Tuesday Morning Starting Five: The R.I.P. Baatin Edition

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Ernie Johnson, LeBron James on August 4th, 2009 by Michael Tillery

Chris Webber Part IV later today or early tomorrow. This happened over the weekend. Posting it now because of no Monday links.

News on Twitter spreads fast and I think it was Dwele who broke the passing of Baatin on the social network. There was great tribute and respect given after the news struck. I immediately was upset because Slum Village was one of my favorite Hip Hop acts. Grown folk smooth, hardcore rough I used to say about the group because nothing was off limits lyrically and the beats were always Dilla tight. Yeah, anything else just won’t do. I dig that smooth stuff because life is tough enough. When it’s time to chill, I want it easy. Music is peace to me in this particular form. Slum Village speaks to my mind. I could bang Dilla every minute of the day and not listen to anything else.

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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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THE STARTING FIVE

Posted in Anthony Gilbert, Brian Westbrook, Chris Webber, Jalen Rose, Juwan Howard, Ken Griffey Jr., Larry Johnson, LeBron James, Malcolm X, Michael Tillery, MLB, NBA, NFL, UNLV on July 18th, 2008 by AXG

Black Power

“Why is the American black man so complacent about being trampled upon? Why doesn’t the American black man fight to be a human being?”

The Autobiography of Malcolm X

Fight the Power

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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.

NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “I think we need to move the name ‘the big three’ from Boston to L.A.”

Posted in Avery Johnson, Blogroll, Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, David Aldridge, Derron Williams, Dick Stockton, Doc Rivers, Doug Collins, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Jerry Sloan, Kenny Smith, Kevin Harlan, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, LeBron James, Los Angeles Lakers, Matt Harpring, Mike Brown, Mike Fratello, NBA On TNT, Paul Gasol, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Utah Jazz on May 15th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Cleveland Ties Up Boston

Posted in Ben Wallace, Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, Delonte West, Doug Collins, Ernie Johnson, Joe Smith, Kenny Smith, LeBron James, Magic Johnson, New Orleans Hornets, San Antonio Spurs, The Big Three, The Magic Hour, Zydrunas Illgauskas on May 13th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Photo: John Kuntz / The Plain Dealer)

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Paul Pierce was not getting into that pic

Magic Johnson on the Boston Celtics: “I think Atlanta exposed (the Celtics) that they don’t have great athletes, number one. Number two, where is their leadership? One of those guys has to step forward and say, ‘We’re not playing well and here’s why we’re not playing well and let’s correct it.’ Whatever it is, one of The Big Three has to step forward and get on the other guys and make them say, ‘we’ve got to come with a better effort and be ready for games.’”

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Don’t Mess With LeBron James’ Mom Because You Will Get Banged On!

Posted in Cleveland Cavaliers, Gheorghe: The Blog, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Odenized, Paul Pierce on May 13th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

Hat tip: Ryne from Odenized

When I initially saw this as it happened, I thought it was just some irate Cleveland lady fan reppin’ her squad. When they played it back, I almost fell on the floor because that lady was in fact Bron Bron’s Mom Gloria.

Real rap?

She looked like she wanted to crack one of those C’s as it was going down. Straight classic.

Dig the KG get off my baby…I’m sick of ya’ll trying to hurt my baby forearm. You gotta hand it to KG, he’s so respectful.

Well later on…Happy belated Mother’s Day!

Hat Tip: Gheorghe: The Blog

Damn LeBron…it’s like that? Too bad he didn’t get Pierce huh?

Now you have to win the series and one more so your true legacy will begin.

Hmmm could it be Kobe vs. LeBron?

NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Do Not Count Out The Spurs!

Posted in Boston Celtics, Byron Scott, Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Chris Paul, Cleveland Cavaliers, Craig Sager, David West, Emmanuel "Manny" Ohonme, Ernie Johnson, Fabricio Oberto, Greg Popovich, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Marv Albert, Mike D\'Antoni, NBA On TNT, NBA playoffs, New Orleans Hornets, New York Knicks, Peja Stoyakovic, Rajon Rondo, Reggie Miller, Sam Casell, Samaritan's Feet, San Antonio Spurs, Sports Illustrated, Tim Duncan, Tony Parker, Wally Szczerbiak on May 12th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(Photo:Nathaniel S. Butler/NBAE/Getty Images)

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For the first time in the playoffs, Chris Paul was outplayed by a quicker Tony Parker

Congratulations to Robert Horry for tying Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s NBA playoff games record of 237.

Is he a Hall of Fame Player? Why or why not?

