Friday Fire: What Was That Date Ya Wished Ya Forgot?

Posted in Blogroll, Kobe Bryant on August 7th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

What was that date you just wanna forget? It could be now or a fake blast from the past. Here’s mine…

There was this girl. She was a gorgeous girl. Church girl. Sweet girl. Very intelligent girl. Dee transferred to my high school in the middle of senior year.  I was geeked over another girl who really didn’t want anything to do with me outside of friendship and it was peace to have another pretty face to high school obsess over. She was the cousin of one of my boys (he died later that year in a military accident unfortunately. RIP Brent), so that gave me an angle to “push up” as we used to say back in the day. I can remember the dimples this girl had. My damn goodness! She was fly and had these eyes that bounced off ya mind the marvelous kind. Most cats were shook to approach, but hell, I had nothing to lose, so I gave it a shot. We talked, got cool…almost took her to my prom but already had a date…high school ended. In my yearbook will, I left her a phone. Didn’t see her at any graduation parties, so I thought I never would see her again.

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Branson Wright Talks to Coaches Jeff Capel, Isiah Thomas, John Calipari, Sean Miller and Bobby Huggins at the King City Classic

Posted in Blogroll, Kobe Bryant on July 9th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Having some computer issues today. I almost have everything back in order. Until then, dig this here from our man Branson Wright. He’s another link in the chain. Try to support him on Cleveland.com daily. Here, he speaks with Jeff Capel of University of Oklahoma, Isiah Thomas of Florida International, John Calipari of Kentucky, Sean Miller of Arizona and Bobby Huggins of West Virginia. This is where LeBron James got in the poster shot that was erased from the face of the earth by Nike.

Some of the best high school players in the nation and many of the top college coaches in the country are all in attendance at The LeBron James King City Classic. The championship game is at 11:30 AM (Thursday) today at Cleveland State’s Wolstein Center.

Manny Ramirez is Suspended 50 Games After Testing Positive for hCG? Really?

Posted in Blogroll, Kobe Bryant on May 7th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Manny Ramirez allegedly failed a spring training drug test and must serve a 50 game suspension. The drug apparently is used to restart testosterone in the body after coming off a steroid cycle. The Dodgers have the best record in baseball and will have to scramble to replace the Hall of Fame bound (before the suspension) slugger’s production…if they can. I have so many thoughts on this entire era but I think baseball has been complicit. Embarrassing for the sport, but it’s time to man up Bud. All of this in my opinion validates Bonds. Try as some could to paint Barry as Public Enemy #1, but the truth is slowly but surely coming out.

From the New York Times::

“Unfortunately, the medication was banned under our drug policy,” Ramirez said. “Under the policy that mistake is now my responsibility. I have been advised not to say anything more for now. I do want to say one other thing: I’ve taken and passed about 15 drug tests over the past five seasons.”

Baseball has a serious problem if they can’t keep their stars on the field. I do think it’s the player’s right to be able to take care of their bodies (as far as the wear and tear 162 games puts on their bodies) but we don’t have enough information in that regard. Apparently, Manny got caught and now has to pay the price…he stands to lose 7 million…but will still walk away with around 38 million.

Remember, he hasn’t had his day in court.

Evolution

Posted in Blogroll, Jay-Z, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, Michael Jordan, Nas, NBA on February 9th, 2009 by AXG

“Caught a glimpse of myself in the Barney’s shop window…kinda see my father’s features creepin’ in a little…”


Nas – War

There is a debate within the NBA and various media outlets that asks the question of who is the better, or best NBA player, Kobe Bryant, or LeBron James. Most recently with Bryant netting 61 points, and 3 assists last Monday in Madison Square Garden, and James following that up with 52 points, and a near triple-double in the same building…the discussion has escalated to a fever pitch. Last week LeBron was on the cover of GQ, and Sports Illustrated, and Gentlemen’s Quarterly outright claimed King James as the best while SI alluded to the fact that both he and Kobe are the best.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA – Thursday, February 5, 2009: Kobe and the Lakers Sweep the Celtics

Posted in Blogroll, Kobe Bryant on February 6th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

(Andrew D. Bernstein/Getty Images)

TNT’s NBA Thursday coverage continues Thursday, Feb. 12 at 7 p.m. ET live from Phoenix, AZ with an exclusive doubleheader featuring the Miami Heat @ Chicago Bulls followed by the Boston Celtics @ Dallas Mavericks. TNT will have exclusive coverage of NBA All-Star 2009 from February 12-15.

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Final Four

Posted in Arizona Cardinals, Asante Samuel, Baltimore Ravens, Blogroll, Carolina Panthers, Donavan McNabb, Kobe Bryant, Kurt Warner, Larry Fitzgerald, NFC Championship, NFL, Philadelphia Eagles, Pittsburgh Steelers, San Diego Chargers on January 12th, 2009 by AXG

“No one on the corner have swagga like us…”
M.I.A. – Paper Planes

This has been one of the most interesting seasons within the history of the NFL. Not only are the Arizona Cardinals and Philadelphia Eagles in the NFC Championship, but Rookie quarterback Joe Flacco has led…along with a top tier defense…the Baltimore Raves to the AFC title game.

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Notes from TNT’s Coverage of the NBA- Thursday, December 18, 2008: “Brandon Roy is one of the premier shooting guards in the league.”

