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

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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 »

Bury my heart at wounded knee

Posted in Boston Celtics, Detroit Pistons, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA Finals, Paul Pierce on June 7th, 2008 by AXG

Game 1

It gets no rougher than the NBA Finals

Losing is a part of winning, and both are a part of the game, be it basketball, baseball, football, or life. Sometimes when you lose, you can learn how to dig deep and win. This philosophy works for both the Lakers and the Celtics. 3 members of the Lake Show have the bitter taste of Finals defeat at the hands of the Detroit Pistons, while the C’s Big Three have never stepped upon the NBA’s largest stage. Sometimes when you lose, you win. Read more »

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 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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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: Kobe Bryant Finally Gets His Shine

Posted in Andrew Bynum, Boston Celtics, Carlos Boozer, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, David Aldridge, David Stern, Derek Fisher, Deron Williams, Detroit Pistons, Doug Collins, Dwight Howard, Ernie Johnson, Hakeem Olajuwon, Houston Rockets, Inside the NBA, Jason Maxiell, Jerry Sloan, Kenny Smith, Kevin Harlan, Kobe Bryant, Lamar Odom, Los Angeles Lakers, Marv Albert, NBA, NBA MVP, NBA On TNT, Orlando Magic, Pam Oliver, Paul Milsap, Rashard Lewis, Rasheed Wallace, Reggie Miller, Stan Van Gundy, Utah Jazz on May 8th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Does this look like a team led by a selfish superstar?

Game 1: Detroit Pistons (86) @ Orlando Magic (111) – The Pistons lead the series 2-1.

Announcers Marv Albert and Reggie Miller with Pam Oliver reporting

Miller on how Pistons center Jason Maxiell has found a successful way to post-up Magic center Dwight Howard: “(Jason Maxiell) has posed a lot of problems for Dwight Howard, who is about four inches taller (than Maxiell). He is using his legs to get underneath Dwight Howard a little bit down low. He’s not worried about the upper body strength of Dwight Howard He’s trying to get into his legs and bring him down to his size.”

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Sigh…Game 7: The Atlanta Hawks Get Blasted By the Boston Celtics

Posted in Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Joe Johnson, Josh Smith, Los Angeles Lakers, Marvin Williams, Mike Bibby, Philips Arena, Stephen A. Smith on May 5th, 2008 by Co Co

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Marvin feels ya pain Co Co

Well that was anticlimactic! The Celtics finally dispatched of my Atlanta Hawks in Game 7 on Sunday afternoon. I know I’m supposed to be happy that they made it that far, but I really thought they could beat Boston.

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NBA ON TNT Playoff Notes: “‘Sheed is going to be ‘Sheed and we love him for that.”

Posted in 2008 NBA Coach of the Year, Atlanta Hawks, Boston Celtics, Bruce Bowen, Bryon Scott, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, Craig Sager, David West, Detroit Pistons, Dwight Howard, Ernie Johnson, Inside the NBA, Jameer Nelson, John Thompson, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Manu Ginobli, Marv Albert, Melvin Ely, Mike Fratello, NBA On TNT, NBA.com, New Orleans, New Orleans Hornets, Orlando Magic, Pam Oliver, Pau Gasol, Rasheed Wallace, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, T.J. Ford, Theo Ratliff, Tim Duncan, TNT OverTime, Tony Parker, Utah Jazz on May 4th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Chris Paul is as fearless as any athlete playing any game. Is he the real MVP?

Barkley on Game #7 of the Hawks/Celtics series: “I’m still going with the Celtics (to win the series), but if they lose (Game #7) it will be the biggest upset in NBA history. The Celtics need to relax. They don’t need to play in Atlanta (anymore); Atlanta has to win in Boston. Is everyone surprised this series has gone seven games? No question, but the Celtics have got to relax. That’s why they play the regular season; they’ve got the home court (advantage). Nobody talks about the job (Hawks head coach Mike Woodson) has done getting the Hawks to the playoffs. Everyone thought this series was going to be a Boston sweep. I take my hat off to the Atlanta Hawks.”