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Good, But Not Good Enough

Posted in 2008 NBA MVP, Bloggers, Blogroll, Chris Paul, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, NBA MVP on May 9th, 2008 by Ronald Glover

While many are still trying to digest the fact that Kobe Bryant is the 2007-08 NBA MVP despite MVP-worthy seasons from New Orleans’ Chris Paul and Cleveland’s LeBron James. I’ve come up with a question.

Who was the best player in any sport or season (other than this season) not to win his/her respective league’s MVP Award.

In doing so lets steer from the Bryant, Paul or James debate. Feel free to utilize the other threads on the site for that discussion.

The Dark Knight

Posted in Allen Iverson, Chris Paul, Jermaine O'Neal, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Marcus Camby, NBA, New Jersey Nets, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, West Philly, Wilt Chamberlain on May 7th, 2008 by AXG

“Show me a hero, and I will write you a tragedy.” – F. Scott Fitzgerald Frustration
Not hiding…the court–and his family–is his solitude

Kobe Bean Bryant is the story of how a child from West Philadelphia, grew into a man of worldwide acclaim. It has been 12 years since the fabled NBA Draft of 1996…within that class are the likes of Allen Iverson, Marcus Camby, Ray Allen, Steve Nash, and Jermaine O’Neal, however none of them are as intriguing as the enigma that is Bryant.

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “Kevin Garnett was the man tonight. He was The Closer.”

Posted in Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Chris Webber, Cleveland Cavaliers, David Aldridge, Dick Stockton, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Mike Fratello, NBA On TNT, Paul Pierce, Rajon Rondo, Ray Allen, Zydrunas Ilgauskas on May 7th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Winslow Townson)
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All of you who thought KG didn’t make big shots…witness last night

Something I always wanted to ask…Sup with the foggy almost surreal atmosphere in Boston? –Mizzo

Barkley on the Cleveland/Boston series: “I think (Cleveland vs. Boston) is going to be a very good series. It’s going to be a terrific series and I’m really looking forward to it. I still like the Celtics to win the series, but it can go either way because LeBron (James) is the best player on the floor. It’s going to come down to role players. Cleveland runs that horrible offense where they give the ball to LeBron and let him go one on five, that won’t work against the Celtics unless they speed up the tempo of the game and get (Wally) Szczerbiak going, get Delonte West going.”

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: “I hate to see Avery Johnson (get fired) but coaches are going to get fired.”

Posted in Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Caron Butler, Charles Barkley, Charlotte Bobcats, Cheryl Miller, Cleveland Cavaliers, Darius Songaila, Dick Stocton, Doc Rivers, Eddie Jordan, Ernie Johnson, Gilbert Arenas, Hyundai, Inside the NBA, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett, Larry Brown, LeBron James, Marty Snider, Michael Jordan, Mike Fratello, Mike Woodson, NBA On TNT, Paul Pierce, Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Sam Cassell, TNT, Washington Wizards, Zaza Pachulia on May 1st, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
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Whassup Etan? What’s good with you?

Barkley on the Mavericks and the Suns making personnel changes: “I hate to see Avery Johnson (get fired) but coaches are going to get fired. Mike D’Antoni in Phoenix pushed for the Shaq (O’Neal) trade. Hindsight is 20/20 and the trades did not work. I thought it was admirable of Dallas to get Jason Kidd. I thought it was admirable for the Suns to get Shaq. The Suns lost because they don’t play any defense. The Mavericks lost because they aren’t a good team top-to-bottom. I know that Jason (Kidd) is going to get the blame, but they aren’t a very good team.”

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NBA Playoffs Last Night: Caron Butler Walked, LeBron James Was Fouled

Posted in Caron Butler, LeBron James on May 1st, 2008 by Michael Tillery

How does a player get away with a walk in front of the world?

How does a player turn his body to avoid a freight train and not get called for a foul at home?

I’ll have more on this when I post the TNT notes.

NBA Playoffs Last Night: DeShawn Stevenson Strikes Back

Posted in Aundray Blatche, Carlos Boozer, Caron Butler, Chris Broussard, Cleveland Cavaliers, Colin Powell, D.C., Derron Williams, Deshawn Stevenson, Devin Brown, Dwight Howard, Hedo Turkoglu, Houston Rockets, Kevin Blackistone, LeBron James, NBA playoffs, Orlando Magic, Pardon the Interruption, Rafer Alston, Soulja Boy, Steven A. Smith, T.J. Ford, Tony Reali, Toronto Raptors, Tough Juice, Tracey McGrady, Utah Jazz, Washington, Washington Wizards on April 25th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

(AP Photo/Nick Wass)
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Had 5 threes.

Washington Wizards 108, Cleveland Cavaliers 72

Cleveland leads series 2-1.

Cleveland had one 8 straight playoff games versus Washington.

Last night was just incredible and because of it DC will forever be official.

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