Posted in Blogroll, Kobe Bryant on December 19th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

TNT’s NBA Coverage Continues Thursday, Dec. 25 at 8 p.m. ET featuring the Washington Wizards @ Cleveland Cavaliers followed by the Dallas Mavericks @ Portland Trail Blazers

(AP Photo/Greg Wahl-Stephens)

Ernie Johnson, Charles Barkley, Kenny Smith and Chris Webber

Barkley on playing against basketball legends for the first time: “Anytime you play against a legend of the game, it’s exciting.  The first time I played against Michael Jordan, Magic Johnson, Larry Bird and Kevin McHale it was exciting…The first time I played against Magic Johnson and Larry Bird I was like ‘wow.’”

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A Vision in BLACK

Posted in Allen Iverson, Andre Miller, Baron Davis, Blogroll, Brandon Roy, Carmelo Anthony, Caron Butler, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade, Gilbert Arenas, Jim Crow, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Malcolm X, Michael Beasley, Michael Tillery, NBA, North Philadelphia, Paul Pierce, Philadelphia, Rasheed Wallace, Richard Hamilton, Tim Duncan on July 16th, 2008 by AXG

We declare our right on this earth…to be a human being, to be respected as a human being, to be given the rights of a human being in this society, on this Earth, in this day, which we intend to bring into existence BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY.

Malcolm X

This may seem a bit capricious when compared to how I usually write, however its quite the contrary. A quiet storm has been on the horizon for a few years…its just that I do not talk nor write about the trouble on my mind very often. This is a message to the BLACK journalist, about how and why we are essential to the media.
Sheed AG

‘Sheed and AG at their best in North Philadelphia

I am not going to give the negativity within the media against black people in America any love or support by mentioning them. If you have been paying attention you would know exactly who and what I’m trying not to talk about.

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Sorry Shaq, But You Are No Kareem OR Biggie

Posted in Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Shaquille O’Neal, Tim Duncan on June 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Man this shit ain’t news. Baseball must suck right now.

Shaq can’t rap…it’s as simple as that. Michele back me up on this.

What the hell? Shaq waits until the Lakers lose to come out with some bitchassness like this?

Tim Duncan can say the same to you after your team gave up the guts and lost in the first round. Kobe just lost to a better team-in the Finals.

You whined your way out of Miami just to get punched out of the first round and now you want to clap? That’s foul Shaq and you damn well know it.

Never thought I’d say it, but I hope Bean boofs it on your head next year so you can join your point guard in some true Kobe vine tasting.

Yeah yeah..it was a freestyle with tongue in cheek, but it’s still foul. No matter how you slice and dice it.

Father knows Best

Posted in 1996 Chicago Bulls, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Finals, Pau Gasol on June 16th, 2008 by AXG

Lamar Odom

The Goods, the bad, and the NBA Finals

It has been written and said that the key to the Lakers success is within Lamar Odom. With the addition of Pau Gasol, Odom no longer had to be the force in the front court, he could play a more natural finesse power forward position, causing match-up problems for any team that opposed him. Read more »

Welcome to the Terrordome

Posted in Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Eastern Conference, Kobe Bryant, Leon Powe, Los Angeles Lakers, Magic Johnson, Paul Pierce, Western Conference on June 9th, 2008 by AXG

0-2

The Lake Show continues in LA

In the aftermath of Game 2, most of the blame went towards the officials…however the time is now for Los Angeles to regroup and play like the Western Conference champions that they are. Either that, or prepare for a bitter summer vacation. Read more »

How the Shrewdness of Kobe Bryant Paid Off

Posted in Kobe Bryant on June 3rd, 2008 by Co Co

Unless you’ve been living under a rock you know that the Lakers are about to play the Celtics for the rights to the Larry O’Brien trophy in a few days (which feels more like a few weeks). The hype machine surrounding this situation is going to be uncontrollable, so as T.O. might say “get ya popcorn ready”!

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Back to the Future

Posted in Allen Iverson, Boston Celtics, Flip Saunders, Jerry Stackhouse, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Minnesota Timberwolves, NBA Finals, Phil Jackson, Philadelphia 76ers, Rasheed Wallace, San Antonio Spurs, Shaquille O’Neal, Sonny Hill League, Temple University, Tony Parker on June 1st, 2008 by AXG

The talent was always there, but the Lig was definitely a different monster back then. What was young fella really going to do with Zo? KG definitely paid his dues but 12 years later yet and still has a passionate love for the game to make this moment happen.

The story of the 2008 NBA Finals is not one of the Lakers versus Celtics rivalry. It is more of the student and teacher, and how the one will triumph the other.

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “It was a foul, but (Brent Barry) didn’t sell it.”

Posted in Charles Barkley, Derek Fisher, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, NBA On TNT on May 29th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Lakers head coach Phil Jackson and Spurs head coach Gregg Popovich talked to TNT prior to Game #4

Jackson on San Antonio Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s performance in Game #3: “The impact that (Manu) Ginobili had in the last 18 minutes of the first half (of Game 3) was tremendous. Every time we’d come back, he’d hit a three. We matched scores for a while and obviously, at the end of the half, we fell behind and stayed behind the rest of the game.”

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NBA On TNT Western Conference Finals Notes: “It ain’t my fault his back is hurt. If you’ve got a bad back, go sit on the sidelines.”

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobili, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, Tim Duncan, Western Conference Finals on May 26th, 2008 by Michael Tillery


Barkley on whether or not Spurs guard Manu Ginobili’s performance is crucial to the series: “It’s not about Manu (Ginobili), it’s about (the Spurs) bench. Even if (Tim Duncan, Tony Parker and Ginobili) have great games, it’s still not enough points to beat the Lakers. (The Spurs) have to hope that their role players: Robert Horry, Michael Finley, Bruce Bowen and (Ime) Udoka play well at home. We’ve seen that throughout the playoffs…role players play better at home.”

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