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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: Barkley: “I didn’t say they weren’t making shots, I say they can’t shoot.” Wade: “I didn’t want to say that.”

Posted in Andre Iguodala, Antonio McDyess, Avery Johnson, Billy King, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, Dallas Mavericks, David Aldridge, Dei Lynam, Detroit Pistons, Doug Collins, Dwyane Wade, Erik Spoelstra, Ernie Johnson, Houston Texas, Inside the NBA, Jason Maxiell, Kenny Smith, Kevin Harlan, Los Angeles Lakers, Mark West, Maurice Cheeks, Miami Heat, NBA On TNT, NBA.com, New York Knicks, Orlando Magic, Pat Riley, Pau Gasol, Paula Abdul, Philadelphia 76ers, Phoenix Suns, Rashard Lewis, Rasheed Wallace, Rodney Stuckey, Shaquille O’Neal, Star Jones, Tayshaun Prince, TNT OverTime, Will Robinson on May 2nd, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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The clamps: Once Iggy got past Prince, Roscoe was there waiting

Wade on getting in shape to play on the US National team this summer: “My body will be good. Next week I start working out with my trainer, Tim Grover in Chicago. My trainers from Miami all come down and we all get to work on my body. I’m trying to get as healthy this year as I’ve ever been in my life. They Olympics are very important, not only for me but for the USA…I’m 100% in, unless somebody else tells me that I can’t play.”

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West Side Story

Posted in AXG, Bill Russell, Charles Barkley, D.C., Derek Fisher, Jim Crow, Julius Erving, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Michael Jordan, NBA, Pau Gasol, Shaquille O’Neal, Washington Wizards, West Philly, Wilt Chamberlain on April 30th, 2008 by AXG

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Not the greatest

Michael Jordan is not the greatest basketball player of all-time. That statement could never be true, because of the rich history the game offers. If the argument was based on the number of NBA Championships, then the greatest would be Bill Russell. Not only did he win 11 titles, he endured Jim Crow laws and racism, making the game of basketball and life for that matter a lot more difficult. If you rather talk about dominance, then you need to look no further than Wilton Norman Chamberlain.

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Is Denver the Right Place for Allen Iverson?

Posted in Allen Iverson, Denver Nuggets, Kevin Garnett, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers, Paul Pierce on April 24th, 2008 by Co Co

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Co Co’s team starts with these two

Guys, bear with me for a few moments because I’m about to ramble. I have no idea where this is headed.

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A Star and Stripes

Posted in Bryon Scott, candace parker, CP3, Kobe Bryant, Lakers, Lisa Leslie, Los Angeles Lakers, Los Angeles Sparks, NCAA Basketball on April 23rd, 2008 by AXG

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Candace is a bad girl

In the midst of these 2008 NBA Playoffs, a major shift in the professional basketball paradigm happened yesterday. Its equivalent to the type of force that moves mountains. Candace Parker, “CP3″ in her own right, signed an undisclosed deal with Gatorade, and Adidas.

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Throwback Thursday: K.C. Jones

Posted in blog roll, Blogroll, blogrolll, Boston Celtics, Kevin McHale, Larry Bird, Los Angeles Lakers, NBA, NBA Finals, Race and Sports, race relations, Racism in Sports, racist on February 14th, 2008 by Ron Glover

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The sudden revival of basketball in the city of Boston has taken many of it’s fans back to the glory days -when their beloved Celtics were the class of the NBA. Personally, it takes me back to a time where I hated to see the Sixers’ arch rivals from the north coming, whether it was in mid-season or the playoffs. As my knowledge of sports has grown, so has my respect for the adversaries of my youth; Larry Bird, Kevin McHale and Robert Parrish.  Respect for the Dallas Cowboys? That day is still afar off.

Celtics coach K.C. Jones was the driving force behind the Celtics last two title teams. In researching Jones’ career, I discovered that he was a groundbreaking player in college, and played an intergral role on eight Celtics’ title teams before winning two more as a coach. To my embarrassment I also discovered that I should have been more focused on the color and not the colors.

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