Politics as Usual

Posted in Blogroll, Bobby Phils, ESPN, Jackie Robinson, Jim Crow, Lew Alcindor, Maryland Terrapins, NCAA Basketball, Reggie Miller, Sportscenter, Temple University, UCLA on January 10th, 2009 by AXG

“Down to Maryland…all the way over there at Morgan State…” RZA – Ain’t Nothin’ Ta F— Wit

I love sports, because like our lives…anything can happen without a moment’s notice. On Wednesday, January 7th, the Morgan State University Bears, traveled south on the beltway to College Park, MD to play against the University of Maryland. What would eventually happen is something that brings joy, and pain.

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Lakers versus Celtics: The love I lost

Posted in Blogroll, Boston Celtics, Charles Barkley, Comcast, Johnny Dawkins, Lakers, Michael Jordan, NBA Finals, Reggie Miller, Western Conference on June 6th, 2008 by AXG

Best basketball video game ever

The NBA Finals have a nostalgic flavor to it, with Los Angeles playing against Boston for all the marbles. If I didn’t know better, I would think I fell into a time portal and landed somewhere in front of a floor model color TV, circa June ’87. That last sentence alone is enough to perplex anyone younger than I, because I’m guessing, the thinking by the younger reader would be…since when did television broadcast in anything but color, and why would anyone place a TV on the floor? Nevertheless, let’s stay on memory lane, but I’d like to talk about a time near and dear to my heart…1990. Read more »

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: 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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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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NBA On TNT Playoff Notes: The Spurs Are In Trouble

Posted in Atlanta Hawks, Bryon Scott, Carlos Arroyo, Charles Barkley, Chauncey Billups, Cheryl Miller, Chris Paul, Craig Sager, David West, Detroit Pistons, Dick Stockton, Dwight Howard, Ernie Johnson, Flip Saunders, Inside the NBA, Jameer Nelson, Kenny Smith, Kevin Garnett, Manu Ginobli, Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, NBA, NBA On TNT, NBA.com, New Orleans Hornets, Pam Oliver, Paul Pierce, Rashard Lewis, Rasheed Wallace, Reggie Miller, San Antonio Spurs, Stan Van Gundy, SuperHugo, Tayshaun Prince, Tim Duncan, TNT OverTime, Tony Parker, Tyson Chandler on May 6th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Get back young boy!

Game #1: Orlando Magic (93) @ Detroit Pistons (100) – The Pistons lead the series 2-0.

Announcers: Dick Stockton, Mike Fratello and Pam Oliver reporting

Fratello on Pistons center Rasheed Wallace getting off to a good start: “Rasheed’s ankle is better in case you were concerned.”

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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: “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

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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 On TNT Playoff Notes: “The one thing that Mike Bibby should allude to is that (the Celtics are) a real team.”

Posted in Charles Barkley, Cheryl Miller, Craig Sager, Dick Stockton, Doc Rivers, Ernie Johnson, George Karl, Inside the NBA, Jo Jo White, Kenny Smith, Kobe Bryant, Marv Albert, Mike Fratello, NBA On TNT, Reggie Miller on April 24th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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KG and the C’s are looking to get the ATL outta there

Smith on Atlanta Hawks guard Mike Bibby focusing on the wrong thing with his comments about Celtics fans: “The one thing that Mike Bibby should allude to is that (the Celtics are) a real team. They’re playing against a team that can win the NBA title for sure and those are the things he needs to concentrate on, the execution things that the Hawks need to do.”

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Notes from the TNT NBA Playoffs Conference Call: The West Is Going To Be A Bloodbath

Posted in Blogroll, Charles Barkley, Michael Tillery, NBA, NBA On TNT, NBA playoffs, Reggie Miller on April 16th, 2008 by Michael Tillery

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Could this be the year KG and PP do the damn thing?

 

 

Notes from the TNT NBA Playoffs Conference Call

Wednesday, April 15, 2008

TNT tips off its “40 Games in 40 Nights” of NBA Playoff coverage on Sunday, April 20 with a first-round tripleheader (times TBD).

I got a chance to be a part of this call today with a lot of NBA beat writers across the country. I really appreciated Reggie and Charles’ honesty on some subjects. Can’t wait till Sunday.

Participants:

Charles Barkley – TNT NBA studio analyst

Reggie Miller – TNT NBA analyst

Jeff Behnke – Turner Sports executive producer

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TBR’s Top All-Time College Basketball Players (Part II)

Posted in Allan Houston, Alonzo Mourning, Anfernee Hardaway, Armon Gilliam, Blogroll, Christian Laettner, Doug Smith, Harold Miner, J.R. Rider, Jameer Nelson, Jason Kidd, Johnny Dawkins, Juwan Howard, Keith Lee, Marcus Camby, Ray Allen, Reggie Miller, Rex Chapman, Shaquille O’Neal on March 20th, 2008 by Ron Glover


Plasticman springs into action.

I hope everyone enjoyed the first half of this list. The second half isn’t too shabby either, we have a couple of sure-fire Hall of Famers in our second installment and maybe even a Blue Devil or two.

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