 by Nigel Broadnax


Interesting will be the last few years of Kobe’s career. 

The other night, I became perhaps the last person on Earth to watch the 1972 cult-classic mafia flick The Godfather.  I found the movie entertaining and it took a while for me to digest it. Over the last few days, I’ve replayed various scenes of the film in my head. Through all of that, I discovered the movie’s parallel to the NBA world.

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LeBron James’ master plan is business, never personal

Posted in Blogroll on July 18th, 2014 by Ron Glover


There was no way LeBron James was going to turn his back on Cleveland a second time.

Four years ago, LeBron James took his basketball destiny into his own hands and came away with two world championships. Signing with the Miami Heat left the city of Cleveland in disbelief and Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert sounding like anything but the owner of an NBA franchise.

LeBron James returns to Cleveland a better player, a better man and on his own terms.

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Lance Stephenson leaves Pacers for Hornets (short interview with Lance from after lockout embedded)

Posted in Blogroll on July 16th, 2014 by Michael Tillery

What went down in Indy?

After Stephenson didn’t want to resign with Indiana for 5 years/44 million, this situation became very confusing. Larry Bird wasn’t budging off that number, but it seemed, because of the close relationship between Lance and Larry Legend, that something would eventually be hammered out. 

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DJ Cash Money and Branson Wright appear on The Starting Five Live on

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

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On the 40th show, the legendary DJ Cash Money talks the DJ craft, Hip Hop, the old school and a new club night in Philly. Next up, Cleveland Plain Dealer writer/reporter Branson Wright reacts to LeBron James returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

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Friday Fire: Will Andrew Wiggins vs. Jabari Parker become the NBA rivalry we hope it will?

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


Andrew Wiggins went first overall to Cleveland and Jabari Parker two to Milwaukee. 

Be patient with these two people…

One has showed and proved more consistently on the college level and one is a raw talent hoops fans are waiting to explode. One is compared to Carmelo Anthony because of his basketball killer mind and the other a talent we may have never seen on the NBA level. One’s athleticism is otherworldly and the other is athletic enough. Tonight, when the teams that drafted Andrew Wiggins and Jabari Parker face each other in the Orlando Summer League, we’ll get a glimpse of two players we all hope become all-stars leading the NBA into a new era of athletic talent.

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Friday Fire: Should the media be as critical of owners as they are of players?

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


Has the power to change a lot of minds. Why doesn’t he? 

Chris Broussard just reported that LeBron James is hung up on Dan Gilbert’s much scrutinized comic sans letter after LeBron left Cleveland for Miami. In most cases, professional sports owners lay back in the cut and allow team executives to run the show. Gilbert and Dan Snyder (pictured) are two who buck this normality and fly by the seat of their deep pocketed pants…

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LeBron James: The First Hired Gun Superstar?

Posted in Blogroll on July 10th, 2014 by Michael Tillery


Money, power, respect…and charity?

Observing fans while covering sports, a ubiquitous expression persists. It’s an expression of excitement generated by accomplishment and also fraught of consummate publicity. The consistent publicizing of an athlete’s professional performances, salary, stats and even social whereabouts generate worldwide buzz, and when a fan knowing of that buzz sees an athlete in person, fantasy becomes reality. LeBron James is the first sports social media megastar. He has become arguably the most scrutinized athlete to ever live mainly because of social media and his career will be spoken in love and hate long after he retires. ESPN’s broadcast of his much talked about decision to leave Cleveland casts him into a world exclusive of sports and more defined through the lens of entertainment. Since it appears casual fans (read: new money) are more interested in news buzzing off the floor as it relates to what culminates on the floor, LeBron might as well do something that has never been done in pro sports…

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2014 Orlando Pro Summer League: Will Nerlens Noel show and prove?

Posted in Blogroll on July 5th, 2014 by Ron Glover

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Philadelphia’s Michael Carter-Williams used the Orlando Summer League as a springboard to 2013-14 Rookie of the Year.

Those waiting to see their favorite teams draft selections won’t have to wait anylonger as the Orlando Pro Summer League kicks off July 5th and will end on July 11th. Ten NBA franchises will take part in the 7-day event.

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Matt Maurer (@thedraftreview) comes on TSF Live on The Starting Five

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


2nd part of our interview from 6/29/14

On the first part of my interview with Matt, the NBA Draft was analyzed. In part 2, we discuss LeBron James. We hope you enjoy the show!

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